Bebe Neuwirth, Lesli Margherita & More Will Unite to Celebrate NYC Pride
On Monday, June 20, 2016, non for profit BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE will premiere their 6th anniversary benefit concert in New York City at the JCC Manhattan! This milestone event will be filled with singing (from pop to Broadway), stories, special celebrity guests and more! The show will honor the Tyler Clementi Foundation and AIDS pioneer and activist Ruth Coker Burks. Broadway Sings for Pride, is a multiple award-wining is a non-for-profit organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists and celebrities to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ youth, and support these young people so that they may reach their full potential.
The one-night-only benefit event, entitled "Ovation", will feature the best performers in the realm of film, television and theater!
The 8 PM event at the JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street) will be hosted by the fabulous LESLI MARGHERITA (Olivier Award Winner, Broadway's Matilda the Musical & Dames at Sea) & TOMMY DIDARIO (Lifestyle Writer, Advocate & Entrepreneur) and feature prominent guest speakers and artists including: BEBE NEUWIRTH (Emmy and 2 time Tony award winner, Madam Secretary), SUZE ORMAN (television host, internationally acclaimed personal finance expert), HENRY KRIEGER (Grammy-award winning composer, Tony and Academy Award nominee, Dreamgirls), PATRICIA VELASQUEZ (First Latina Supermodel, Showtimes The L Word, Social Entrepreneur of Wayuu Taya), BROCK CIARLELLI (ABC's The Middle), KIMBERLEY LOCKE (Pop Star, American Idol, Television host), NATHAN LEE GRAHAM (Zoolander, Broadway's Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), CHRISTIANE NOLL (Tony nominee, Broadway's Ragtime & Jekyll & Hyde), JASON STUART (The Birth of a Nation, FOX's Sleepy Hollow), MIA GENTILE (Broadway's Kinky Boots), DANIEL QUADRINO (Broadway's Newsies & Wicked), CORY WADE (America's Next Top Model), EDEN ESPINOSA (Broadway's Wicked and Rent), A.J. SHIVELY (Drama Desk Award Nominee, Bright Star, La Cage aux Folles 2010 Revival), RYAN SILVERMAN (Broadway's Chicago and Phantom of the Opera), N'KENGE (Original Broadway Casts of Motown the Musical, Sondheim on Sondheim), REBECCA LARKIN (Broadway: Lincoln Center's South Pacific and Avenue Q), CODY SCOTT LANCASTER (Broadway's Rock of Ages), NASIA THOMAS (Beautiful:The Carole King Musical Broadway), ADAM B. SHAPIRO (HBO Film's The Normal Heart, Netflix Master of None), VALERIE SMALDONE (5-time Billboard Magazine Award-winner, Radio personality), ERIC ANTHONY LOPEZ (Phantom of the Opera UK), JAVIER IGNACIO (Side Show Revival), DANIEL DROMM (New York City Council Member & LGBT Caucus Member), JEFFREY MARSH (Social Media Personality, MTV, Logo), RACHEL LORIN (star of Oxygen Network's The Next Big Thing, Recording Artist), RICHIE ABANES (Dreamgirls, Original Broadway Cast), ROMAN YOUNG (Wilhelmina Models), TODD BUONOPANE (Broadway: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, 2007 Grease Revival, Chicago), AMAKER SMITH (Broadway's Priscilla Queen of the Desert), JOHN PAUL ALMON (Side Show, Original Broadway Production), BRIAN CRAFT (Off Broadway's Let My People Come), ANGELO RIOS (Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour), BRIDGETTE ANGELIQUE (Singer), BRANDON GARR (Fashion/Wardrobe Stylist), JAKE TYLER MARKS (Wagner College Main Stage's Cats), DALTON JOSEPH PRIMEAUX (Writer and Blogger), ENISA (Wilhelmina Model & Singer), TYM MOSS (Girl, A Lopsided Tree Won't Ruin Christmas), LINDSAY CHERIN (NJ Idol), NICOLE TILLMAN (Rent West Coast Regional Premier), OUR YOUTH (LGBT Non for Profit), & TADA! YOUTH THEATER and surprises!
CHARLES SANTORO will serve as the musical director, arranger and pianist. He will be joined by RICK MERINO on guitar, JOE MANKIN on bass guitar and JOHN FERRARI on percussion. NEAL BENNINGTON and ROBERT MIELE will produce the event. Portions of the event and travel sponsored by: SAGO HOTEL, FUN HOME ON BROADWAY, & DEEP EDDY VODKA, INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS & WINES, BE MIXED COCKTAIL MIXER.
Launched in June 2011, Broadway Sings for Pride grew out of the tragic suicides within the gay community, and we have received support from Neil Patrick Harris, Channing Tatum, Carol Channing, Bryan Cranston, Kathy Griffin, LeAnn Rimes, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Joy Behar, Wendy Williams and many others. They stage concerts and events that bring to light the challenges faced in the LGBT community, using the funds raised from these programs to aid LGBTQ youth and their families either directly or through supporting like-minded service organizations. They have been honored by Wagner College (Citizen Alum Award 2015 Honoree), Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival's 2015 Non-Profit Organization All-Star Award, Tyler Clementi Foundation's The Upstander Legacy Honoree Host Committee Member, and a four-time nominee for "Most Valuable Campaign" & "Most Valuable Organizer" from the New Organizing Institute. More information: http://broadwaysingsforpride.com or Facebook: Broadway Sings for Pride
OVATION will begin at 8:00PM at the JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street).
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