The seventh annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” – the Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center written and hosted by Justin Sayre will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. Called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal, “Night Of A Thousand Judys” The event helps commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 50th Anniversary of Garland’s passing. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre and directed by Peter James Cook, featuring Lance Horne as the event’s music director. “Night Of A Thousand Judys” is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen, with Dan Fortune serving as executive producer. Special guests will be announced later this spring.
-Regular tickets are $75.
-Premium $100 seats include the post-show reception with open bar, deluxe gift bag, and preferred seating.
-VIP $150 seats include an exclusive poster signed by the cast and VIP seating, in addition to the post-show reception with open bar and deluxe gift bag.
The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 65,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program. AFC’s goal is to provide them with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives. For more information on The Ali Forney Center, visit www.aliforneycenter.org.
JUSTIN SAYRE is a writer and performer who Michael Musto called, “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” Sayre has been a fixture of the downtown scene in New York, first with their long-running monthly show, The Meeting of the International Order of Sodomites, Bistro Award-winning and two MAC nominations, and now with new shows at Joe’s Pub/The Public Theatre like “Peaches, Eggplants, and Tears” and “The gAyBC’s,” a five-part show which will be released in book form by Chronicle Books later this year. As a playwright, Sayre’s work has appeared at Dixon Place, The Wild Project, The Celebration Theatre, The Players Club, and La MaMa Experimental Theatre. Sayre was amongst the first class of The Queer Art Mentorship, where he worked with Everett Quentin of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatre Company on their play, The Click of the Lock. Sayre has written a series of YA Novels, Husky and Pretty, with the third in the series, Mean, released later this year by Penguin Books. Sayre is the host of the podcast Sparkle & Circulate. Sayre’s first comedy album, The Gay Agenda, was listed as The Comedy Bureau’s “Best of 2016.” Sayre also writes for television, working with Michael Patrick King on his hit CBS comedy, “2 Broke Girls,” and currently writes for Fox’s “The Cool Kids.” Sayre also appeared on HBO’s “The Comeback” with Lisa Kudrow.
PETER JAMES COOK’s directing work includes Never Sleep Alone (Joe’s Pub), Game Play (Ars Nova), Just Right, Just Now (Lesser America), Raptured (Play Co.), TRAVIS (Ars Nova), The Tempest (Porpentine), Sailor Man (NY Int’l Fringe – Outstanding Play), Straight Up Vampire (Joe’s Pub), and The Nosemaker’s Apprentice (The Brick). Peter is a Drama League directing fellow.
LANCE HORNE is an Emmy award-winning composer, pianist, singer, and music director who has arranged for/performed with Alan Cumming, Jake Shears/Scissor Sisters, Ricki Lake, Rufus Wainwright, Pink Martini, Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue, the von Trapps, Ben Folds, Neil Gaiman, Kristin Chenoweth, Justin Bond, Sandra Bernhard, Amanda Palmer/Dresden Dolls, Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O’Hara, Meow Meow, Taylor Mac, the Gatlin Brothers, Boston Pops, Seoul Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, London/SF/LA/NY Gay Men’s Chorus, Sydney Dance Company, Michael Feinstein, Carol Channing, and Sesame Street; performed for President Obama, the First Lady, and Queen Elizabeth; multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, and London’s West End. Other credits include: vocal arrangements for Broadway’s Little Women, composer of “The Ricki Lake Show” theme (Fox), Macy’s Parades (NBC), multiple film scores, and new work in development with LA Opera. Mr. Horne is a Steinway Artist, recipient of Jonathan Larson, Bistro, and ASCAP Awards.