Playbill has just wrapped up day one of our Playbill Pride 2023 weekend celebration, and it defied gravity. The weekend-long celebration started with a bang Friday June 23, as numerous Broadway stars took to the stage in Times Square. The last performer of the day was Mary Kate Morrissey of Wicked, who sang "Defying Gravity." The words "everyone deserves a chance to fly," when sung in honor of Pride, have never sounded sweeter.
Watch the video of Morrissey's performance below.
Morrissey sang as part of the "Anthems of Pride" concert (presented by American Express), which is just one of the events planned for Playbill Pride 2023. The day also included a kickoff event, hosted by James T. Lane and L. Morgan Lee, and a "Celebrate You!" concert (presented by ViiV Healthcare) where Tony winner J. Harrison Ghee from Some Like It Hot led a group singalong of "I Am What I Am."
Playbill Pride 2023 will continue June 24, and performers will include The NYC Gay Men’s Chorus; a concert featuring transgender, non-binary, and Two-Spirit+ (TNB2S+) composers; and the Big Broadway Disco dance party (which will feature performances from the cast of Moulin Rouge! and Here Lies Love).
Playbill Pride 2023 is a one-of-a-kind celebration for Times Square Pride Weekend; all benefiting non-profits that work for and with the LGBTQIA+ community. It features over 275 artists over two days. Follow along this weekend for Playbill's coverage of the events.
Pride in Times Square is sponsored by American Express, ViiV Healthcare, and Audible Theater, with additional support from Hotel Edison, The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Open Jar Studios, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Equity, and NYC Unity Project.
For a full schedule and more information, visit Playbill.com/Pride.