Macklemore & Ryan Lewis partnering with Broadway show for fundraiser

Rap duo MACKLEMORE and RYAN LEWIS have teamed up with producers of Broadway play MOTHERS AND SONS for a special HIV/AIDS fundraiser.

Producer Lewis launched his own charity, the 30/30 Project, in April (14), after revealing his mother, Julie, has been HIV positive for 30 years.

After smashing a crowdfunding campaign goal to raise $100,000 to help build a health center in Africa, the Same Love hitmakers are now working with bosses of the Tony-nominated play to bring in more money for the cause.

Mothers and Sons, which features veteran actress Tyne Daly, centers on a mother who returns to New York City years after her son died from AIDS, to visit his former partner who is now married with a son.

Macklemore and Lewis praise the play in a statement, which reads: "This vital play keeps the message going strong, and we are proud to lend our voices to help this cause."

On 11 June (14), post-show donations will be collected, and all the money received from merchandise sold will go towards 30/30. In addition, Lewis' mother Julie will join the cast for a post-show talk to discuss the work of her son's charity.

The aim of The 30/30 Project is to open at least four health centers in Kenya and Uganda in the coming years in a bid to provide support and treatment to sufferers of the disease over the next three decades.

The centers will be built in partnership with officials at Construction for Change, a non-profit organization based in the duo's hometown of Seattle, Washington.

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