PHOTO CALL: Susan Blackwell, Charl Brown, Randy Graff, Erich Bergen, Nellie McKay and Volleygirls in Performance at Broadway Stands Up...
By Matthew Blank
Tony Award winners Randy Graff and Tonya Pinkins, as well as Carrie Manolakos, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Kate Baldwin and Anthony Rapp were part of the July 22 benefit concert Broadway Stands Up for Freedom at the Skirball Center.
Susan Blackwell ([title of show], Volleygirls) hosted the 7:30 PM concert, which had musical direction by Georgia Stitt ("This Ordinary Thursday"). Daniel Goldstein (Godspell) directed the concert.
The event also featured Tony Award nominee Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon), Shaina Taub (Natasha & Pierre & The Great Comet of 1912), Georgi James (Annie), Todd Buonopane ("30 Rock"), Grace Capeless (Godspell), Randy Graff (City of Angels), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Nellie McKay (Old Hats), Lisa Kron (Well), Zachary Prince (Baby, It's You), Liana Stampur, Clinton Curtis, Juliane Godfrey, Julia Knitel, Gerianne Perez, Allison Jill Posner, Dana Steingold, Tony Kushner, Krysta Rodriguez and Allison Strong.
All proceeds benefit the NYCLU's youth programming, including work for LGBT teenagers; the 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.
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