More Broadway notables have joined the roster of stars set to make appearances at Playbill and Times Square Alliance's second annual Pride in Times Square event, a fabulous, weekend-long celebration of all things Broadway and Pride. The event will take over the heart of NYC's theatre district for NYC Pride Weekend June 23-24, rain or shine. It will culminate as the Playbill Pride Float returns to the NYC Pride March June 25, supporting the organization Heritage of Pride.
With the additions being revealed today, the 2023 Pride in Times Square becomes Broadway's biggest-ever Pride celebration, with more than 200 presenters, singers, performers, speakers, and hosts scheduled to participate. And that number is expected to grow even more!
Among those newly joining the festivities are J. Harrison Ghee, Alex Newell, Lea Michele, Bonnie Milligan, Annaleigh Ashford, Melba Moore, Desmond is Amazing, and Constantine Maroulis, plus cast members from Kimberly Akimbo, Here Lies Love, and Moulin Rouge!.
Ghee, Milligan, Ashford, Anthony Lee Medina, Brandon Contreras, Desmond is Amazing, Devin Lewis, Lauren Elder, Lee LeBreton, Melba Moore, Nic Rouleau, Tatiana Lofton, and Val Ramirez will perform with ViiV Healthcare's Celebrate You!, set to take the Pride in Times Square Main Stage June 23 at 3:30 PM.
Next up on the Main Stage is American Express' Anthems of Pride concert June 23 at 5:15 PM. It will feature Melanie La Barrie from & Juliet; Will Swenson and Mark Jacoby from A Beautiful Noise; PJ Adzima and Cody Jamison Strand from The Book of Mormon;, Kimberly Marable, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Jeff Gorti, and Michael Scirrotto from Chicago; Lilli Cooper, Dana Steingold, Laura Bell Bundy from The Cottage; Lea Michele from Funny Girl; Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada from Hadestown; Thayne Jasperson, Trey Curtis, Ta-Tynisa Wilson, Johanna Moises, Laura Mendes, Lily Froehlich, and Kennedy Kandi from Hamilton; Colleen Fitzpatrick, Alex Vinh, Miguel Gil, Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan, and Nina White from Kimberly Akimbo; Uma Paranjpe from Life of Pi; Gilbert Domally from The Lion King; Tiffany Rene and Joy Woods from Little Shop of Horrors; Vanessa Sears from New York, New York; Ellie Morris and Nancy Zamit from Peter Pan Goes Wrong; Kolby Kindle and Clyde Voce from The Play That Goes Wrong; Alex Newell from Shucked; Hailee Kaleem Wright, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, Bella Coppola, Nasia Thomas, Zoe Jensen, and Taylor Iman Jones from SIX The Musical; J Harrison Ghee from Some Like It Hot; Anthony Murphy from Titaníque; and Mary Kate Morrissey from Wicked. Also featured will be cast members from Parade. As previously announced, Anthems of Pride will be hosted by Tituss Burgess.
Additional event programming includes concerts and sing-alongs at the Pride Piano Bar and opportunites to connect with Pride in Times Square sponsors, which include American Express, ViiV Healthcare, and Audible. Interactive double-decker buses will be onsite with experiences to explore. Audible's area will feature Amazon Music DJs spinning songs from the PROUD Playlist. Audible also invites Pride in Times Square attendees to consider visiting their one-night-only live performance of Alison Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For at Minetta Lane Theatre, which will feature Bechdel, Roberta Colindrez, and more.
Throughout the weekend, local businesses will be offering discounts, deals, giveaways, and special menu items to help celebrate Pride Month. Visit TSQ.org/PrideDeals to find details for all promotions. The Alliance has also arranged displays of Pride flags and rainbows on screens and billboards throughout Times Square for a special #SignsofPride campaign.
Pride in Times Square is sponsored by American Express, ViiV Healthcare, and Audible Theater, with additional support from Hotel Edison, The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Open Jar Studios, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Equity, and NYC Unity Project.
For a full schedule and more information, visit Playbill.com/Pride.
Take a look at 2022's Pride in Times Square celebration: