Broadway Star Does Benefit Concert for Writers & Artists

Mandy Gonzalez of Hamilton Fame Lands in St. Louis to Give Back to Arts Community

St. Louis (April 9, 2018) – On Monday, Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez comes to St. Louis for a concert to benefit writers and artists. Gonzalez, who is now playing a lead role in the cast of Hamilton, hits town as the touring company of the play is at the Fox.  Although Gonzalez will not perform selections from Hamilton, her powerful voice, which earned her the coveted role of Angelica Schuyler, will be on full display.  She will dazzle with selections from her popular FEARLESS album. The show will be at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7pm. for a one-night-only performance.


Watch as close friend Lin-Manuel Miranda introduces Mandy Gonzalez as she sings the title song from her FEARLESS album.


Proceeds from the benefit concert will fund the Writers and Artists Compensation Fund for december Magazine, a twice-yearly nationally recognized not-for-profit literary publication headquartered in St. Louis since 2012.  december is one of the few literary journals which pays it contributors for their stories, poems and/or artwork and is well-known nationally for its commitment to “Nurturing A Creative Community”—between its contributors, other arts organizations and the general public.


Gianna Jacobson, december Magazine’s publisher and a journalist for 20 years, writing for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Success, Mademoiselle, and Good Housekeeping, said “Writers and artists who contribute to literary journals are typically not paid for their work, but we -- despite our small size and fledgling operating budget -- feel strongly that all writers and artists should be paid for their time, talent and intellectual property. When I discussed this with Mandy and asked if she would help us raise money to help pay our writers and artists, she said she “As a performer, I believe in the importance of not only encouraging artists, but also acknowledging their talents with fair compensation. It is an honor to be involved with december as a part of this event and help them continue to nurture artistic talent.” 


Gonzalez possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. She is also known for her emotional portrayal of Nina Rosario in the Tony-Award-winning, Lin-


Manuel Miranda Broadway musical In the Heights, and starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked, replacing Idina Menzel (and winning’s Best Replacement Award). Television viewers can find her working at The White House on the CBS hit series “Madam Secretary.”


Tickets for Experience Broadway’s Mandy Gonzalez may be purchased at Metrotix ($100 per ticket). Patron tickets with special benefits (starting at $250 per ticket), as well as discounted tickets for working writers and artists ($35 per ticket), may be purchased at, or by calling 314-301-9980. 




Mandy Gonzalez is currently starring in the role of Angelica Schuyler in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton.” She starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of “Wicked”, replacing Idina Menzel (and winning’s Best Replacement Award), and blowing the roof off of New York’s Gershwin Theatre each night as she belted out signature song “Defying Gravity” and for which she was rewarded with a Award for Best Replacement. She is also known for her emotional portrayal of Nina Rosario in the Tony Award winning, Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway musical “In the Heights”, a role for which she received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble. Other Broadway roles include Princess Amneris in the Elton John and Tim Rice musical “Aida” and the Broadway show “Lennon” where she portrayed multiple roles including that of Beatles’ icon John Lennon. Mandy made her Broadway debut in Jim Steinman’s “Dance of the Vampires” starring opposite Michael Crawford.

Equally at home on the big and small screen, she has appeared in “Across the Universe” directed by Julie Taymor, “After” starring opposite Pablo Schreiber and “Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington. Most recently, Mandy had a recurring role on the ABC drama thriller “Quantico”.  Television viewers can find her working at The White House on the CBS hit “Madam Secretary”.

Mandy performs concerts in prestigious venues across the U.S. and around the world and has just released FEARLESS, a remarkable debut solo album representing the soul and passion that have propelled Mandy to the top of stages in New York, starring in hits like “In The Heights”, “Wicked” and her current role as Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton”.


Be Part of the #FearlessSquad  #MandyGonzalez #FearlessInSTL #decemberPaysWriters







Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda introduce Mandy Gonzalez singing the title song from her FEARLESS album:


Talking with Young Performers of America class, singing ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked:


Singing ‘The Wizard and I’ from Wicked in Times Square:


Singing ‘Despacito’ - 2017 Grammy Award winning song of the year:





december is a twice-a-year nationally recognized literary publication — every issue filled with short fiction, essays, poems, and visual art — with a distinguished legacy of publishing the earliest work of little-known writers and artists. december’s writers (including such distinguished literary figures as Marvin Bell, Stephen Berg, Rita Mae Brown, Raymond Carver, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, Joyce Carol Oates, and Marge Piercy) who published their first or very early work in the journal include:

• 5 U.S. Poets Laureate

• 6 Pulitzer Prize winners

• 8 National Book Award winners

• 3 National Book Critics Circle Award winners

• 6 state poets laureate

• 9 Guggenheim fellows

• 10 NEA fellows

• 3 Poet’s Prize winners

• 5 O. Henry Award winners (totaling 10 awards)

• 2 Pen/Faulkner Award winners

• 3 Pushcart Prize winners

• 5 selections in Best American Short Stories



december is dedicated to championing the work of unheralded writers and artists, celebrating fresh concepts from seasoned voices, and advocating for its contributors in the literary, artistic, and general communities. Founded in Iowa City in 1958, december moved to Chicago in 1962, ceased publication in 1981, and was revived in St. Louis in 2013 to widespread acclaim.




Most literary magazines pay their contributors in copies of the issue in which their work appears. Not december. We pay our contributors in cash and contributor copies. We are constantly advocating for our contributors by nominating their work for prizes and awards, spreading word about their readings and other publications on our website and social media. Not only that, we respond to each and every submission personally and within 6-8 weeks, providing detailed feedback and commentary on work that shows promise. december’s hands-on approach is unique in the literary world and is the basis for the close-knit community we’re building. Since our revival issue, we have stretched to compensate our contributors and editorial staff, but it is among our primary core values to always compensate writers and artists for their work. Paying our team members enables us to organize and operate our business with increased efficiency across the board. It improves the quality and timeliness of our editorial staffs responses. Most important, it enables us to provide a forum for voices that are otherwise unheard.


ABOUT december’s Editor/Publisher


As Publisher/Editor of december, Gianna Jacobson is uniquely qualified to lead the organization. A Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction writer, Gianna was a journalist for 20 years, writing for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Success, Mademoiselle, and Good Housekeeping. She wrote locally for St. Louis Magazine, The Riverfront Times and St. Louis Business Journal. Additionally, she earned her MFA in 2010, has published stories and essays in other literary journals, and was an editor of Natural Bridge. She has extensive nonprofit management experience and reads every submission that comes into the journal.



  • Occurred Monday, April 16th, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


Sheldon Concert Hall

3648 Washington Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63108