Cynthia Nixon Hosts Freedom to Marry Celebration, Featuring Performance by Laura Benanti, April 28
By Michael Gioia
Cheers to Ten Years, celebrating the Freedom to Marry campaign that was founded in 2003 by Evan Wolfson — who was named by Time magazine one of the "100 most influential people in the world" — is held April 28 in New York City.
The 10th anniversary celebration includes a reception and theatrical showcase produced by Peter Spears and will debut "Until We Could," a short film based on an original poem for Freedom to Marry by 2012 presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco.
The film, by Sundance directors David Lowery and Yen Tan, features voiceovers by Ben Foster (Orphans) and Robin Wright ("House of Cards") and was recently announced as an official selection for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Also featured at Cheers to Ten Years is an original composition by Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa (I Am Harvey Milk, Big Fish, The Addams Family), performed by Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, "The Sound of Music Live!"), and a choreographed dance by MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham's company Abraham.In.Motion.
Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole) is the master of ceremonies at the 7 PM event, which includes remarks by political strategist Margaret Hoover.
The organization, according to press notes, "is the largest funder of marriage campaigns in the United States, investing tens of millions of dollars to win the freedom to marry in 17 states and Washington, DC, help grow public support to record levels (59% of Americans), overturn federal marriage discrimination, and lay the groundwork for a nationwide victory before the U.S. Supreme Court."
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