Rory O'Malley, Georgi James & More Join NYCLU's BROADWAY STANDS UP FOR FREEDOM Benefit, 7/22

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Five talented performers have joined the cast of Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, the annual benefit concert of the New York Civil Liberties Union (the New York State affiliate of the ACLU), to be held Monday, July 22 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

New additions include Georgi James, starring on Broadway in Annie; 30 Rock's Todd Buonopane; Rory O'Malley, opening soon in Nobody Loves You at Second Stage; Shaina Taub, featured in the new musical Natasha & Pierre & The Great Comet of 1912; and Godspell alum Grace Capeless.

"We're thrilled that these talented performers are bringing all of their strengths to advancing the civil liberties of all New Yorkers," said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. "We're especially delighted that Georgi and Grace will add their amazing voices on a night when we at the NYCLU celebrate the promise of young people in New York."

The cast includes Tony winners Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam, Caroline or Change) and Randy Graff (City of Angels); Tony nominees Celia Keenan-Bolger (...Spelling Bee; Peter & the Starcatcher), Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow) and Anthony Rapp (Rent); Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Nellie McKay (Threepenny Opera, Old Hats), Lisa Kron (Well), Zachary Prince (Baby, It's You) and founding performer Liana Stampur with Clinton Curtis, among others.

Susan Blackwell ([title of show]) will host, Georgia Stitt (America's Got Talent, Broadway Divas) debuts as music director, and Daniel Goldstein (Godspell) returns as director.

Proceeds from the show benefit the NYCLU's youth programs, including its work with LGBT teenagers; its Teen Activist Project, which engages New York City teens as organizers and peer educators on civil rights and civil liberties issues; and its work to stop overly aggressive policing and zero-tolerance discipline in the city's public schools.

Individual tickets, $100/$60, can be purchased at www.nyuskirball.org; by phone at 212.352.3101 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat, Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or in person at the Shagan Box Office, at 566 LaGuardia Place. VIP tickets and sponsorship packages, now on sale for $250 and up, can be purchased here.

For more information about the show, including a complete list of performers, visit www.nyclu.org/broadway.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, we are a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with eight chapters and regional offices and nearly 50,000 members across the state. Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers.

The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. www.nyuskirball.org

Photo by: Jennifer Broski

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