Broadway Celebs Stand Up for Freedom! July 16; Kushner Hosts

News   Broadway Celebs Stand Up for Freedom! July 16; Kushner Hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner hosts Broadway Stands Up For Freedom! July 16, in support of the New York Civil Liberties Union youth programs.

A slew of Broadway notables will join Kushner for the starry event, including Kathleen Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Shoshana Bean (Wicked), LaChanze (The Color Purple), Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) Dennis O'Hare (Take Me Out, Assassins), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Jack Goes Boating), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee, Les Miserables), Julia Murney (Wicked), Jenn Collela (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 Liana Stampur and Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys national tour).

Seth Rudetsky (Seth's Broadway Chatterbox) serves as musical director with Daniel Goldstein (Paper Mill's Godspell, But I’m a Cheerleader: The Musical) directing.

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 guests throughout the performance.

The concert begins at 7:30 PM at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, located at 566 LaGuardia Place, Washington Square South. Tickets for Broadway Stands Up for Freedom! are $60, and priority seats sell for $100. Sponsorship packages start at $250. There are also $12 discount tickets for students and senior citizens. To purchase tickets visit www.nyclu.org or call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.org).