NYCLU executive director Donna Lieberman, who created the annual event with a group of aspiring actors to “highlight social justice and civil rights issues through the lens of some of Broadway artists,” stated, “We’re thrilled that so many talented performers and artists are generously supporting our work by celebrating the vital link between the arts and civil liberties. We’re planning an evening of great music and laughter for a worthy cause, especially at a time when the country is experiencing attacks on freedom of sexual orientation, gender identity and religion in the wake of the horrific attack in Orlando, Florida.”
Susan Blackwell will return as host with directors Peter Flynn and Daniel Goldstein and musical director Lynn Shankel. Tony Award-nominated director Liesl Tommy will be the keynote speaker, and Celia and Andrew Keenan-Bolger will produce and present a video.
Performers are set to include Emily Skeggs (Fun Home), Jennifer Simard (Disaster!), Erich Bergen (Madame Secretary), Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Rhiannon Giddens (Shuffle Along), Andréa Burns (On Your Feet!), Christina Bianco (The Marvelous Wonderettes), Todd Buonopane, Devin Trey Campbell (Kinky Boots), Celisse Henderson (Godspell), Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen), Arian Moayed (The Humans), Zachary Prince (Honeymoon in Vegas), Liana Stampur and Clinton Curtis, Eliseo Roman (On Your Feet!), Crystal Monee Hall and the Brooklyn Tech Lady Dragons Step Team.
The evening will also showcase the teenage winners of NYCLU’s Freedom of Expression contest, which invites New York City public school students to speak their minds on important civil liberties issues in their lives.
Proceeds from the show will benefit the NYCLU’s mission of promoting and protecting civil rights and liberties of all New Yorkers.