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Broadway stars to rally against migrant family separations

Singer Idina Menzel -- shown here at the Women's March Los Angeles in January 2018 -- will be one of the headliners at a Broadway benefit concert supporting efforts to reunite migrant families
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New York (AFP) – Some of Broadway’s biggest stars on Monday announced a benefit concert to support efforts to reunite families amid US President Donald Trump’s controversial crackdown on migrants at the border with Mexico.

The singers and actors will perform Saturday at The Cooper Union in New York’s East Village as part of the nationwide “Families Belong Together” protests.

Participants include six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, “Wicked” and “Glee” star Idina Menzel and Andrew Rannells, who won a Tony for “The Book of Mormon” and later played a recurring role on the HBO series “Girls.”

Also appearing will be Tina Fey, the comedian best known on television for “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” whose “Mean Girls” is now on Broadway.

Part of the “Concert for America” benefit series launched last year, Saturday’s show will raise funds for El Otro Lado, the Texas Civil Rights Project and other groups active in the crisis on the border.

Trump, who campaigned on a strident anti-immigration platform, in early May ordered the arrest of anyone crossing the border illegally, with children separated from their parents as a result.

After a widespread backlash sparked by images of crying children, Trump said the United States would no longer split parents from children but would still detain families as a unit. Some 2,300 children had already been separated from their parents.

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