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Concert for America — the brainchild of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley — was staged at Town Hall on W. 43rd St. in NYC today, attracting numerous big-time Broadway stahhhs to raise cash for progressive orgs (the NAACP, the Sierra Club, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood and the National Immigration Law Center).
The concert was streamed live on numerous high-profile platforms (People Magazine, among them), and will air once more at Concert4America2017.org on Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.
Kelli O'Hara beautifully belted out “A Cock-Eyed Optimist” from South Pacific, setting the theme as that of: HOPE.
Next, everyone involved with the show sang a massive “What the World Needs Now Is Love” by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, and the lineup included: Chita Rivera, Betty Buckley, Ben Vereen, Billy Porter, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Alice Ripley, Stephanie Mills, Lillias White, Charles Bush, Brian d'Arcy James, Marty Thomas and many more.
If you buy the tune on iTunes, the money goes to the Orlando GLBT Center and The Trevor Project, 50/50.
Rosie Perez offered a hilarious personal story about not choosing poverty and not hating all nuns. She introduced living legend Chita Rivera, who sang “America” from West Side Story, still moving with ease and offering high kicks at 83. She admitted she was blown away that the musical's original cast recording is 60 years old, marveling aloud that she's still running around “like a 35-year-old.”
Kate Mulgrew introduced the electrifying Betty Buckley (pictured; video still via Concert for America), who sang the hell out of the Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel song “Don't Give Up” that was utterly heart-tugging.
Judy Gold's comedic interlude was a nice opportunity laugh ahead of Jessie Mueller's “Beautiful.” Speaking of which, Billy Porter's new single “Edelweiss” could have been written to cheer up the I'm Still With Her crowd.
I found Caroline Rhea to be hysterical. It was a shocker when she said that she, like Mariah Carey, looks fat no matter how thin she gets, but maybe it was a welcome flash of teeth with everyone preaching about loving our enemies.
I think my musical highlight was actually ageless Stephanie Mills serving up 1980s “Never Knew Love Like This Before.” She's sung it a million times, but it sounded as fresh as she looks.
The president of the NAACP gave a fiery speech that got one of the evening's standing Os, leading into Brian Stokes Mitchell blowing everyone's minds with “America the Beautiful” and “Wheels of a Dream.” It was such a preach moment. Rivera returned to the stage to announce that the performances had “destroyed” her. She got angry speaking about Trump's abandoment (already!) of all arts and humanities funding.
Though I'd have been intimidated to follow even a spoken-word segment by Rivera, Carrie Manolakos followed up with an aggresive passive and pretty “Hallelujah.”
Sharon Gless was a fun surprise — even she admitted she isn't a Broadway person... “yet!” I've loved her since her short-lived series Turnabout. She told a fascinating story about her work on the TV series House Calls. A decent hit back in the day, the show had starred Lynn Redgrave and Wayne Rogers, in that order, until Redgrave asked to nurse her baby on the set and asked to be paid as much as Rogers. For that, she was fired, and they replaced her with Gless, who asserted that she was the last-ever contract player in Hollywood. Gless knew she was a cheap replacement and was mortified, but had little choice. She reported that upon meeting Rogers, he gloated that he could have saved Redgrave's job had he wanted to. Okay then!
After the show wrapped, Gless threw a party for the cast and secretly called Redgrave to come to the party and pretend to get into a fight with her to psych out the cast, which they did, scaring the hell out of the cast. Then they made nice and everyone died.
Funny story, and also an infuriating story. That icky male chauvinist Wayne Rogers, formerly of M*A*S*H, died a year ago on NYE after being a glib Fox News guest for years. Wish I'd been there to get Sharon's autograph. Her segment bled into a quartet of vocalists spitting out “I'm a Woman,” including Shayna Steele. Interestingly, it's kind of a regressive song if taken literally, yet is infused with a clear, early feminist vein.
Died laughing at manic comic Michelle Collins — I'd never heard of her, but she was pretty out-there and had me giggling. Piper Perabo was there on behalf of the Sierra Club, sounding very serious about nature. Judy Kuhn revived her “The Colors of the Wind,” a song inspired by the group's mission.
Bebe Neuwirth was too shaken up to say much beyond offering several quotes on the topic of carrying on, but she was able to intro Ben Vereen. The trouper brought down the house singing “What a Wonderful World” and leading Wesley, d'Arcy James and the cast in a spirited rendition of “Let the Sunshine In” — a song he sang in the original production of Hair.
Watch the full show below (if it's still up). If you missed it, take heart — there are plans for a similar get-together MONTHLY ...
Within an hour of Trump's inauguration, the White House's LGBTQ rights page was scrubbed. So were pages on climate change, Obamacare & civil rights.
Here is how the Trump Administration will actively aid and abet the total destruction of all of Obama's LGBTQ rights progress — including marriage.
Trump, in his inaugural speech, used a time-honored anti-Semitic slogan the ADL had asked him not to use. Dog whistle.
One of Trump's first acts makes it harder for first-timers to buy a home.
Al Gore supported the Electoral College even after it screwed him. No more!
This feels like watching a nun savage her own back with stones tied to a leather strap, but she looks radiant and I definitely don't knock Hillary for doing the normal and customary thing by attending the inauguration of the person Paul Krugman has wittily dubbed “Donald the Unready.”
I do think today is proof the United States is a failed concept, and going forward, it's just about surviving and trying to pick up the pieces. But knowing it is possible for an incompetent, malevolent billionaire to waltz into the Oval Office kills any faith I will ever have in our system. Period. End.
Hip-hop star comes out as gay on Twitter.
Typical Republican values: Former Speaker of the House wants his hush money back because the boy he molested squealed. Unfuckingbelievable.
U.S. agencies are examining intercepted communications for links between Trump associates and Russiahttps://t.co/20naPzZlad— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 20, 2017
Multiple U.S. agencies are reportedly investigating intercepted communications between three top Trump advisors and the Kremlin.
Keep reading for the full Madonna & Marilyn Minter video ...
ABOVE: Donald Trump just said his Cabinet will have the highest IQ of any ever.
In related news: He believes his German/white heritage is superior and compares his family stock to that of racehorses, and he just became the first incoming POTUS to exclude Latinos from his Cabinet in decades. His spokesman says it's about “the best and brightest,” which apparently means old white people, black idiot Ben Carson and Mitch McConnell's Asian wife.
Such an odd coincidence that he's been endorsed by the KKK.
Caitlyn Jenner wasn't even invited to the inauguration by Trump, but she's going. Because unity.
Gay actor Derek Whitener (ABOVE) brutally beaten to within an inch of his life by these 2 guys in Texas. Seen them?:
Betsy DeVos had no idea the Individual with Disabilities Education Act existed:
Stunning: Maggie Hassan (who has a disabled son) realizes that DeVos doesn't know the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act exists. pic.twitter.com/ht2dK9iqL8— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) January 18, 2017
Gregg Sulkin's peen is allegedly all over the 'Net, but Bella Thorne, who's seen it, disagrees.
Gay life in the '60s and '70s captured beautifully by Anthony Friedkin:
Obama explains why he commuted much of Chelsea Manning's sentence:
Obama: “Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence.” https://t.co/OVKxo6WDwO— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 18, 2017