Broadway Stands Up for Freedom!
Broadway Stands for Freedom! focuses the spotlight on the NYCLU's dedication to reproductive rights and other civil liberties issues relevant to young people.
Jen Bender directs a star-studded cast through a night of musical treats, superb story-telling and poetry, with musical direction by Seth Rudetsky. Participating stars (subject to change) include: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Anthony Rapp, Kathleen Chalfant, Julia Murney, Daniel Sunjata, Cheyenne Jackson, Gavin Creel, Darius de Haas, cast of Godspell revival, plus founding performers Liana Stampur and Erich Bergen. Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winners Tony Kushner and Stephen Sondheim are honorary chairs.
Atop the southern-most skyscraper in Manhattan, with a gasp-inducing view of all four "waterfalls," BroadwayWorld contributor Eugene Lovendusky spoke to five energetic and take-action-minded individuals who help piece-together this special one-night-only benefit... Donna Lieberman (Executive Director of NYCLU), Jen Bender (Director, resident-director of The Lion King), Daniel Goldstein (Former-Director, director of Broadway-bound revival Godspell), Todd Buonopane (Broadway-bound Angels, ...Spelling Bee) and Celia Keenan-Bolger (Saved, Les Miserables, ...Spelling Bee).
Each shared their unique history of involvement with the New York Civil Liberties Union and the giving nature of the theatre community...
Eugene Lovendusky: Thanks so much, all of you, for comig down on a Monday evening to chat with BroadwayWorld. And it's such a privilege to have you in the room, Donna. Another Broadway Stands Up for Freedom! concert is right around the corner you excited?
Todd Buonopane: I think we're excited that it just gets bigger and bigger. Celia, Danny and I have been involved for three years
Jen Bender: This is my first year.
And my sixth! I've been with it from the beginning.
Eugene: Broadway Stands For Freedom! may be an evening of singing and art in its highest form. But it is also a benefit for a very important (but also a somewhat controversial) organization. Paint us a better picture of what NYCLU does