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Kick Off Pride with a ‘Night of a Thousand Judys’

The 12th annual Night of a Thousand Judys – the Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center, written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, returns to Joe’s Pub on Monday, June 3 is at 7:00 PM, with a VIP post-show reception to follow. Tickets are now available HERE.

Called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal, Night of a Thousand Judys will honor the iconic Judy Garland with songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer.  This year’s line-up is a starry galaxy of performers including:

Grammy Award winner Nathan Lee Graham (Titaníque, Zoolander), Tony Award nominee Grey Henson (Mean Girls, Shucked), Grammy Award winner Nicole Zuraitis (2024’s “Best Jazz Vocalist”), Antwayn Hopper (A Strange Loop, The Life at Encores!), violinist and vocalist Edmund Bagnell (Well-Strung), Tammy Faye Starlite (Nico: Underground), Tim Hughes (Sweeney Todd, Hadestown), Gabrielle Beckford (original Broadway cast of Once Upon a One More Time), and The Boy Band Project (“Good Morning America”).

The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping LGBTQ homeless youth. Through its 24/7 Drop-In Center, “Ali’s Place,” and a network of 13 emergency and transitional housing sites, the Ali Forney Center serves over 2,200 LGBTQ+ young people. As a leader in this space, the Ali Forney Center supports organizations to utilize their expertise to replicate their model of success across the country and around the world.

Anyone who cannot attend the event can still donate to help The Ali Forney Center HERE.

Night of a Thousand Judys will also present Mx Justin Vivian Bond – the beloved star of downtown star of stage, screen and letters – with the first annual “Judy Icon Award.” The honor recognizes the recipient’s contributions to the LGBTQ+ community and achievement of legendary status, following in the footsteps of the award’s namesake, Judy Garland.

Justin Elizabeth Sayre, Writer & Host @justinelizabethsayre

Writer and host, Sayre says: “I’ve said this loud and often, but there is no other icon than Justin Vivian Bond. Chanteuse, provocateur, artist, sage, truthteller, style maven, V is the icon of downtown. I adore all that she is and all that she does. Even for me, there will only be one Justin: Justin Vivian Bond.” Bond adds: “As a singer and a homosexuellian identified lady of dubious temperament, I can think of no greater honor than to be the recipient of the first Judy Award! It’s as if I were being handed the Gay Medal of Freedom. What a terrific way to kick off our 55th Pride Month celebrations and to honor our Lady of the Rainbow.”


Night of a Thousand Judys
Joe’s Pub on Monday, June 3 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $75 (partial view), $100 (Regular), $150 (Premium) and $175 (VIP).

The $150 Premium seats include preferred seating, and a ticket to Ali Forney Center’s Summer Oasis Party on July 24.

The $175 VIP seats includes premium seating, a ticket to Ali Forney Center’s Summer Oasis Party on July 24, and an exclusive post-show reception.

The event has a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person.

Joe’s Pub is located at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place) New York, NY 10003.

Tickets are available at Joe’s Pub HERE.

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