Among gay audiences, Judy Garland is one of few performers who never seems to go out of style.
New York singer-actress Bridget Barkan proved that point at 2014's “Night of a Thousand Judys” when she crooned a tender version of “As Long as He Needs Me," which was introduced in the Broadway musical "Oliver!" and performed by Garland on her television series, “The Judy Garland Show,” in 1963.
Now in its fifth year, “Night of a Thousand Judys” -- which is a special presentation of New York- and Los Angeles-based actor, writer and performer Justin Sayre's variety show, “The Meeting,” and timed to coincide with LGBT Pride Month -- will benefit the Ali Forney Center, an advocacy group dedicated to homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens and young adults.
As in previous installments, performers from Broadway, television and downtown cabaret will hit New York's Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center June 1 to croon songs made famous by Garland during her fabled career. The 2015 lineup includes Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham and The Skivvies, among others.
Sayre interviewed Ali Forney Center founder Carl Siciliano for his “Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre” podcast. You can check that out here.
“Night of a Thousand Judys” plays New York's Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center on June 1. Head here for more details.