Night of A Thousand Judys 2013April 25, 2013
MARTHA WASH, MADELEINE PEYROUX, CAROLEE CARMELLO, JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND,
LEA DELARIA, JAIME CEPERO, CHRISTIANE NOLL, TELLY LEUNG, KAREN MASON,
SCOTT MATTHEW, MAUDE MAGGART, TITUSS BURGESS, NATALIE JOY JOHNSON,
NANCY ANDERSON, MOLLY POPE AND MORE JOIN
JOIN THE MEETING* HOSTED BY JUSTIN SAYRE
FOR THEIR THIRD ANNUAL
“NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS”
THE ACCLAIMED COMEDY/VARIETY SHOW HONORS
JUDY GARLAND TO BENEFIT FOR THE ALI FORNEY CENTER
MUSIC DIRECTION BY LANCE HORNE
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre will present the third annual “Night of A Thousand Judys” on Monday, June 17. The Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in New York). “Night of A Thousand Judys” will honor the legendary singer and actress Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her storied career. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the show at 8:00 PM. The show is written and hosted by Justin Sayre and Lance Horne serves as Music Director.
The show will also feature performances by Martha Wash (“It’s Raining Men”), Madeleine Peyroux (platinum-selling vocalist), Carolee Carmello (Tony Award nominee for Scandalous), Justin Vivian Bond (Tony Award nominated performance artist), Jaime Cepero (“Smash”), Christiane Noll (Tony Award nominee for Ragtime), Telly Leung (“Glee,” Godspell), Karen Mason (Wonderland, Hairspray), Scott Matthew (Shortbus), Maude Maggart (Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List”), Natalie Joy Johnson (Silence!, Legally Blonde), Nancy Anderson (Far From Heaven, Wonderful Town), Molly Pope (Village Voice “Best of NYC 2011”) and Danielle Grabianowski (Sleep No More), in addition to other names to be announced. “Night of A Thousand Judys” is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen. For tickets and more information, please visit KaufmanMusicCenter.org
“Night of A Thousand Judys” is a special presentation of the acclaimed variety show The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, which has been hailed as “delicious and delightfully droll” by The New York Post, “hilarious and sardonic” by The Village Voice, ”poised, funny and frighteningly knowledgeable” by Out Magazine and ”fearless, commanding and hilarious” by Sirius XM Radio. According to Time Out New York, “The Meeting* has become a cult hit among a young, festive and culturally aware crowd. Sayre is an avatar of modern-retro cultivation.” Justin Sayre and The Meeting* were named one of the Top 10 nightclub shows of 2011 by Time Out New York, received the 2012 Bistro Award for “Comedy Artistry” and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance.
The first two sold-out annual concert featured the talents of Nellie McKay, Michael Musto, Tonya Pinkins, Jackie Hoffman, Karen Akers, Howard McGillin, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Jenn Harris, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan and many others.
The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. AFC’s goal is to provide homeless LGBT youths, aged 16-24, with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives. For more information on The Ali Forney Center, visit www.aliforneycenter.org.
“The work that the Ali Forney Center is crucial to young LGBT people in New York,” says Justin. “It enables them to thrive and grow in a healthy and warm environment, where they are celebrated for their identity rather than chastised for it. Life may have dealt you a raw hand, but there are people out there to help you through it. In her film roles and in her personal life, Judy Garland embodied an innocence and a resilience that still thrills young and old alike. She had tragedy in her life and yet she continued to give herself to a public that adored her. If Judy Garland was the comeback kid, The Ali Forney Center is the comeback place. I can’t imagine a better combination.”
“Night of A Thousand Judys” – a special presentation of The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre – will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, located at 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023, on Monday, June 17. Ticket are $30, $60 and $100 (which includes a VIP pre-show reception at 6:30 PM and a gift bag). The performance begins at 8:00 PM. For tickets and more information, please visit KaufmanMusicCenter.org. “Night of A Thousand Judys” is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen.