John M. Becker

Patti LuPone, Sting Headlining Concert for Global Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | August 17, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: benefit concert, Broadway, Bruce Cohen, Dustin Lance Black, Patti LuPone, Stephen Schwartz, Sting

uprising-of-love-concert.pngNext month, Broadway titan Patti LuPone and recording legend Sting will headline a concert in New York City benefiting the global push for LGBT rights.

The event, titled "Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality," will be held on Monday, September 15 at the Gershwin Theatre on 51st Street. It's being produced by Stephen Schwartz (composer of Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked) and Bruce Cohen (producer of Milk, American Beauty, and Silver Linings Playbook), and is timed to roughly coincide with the opening of the U.N. General Assembly and the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

The concert's website has the details:

Featuring performances by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone, and in strategic partnership with the United Nations Foundation, this event strives to support the efforts of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN's Free & Equal campaign in calling for equal rights globally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals, and to raise significant funding for grassroots organizations and activists working toward that goal around the world.

The net proceeds of this event will go directly to Fueling the Frontlines, a three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTI rights led by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Astraea is the only philanthropic organization in the United States solely dedicated to advancing LGBTI rights globally.

Also lending his talents will be Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who will write the script for the evening. Black is a co-founder of the Uprising of Love campaign, which was established prior to the Sochi Winter Olympics this year to call attention to Russia's anti-gay laws and has since broadened its focus to the promotion of LGBT human rights advocacy worldwide.

Leave a comment

We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.