Caissie Levy, Emily Padgett, Andy Mientus and Lauren Pritchard Sing at It Gets Better Benefit Tonight

News   Caissie Levy, Emily Padgett, Andy Mientus and Lauren Pritchard Sing at It Gets Better Benefit Tonight
A Better Holiday, a concert benefitting the It Gets Better Project — an organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth — is held Dec. 7 at Joe's Pub.

Caissie Levy
Caissie Levy Photo by Matthew Murphy

Performers include Janina Gavankar ("True Blood," "The L Word," "Mysteries of Laura"), Colin Hanlon ("Modern Family," "Submissions Only," Wicked), Max Jenkins ("Mysteries of Laura," "High Maintenance"), Caissie Levy (Les Misérables, Hair, Ghost), Andy Mientus (Les Misérables, "Smash," "The Flash"), Emily Padgett (Side Show), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Ryann Redmond (If/Then, Bring It On), David Reiser (Walker in Babylon), Dee Roscioli (Wicked, Circus in Winter) and Heléne Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway, "Masters of Sex," "High Maintenance").

Miss J Alexander hosts the 7 PM event, which features music direction by Dana Haynes.

Ted Farley, the Project's executive director, said in a statement, "Despite a growing amount of acceptance, LGBT young people still face a tremendous amount of rejection both at school and at home, simply because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. We are so thrilled to have such a talented group of performers volunteer their time to help bring attention to this cause."

Cast member Mientus added, "While the holidays can be a joyous time, they can also be an especially difficult time for anyone not surrounded by the love and support we expect from movies or old carols. By joining this event, I hope that anyone out there not feeling loved and accepted at this time of year sees that a great big community is waiting to embrace them and that better holidays are within their reach."

Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 967-7555 or click here.

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