NYC: Broadway Stands Up for Freedom

Jul 20 2015 7:30 pm
America/New York

SAVE THE DATE: July 20, 2015

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

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Stars talk about why they support the NYCLU in this video from our 2014 concert:

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Broadway’s finest will perform at this year's Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, including:

Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie)
Montego Glover (It Shoulda Been You) – 2015 Tony Award Nominee
Brandon Uranowitz (American in Paris) – 2015 Tony Award Nominee
Steven Boyer (Hand to God) – 2015 Tony Award Nominee
Andréa Burns (On Your Feet)
Michael Cerveris (Fun Home) – 2015 Tony Award Nominee
Judy Kuhn (Fun Home) – 2015 Tony Award Nominee
Grace McLean (Brooklynite)
Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!)
Shaina Taub (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812)
Founding performer Liana Stampur & Clinton Curtis

In addition to some of Broadway’s hottest rising talent, the evening will showcase 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.

Broadway Stands Up For FreedomSUSAN BLACKWELL (host) is on a mission to free people’s self-expression. As a performer, writer and educator, she champions this cause around the world, on Broadway, off-Broadway, in classrooms and writing, and on TV, film, sound recordings and the Internet. Most notably, she created and played a character based on herself in the original Broadway musical [title of show], and the off-Broadway musical NOW. HERE. THIS. (original cast recordings available on Sh-K-Boom records). She created and hosts the freewheeling chat show Side by Side by Susan Blackwell on TV: ‘Crime’, ‘Untitled Aziz Ansari Project’, ‘Unforgettable’, ‘SMASH’, ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Onion News Network’, 'The Good Wife', 'The Sopranos', 'Law & Order’, and the ABC pilot ‘Dangerous Liaisons’. Film: Margin Call, P.S.: I Love You, Birdman, Three Generations, Oppenheimer Strategies, Margot at the Wedding. As the founder of Susan Blackwell & Co, she partners with likeminded, compassionate artists and thought leaders to deliver inspiring entertainment and educational offerings aimed at freeing people’s creative self-expression. As an educator, she has empowered thousands of people to identify and slay the vampires that stop them from being free. #CreativeFreedomForAll.

Broadway Stands Up For FreedomSTEVEN BOYER’s Broadway credits include Hand to God (Tony Award nomination) and I’m Not Rappaport. His recent Off Broadway credits include King Lear (The Public), Hand to God (OBIE Award and Lucille Lortel Award; Ensemble Studio Theatre), >em>The Explorers Club (MTC) and Trevor (Lesser America). His television credits include Orange is the New Black, The Crazy Ones and Louie. His film credits include The Wolf of Wall Street, Listen Up Philip and the upcoming Steven Spielberg project Bridge of Spies. He is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Broadway Stands Up For FreedomCELIA KEENAN-BOLGER is participating for her eighth year in Broadway Stands Up For Freedom. Her Broadway credits include Glass Menagerie (Tony Award Nomination, Dorothy Loudon Award, Drama Desk Award), Peter And The Starcatcher, (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination, Drama League nomination) Les Miserables (Drama Desk Award nomination) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble, Theatre World Award). Her Off Broadway credits include The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center Theater), Merrily We Roll Along (City Center Encores), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons), Bachelorette (2econd Stage), Saved (Playwrights Horizons), Juno (City Center Encores) and Little Fish (Second Stage). Celia graduated from the University of Michigan.

Broadway Stands Up For FreedomJUDY KUHN is currently appearing in Fun Home on Broadway, for which she received her fourth Tony Award nomination. Her other Broadway appearances include She Loves Me (Tony Award nomination), Chess (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination), Les Miserables (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination) and Rags (Drama Desk Award nomination). Most recently she appeared as Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Laipine’s Passion at the Classic Stage Company. She was the singing voice of Disney’s Pocahontas and has just released her fourth solo album celebrating the music of Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers and Adam Guettel.

Broadway Stands Up For FreedomGRACE MCLEAN’s credits include Brooklynite (The Vineyard), Bedbugs!!!, The World is Round (BAM), Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Sleep No More, La MaMa Cantata, From The Fire (recipient of the MTM:UK Award for Best New Musical at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Last Goodbye (WTF 2010), Twelve Ophelias (Woodshed Collective) and Grace McLean Lives in Concert. Grace McLean and Them Apples opened the 2015 Lincoln Center “American Songbook” season and in April traveled to Pakistan on a U.S. State Department sponsored tour.

Broadway Stands Up For FreedomSARAH STILES is currently in Hand to God on Broadway, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for her role as Jessica. Her other favorite credits include Little Red Riding Hood in Shakespeare in the Park's Into the Woods and Annelle in Judith Ivey's production of Steel Magnolias at the Alliance Theater. Her Broadway credits include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Avenue Q and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Sarah is voice of Spider in Pasek and Paul's James and the Giant Peach and lead vocalist in Gary Lucas's “Fleischerei” project.

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