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Celia Keenan-Bolger, Steven Pasquale and More Set for BROADWAY STANDS UP FOR FREEDOM, 7/23

The New York Civil Liberties Union (The New York State affiliate of the ACLU) today announced a star-studded lineup of award-winning performers for Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, its annual benefit show on Monday, July 23 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts.

Dozens of Broadway’s finest will perform including 2012 Tony-nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter & the Starcatcher), Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Nikki Renée Daniels (Porgy & Bess, Aida), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Darius de HaasRentMarie Christine), Julia Murney (Wicked), Ripley Sobo (Once), The Broadway Boys, and founding performer Liana Stampur with Clinton Curtis, with more to be announced.

Seth Rudetsky will host and musical direct, and the show will directed by Daniel Goldstein, director of the current Godspell on Broadway.

Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, a longtime NYCLU member, is the honorary chairman for the event and will give opening remarks.

“We’re very fortunate to have so many talented performers generously support our work and celebrate the essential link between civil liberties and the arts,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “It will be an exciting evening of great music and laughs, all for a worthy cause.”

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.

VIP tickets and sponsorship packages, now on sale for $250 and up, can be purchased here.  Individual tickets, $100/$60, will be available starting May 21 and can be purchased three ways: Online at; by phone at 212.352.3101, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., and 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; or in person at the Shagan Box Office located in the Center’s lobby at 566 LaGuardia Place. Regular box office hours are Tuesday–Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. plus two hours prior to performance.

For more information about the show, including a complete list of performers, visit

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