More Broadway favorites have signed on for Playbill and Times Square Alliance's 2nd Annual Pride in Times Square, a fabulous, weekend-long celebration of all things Broadway and Pride. The event will take over the heart of NYC's theatre district for NYC Pride Weekend June 23-24, rain or shine, culminating as the Playbill Pride Float returns to the NYC Pride March June 25, supporting partner Heritage of Pride.
Joining the Main Stage Kick-Off celebration, which, as previously announced, will be hosted by James T. Lane (Chicago) and Tony nominee L Morgan Lee (A Strange Loop) June 23, will be Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Eric Ulloa. On hand for special performances will be Brandon Contreras, Madison Rose, and guests from NYC Unity Project, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, GLAAD, Hotel Edison, Open Jar Studios, and more. Next up on the Main Stage is the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Pride Celebration, which will include special guest performer Pepper MaShay.
Joining ViiV Healthcare's "Celebrate You!" event will be host Yuhua Hamasaki, along with RuPaul's Drag Race stars Pandora Boxx and Jackie Cox, stand-up comic Jes Tom, and activist Marti Cummings. The event will also feature a special sing-along moment with The American Theatre Wing.
Closing out Main Stage programming June 23 is American Express' Anthems of Pride, now set to be hosted by Tituss Burgess (Schmicago, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). The performance will feature cast members from such Broadway favorites as & Juliet, A Beautiful Noise, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, The Cottage, Funny Girl, Hadestown, Hamilton, Kimberly Akimbo, Life of Pi, The Lion King, Little Shop of Horrors, New York, New York, Parade, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Play That Goes Wrong, Shucked, SIX, Some Like It Hot, Titanique, and Wicked.
Saturday's spotlight on TNB2S+ songwriters will feature work from Emerson Mae Smith and Murphy Taylor Smith, Jamie Jarrett, Nora Schell, Truth Future Bachman, and more, with performances from Samy Nour Younes Figaredo and Marti Gould Cummings hosting. The return of the Big Broadway Disco will be led by DJ Mike Borowski, with guest appearances from Frankie James Grande, Hernando Umana, Will Mann, Diana Huey, Eric Krop, Anita Welch, Jessie Alagna, Jaygee Macapugay, Tori Manoli, Estelle Rivera, Eliana Slurzburg, Andrew Richard Norlen, Jaylon Mccraven, and Rocco Duranti, along with specialty acts from Mendel Roman, Bassam Kubba, Holly Dae Devin Wilams, and Hudson. This fan-favorite event is directed by Bryan Campione and will feature choreography by Angel May Reed, specialty act direction by Adam Rei Siegel, wardrobe by DW Designs, and production stage management by Sydney Steele and Mason Huse.
Joining the Pride Piano Bar lineup is a pride concert from the cast of Off-Broadway's Rock & Roll Man, set for 10:45 AM June 24. Expect songs made famous by Little Richard, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Buddy Holly, and more. Lianah Sta. Ana's set will feature Amaya Braganza (The King and I), Emily Anne Goes, and accompanist Melody Valdez. Signing on to Billy Recce's set will be Antwayn Hopper (A Strange Loop), Lauren Robinson, and MacKenzie Cannon, while Zoe Sarnak's will feature Joy Woods (Little Shop of Horrors), Jason Gotay (Bring it On), Helen Shen (The Lonely Few), and RIck Hip Flores.
Attendees will also be able to connect with Pride in Times Square sponsors, which include American Express, ViiV Healthcare, and Audible. Interactive double-decker buses will be onsite with experiences to explore. Audible's area will feature Amazon Music DJs spinning songs from the PROUD Playlist. Audible also invites Pride in Times Square attendees to consider visiting their one-night-only live performance of Alison Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For at Minetta Lane Theatre, which will feature Bechdel, Roberta Colindrez, and more.
Throughout the weekend, local businesses will be offering discounts, deals, giveaways, and special menu items to help celebrate Pride Month. Visit TSQ.org/PrideDeals to find details for all promotions. The Alliance has also arranged displays of Pride flags and rainbows on screens and billboards throughout Times Square for a special #SignsofPride campaign.
Pride in Times Square is sponsored by American Express, ViiV Healthcare, and Audible Theater, with additional support from Hotel Edison, The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Open Jar Studios, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Equity, and NYC Unity Project.
For a full schedule and more information, visit Playbill.com/Pride.
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