Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Concert to Feature Nikki M. James, Andrew Rannells, Beth Leavel, John Gallagher, Jr.
By Andrew Gans
The New York Civil Liberties Union will present its annual benefit show, Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, July 25 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts.
Those currently scheduled to perform include The Book of Mormon’s Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells and Baby It's You!’s Beth Leavel, Erica Ash and Zachary Prince as well as John Gallagher, Jr. (Jerusalem), Nellie McKay (I Want to Live!), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys), John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), Christina Sajous (American Idiot), Lindsay Mendez (Everyday Rapture), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee), De'Adre Aziza (The Hot L Baltimore, Passing Strange) Alysha Umphress (American Idiot) and founding performer Liana Stampur with Clinton Curtis.
Daniel Goldstein will direct the evening, which will be hosted by musical director Seth Rudetsky.
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, a longtime NYCLU member, is the honorary chairman for the event. Honorary chairs are Susan Sarandon, Alan Cumming, Harvey Fierstein, Bill Irwin, Tom Kitt, Stephen Schwartz, Billy Crudup, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman and Disney Theatrical’s Tom Schumacher.
Proceeds from the show benefit the NYCLU’s youth programs, including its work with LGBT teenagers; its Teen Health Initiative, which educates teenagers on their rights to access health care in New York City; and its work to stop overly aggressive policing and military recruiting in the city’s public schools.
Individual tickets start at $60 and can be purchased by visiting www.nyclu.org/bway.
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