Alicia Keys’ remarkable road to fame is the subject of the sold-out new musical Hell’s Kitchen, which had its opening night on Sunday at the Public Theater and is winning rave reviews — and it’s an inspiration to young people who aspire to follow in her footsteps.

Hell's Kitchen Public Theater
The company of the world premiere production of Hell’s Kitchen — a new musical with music and lyrics by Alicia Keys — at The Public Theater. Photo: Joan Marcus

The perfect fit, then, for a fundraiser benefiting the neighborhood’s 52nd Street Project — a community-based organization that has been supporting the underserved young people of the Hell’s Kitchen through access to arts education with year-round theater programming and free mentorship programs, fostering creativity and educational development for more than 40 years.

But all that costs money — and on December 13, the Project hopes to boost the bank account by taking over a performance of Hell’s Kitchen — offering tickets to this sold-out show and supporting the arts education programming of The 52nd Street Project at the same time.

“While the Project does not have a personal relationship with Alicia Keys, we are very excited to see the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood brought to life on stage, as it is where we’ve offered free arts and education programming to the young people in the community for over 40 years,” said Kristina Nungaray, 52nd Street Project Marketing and Events Manager.

Tickets are available at $250, $500, and $1,000 each, and the top tier includes a pre-show reception and covers the cost of a Project member attending the show. Ticket quantity is strictly limited and reservations are required to attend. To reserve tickets fill out this form. For more information, or for assistance with making reservations, contact Ahmed Attia at or call (212) 333-5252. 

Alicia Keys Rehearsals
Alicia Keys at rehearsals for Hell’s Kitchen. Photo: The Public Theater

“Alicia’s story of growing up as a kid with a dream in Hell’s Kitchen is not wholly different from the community that the Project has serviced over the last 40-plus years,” said Kristina. “Our organization welcomes young people starting at age 10 and offers arts and educational programming lasting through their teens. They are paired with theater professionals to create original theater offered free to the general public. We are thrilled to announce this special fundraising event to benefit the Project, where we will be celebrating the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood that has made us.”

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