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Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One

On Monday evening, February 23 at 8:00pm, the Broadway community (and beyond) came together for one of the most important events of the year - Defying Inequality: The Broadway Concert -- A Celebrity Benefit for Equal Rights, a one-night only concert event at the Gershwin Theatre (222 W. 51st Street). BroadwayWorld.com was there to celebrate the historic and emotional evening!

Featured in the star-studded evening were performers from stage & screen - all to benefit equal right organizations including: Family Equality Council, Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality California, Garden State Equality, and The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force. A GRAND TOTAL OF $400,000 WAS RAISED.

The concert was directed by Schele Williams and Anthony Galde, with musical direction by James Sampliner.

100% of the profits from this spectacular event were donated directly to Family Equality Council, Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality California, Garden State Equality, and The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, five charitable organizations working to promote equality and protect civil rights for the gay and lesbian community.

For Part Two of our BWW Photo Coverage click here!

For information visit the event website: www.defyinginequality.com.

Photos by Linda Lenzi.

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Welcome to "DEFYING INEQUALITY" THE BROADWAY CONCERT – A CELEBRITY BENEFIT FOR EQUAL RIGHTS" AT THE GERSHWIN THEATRE

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Co-Host Judy Gold

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Co-Host Carson Kressley

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Carson Kressley and Judy Gold

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Carson Kressley and Judy Gold

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Christine C. Quinn and Judy Gold

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Yetta Kurland

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Lynda Carter

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Lynda Carter

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Lynda Carter

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Eddie Varley and John Hill

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Marc Shaiman

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Marc Shaiman and Prop 8 The Musical performers

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Lynda Carter

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Scott Duquette and Marc Shaiman

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Eddie Varley and Marc Shaiman

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Costume Designers Michael Bottari and Ronald Case

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Carlos Perez and John Emmet

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Cortes Alexander and Clarke Thorell

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Stephanie J. Block

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Stephanie J. Block

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Sesame Street's Bob McGrath (Bob), Allisoin Bartlett-O'Reilly (Gina), Sonia Manzano (Maria), Roscoe Orman (Gordon) and Emilio Delgado (Luis) 

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Laughing Pizza

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Adam Fleming and Adam Perry

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Scott Duquette and Jose Llana

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Mike Birbiglia

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Jim Caruso and Stephanie J. Block

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Kerry Butler

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Sally Struthers and guest

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Phylis Newman and Kerry Butler

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Dominic Nolfi and Jarrod Spector

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Mark Indelicato

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Mark Indelicato

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Sally Struthers, Mark Indelicato and Kerry Butler

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Sally Struthers, Mark Indelicato and Kerry Butler

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Shoshana Bean

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Shoshana Bean

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Marc Shaiman and Kerry Butler

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Malcolm Gets

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Malcolm Gets

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Jose Llana and Shoshana Bean

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Adriane Lenox

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Tamara Tunie

Photo Coverage: 'DEFYING INEQUALITY' The Benefit - Part One
Adriane Lenox and Tamara Tunie


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