By Michael Gioia
24 Jun 2014
The 54 Below stage was washed in an array of lights resembling Gilbert Baker's "Rainbow Flag" as theatregoers entered the midtown venue for Broadway Celebrates Pride Week, which kicked off New York City Pride week in the heart of Manhattan's theatre district.
Bryan Campione and Harold Lewter were at the helm of the concert, which honored all aspects of pride throughout the Broadway and New York City communities and kicked off with Kevin Smith Kirkwood's rendition of Clivillés + Cole's "Pride (A Deeper Love)."
Janet Krupin, a current swing in Broadway's If/Then who originated the role of Kylar in Bring It On, performed Joey Contreras' new single "Show U How Love Feels," and the composer himself offered "Ohio," a musical confession of his love for boys from the Midwestern state.
The concert revived a series of theatrical love duets — all fittingly performed by the same sex — including "Love Who You Love" from Bonnie & Clyde (sung by Marissa Rosen and Alexa Green), "I Know Him So Well" from Chess (sung by Talia Thiesfield and Kat Hennessey) and "In Whatever Time We Have" from Children of Eden (sung by Gerard Salvador and Alan Shaw).
Motown actor Bryan Terrell Clark made the audience melt with his soulful and smooth voice on a gospel-inspired version of Stephen Sondheim's "No One is Alone," and two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus performed a heartfelt "To Life," an original tune by songwriter and friend Blake Pfeil.
Bethany Moore lightened the mood with "An Old Fashioned Love Story" from Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, singer Elizabeth Urbanzyck brought down the house with Bette Midler's "Friends," "Glee" star Alex Newell moved the crowd with Scott Alan's "And There It Is," and Motown's Mykal Kilgore received a standing ovation for his performance of Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar's "Unique."
The Book of Mormon's Dimitri Moïse appropriately concluded the evening with Heather Small's "Proud."
(Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia's work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com as well as in the pages of Playbill magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @PlaybillMichael).