Tony nominee Gavin Creel, the co-founder of Broadway Impact, is a key organizer for the New York component of the rally that seeks to establish equal rights for LGBT citizens in all states. Creel (Hair), McDonald (Ragtime, Master Class), Foster (Shrek, Thoroughly Modern Millie), producer David Stone (Next to Normal, Wicked) and the casts of Hair and Memphis are among those sponsoring the "Equality Buses" that will transport New Yorkers to the event in the nation's capital next month.
“I am so proud that the Broadway community has come together and is taking the lead towards equality,” Creel said in a statement. “It’s incredible and inspiring that the producers of Hair are so supportive and are making it possible for the cast to be a part of history. Now we want to get as many people as possible to join us as we take DC by storm. Get on the bus!”
Activists are seeking marriage equality, adoption rights, workplace discrimination reform, hate crimes legislation, immigration reform, school anti-bullying policies as well as the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The 2009 event comes 30 years after LGBT activists first marched on Washington in October 1979 to fight for equal rights.
Free roundtrip tickets may be picked up daily at Vlada Lounge (331 West 51st Street) in midtown from 6 PM to midnight through Oct. 7.
Check out Tony winner Sutton Foster offer her perspective on equality and let you know how you can get involved: