The seventh annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” –a Pride concert to benefit, The Ali Forney Center –the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping LGBTQ homeless youth– is coming to NYC June 1!
1000 Judys honors the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career.
It coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 50th Anniversary of Garland’s passing. Legend has it that the gay community’s mourning of Judy’s death, after being harassed by cops, set off the riots. This was the beginning of the modern LGBTQ movement.
Written and hosted by Justin Sayre and directed by Peter James Cook, it features Lance Horne as music director with Adam Fleming as choreographer.
“It’s been fifty years since we lost Judy and found our voice at the Stonewall riots, but the struggles remain. We’re still fighting for visibility and the right to live our authentic truths, and while there seems to be a lot more of us out there, we’re still facing a growing opposition. In times like this, I think we need to look at our most vulnerable and make sure they have all they need to fight on.
None of us get over the rainbow, unless we all do.”
Featuring the musical talents of two time Tony -nominee Christine Andreas, Nathan Lee Graham, Brittain Ashford, Matt Doyle, Julian Fleisher, Molly Pope, Kat Cunning and Amber Martin. It’s produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Fortune serving as exec producer.
One night only. Joe’s Pub. Sat, June 1, 7 PM.
The show’s VIP tickets include this year’s poster (above) created by Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo, the legendary Broadway designer behind the artwork for The Lion King, Sweeney Todd, &Sunday in Park with George.
The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 65,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.
Tickets are $75 (Regular), $100 (Premium) and $150 (VIP). The $100 seats include the post-show reception with open bar, deluxe gift bag and preferred seating. The $150 VIP includes the poster signed by the cast and up-front seating, in addition to the post-show reception with open bar and deluxe gift bag.
You can get tickets here.
In the meantime, let’s revisit Judy’s iconic performance of The Man That Got Away from 1954’s A Star is Born.