Photo Coverage: Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Concert

"Broadway Stands Up for Freedom!," a benefit concert to support the youth programs of the New York Civil Liberties Union, took place on Monday, July 16th at 7:30 pm at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 La Guardia Place, Washington Square South)

Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner hosted the event with NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. Nina Lannan and Jordan Roth co-chair. Performers included Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Spelling Bee), Kathleen Chalfant (Wit) and Shoshana Bean (Wicked), Tony Award winners LaChanze (The Color Purple), Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Denis O'Hare (Take Me Out, Assassins), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Les Miserables), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee, Les Miserables), Jenn Colella (High Fidelity), Julie Halston (Gypsy, Twentieth Century), Todd Buonopane (Spelling Bee), the cast of [title of show] - Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell, Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), and founding performers Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys National Tour) and Liana Stampur, with Clinton Curtis and Colin McAdoo.

Emmy Award-winning Seth Rudetsky ("Seth's Broadway Chatterbox") was musical director, and Daniel Goldstein (Papermill's Godspell, But I'm a Cheerleader: The Musical) directed.  "Broadway Stands Up for Freedom!" is now in its fifth year. It was founded by performers Liana Stampur and Erich Bergen as a way to put into action their personal dedication to reproductive rights and other civil liberties issues relevant to them as young people.

The New York Civil Liberties Union has been at the forefront of challenges to recent abuses of power, from torture to government secrecy to spying on innocent Americans. The NYCLU is also currently working to oppose overly-aggressive policing in city public schools, abusive military recruitment tactics, as well as training thousands of peer educators through the Teen Health Initiative to understand and advocate for their right to confidential reproductive health care. As part of that campaign the organization is evaluating scores of entries—poetry, artwork, music and essays—that young people have submitted to the organization's annual Student Expression contest, about these and other issues. The winning entries will be read and/or performed by special guestsas part of the evening.

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Celia Keenan-Bolger, Denis O'Hare and Harriet Harris

Marshall Brickman, Erich Bergen (Co-Founding Member Broadway Stands Up for Freedom) and Rick Elice

Marshall Brickman, Erich Bergen and Rick Elice

Jenn Colella and Seth Rudetsky (Musical Director)

Erich Bergen and Susan Blackwell

Donna Lieberman (Executive Director NYCLU) and Tony Kushner (Host)

Liana Stampur (Co-Founding Member Broadway Stands Up for Freedom), Donna Lieberman and Tony Kushner

Todd Buonopane and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell

LaChanze and Darius de Haas

Darius de Haas and Jenn Colella

Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell and Larry Pressgrove

Clinton Curtis, Liana Stampur and Colin McAddo

LaChanze and Shoshana Bean

LaChanze, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Shoshana Bean

LaChanze, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Shoshana Bean

Celia Keenan-Bolger, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Celia Keenan-Bolger, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Daphne Rubin-Vega and Darius de Haas

Daphne Rubin-Vega, Daniel Goldstein (Director), Celia Keenan-Bolger and Todd Buonopane

Daphne Rubin-Vega, Daniel Goldstein (Director), Celia Keenan-Bolger and Dennis O'Hare

Daphne Rubin-Vega

Daphne Rubin-Vega and Jeremy Katz

Michael Berresse, Courtney Balan and Jeff Bowen

Nina Hennessey, Kate Pazakis, Naomi Naughton and Joy Hermalyn

Michael Berresse, Jeff Bowen, Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell and Larry Pressgrove

Barrett Foa and Farah Alvin

Michael Berresse, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Barrett Foa

Jamarah Harris (NYCLU Communications Assistant) and Daphne Rubin-Vega

James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky

Barrett Foa and Todd Buonopane 

Farah Alvin and Seth Rudetsky

Daniel Goldstein and Seth Rudetsky

Barrett Foa, Kerry Meads (Drums) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Daniel Goldstein, Liana Stampur and Seth Rudetsky

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jamarah Harris

Daphne Rubin-Vega and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Daphne Rubin-Vega and Yolanda Culler

Seth Rudetsky looks up to Erich Bergen

Barrett Foa and Hunter Bell

The Cast and Company

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