12th Annual Night of a Thousand Judys, Celebrating Judy Garland, Presented June 3 | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News 12th Annual Night of a Thousand Judys, Celebrating Judy Garland, Presented June 3

Written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, the Pride concert benefits The Ali Forney Center.

Artwork designed and illustrated by Daniel Nolen

The 12th annual Night of a Thousand Judys is presented June 3 at 7 PM at Joe's Pub, the intimate cabaret located within Off-Broadway's Public Theater.

Performers include Natalie Joy Johnson (Lempicka, Kinky Boots), Grammy winner Nathan Lee Graham (Titaníque, Zoolander), Tony nominee Grey Henson (Mean Girls, Shucked), Grammy winner Nicole Zuraitis, Antwayn Hopper (A Strange Loop, The Life), Edmund Bagnell (Well-Strung), Tammy Faye Starlite (Nico: Underground), Timothy Hughes (Sweeney Todd, Hadestown), Gabrielle Beckford (Once Upon a One More Time), and The Boy Band Project.

Written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, Night of a Thousand Judys honors late entertainment icon Judy Garland with songs from her career as movie star, recording artist, and stage performer. Peter James Cook directs the evening, with choreography by Jason Wise and music direction by Jeremy Robin Lyons.

Photos: See the Judy Garland Art Up for Auction at the 2024 Night of a Thousand Judys

The evening also honors Tony nominee Justin Vivian Bond with the first Judy Icon Award. The new award recognizes the recipient's contributions to the LGBTQIA+ community, following in the footsteps of the late Garland.

Bond made their Broadway debut as KiKi DuRane in Kiki & Herb, a duo cabaret with pianist Kenny Mellman. The pair began performing in San Francisco in the 1990s, and played numerous cities and famed venues like Carnegie Hall before their Broadway run. The show was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. Bond has also appeared Off-Broadway and in London's West End, and has been widely recognized for their activism for the trans community.

“I’ve said this loud and often, but there is no other icon than Justin Vivian Bond," Sayre said in an earlier statement. "Chanteuse, provocateur, artist, sage, truthteller, style maven, V is the icon of downtown. I adore all that she is and all that she does. Even for me, there will only be one Justin: Justin Vivian Bond.”

The annual Pride concert benefits The Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping LGBTQIA+ homeless youth.

Through its 24/7 Drop-In Center, Ali’s Place, and a network of 13 emergency and transitional housing sites, the Ali Forney Center serves over 2,200 LGBTQIA+ young people. The Center also supports organizations to utilize its expertise to replicate its model of success around the world.

Night of a Thousand Judys is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Fortune serving as executive producer.

Click here for tickets. Those who cannot attend the event can still donate to help The Ali Forney Center by clicking here.

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