Rory O'Malley, Raymond J. Lee, et al. Set for BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE, 6/27
Over fifteen Broadway and National Tour performers will join notable personalities on Monday, June 27, 2011 to celebrate New York City's Gay Pride at The LGBT Center in Manhattan. Broadway Sings for Pride: A Benefit Concert, is being produced by Neal B of NealB.tv and will benefit The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Attendees will enjoy the vast array of songs from Lady Gaga to The Beatles, along with a plethora of Broadway hits. Musical performances will feature cast members from The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Rent, Wonderland, Mamma Mia, Anything Goes and many more! Jim Lahti will serve as the evening's musical director and Carly Jibson (Broadway's Hairspray and Cry-Baby) will emcee. Musical accompaniment will be provided Jim Lahti on piano, Sean Harkness on acoustic & electric guitar and David Silliman on percussion. Kat Dudina and Mia Grottola, American Sign Language interpreters, will be signing for the hard of hearing and deaf community.
Audiences will also hear first-hand stories of pride from some of New York's famous: Sonja Morgan ("The Real Housewives of New York City"), Reichen Lehmkuhl ("The Amazing Race", "The A-List: New York"), Randy Jones (multi-platinum recording artist, founding member of Village People), Darius de Haas (Broadway's Kiss of the Spider Woman, Carousel), Marti Cummings (Broadway Speaks OUT) and Matt Martin (Real Housewives of Twitter) will share their stories of pride.
Musical guests currently scheduled to perform are: Rory O'Malley (Broadway's "The Book of Mormon"), Raymond J. Lee (Broadway's "Anything Goes", "Mama Mia!"), Athena Reich (Singer/TV Personality, Outmusic Awards's Best Outstanding Pop Song of 2009), Russell Fischer (Broadway's "Jersey Boys" ), Tracy McDowell (Broadway's Final Cast of "Rent"), Rebecca Larkin (Broadway's "Avenue Q" & "South Pacific"), Matt Leisy (Off Broadway's "The Fantasticks"), King Aswad ("Rent" Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, "Rent" National Tour), Renee Marino (Broadway's "West Side Story" "Wonderland"), Antoine L. Smith ("Cats" National Tour, Regional Tour of "Rent"), Luis Villabon (Associate Choreographer "A Chorus Line" National Tour, Off Broadway's "Naked Boys Singing"), Moeisha McGill (Broadway's "Rent" and "Mamma Mia"), Heather Parcells (Broadway's "Wonderland" "A Chorus Line", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"), Anthony Lee Medina (National Tour of "Spring Awakening"), Jenn Furman (National Tour of "Wicked"), Erica Ash (Broadway's "Baby It's You"), Derek St. Pierre (Broadway's "Rock of Ages"), Will Sheridan (Villanova basketball player, musician), Cristy Candler ("Wicked"), Cedric Leiba Jr. ("Miss Saigon" National Tour, "Rent" National Tour), Joshua Min (Singer/Songwriter), Tonya Thompson (Regional Tours of Little Shop of Horrors, Drowsy Chaperone)
The show will begin promptly at 7PM and will consist of speeches, and musical performances.
100% of the event's proceeds will be given to The LGBT Community Center of New York City, an agency that serves as a focal point for LGBT education, social services, advocacy and community. According to the organization's website, 6,000 New Yorkers and 300 groups meet at the community center every week. The LGBT Community Center of New York provides an amazing and almost incomprehensible array of services to LGBT New Yorkers.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is located at 208 West 13th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://gaycenter.org/node/6779
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