Nellie McKay, Alec Mapa, Dan Savage, Andrea McArdle, BETTY & more headline benefit concert for GLSEN.
Thursday, June 23 at The Gramercy Theater
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Andrea McArdle, Nellie McKay, the band BETTY, and Rachael Sage are the musical performers leading the bill at BETTER & BETTER, an event benefiting the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network at The Gramercy Theatre at 7:30 PM on Thursday, June 23. Hosted by the comedian Alec Mapa ("Ugly Betty") and also starring Mimi Imfurst and Frank DeCaro, the evening will also feature remarks by sex advice columnist Dan Savage, who created the anti-bullying "It Gets Better Project". Tickets for BETTER & BETTER are $20 - $40, available online at www.SpinCycleNYC.com or by calling 212-352-3101. The Gramercy Theatre is located at 127 East 23rd Street at Lexington Avenue. VIP tickets are available for $100, which includes a post-show champagne reception with performers.
Dan Savage is the author of the syndicated sex advice column Savage Love, and frequently appears as a commentator on gay and lesbian issues on television. He is the editorial director of the weekly Seattle newspaper The Stranger, and is the author of five books including It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living and The Kid, which was recently turned into a hit Off-Broadway musical.
Alternative rock group BETTY, which consists of Alyson Palmer and sisters Amy and Elizabeth Ziff, have released eight albums, the most recent being Light & Dark. The band starred in its autobiographical off-Broadway show BETTY Rules, directed by Michael Grief.
Andrea McArdle rose to fame originating the title role in Annie, for which she received a Tony nomination. Her other Broadway productions includes Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Beauty and the Beast, and State Fair.
Nellie McKay released her debut CD Get Away from Me to universal acclaim in 2005. Her four successive albums include her most recent, Home Sweet Mobile Home. McKay made her Broadway debut in Threepenny Opera in 2007.
Alec Mapa made his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly. He is best known for his role as Suzuki St. Pierre on Ugly Betty as well as roles on the TV series Half & Half and Some of My Best Friends. Earlier this year, Mapa was a co-host on the Logo-TV show The Gossip Queens.
Mimi Imfurst appeared on the most recent season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Last year, Mimi was the opening act for Kathy Griffin at Milwaukee Gay Pride. This August, her new girl group Xelle will open for Ke$ha in Philadelphia, where her drag cabaret show The Dollhouse Revue has become a long-running hit.
Author and comic Frank DeCaro hosts his own live national talk show The Frank DeCaro Show every weekday on Sirius/XM. For nearly seven years he co-wrote and hosted the popular Out at the Movies segments on the Emmy Award-winning Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central. He also appeared regularly as a panelist on the TV game show I've Got A Secret on GSN.
A 2-time winner of both the OUTMusic and Independent Music AwardsSinger, songwriter and producer Rachael Sage has shared stages with artists including Sarah McLachlan, Ani DiFranco, Eric Burdon, John Lee Hooker, Judy Collins and Colin Hay. Performing Songwriter Magazine named her “One of the Top 100 Independent Artists Of The Past 15 Years”. Sage has a degree in Drama from Stanford and has studied at The School of American Ballet as well as The Actor's Studio.
GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. GLSEN strives to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make their schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people. GLSEN is one of the recipients of funds raised by the It Gets Better campaign.