Broadway for Arts Education will commemorate World AIDS Day with a benefit reading of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart. Set for December 1, the event will take place at and benefit The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in NYC. Check out first look photos of the company below.
The cast will include Jordan Roth, Tony winner Randy Graff (Mr. Saturday Night), Matthew Corozine, Larry Rogowsky, Bryan Campione, Julie James, Tom Berklund (The Addams Family), Elijah Caldwell (A Strange Loop), Adam Dulin-Tavares, Kyle Pickett, Kal Kalil, Damon Clyde, Rose Levine, Coulby Jenkins, Lynda DeFuria, Patrick Clark, Matthew Labanca, Benny Enfinger, Brett Radek, Nathan Nolen Edwards, Steve Riggle, Alex Quiroga, Dylan Hoffinger, and Xiao Xiao Sun.
"In a world where queerness is still very much under attack by government and educational institutions, this piece was chosen as a vehicle to connect queer stories past, present, and future, and bring together the LGBTQ+ community across generations to continue to speak out and act up for queer lives and queer futures," says BAE Executive Director Ben Houghton.
Issac Byrne (The Other Mozart) is directing, leading a creative team that includes stage manager Thomas Dieter, music director David Baldwin, lighting designer Zach Pizza, sound designer Vrialto, graphic designer Sarah Faye Beard, production assistant Trevor Markanovic, and assistant director Haley Rice. Casting is by Tessa Faye Talent.
On the production team are a group of interns led by BAE and The Center, including Jermy Quiroz, Alastair Feliciano, Irati Castaneda, Nicole Ruiz, AJ Sinclair, Bo de La Rosa, Alley Long, Gabriela Vivanco, and Artie Brown.
The reading is made possible through the support of Straighten Your Crown Productions and SoEpitome. All proceeds will support internship programs for queer and trans youth in New York City and in rural communities around the United States.
Tickets are available at GiveLively.org.