McDonald, Jackson and Hair Cast Rally for Love, Peace & Marriage Equality May 17

News   McDonald, Jackson and Hair Cast Rally for Love, Peace & Marriage Equality May 17 The Love, Peace & Marriage Equality rally, featuring Tony winners Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon and David Hyde Pierce as well as the cast of Hair, is held in Manhattan May 17.
Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald Photo by Michael Wilson

Broadway Impact and its Tony-nominated co-founder Gavin Creel (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins), organized the event, which boasts members of the theatre community rallying to support New York State Governor David Paterson's proposed bill, which would grant same-sex couples the equal right to enter a civil marriage in the Empire State. From 5-7 PM supporters of the New York State marriage equality bill will gather at the corner of 6th Avenue and 45th Street to encourage members of the New York State Senate to approve the bill, which was recently passed by the State Assembly (in a vote of 89 to 52) on May 12.

Among the artists who will share their words and performances are McDonald (Ragtime, Twelfth Night), Nixon (Distracted, Rabbit Hole, "Sex in the City") Pierce (Accent on Youth, Curtains), Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu), Kristin Davis ("Sex in the City"), Creel and fellow cast members of Hair (performing "Let the Sun Shine In"), as well as marriage equality bill sponsor Senator Tom Duane, Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

"I am thrilled that we are able to come together as a community to urge people to take direct action by calling their State Senators," said Creel in a statement. "This peaceful rally is going to be about love – and the right to marry whoever it is that you love."

Paterson first presented the marriage equality bill on April 16. Should the Senate vote to pass the bill, New York State would be the sixth state to grant same-sex couples the equal right to marry, following Massachusetts, Iowa, Maine, Connecticut and Vermont. New Hampshire's legislature approved its own marriage equality bill and is awaiting the signature of Governor John Lynch.

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