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Gavin Creel, John Tartaglia, Join BROADWAY STANDS UP FOR FREEDOM, 7/25

The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced the addition of two-time Tony nominee Gavin Creel and Tony nominee John Tartaglia to its star-studded lineup of award-winning performers for Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, its annual benefit show scheduled for Monday, July 25 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts.

Creel (Hair) and Tartaglia (Avenue Q) will take the stage alongside dozens of Broadway's finest, including renowned playwright and director Moisés Kaufman, and Tony winners Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon) and Beth Leavel (Baby it's You!).

"We're fortunate to have so many talented performers honor and celebrate the vital link between civil liberties and the arts," NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. "It will be a great evening of music and laughs."

Other performers include The Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells, Baby it's You!'s Erica Ash, Nellie McKay (I Want to Live!), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys), Steven Pasqual (reasons to be pretty), Christina Sajous (American Idiot), Lindsay Mendez (Everyday Rapture), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee), and founding performer Liana Stampur with Clinton Curtis, with more to come.

Seth Rudetsky will host and musical direct, and the show will directed by Daniel Goldstein (upcoming Broadway Godspell).

Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, a longtime NYCLU member, is the honorary chairman for the event. Joining Tony as honorary chairs this year are: Susan Sarandon, Alan Cumming, Harvey Fierstein, Bill Irwin, Tom Kitt, Stephen Schwartz, Billy Crudup, Marc Shaiman, Scott Whitman and Disney Theatrical's Tom Schumacher.

The Producer's Circle includes Barbara Whitman (producer of Red, Next to Normal, 33 Variations), Michael David (producer of Jersey Boys, Farnsworth Invention), David Richenthal (producer of Finian's Rainbow, I Am My Own Wife) and Dini von Mueffling, Nina Lannan (general manager of Billy Elliot: The Musical, 9 to 5), Jordan Roth (President Jujamcyn Theatres), and Broadway Across America.

Proceeds from the show benefit the NYCLU's youth programs, including its work with LGBT teenagers; its Teen Activist Project, which educates teenagers about their rights; and its work to stop overly aggressive policing in the city's public schools.

Individual tickets start at $60 and can be purchased here. Sponsorship packages are available here.

For more information about the show, including a complete list of performers, and to purchase tickets, visit

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/WM Photos

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