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Monday, 21 May 2012 20:06

BROADWAY STANDS UP FOR FREEDOM Stars sign on for New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) Benefit

‘Broadway Stands Up For Freedom’

Stars sign on for New York Civil Liberties Union
(NYCLU)  Benefit .

Tony Kushner, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Steven Pasquale, Nikki Renée Daniels, Julie Halston, Darius de Haas, Julia Murney, Ripley Sobo and more will perform at Skirball Center July 23.

May 21, 2012 – The New York Civil Liberties Union (The New York State affiliate of the ACLU) today announced a star-studded lineup of award-winning performers for Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, its annual benefit show on Monday, July 23 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts.

{module ad_left_body}Dozens of Broadway’s finest will perform including 2012 Tony-nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter & the Starcatcher), Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Nikki Renée Daniels (Porgy & Bess, Aida), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Darius de Haas ( Rent, Marie Christine), Julia Murney (Wicked), Ripley Sobo (Once), The Broadway Boys, and founding performer Liana Stampur with Clinton Curtis, with more to be announced.

Seth Rudetsky will host and musical direct, and the show will directed by Daniel Goldstein, director of the current Godspell on Broadway.

Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, a longtime NYCLU member, is the honorary chairman for the event and will give opening remarks.

“We’re very fortunate to have so many talented performers generously support our work and celebrate the essential link between civil liberties and the arts,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “It will be an exciting evening of great music and laughs, all for a worthy cause.”

Proceeds from the show benefit the NYCLU’s youth programs, including its work with LGBT teenagers; its Teen Activist Project, which engages New York City teens as organizers and peer educators on civil rights and civil liberties issues; and its work to stop overly aggressive policing and zero-tolerance discipline in the city’s public schools.

VIP tickets and sponsorship packages, now on sale for $250 and up, can be purchased here.  Individual tickets, $100/$60, will be available starting May 21 and can be purchased three ways: Online at; by phone at 212.352.3101, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., and 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; or in person at the Shagan Box Office located in the Center’s lobby at 566 LaGuardia Place. Regular box office hours are Tuesday–Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. plus two hours prior to performance.

For more information about the show, including a complete list of performers, visit

To see photos of last year’s concert, click here.

The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights.  Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, we are a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with eight chapters and regional offices and nearly 50,000 members across the state.  Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers.


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