Broadway Sings for Pride
New York State's same-sex marriage law arrives just in time for Pride celebrations.
Broadway..."It's not just for gays anymore!" as Neil Patrick Harris sang so memorably on the 2011 Tony Awards broadcast. That won't stop cast members from The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia! and more from celebrating New York City's Gay Pride with a benefit concert tonight. And "Broadway Sings for Pride" at the LGBT Center in Greenwich Village is sure to be basking in even higher-than-usual spirits given the passage the other day of a same-sex marriage bill in New York State.
Among the Broadway notables on hand to perform will be Rebecca Larkin (Avenue Q and South Pacific), Cristy Candler (Wicked), Derek St. Pierre (Rock of Ages), Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon), and Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes, Mamma Mia!). Carly Jibson (Hairspray and Cry-Baby) will emcee, and along with plenty of pop and Broadway music there'll be stories of pride from the likes of Randy Jones, The Village People's original Cowboy. Jones "married" his partner back in 2004. Back then it wasn't legally binding, but as the singer prognosticated, "It's only a matter of time before the courts rule in favor of what's morally right and humanly decent."
As it happened, it didn't take a court ruling in New York. The state became only the second in the U.S. to make same-sex marriage legal via direct legislation.
Also on hand will be Sonja Morgan of The Real Housewives of New York City, who grand-marshaled a marriage equality march across the Brooklyn Bridge last fall. What makes Morgan a "gay icon?" That's the sort of mystery that makes life interesting, I suppose.
Among the politicians marching among the half-million revelers at New York's Gay Pride march yesterday was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. With Anthony Weiner shamed out of the running for Mayor, there now seems little in the way of Quinn's path to Gracie Mansion in 2013. She would not only be New York's first female mayor but its first openly gay one as well.
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