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Save the Date October 15, 2018
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Broadway Stands for Freedom 16th Annual Benefit Concert

Broadway Stands for Freedom 16th Annual Benefit Concert





Alan Cumming to Receive 2018 Freedom Award; Aasif Mandvi to Host



The NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union) hosts its Annual Broadway Stands Up For Freedom concert We the People, with Alan Cumming to receive the 2018 “Freedom Award” for his contributions as an artist and activist for human rights.


On Monday, October 15, 2018, the NYCLU and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will host a star-studded lineup for Broadway Stands Up for Freedom. This iconic concert was created 16 years ago by aspiring musical theater actors to celebrate the power and beauty of free expression. This year’s theme We the People, was chosen to represent the ACLU and the NYCLU’s goal of bringing people together to take on the toughest civil liberties challenges of our time.


This year’s host for the evening is British-American actor, comedian, and former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi. Aasif Mandvi received an OBIE Award for his critically acclaimed one-man show Sakina's Restaurant, and he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced at Lincoln Center. He also serves as an actor/writer/producer on HBO's The Brink.


This year’s show will feature both existing Broadway tunes and brand-new songs written exclusively for the concert. The talented group of performers and songwriters include Shaina Taub, hot off a run of the Public Theater’s Twelfth Night, and Erich Bergen, noted for his roles in “Madam Secretary,” Waitress, and Jersey Boys.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the mission of the NYCLU and ACLU to promote and protect the civil rights and liberties of all.


The NYCLU is also holding a song contest, inviting submissions for original songs that speak out against racism, hatred, and bigotry. The winner will receive a VIP ticket to the concert, a one-year membership to the ACLU and NYCLU, and a cash prize.  



Aasif Mandvi - Evening’s Host

Ada Westfall - A Play on WarJoan of Arc: Into the FireSongbird

Alan Cumming - 2018 Freedom Award recipient

Arianna “Ari” Afsar - Hamilton (original Chicago cast);
“American Idol 8”

Ariana DeBose - Summer: The Donna Summer Musical; 
A Bronx Tale; Hamilton

Eisa Davis - Passing Strange; Bulrusher

Erich Bergen - Jersey BoysWaitress; “Madame Secretary”

George Salazar - Be More ChillGodspellThe Lightning Thief

Kristolyn Lloyd - Dear Evan Hansen

Krysta Rodriguez - Broadway’s First Date; The Addams Family; NBC’s Smash

Shaina Taub - The Devil Wears PradaTwelfth Night (Public Works)
Old Hats

Stephanie J. Block - The Cher ShowFalsettos

We McDonald - “The Voice Season 11”

L Morgan Lee - Stu for SilvertonDefiant, Majestic, Beautiful

Liana Stampur - Founder, Broadway Stands Up for Freedom

...and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus



Monday, October 15, 2018

6:15pm ET         Press Check-in

6:45pm ET         Red Carpet Arrivals

7:30pm ET         Concert



Town Hall | 123 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036



For more information about the show, including details on how to buy tickets and enter the song contest,


About New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

NYCLU is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, we are a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with nine offices, including six chapters, and 155,000 members across the state. Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers. For more information on how you can get involved, visit


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