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Pride Plays Include Reading of 'Boys in the Band' Sequel & Music Variety Show

by Jim Provenzano
Tuesday June 23, 2020
Pride Plays Include Reading of  'Boys in the Band' Sequel & Music Variety Show

In celebration of Pride Month, Pride Plays continues its schedule of streamed readings of plays by and about the LGBTQIA+ community to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

These free streams, in partnership with Playbill, are set for 7pm Eastern (4pm Pacific) throughout the month of June and can be watched at playbill.com/prideplays.

Friday, June 26, Pride Plays will present The Men from the Boys by groundbreaking playwright Mart Crowley, who passed away in March after winning a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for The Boys in the Band.

This funny and tender sequel finds the group in for more than they expected after a memorial for one of their friends.

Produced with Aaron Glick, the drama will be directed by Zachary Quinto, who played Harold in the Tony-winning revival. The cast is set to include Mario Cantone, Charlie Carver, Rick Elice, Telly Leung, Lou Liberatore, Carson McCally, Kevyn Morrow, Denis O'Hare and James Joseph O'Neil.

On Saturday, June 27, Masculinity Max by MJ Kaufman and directed by Will Davis take the virtual stage. An irreverent comedy that follows a trans man stumbling through dating, roommate trouble and his career, all while struggling with the gender traps he once fought against, the cast includes Ty Defoe, Theo Germain, Judy Gold, David Greenspan, Jason Butler Harner, Esco Jouley, Francis Jue, Matt Maher, Avi Roque, Aneesh Sheth, Kelli Simpkins, Zo Tipp and Vishal Vaidya.

Pride Plays will cap the month off with Playbill's Pride Spectacular, a musical celebration of Pride, hosted by Michael Urie at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific on June 28.

The cast of performers includes Jelani Alladin, Alexandra Billings, Billy Bustamonte, DeMarius Copes, Wilson Cruz, Robin De Jesús, Lea Delaria, Niani Feelings, Gaby Gamache, Curtis Holland, Francis Jue, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Raymond J. Lee, Cheech Manohar, Anastacia McCleskey, Chris Medlin, Ezra Menas, Paul HeeSang Miller, Mary Kate Morrissey, Javier Muñoz, Alan Muraoka, Ariana Notartomaso, Diana Oh, Ken Page, Lee Roy Reams, Jai Rodriguez, Sushma Saha, George Salazar, Justin Tam, Vishal Vaidya, BD Wong, Iain Young, and Brittany Zeinstra.

Produced by Doug Nevin and Michael Urie with festival direction by Nick Mayo, the events raise funds for Broadway Cares.

"Since I can remember, I've seen the Broadway Cares' red buckets in theater lobbies," Urie said in a press statement. "Those buckets and the impassioned pleas of the actors after curtain calls have symbolized strength, resilience and community. In the years since its inception, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has fought countless crises, natural and unnatural. I'm proud to stand with them once again as they fight another insidious virus. And I'm proud to have Broadway Cares as an invaluable supporter of Pride Plays."

playbill.com/prideplays


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