Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Michelle Collins, Jessie Mueller, Ana Villafane, Keala Settle, Katie Thompson, Vishal Vaidya and More set for BROADWAY UP, GUNS DOWN Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge on June 27

Vishal Vaidya

Vishal Vaidya

On Monday June 27th at 8pm, Broadway artists will take the stage at Le Poisson Rouge for “Broadway Up, Guns Down,” a charity benefit concert to uplift through song and honor the beautiful lives lost in the tragic mass shooting that occurred at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. All funds raised will go directly to the Zebra Coalition in Orlando, FL., a LGTBQ youth based non-for-profit currently offering assistance in Orlando.

The evening will be hosted by Michelle Collins of “The View” and will feature Tony Award Winner Jessie Mueller (Waitress), Ana Villafane (On Your Feet), Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody), Stephanie Torns (Waitress), Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Jamarice Daughtry (The Color Purple), Jessica Vosk (Fiddler on the Roof), Jenni Barber (Annie), Paul Alexander Nolan (Bright Star), Katie Thompson (Giant), Danny Quadrino (Newsies), Phyre Hawkins (The Book of Mormon), Samantha Marie Ware (Glee), Matt DeAngelis (Hair), Charity Dawson (Waitress), Timothy Ware (Kinky Boots), Antoine Smith (The Color Purple), Tim Ehrlich (Rent), Sara King (Hair), Julia Knitel (Beautiful), Ben Jacoby (Beautiful), Michael McCorry Rose (Gentleman’s Guide) Brandon Ellis (Once) Nyssa Duchow (Once) Erikka Walsh (Once) John Steven Gardner (Once) and Vishal Vaidya (Encores! 1776). Also Orlando native and composer: Alexander Sage Oyen.

With musical direction by Ted Arthur, Jakob Reinhardt on guitar, Aiden Moore on bass and Jon Epacar on drums, the evening is produced by Broadway actors Douglas Lyons (The Book of Mormon) and Matt DeAngelis. In addition to the concert there will also be an auction of specialized Broadway collector’s items. Tickets are $25 for seating and $20 for standing. This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”- Leonard Bernstein

Tickets are available here:

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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