Photo Flash: Justin Sayre, Austin Scarlett, Alison Fraser, Jackie Hoffman and More at 4th Annual NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS
The fourth annual "Night Of A Thousand Judys" -- presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre -- welcomed stars including Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Austin Scarlett ("Project Runway"), Karen Wyman (celebrated 60s pop singer), Alison Fraser (two-time Tony Award nominee), Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray) and Aaron Weinstein (acclaimed jazz violinist), as well as Jane Monheit (Grammy Award nominated jazz star), Sarah Dash (R&B/Disco legend of LaBelle), Rory O'Malley (Tony Award nominee, The Book of Mormon,) Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Erin McKeown (folk-rock singer/songwriter) and Gabrielle Stravelli (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). Scroll down for photos from the event!
The Monday, June 16 Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center took place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan). "Night Of A Thousand Judys" honored the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. The evening was written and hosted by Justin Sayre, and directed and choreographed by Jason Wise. Lance Horne served as Music Supervisor.
The first three sold-out annual concerts featured the talents of Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin VivIan Bond, Madeleine Peyroux,Tonya Pinkins, Nellie McKay, Telly Leung, Karen Mason, Bridget Everett, Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, Howard McGillin, Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Karen Akers, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan, Frank DeCaro among many others.
"Night Of A Thousand Judys" is a special presentation of The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show known for a signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between. The Meeting* is currently enjoying a successful monthly run at Joe's Pub, which hosted of the first "Night of a Thousand Judys" in 2011. Justin Sayre and The Meeting* were named among the Top nightclub shows of 2013 by Time Out New York, and received the 2012 Bistro Award for "Comedy Artistry" and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance. Each month, the I.O.S gathers to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Justin Sayre, the show's creator, writer and host, serves as the Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites and brings his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as "Letters to the Chairman" and "New Rulings from the Board." www.InternationalOrderofSodomites.com
The Ali Forney Center is the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. AFC's goal is to provide them with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives. For more information on The Ali Forney Center, visit www.aliforneycenter.org.
"Just like Judy we always come back," says Justin. "Every year, the love we have for this show and the tremendous work of The Ali Forney Center only gets deeper and deeper. It's the privilege of my whole year to work with our Judy's Family which every year gets bigger and bigger. For 2014, expect a lot of great music brought to you by some of the most exciting performers in New York and the world, all paying homage to the great lady herself, but also giving their time and talents to the brave young people at AFC. There's No Place Like Home, and we want that to be true for everyone. We work with the AFC to make that a reality."
For more information, visit www.aliforneycenter.org/judys.
Photo Credit: Christopher Gagliardi / www.christophergagliardi.com
NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Programs
Judy Art by Robert Risko
Judy T-Shirt by Deer Dana
Judy Cookies by Cookie Jar'd
Austin Scarlett with THE WIZARD OF OZ Cast
Spencer Day and Joseph Keckler
Christian Campbell and Catie Lazarus
Jason Wise and Austin Scarlett
Austin Scarlett, Jill Pangallo and Shane Shane
NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Dancers
Justin Sayre and the NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS Dancers
Austin Scarlett, Tyler Coates and Jill Pangallo
Justin Sayre with Grace Milzoff and Neil Schaier, AFC Volunteers given the Judy Award for their service
The cast closes the show with 'Over the Rainbow'