The theme for Broadway Stands Up For Freedom the largest single fundraising event for the NYCLU and the ACLU was MY BODY MY BUSINESS!. Started seventeen years ago, Broadway Stands Up For Freedom was created by aspiring musical theater actors to highlight social injustices and civil rights issues through song and spoken word. Each year, Broadway’s best illuminates the NYCLU’s and the ACLU’s wins for civil rights and liberties and the struggles that must continue.
Phillipa Soo rocked the house with Gwen Stefani and Thomas Dumont’s “Just a Girl”.
Phillipa originated the role of Natasha of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Elizabeth Schuyler in Hamilton and the title role in Amélie. She made her TV debut in the fan favorite Smash, and now the Tony nominee returns to the screen in CBS‘ The Code, a new courtroom drama that follows Marines who also work as attorneys, prosecutors, and investigators. Soo plays Lieutenant Harper Li, a new Marine struggling to prove herself to her colleagues and family. The Code is on CBS at 9/8C
At the event host Laura Benanti (My Fair Lady), was on hand to lift spirits.
Kelli O’Hara (Kiss Me Kate), Montego Glover (Memphis), Judy Kuhn (Fun Home), Phillipa Soo (Hamilton), Eva Noblezada (Hadestown), Jeannette Bayardelle (Hair), Shoba Narayan (The Great Comet), Shaina Taub (Public Works’ Twelfth Night), Starr Busby (Octet), L Morgan Lee (A Strange Loop), Wé McDonald (NBC’s The Voice), Julia Murney (Wicked), Liana Stampur,
Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Jo Lampert (NYTW’s Hundred Days), Alysha Umphress (On The Town), Kim Blanck (Octet), Mili Diaz (Wicked) and Bianca Leigh all performed.
Look for parts 2, 3, and 4 coming up!