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Where would the epitome of American theater be, without the active and constant participation of the LGBTQ community? When we talk about the state of the Broadway stage today, that discussion is never complete without the children of the rainbow.

 

By Nathan James

For the past eight years, Neal Bennington and his dedicated team have put together an amazing salute to our community’s contributions in theater. Entitled “Broadway Sings For Pride”, it’s a benefit concert that highlights the best of those who “walk the boards” for their “ten per, and cakes”, delighting all the audiences who come to New York from everywhere, to enjoy an afternoon or evening in the diversion of a play or musical.

This year’s show, “Revolution” features Fran Drescher, star of the hit CBS TV series “the Nanny”, out actor, TV host, and vocalist Frankie Grande (“Rock Of Ages”), a special fiftieth anniversary reunion of the original cast of “Hair”, the revolutionary Broadway musical that made a powerful statement about war and love; and Christian Navarro, the “breakout star” of Netflix’ “13 Reasons Why”.

Hosting the evening’s festivities are YouTube power couple Michael Bowens and Anthony Pavano. Broadway Sings For Pride benefits the Tyler Clementi Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting all forms of bullying. The group is named for a gay teenager who, unable to cope with vicious anti-gay harassment, ended his life at the George Washington Bridge in 2010.

Among the many notables appearing at The Cutting Room in Midtown Manhattan for tomorrow’s gala, are film star and singer Tym Moss, LGBT veterans’ advocate Dr. Remolia Simpson, CEO of My Brothers House, Rebecca Larkin from “South Pacific”, Matt Leisy, an original BSFP member currently acting in “Sweeney Todd”, and Christian Navarro, who will share the meaning of the “Revolution” theme. “I’m so excited to once again be doing ‘Broadway Sings For Pride’,” founder Bennington reflects, “it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth every minute!”

This year also marks the first time the show will be live-streamed, on Broadway Sings For Pride’s Facebook page, for those who can’t get to the city to see it in person.

The Cutting Room is located at 44 E. 32 Street, and can be reached by New York City Transit’s B,D,F,M,N,Q,R, or W trains, PATH, LIRR, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak.

Tickets for BSFP are available through www.broadwaysingsforpride.com.

For every light on Broadway, there is a rainbow!

By Nathan James