A special installment of Justin Sayre's variety show The Meeting*, the annual event serves as a benefit for the Ali Forney Center and its mission to assist LGBT homeless youth.
Sayre wrote the show, which he will also host. Show time is 8 PM. Lance Horne will musical direct the evening that promises skits, tributes and songs from Garland's acclaimed career. Check out videos from last year's event here.
In addition to Burgess ( The Little Mermaid), Quinton ( T he Mystery of Irma Vep), Graham ( Hit the Wall), Maggart and Shukert, the evening will feature John Early, Becca Blackwell, Carolee Carmello ( Scandalous, Parade), Justin Vivian Bond ( Kiki & Herb), Lea DeLaria ( Rocky Horror Show), Telly Leung ( Godspell, "Glee"), Jaime Cepero ("Smash"), Scott Matthew ("Shortbus"), Natalie Joy Johnson ( Silence!, Legally Blonde), Nancy Anderson ( Far from Heaven, Wonderful Town, A Class Act), original "Weather Girl" Martha Wash, Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll ( Chaplin, Ragtime), nightlife performer Molly Pope, Madeleine Peyroux, Karen Mason ( Wonderland, Hairspray) and Danielle Grabianowski ( Sleep No More).
"The work of the Ali Forney Center is crucial to young LGBT people in New York," Sayre said in a statement. "It enables them to thrive and grow in a healthy and warm environment, where they are celebrated for their identity rather than chastised for it. Life may have dealt you a raw hand, but there are people out there to help you through it. In her film roles and in her personal life, Judy Garland embodied an innocence and a resilience that still thrills young and old alike. She had tragedy in her life and yet she continued to give herself to a public that adored her. If Judy Garland was the comeback kid, The Ali Forney Center is the comeback place. I can't imagine a better combination."
The event is produced by Adam J. Rosen and Dan Fortune. Ticket are $30, $60 and $100 (which includes a VIP pre-show reception at 6:30 PM and a gift bag). For tickets click here. The Kaufman Center is located at 129 West 67th Street.