Playbill and the Times Square Alliance's Pride in Times Square celebration begins June 24, bringing together stage and screen stars, Broadway shows, LGBTQIA+ non-profits, special Times Square business promotions, and more for a weekend-long event centered around NYC Pride weekend in Times Square between 45th and 47th streets—the heart of Broadway.
Featured in the weekend's lineup are Hedwig and the Angry Inch's Stephen Trask, Mason Alexander Park, Sean Liliquist, Justin Craig, and Andres Valbuena, who will lead a Hedwig sing-along concert; Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla and Gabi Campo leading The Prom sing-along; a reunion of original Broadway cast members from Taboo; the cast of 2022 Tony-winning Best Musical A Strange Loop for a panel discussion; and more. For a full itinerary, visit Playbill.com/Pride-in-Times-Square.
As previously announced, the event will also include The Big Broadway Disco June 25 at 6 PM, with performances from DJ Ari Grooves, DJ Duggz, Orfeh, Anthony Wayne and the cast of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, and Off-Broadway Titanique star Courtney Bassett. For more on The Big Broadway Disco, click here.
Community Pride Day on June 24 will feature representatives from the Ali Forney Center, Austin Artists Project, GLAAD, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, along with The New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Beau in concert. June 25's Broadway Pride Day will celebrate theatre with sing-alongs and concerts from Head Over Heels, Taboo, The Prom, Fowl Play, and Audible Theater’s Shakina Nayfack in Concert, along with A Strange Loop's panel discussion and more.
Interactive Double Decker Buses featuring ViiV and Audible will be available to explore June 24 and 25. Jeep will also celebrate Pride in Times Square with a special installation for guests to experience, along with a Playbill Pride Photo Spot. The first-ever Playbill Pride Float will also join the official NYC Pride March June 26.
A number of artists will also perform at the Playbill Pride Piano Bar, featuring the Sing For Hope piano enrobed with Playbill covers. Austin Artists Project, JJ Maley, Joey Contreras and The Playbill Pride Mix Sing-Along will perform June 24, with Fun Home sing along, Girlfriend From Hell: The Musical in concert, La Cage aux Folles Sing-Along, The Playbill Pride Mix Sing-Along, and Trans Entertainment Guild’s Pride Cabaret Celebration in concert set for June 25.
“Having just welcomed over 400,000 people in one day for the first time since the pandemic, the Times Square Alliance is excited to partner with Playbill to deliver a weekend of exciting and inclusive events to celebrate Pride and invite even more to Times Square,” says Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris. “We look forward to welcoming LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies to the crossroads of the world for programming that supports, inspires, and represents the diverse community of New York City.”
“Playbill is extremely proud to take part in this celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community,” adds Playbill Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alex Birsh. “We are always honored to change our iconic yellow design to the Pride Flag colors, celebrating this expansive and important community. And this year, we are even more proud to celebrate Pride in our biggest way yet: a big party in Times Square. Playbill aims to be a leader in our community, and we look for this event to continue expanding our tradition of standing with and behind our LGBTQIA+ friends, family, and allies. Here's to an amazing celebration with our partners, sponsors, and the entire Broadway community."