NYC’s 12th annual Pride concert ‘Night of a Thousand Judys’ comes to Joe’s Pub on June 3

Grammy Award winner Nathan Lee Graham, Tony Award nominee Grey Henson, Grammy Award winner Nicole Zuraitis, Antwayn Hopper, violinist and vocalist Edmund Bagnell, Tammy Faye Starlite, Timothy Hughes, Gabrielle Beckford, and The Boy Band Project will headline the 12th annual Night of a Thousand Judys at Joe’s Pub on Monday, June 3, starting at 7 pm. The all-star Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center – the largest provider protecting LGBTQ+ homeless youths through its 24/7 Drop-In Center and a network of thirteen emergency and transitional housing sites – honors the iconic Judy Garland with songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist, and stage performer.

Written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, the fundraising event, directed by Peter James Cook and choreographed by Jason Wise, with Jeremy Robin Lyons serving as the event’s music director and Kyle Kowalewski and Evan Pouch as featured dancers, will present Mx Justin Vivian Bond – the downtown star of stage, screen, and letters – with the first annual “Judy Icon Award.” The honor recognizes the recipient’s contributions to the LGBTQ+ community and achievement of legendary status, following in the footsteps of the award’s namesake Judy Garland.

Bond noted, “As a singer and a homosexuellian identified lady of dubious temperament, I can think of no greater honor than to be the recipient of the first Judy Award! It’s as if I were being handed the Gay Medal of Freedom. What a terrific way to kick off our 55th Pride Month celebrations and to honor our Lady of the Rainbow.”

Sayre added, “I’ve said this loud and often, but there is no other icon than Justin Vivian Bond. 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.”

If you can’t make it to the event, you can still donate to help The Ali Forney Center.

Art by Daniel Nolen.

Night of a Thousand Judys plays on Monday, June 3, 2024, starting at 7 pm, at Joe’s Pub, the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC. For tickets (priced at $75-175, plus a $12 food/two drink minimum per person), go online. The $150 Premium seats include preferred seating, and a ticket to Ali Forney Center’s Summer Oasis Party on July 24; the $175 VIP seats include premium seating, a ticket to Ali Forney Center’s Summer Oasis Party on July 24, and an exclusive post-show reception.


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