THE SIXTH ANNUAL
“NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS”
HONORING JUDY GARLAND
TO BENEFIT THE ALI FORNEY CENTER
PRESENTED BY THE ACCLAIMED COMEDY/VARIETY SHOW THE MEETING*
WRITTEN AND HOSTED BY JUSTIN SAYRE
DIRECTED BY PETER JAMES COOK
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016
Tickets available HERE.
The sixth annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” – the Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Centerpresented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre – will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at theKaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan) on Monday, June 6. Called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal, “Night Of A Thousand Judys” will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 PM. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre and directed by Peter James Cook. Lance Horne serves as the event’s music supervisor. “Night Of A Thousand Judys” is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Dan Fortune serving as executive producer. Special guests will be announced.
The first five sold-out annual concerts featured the talents of R&B legends Martha Wash and Sarah Dash; jazz vocalists Madeleine Peyroux, Jane Monheit and Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli; singer/songwriters Nellie McKay and Erin McKeown; Broadway ladies Carolee Carmello, Jackie Hoffman, Tonya Pinkins and leading men Howard McGillin, Telly Leung, Rory O’Malley and Daniel Reichard; downtown stars Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett and Lady Rizo; nightlife fixtures Karen Mason, Maude Maggart and Karen Akers; and New York personalities Michael Musto, Austin Scarlett and Frank DeCaro, among many others.
The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. AFC’s goal is to provide them with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives. For more information on The Ali Forney Center, visit www.aliforneycenter.org
JUSTIN SAYRE has been described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg,” and was recently named one of LA’s 16 Most Talented LGBT Comics by Frontiers Magazine. He currently works as a staff writer on the CBS sitcom “2 Broke Girls” and has appeared opposite Lisa Kudrow on HBO’s “The Comeback.” His first young adult novel, Husky, was published by Penguin Books in 2015 and a sequel will hit stands in September 2016. His works for the theatre include: The Boy Sonata, presented at Hot! Queer Theatre Festival and The Wild Project; Rite of Water for Queer Pop-Up Museum; Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well…Writing at Ars Nova, which was called one of the “Top 10 Events on the New York Stage” by the New York Daily News; and The Click of the Lock which was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Festival and was last presented at The Players Club with Zachary Booth and Justin Vivian Bond. As Edge New York said: “Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I’m not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch.”
PETER JAMES COOK is a Brooklyn-based writer, director and performer. Directing: Never Sleep Alone (Joe’s Pub), Game Play (Ars Nova), Just Right, Just Now (Lesser America), Raptured (Play Co.), Twelfth Night (Stella Adler), TRAVIS (Ars Nova), The Tempest (Porpentine), Sailor Man (NY Int’l Fringe – Outstanding Play), Straight Up Vampire (Joe’s Pub), The Nosemaker’s Apprentice (The Brick). Peter is a Drama League directing fellow, and the Literary & Humanities Manager at Theatre for a New Audience.
“Night Of A Thousand Judys” – a special presentation of The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre – will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, located at 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023, on Monday, June 6. Tickets are $45 (Balcony), $60 (Regular), $75 (Prime), $100 (VIP) and $500 (Ruby Slipper VIP). The $100 seats include a VIP pre-show reception at 6:30 PM, a deluxe gift bag and preferred seating. The $500 seats include a ticket to Rufus Wainwright at Carnegie Hall, in addition to a gift bag, premium seating and an exclusive poster signed by the cast. Tickets are on sale now.