Sting & Patti LuPone to Headline Concert for Global Equality
By Brandon Voss
Grammy Award–winning performers Sting and Patti LuPone will lend their voices to Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality, which will be presented September 15 at Broadway's Gershwin Theatre.
In partnership with the United Nations Foundation, composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and out producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) are executive producers of the concert.
The Uprising of Love campaign, initially launched prior to the Sochi Winter Olympics in response to Russia's antigay laws, is now focused on "raising awareness and funds for activists making a difference on the ground in every part of the globe where LGBTI safety and dignity is compromised."
"As the world converges upon New York City for the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative, we join together to remind global leaders that that LGBTI people around the world are facing harassment, abuse, and violence, and to raise significant funding for grassroots organizations and activists around the world," read press notes about the event.
The event will feature a script by Uprising of Love cofounder Dustin Lance Black, an Academy Award winner for Milk. Additional performers and speakers will be announced at a later date.
Net proceeds from the event will benefit Fueling the Frontlines, a campaign for worldwide equality led by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, which bills itself as "the only philanthropic organization in the United States solely dedicated to advancing LGBTI rights globally."
Sting composed the music and lyrics for a new musical, The Last Ship, which opens October 26 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre. LuPone, a Tony winner for her work in Evita and Gypsy, recently kicked off a two-year cabaret residency at New York's 54 Below.
For tickets and more information visit UprisingofLove.org.