Writer and performer Justin Sayre will host the show. (Photo by Ricardo Nelson)
Writer and performer Justin Sayre will host the show. (Photo by Ricardo Nelson)
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Justin Sayre brings a ‘Night of a Thousand Judys’ to New York for Pride month

The seventh annual ‘Night Of A Thousand Judys’ will take place at Joe’s Pub in New York on Saturday, June 1.

The Pride concert, written and hosted by Justin Sayre, is created to benefit The Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping LGBTQ homeless youth.

Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert”, the special one-night event will honour the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as a movie star, recording artist and stage performer.

The event helps commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 50th Anniversary of Garland’s passing.

“We’re still fighting for visibility and the right to live our authentic truths”

“It’s been fifty years since we lost Judy and found our voice at the Stonewall riots, but the struggles remain. We’re still fighting for visibility and the right to live our authentic truths, and while there seems to be a lot more of us out there, we’re still facing growing opposition,” says Justin Sayre.

Justin Sayre has written the show. (Photo by Ricardo Nelson)
Justin Sayre has written the show. (Photo by Ricardo Nelson)

“In times like this, I think we need to look at our most vulnerable and make sure they have all they need to fight on. None of us get over the rainbow, unless we all do.”

Alongside being written and hosted by Sayre, the event is 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.

The Ali Forney Center assists 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.

‘Night Of A Thousand Judys’ will take place at JOE’S PUB on Saturday, June 1 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $75 (Regular), $100 (Premium) and $150 (VIP). Tickets are on sale now here.

The venue is located in The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th and Astor Place) NYC. For tickets call (212) 967-7555 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street from 2:00 PM daily.

The previous six sold-out annual concerts featured the likes of R&B legends Martha Wash and Sarah Dash; jazz vocalist Madeleine Peyroux, Broadway divas Carolee Carmello, Liz Callaway, and Tonya Pinkins, nightlife fixtures Karen Mason, Maude Maggart and Karen Akers; and New York personalities Michael Musto, Austin Scarlett, and Frank DeCaro, among many others.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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