Bayard: A New Musical in Concert, which highlights the life of late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, will be presented June 17 at 9:30 PM at Feinstein's/54 Below.
Produced and directed by show creators Richard Allen and Taran Gray, the evening will feature the talents of Deon’te Goodman (Hamilton), Anthony Chatmon II (Be More Chill), and Scott Redmond (Freedom Riders).
In 1963, what would become known as the most iconic march in Civil Rights history was still a gestating idea without the right person to organize it. The leaders of the movement, some reluctantly, some faithfully, chose Bayard Rustin, the great civil rights strategist and openly gay Black man, to organize and get the march on its feet. His ideas would be a boon for the movement and his life would be the obstacle.
Bayard: A New Musical is the second show of Allen and Gray’s “Freedom Trilogy.” Their first show, Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical, premiered as a workshop production in 2016 at New York Musical Festival (NYMF) and won the Inaugural Beta Award. The show returned to the festival for a second year as a full production.
There is a $30–$40 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at 54Below.com.