Celebrities, activists, and over 15 members of the Broadway community will come together in Manhattan for a special one-night-only benefit concert, which includes a pre-show reception starting at 6:00pm. The pre-show reception will feature DJ Jimmy Prada (www.jimmyprada.com ). For a preview of the show, please watch the Danny Jordon-directed video:
Guest speakers scheduled to appear include activist and Dancing with the Stars competitor Chaz Bono, The Chew’s Carla Hall, Miss New York 2011 Kaitlin Monte, Project Runway’s Chris March, Celebrity Photographer and A-List cast member Mike Ruiz, The Closer’s Phillip P. Keene, VH1′s I Want to Work for Diddy Laverne Cox, All My Children’s Christina Bennett Lind, Mr. Gay World USA Tennessee Vincent Leggett, the Imperial Court of New York’s Emperor Ritz Kraka, Empress Witti Repartee & President Gary Cosgrove, The Advocate’s “Forty People Under 40 to Look Out For” AJ Mattioli and OUT 100 honoree & activist James Neiley.
The concert will also feature the talents of American Idol Finalist Anthony Fedorov, Bones star Eric Millegan, Dani Atkinson (America’s Got Talent), Guto Bittencourt (Original Brazilian cast of Les Miserables), Chris Brick (Seussical National Tour), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Theresa Fowler (Oliver! 1st National Tour), Diego Funes (De Funes Dance), Elissa Goldstein (An Affirmative Act), Andre’ Jordan (Shrek The Musical National Tour), Kyle Kleiboeker (Hairspray National Tour), Mary Lahti (Three Sisters), Rebecca Larkin (South Pacific, Avenue Q), Matt Leisy (Off Broadway’s The Fantasticks), Aaron J. Libby (APAC’s The Human Comedy), Anthony Lee Medina (Spring Awakening National Tour, The Capeman at The Public), Renee Marino (West Side Story), Rebecca McBee (Junie B. Jones National Tour), Michael Munoz (Naked Boys Singing), Christine Nolan (Hair), Garry Novikoff (A Normal Life), Athena Reich (Recording Artist), T. Oliver Reid (Sister Act), Max Rhyser (Chaser), Matthew Riordan (Signature Theatre’s Trouble), Angelo Rios (Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Fred Ross (Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour), LaQuet Sharnell (Lysistrata Jones), Adam Shapiro (Zorro The Musical International Tour), Marisha Wallace (The Book of Morman National Tour, Sistas The Musical), What’s The Benefit? inc. (Molly C. Blau, Paul Daniel Cloeter, Nicco Franklin) and TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble.
Neal B of www.NealB.tv will co-produce the event with Jim Lahti, in association with Artists Proof Productions. Jim Lahti also will serve as the musical director/arranger and pianist. He will be joined by John Benthalon on acoustic and electric guitar, David Silliman on percussion and Ritt Henn on bass guitar. The technical director is Dwight Schneider.
Broadway Sings For Pride is a non-for-profit organization which brings together Broadway talent and celebrities to promote LGBT equality through song. Launched in June 2011, we have received support from Carol Channing, Bebe Newirth, Joy Behar, Colman Domingo, Megan Hilty, Lance Bass, Johnny Weir, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Dee Snider, The Real Housewives of NY and many others! Broadway Sings for Pride is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization.
Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) is the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, providing academic enrichment & job readiness programming, health & wellness services, arts & culture programming, hot meals and clean clothes. HMI provides a safe space where LGBTQ youth can express themselves, interact with a community of their peers and access resources to help them achieve their full potential. HMI serves more than 2,500 young people annually from more than 350 zip codes.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has grown to become the largest LGBT multi-service organization on the East Coast and second largest LGBT community center in the world. Every week, 6,000 people visit the Center, and more than 300 groups meet here. They provide groundbreaking social service, public policy, educational and cultural/recreational programs. They also serve as an incubator for grassroots groups that meet here such as the AIDS activist group ACT UP and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the principal organization combating homophobia and stereotyping of gays in the media.
The Mainstage Theater is located in Manhattan at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue. For more tickets and information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/7rkfzym . Ticketing services provided by Ticket Central, 212 279-4200, Noon to 8pm Daily. More information can also be found at www.BwayPride.org or on Facebook: Broadway SingsFor Pride.