The stars come out to Defy Inequality
By Noah Michelson
Though the night was a nice mix of great performances and funny presenters, Harvey Fierstein read an particularly powerful letter he sent that day to President Obama, (the text of which can be found here).
Oddly enough it's not hard to say what the gayest moment of the evening was. That undoubtedly belongs to the unapologetically, un-selfconsciously gay performance by Ugly Betty's Mark Indelicato backed by the cast of Mamma Mia, who performed "Seize the Day" (see above) from the 1992 Disney musical, Newsies. Seriously.
The beneficiaries of the evening were the Family Equality Council, the Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality California, Garden State Equality and Vermont Freedom to Marry. Most impressive was the contribution of the producers of Wicked who hosted the evening at their theater. Each of the five producers of donated $50k to the cause -- a nice $250k to get the campaign started.
Check out http://broadwayimpact.com to get involved.
-- BILL KEITH