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Mark your calendars for June 30, 2019, as NYC Pride welcomes all to a final celebration of pride from 7 p.m. — 10 p.m. in New York City’s iconic Times Square, culminating in the participation of 20 Broadway shows for a rousing rendition of “Seasons of Love” from Rent.
The evening will provide a full slate of influential speakers and global musical talents who represent the cultural diversity, tenacity, and grace of the LGBTQIA+ community. One of the renowned artists slated to perform is Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades.
Margaret Cho is set to host the occasion in Times Square. Cho is a Grammy- and Emmy Award-nominated stand-up comedian, actress, and singer-songwriter. Jake Shears and MNEK will also perform at the WorldPride Closing Ceremony.
The finale will feature performers from 20 hit Broadway shows including Be More Chill, Hadestown, Hamilton, Mean Girls, Oklahoma!, Waitress, and more. Among the many Broadway stars will be Shoshana Bean, Wilson Cruz, and George Salazar who will all be belting out “Seasons of Love.”
“The Broadway community is and has always been about inclusion. Broadway has long been a haven for LGBTQIA+ people, both onstage and off—whether it was taking care of people with HIV or continuing to bring LGBTQIA+ characters and stories to the stage. We are so excited that Broadway performers will be part of WorldPride as our whole community celebrates the 50th anniversary of Stonewall,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.
A complete list of participating shows*:
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Come from Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Pretty Woman: The Musical
The Cher Show
The Lion King
*Subject to change.