The one-night only event, hosted at the JCC Manhattan on June 22, will feature songs that embody gay perseverance. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Tyler Clementi Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending bullying for LGBTQ youth.
The Broadway, national and international companies of Rent and A Chorus Line will be featured among the evening's performances. More details of casting to follow.
Roar will also feature the following guest speakers and artists: country music artist Billy Gilman, "America's Next Top Model" and transgender star Isis King, Omar Sharif Jr., "America's Next Top Model" Cory Wade, Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Pearl Sun (If/Then), Julius Anthony Rubio (Finding Neverland), Rebecca larkin (South Pacific), Luis Villabon (A Chorus Line), Athena Reich, Rachel Resheff (Fish in the Dark), Dyllon Burnside (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Kathryn Allison (Aladdin), Matt Leisy (The Fantasticks), Adam Shapiro ("The Normal Heart"), Brian Craft (Let My People Come), Elissa Goldstein ("Grease on Ice"), Injoy Fountain (Fat Camp the Musical), Valerie Smaldone, Brock Ciarlelli ("The Middle"), Jill Whelan ("The Love Boat"), Kaitlin Monte and Rain Dove.
Luke Williams will be the musical director, arranger and pianist. He will be joined by David Cinquegrana on guitar, Joe Mankin on bass guitar and John Ferrari on percussion. Neal Bennington and Robert Miele will produce the event.