The 9th Annual Night of a Thousand Judy’s – A Virtual Fundraiser for The Ali Forney Center
Thursday, June 24 at 8:00 PM ET
This annual concert honoring the iconic Judy Garland, Night of a Thousand Judys, written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, will be presented online as a Pride event benefiting The Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youth, assisting with meals, medical and mental health services.
This year’s performers include Alan Cumming (Cabaret, “The Good Wife”), Vivian Reed (two-time Tony nominee), Sam Harris (The Life, Grease), Mary Testa (three-time Tony nominee), Karen Mason (Netflix’s “Halston,” Sunset Boulevard), Nathan Lee Graham (Zoolander, CW’s “Katy Keene”) Jose Llana (The King & I, Here Lies Love), Margo Seibert (Rocky, Octet), Jane Monheit (two-time Grammy-nominated vocalist), Grace McLean (The Great Comet of 1812, Alice by Heart), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Kinky Boots, The Wiz), Nadia Quinn (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Robber Bridegroom), Duchess Trio (“Vocal Group of the Year”—Jazz Journalists Association) and Gabrielle Stravelli (award-winning jazz vocalist), with others to be added.
Night of a Thousand Judys honors Garland with tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. The virtual event is music directed by Tracy Stark and produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Fortune serving as executive producer.
Sayre is a writer and performer who Michael Musto called, “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” Sayre is a fixture of the downtown cabaret scene in New York, noted for the long-running monthly show, The Meeting of The International Order of Sodomites (Bistro Award and two MAC Award nominations). As a playwright, Sayre’s work has appeared at Dixon Place, The Wild Project, The Celebration Theatre, Dynasty Typewriter, and La MaMa Experimental Theatre. Most recently with the 12-part-epic Ravenswood Manor, a Camp-Horror-Soap-Opera. Sayre has also written for television, working with Michael Patrick King on the CBS comedy, “2 Broke Girls” and most recently on Fox’s “The Cool Kids.”
To donate to the cause and for more information, go to www.ThousandJudys.com.