Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Tonight in Starry Concert; Jeanine Tesori Is Keynote Speaker

News   Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Tonight in Starry Concert; Jeanine Tesori Is Keynote Speaker
Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, the annual benefit for The New York Civil Liberties Union, is presented July 20 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan).

Jeanine Tesori
Jeanine Tesori Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Susan Blackwell ([title of show]) hosts the evening with recent Tony winner Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home) as the keynote speaker.

Scheduled to perform are 2015 Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris (with Loose Cattle) and Ruthie Ann Miles, 2015 Tony Award nominees Judy Kuhn, Brandon Uranowitz, Sarah Stiles and Steven Boyer, as well as Celia Keenan-Bolger, Montego Glover, Seth Rudetsky, Kate Ferber, Grace McLean, Shaina Taub Liana Stampur with the Clinton Curtis Band, Rachel Resheff, Andrea Burns, Ashley Park, Joe Carroll, Malcolm Merriweather, Charles Duke, Brennan Hall, Matt Gould , Griffin Matthews and Christina Bianco.

Tony Kushner serves as honorary chair.

With Peter Flynn as director and Paul Staroba as musical director, the one-night-only benefit also features an original video by Andrew and Celia Keenan-Bolger.

"We’re thrilled that so many talented performers and artists generously support our work and celebrate the vital link between the arts and civil liberties," said NYCLU executive director Donna Lieberman in an earlier statement. “We’re planning an evening of great music and laughs, all for a worthy cause.”

The evening also showcases the teenage winners of the NYCLU’s Freedom of Expression contest, which invites New York City public schools students to speak their minds on important civil liberties issues in their lives.

Proceeds from the show benefit the NYCLU’s youth programs.

VIP tickets and sponsorship packages are on sale for $100 and up. Individual tickets, $60, can be purchased by clicking here; by calling (212) 352-3101; or in person at the Shagan Box Office located in the Center’s lobby at 566 LaGuardia Pl.

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