|At 8 p.m. on Monday, June 13th, The Cutting Room in New York City will present Broadway Voices for NC, an all-star concert to raise fund to combat the pernicious effects of House Bill 2, North Carolina’s infamous “Bathroom Law.” NYC-based Filipino-American model, TED speaker, and activist Geena Rocero will host the event, which will showcase the talents of a number of North Carolinians who oppose HB2, as well as feature appearances by two prominent Broadway composers, Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori, outspoken in their opposition to House Bill 2. Another North Carolina native, writer and transgender advocate Vivian Taylor will be the evening’s keynote speaker.
Geena Rocero is the founder of worldwide aid and advocacy organization, Gender Proud, which supports the rights transgender people to “self-identify with the fewest possible barriers.” Vivian Taylor formerly served as executive director of the Episcopal Church’s LGBTQ organization, Integrity USA, which “proclaims and embodies the all-inclusive love of God through worship, education, and advocacy.”
According to preshow publicity for Broadway Voices for NC:
“All proceeds from the event will benefit [Raleigh, NC-based] Equality North Carolina, an organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer North Carolinians. Additional proceeds will go to local LGBTQ centers whose members are affected by the passage of the bill.”
Also according to the show’s news release:
“The concert is being organized by Raleigh, NC natives and Broadway performers Laurel Harris (Wicked, Evita) and Rob Marnell (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). The married couple met in their youth at a production of Cinderella at Raleigh Little Theatre and remain close to their North Carolina roots. Additional producers are Michael McCorry Rose and Tralen Doler, [who also serves] as the director of the event.
“‘We’ve been outraged and disappointed in our home state for passing this horrendous and insulting bill and wanted to do something about it from our new home in New York City,’ organizer Laurel Harris stated. ‘We hope that by pulling together some of our fellow thespians and composer friends, many of whom are fellow North Carolina natives, we’ll be able to create a stir and get Governor McCrory’s attention. We believe change and forward progress will ultimately win out over oppressive steps backwards, and we’re raising funds for those leading the fight.’
“Non-NC natives but allies against HB2 performing are award-winning composers Jeanine Tesori and Stephen Schwartz. Ms. Tesori (Caroline, or Change, Shrek the Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Violet) won the Tony Award® last year for Best Score for Fun Home, which also won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Stephen Schwartz has previously spoken out against HB2, and recently revoked performance rights to his musicals in North Carolina in protest of the legislation. The Grammy and Academy Award®-winning composer has written 18 musicals, including Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, and Children of Eden.
“In addition to performances by Ms. Harris and Mr. Marnell, the concert will feature performances by many high-profile North Carolinians, now living and performing in NYC, including; Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Mamma Mia!, 42nd Street), Hamilton’s Ariana Debose (Pippin, Motown the Musical) and Daniel Watts (Memphis, In the Heights); Lindsay Northen from Wicked; Melvin Tunstall from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Tally Sessions from School of Rock, and Brandon J. Ellis from Once.”
SECOND OPINION: June 3rd New York, NY HuffPost Queer Voices preview by Curtis M. Wong: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/broadway-voices-for-north-carolina_us_574f51e3e4b0eb20fa0cb29c; June 2nd Charlotte, NC Charlotte Observer preview by Lawrence Toppman: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/article81435447.html; May 31st New York, NY Playbill.coms preview by Olivia Clement: http://www.playbill.com/article/stephen-schwartz-and-jeanine-tesori-in-concert-to-fight-hb2; and May 27th Greensboro, NC News & Record preview by Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane: http://www.greensboro.com/blogs/gotriad_extra/broadway-stars-stage-new-york-benefit-concert-to-fight-hb/article_6aedd102-71bc-5c1a-bf10-94a097c7b839.html.
The Cutting Room presents BROADWAY VOICES FOR NC, a fundraiser for Equality NC, at 8 p.m. on June 13 at 44 E. 32nd St., New York, NY, 10016.
TICKETS: $40 ($75 for premium up front and center table seating), with a $20 minimum for food and drink.
BOX OFFICE: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1198755?_ga=1.255251599.627840943.1465570593.
INFORMATION: 212-691-1900 and info@TheCuttingRoomNYC.com.
MAKE DONATIONS (directly to Equality NC): 919-829-0343, ext. 114; email@example.com; https://equalityncfoundation.org/action/broadway_voices_fundraiser/; or Equality NC, Post Office Box 28768, Raleigh, NC 27611.
SHOW: http://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/1198755-broadway-voices-for-nc-new-york/, https://www.facebook.com/events/275433269465042/.
PRESENTER/VENUE: http://thecuttingroomnyc.com/, https://www.facebook.com/CuttingRoomNYC, and https://twitter.com/CuttingRoomNYC.
Equality NC (LGBTQ advocacy organization): http://equalitync.org/ (official website), https://www.facebook.com/equalitync/ (Facebook page), and https://twitter.com/equalitync/ (Twitter page).
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