Sally Mayes, Nicolas King, Shereen Pimentel and more join NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS
Tony nominee Sally Mayes (She Loves Me), Bistro winner Nicolas King (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center), Shereen Pimentel (Broadway’s West Side Story) and Bistro winner Amy Jo Jackson (Joe’s Pub) joined the lineup for the 10th annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” – the Pride Concert to benefit the Ali Forney Center written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre – at Joe’s Pub on Sunday, June 5. The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping homeless LGBTQ youth.
“Night Of A Thousand Judys” will pay tribute to the iconic Judy Garland with special sketches, tributes and songs from her storied career as a movie star, recording artist and stage performer. The event helps commemorate Judy’s 100th birthday and the 20th anniversary of the Ali Forney Center. The event will also feature previously announced artists Frances Ruffelle (Les Misérables, Starlight Express), Nathan Lee Graham (Zoolander, Priscilla), Grammy winner and Tony nominee Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill, Spring Awakening), winner Lortel Bonnie Milligan (Kimberly Akimbo, Head Over Heels), jazz singer Hilary Kole (Carnegie Hall, Blue Note) and singer/songwriter Eleri Ward (Josh Groban Harmony Tour, Joe’s Pub), and more to be announced.
The show is at 7:00 p.m., followed by a VIP reception after the show. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, directed by Peter James Cook and choreographed by Jason Wise, with Tracy Stark serving as the event’s musical director. “Night Of A Thousand Judys” is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Dan Fortune serving as executive producer. Tickets are now available HERE.
“Ten years is a big milestone, and lining up with Judy’s hundredth feels like some kind of magic,” says Sayre. “It’s been an honor to present and be a part of this show for so long. To create a community around it, to work with so many wonderful artists, and to celebrate Judy. But more than that, it’s an honor to be involved continually supporting queer children.Being a part of the work of the Ali Forney Center in a small way is the honor of a lifetime.
In previous years, the concert has featured the talents of film and television names Alan Cumming and Bridget Everett; R&B legends Martha Wash and Sarah Dash; jazz singers Madeleine Peyroux, Cyrille Aimée and Jane Monheit; singer-songwriters Nellie McKay, Erin McKeown and Bright Light Bright Light; Broadway divas Lena Hall, Alice Ripley and Tonya Pinkins; leading men Adam Pascal, Telly Leung and Daniel Reichard, nightlife personalities Karen Mason, Maude Maggart and Karen Akers; downtown stars Justin Vivian Bond and Lady Rizo; and New York personalities Michael Musto and Austin Scarlett, among many others.
The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youth – helping over 2,000 youth per year through a 24-hour drop-in center that provides over 65,000 meals per year, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic and a dispersed-site housing program. AFC’s goal is to provide them with the support and services they need to get off the streets and start living healthy, independent lives.
“Night of a Thousand Judys” will take place at JOE’S PUB on Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 (partial view), $100 (regular), $150 (Premium), and $175 (VIP). $150 Premium Seating includes preferred seating, a ticket to the Ali Forney Center’s Oasis Summer Party on July 20, and a special 10th anniversary poster. $175 VIP seats include premium seats, a ticket to the Ali Forney Center’s Oasis Summer Party on July 20, a copy of Justin Elizabeth Sayre’s new book From Gay to ZA Queer Compendium, a special 10th anniversary poster, and an exclusive post-show reception. Joe’s Pub offers a $12 minimum for food and two (2) drinks per person. Tickets are available at Joe’s Pub HERE.
JUSTIN ELIZABETH SAYRE is a writer and performer who Michael Musto called “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” Sayre is a staple of the downtown New York cabaret scene, first with their long-running monthly show, “The Meeting of The International Order of Sodomites” (Bistro Award and two MAC Award nominations), and now with a series of new shows. at Joe’s Pub. As a playwright, Sayre’s work has appeared at Dixon Place, The Wild Project, The Celebration Theatre, Dynasty Typewriter and La MaMa Experimental Theatre. His epic 12-episode soap opera Ravenswood Manor, which the Los Angeles Times called “a well-written, well-acted example of the horror-comedy genre,” is currently in development with Sony Television. Sayre has written a series of YA novels – Husky, Pretty, and Mean – published by Penguin Books. Sayre’s beginnings The comedy album The Gay Agenda was named “Best of 2016” by The Comedy Bureau. They have also written for television, working with Michael Patrick King on his hit CBS comedy, “2 Broke Girls” and most recently on Fox’s “The Cool Kids.” Sayre also appeared on HBO’s “The Comeback” with Lisa Kudrow. @justinelizabethsayre
Peter James Cook is a director of plays, cabaret and site-specific performances. Her work has been featured at Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, The Brick, New York Int’l and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, Stella Adler Studio, Dixon Place, PS 122, The Hangar Theater and Playhouse on Park. He has directed for companies such as Virgin Voyages, Lesser America, The Play Company and Opera Theater of Yale College. Peter is a board member of the Drama League and artistic associate at Theater for a New Audience.
Jason Wise has directed and choreographed over 20 productions around the world – most recently Anything Goes (with Sally Struthers and Andrea McArdle) at Gateway Playhouse and Ogunquit Playhouse, and as choreographer for Mamma Mia! at ACT of Connecticut (edited by Stephen Schwartz). Other recent ones: The Obsession of Calvin Klein at the Public Theatre, Bayside: The Saved By The Bell Musical, The Wolf (World Premiere at Theater Raleigh) and Full House: The Musical with Perez Hilton. He has also staged musical numbers for Tony, Emmy and Oscar winners including Brent Barrett, Lee Roy Reams, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, Leslie Uggams, Christine Andreas, Jackie Hoffman, Julia Murney, Stephanie J. Block, Paige. Davis, Howard McGillin, Andrea Martin, Billy Porter, Linda Lavin, Tovah Feldshuh and Tonya Pinkins. As a performer, film and television appearances include: The Wolf of Wall Street (with Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Martin Scorsese), “Smash” (NBC), “Pan Am” (ABC), “Dance Moms (Lifetime), The Amazing Spiderman 2, The Normal Heart (HBO) and appears alongside Rufus Wainwright and Joey Luft in the Netflix documentary Judy Garland. Jason was mentored by Tony Award winners Thommie Walsh and Tommy Tune.
Tracy Stark – pianist, musical director, arranger, conductor and singer-songwriter – is a 12-time MAC Award winner, in the Music Director, Pianist and Song of the Year categories. She is also a Bistro Award winner for Music Direction, won Cabaret Hotline Songwriter of the Year, and recently won a 2021 Broadway World Award for Music Director and a 2022 MAC Award for Director. musical. Tracy has worked with Sarah Dash (Labelle), Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Nona Hendryx (Labelle), Randy Jones (Village People), Barb Jungr, Brenda Braxton, Justin Sayre, Eric Millegan (Bones), Tonya Pinkins, Nathan Lee Graham, Alice Ripley and hundreds of other rock, jazz and Broadway singers. She remains busy creating and conducting music for 75-100 different shows a year, in addition to her ongoing work as Musical Director of the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Conference for the past 9 years. Tracy has starred/directed on numerous TV shows including “The Today Show”. She has 3 albums of original music and her songs are included in at least 20 different compilations.