15th Annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom

July 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Spend an unforgettable evening with fellow art and music lovers celebrating the power and beauty of expression. This year Broadway Stands Up for Freedom welcomes Kurt Crowley of “Hamilton: An American Musical” as the music director for the show. The concert will also feature Gavin Creel, 2017 Tony award winning actor and Chris Jackson, 2015 Tony-award nominated actor from Hamilton: An American Musical. Brilliant Broadway songwriter teams creating original music, written and composed exclusively for this concert, will be performed by a lineup of Broadway’s brightest stars and up-and-coming talent. Each song highlights a different civil liberties issue and the work of the ACLU and NYCLU using humor, irony and the freedom of expression!

Ticket sales and sponsorships support the ACLU & NYCLU’s mission to protect the rights of all New Yorkers.

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The evening will also 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.


Join us as we honor Mr. Harry Belafonte with our first-ever Freedom Award for his contributions as an artist and activist for human rights.

Harry Belafonte


Brooks Ashmanskas, Sunday in the Park with George, Shuffle Along

Jenni Barber, Sunday in the Park with George, The Nance

Susan Blackwell*, Talk show host of Side by Side on Broadway.com

Kyle Branzel, Actor & Musician, Murder for Two

Andrea Burns, Drama Desk Award Winner

David Cale, The Total Bent, The Threepenny Opera

Gavin Creel*, Tony Award Winner (2017), Drama Desk Award Winner

William Darling, Artist & Musician

Christopher Ryan Grant, Million Dollar Quartet

Sean Green, Artist & Singer

Josh Greenblatt, Singer & Dancer

Michael Friedman*, 3-Time Drama Desk Nominee, Obie Award Winner

Celia Keenan-Bolger, 3-Time Tony Award Nominee, 2-Time Drama Desk Winner

Andrew Kober, Hair, She Loves Me, Les Miserables

Doreen Montalvo, In the Heights, On Your Feet

Nhlanhla Ngobeni, The Lion King

Zach Prince, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Last Five Years

Rafael Sochakov, Singer 

Liana Stampur, Broadway Stands Up For Freedom Co-Founder

Shaina Taub*, Jonathan Larsen Award Winner, Lucille Lortel nominee, MacDowell Colony Resident

Taylor Trensch, Broadway 2017 - Hello, Dolly!

Brandon Uranowitz, 2-Time Tony Award Nominee

Adrienne Warren, Tony Award Nominee

*Also a songwriter


Ryan Fielding Garrett, Music Director-Kinky Boots (2014-2016)

Joe Kinosian & Kellen Blair, Joseph Jefferson Award Winners, Drama Desk Award nominees, the ASCAP Foundation’s Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award Winners

Michael Kooman & Chris Dimond b/k/a Kooman & Dimond, of Dani Girl, Homemade Fusion, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes; 2011 debut album, Out of Our Heads

Michael R. Jackson, Dramatist Guild Fellow

Brian Lowdermilk, Richard Rodgers Staged Reading Award Winner, Dramatist Guild Fellow, Alan Menken Award Winner, and Kait Kerrigan, Edward Kleban Award Winner

Clinton Curtis, Founder and Front man, The Clinton Curtis Band

Chris Miller, Tuck Everlasting

Mark “Stew” Stewart, Tony Award Winner, Drama Desk Award Winner

Georgia Stitt, Harold Arlen Award Winner, ANMT Search for New Voices in American Musical Theatre Winner, ASCAP Frederick Loewe Fellowship Winner, the Harold Arlen Award Winner, the Sue Brewer Award Winner

Nathan Tysen, Tony Award nominee


Lead Underwriter
SHS Foundation

Richenthal Foundation

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
Lowenstein Sandler PC
David Mills
Marianne & Steve Mills
Barbara Whitman

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

1199 SEIU - United Healthcare
Amalgamated Bank
Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
David Wright Tremaine LLP
Jujamcyn Theatres
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Outten & Golden LLP

Corsair Capital Management
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.
Lamb Financial Group
Levy Ratner, P.C.
Stampur Roth

For more event information, please contact Oshadi Kelly at okelly@nyclu.org






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