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Justin Sayre to Host Fourth Annual Night of a Thousand Judys

The yearly celebration of LGBTQ pride will benefit The Ali Forney Center. logo
Justin Sayre will host the fourth annual Night of a Thousand Judys pride celebration and benefit performance on June 16 at the Merkin Concert Hall.
(© Kevin Yatarola)

The Meeting, hosted by Justin Sayre, will present the fourth annual Night of a Thousand Judys on Monday, June 16, at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center. Proceeds from the annual pride concert will go to The Ali Forney Center, which offers transitional housing for homeless LGBTQ youth.

The event honors legendary performer and gay icon Judy Garland with a series of skits, tributes, and songs from her career as a stage performer, recording artist, and movie star. This year's performance will also commemorate the 75th anniversary of Garland's starring turn in The Wizard of Oz. Justin Sayre will write and host the performance, with direction and choreography by Jason Wise. The show will begin at 8pm, following a pre-show VIP reception scheduled to take place at 6:30pm.

Past performers have included Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin Vivian Bond, Madeleine Peyroux, Tonya Pinkins, Nellie McKay, Telly Leung, Karen Mason, Bridget Everett, Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, Howard McGillin, Jessica Molaskey and John Pizzarelli, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Karen Akers, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan, and Frank DeCaro, among others. Guest performers for this year's Night of a Thousand Judys will be announced at a later date.

Click here to read TheaterMania's interview with The Meeting's Justin Sayre.

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