Broadway singer/actor Michael Longoria, along with Taylor James of 42West PR and Kristina Bramhall from Telsey + Company, are putting together a benefit concert for “New Alternatives”, an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth (16-24) become self-sufficient and transition out of the shelter system and into stable adult lives. Their services include case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational opportunities for self-expression and support services for HIV+ youth.
The benefit is also a celebration of PRIDE kick off!
In addition to Longoria and Morris, featured performers and guests include: Constantine Maroulis, Diana DeGarmo, Daniel Reichard, Marty Thomas, Christina Bianco, Tori Scott, Ryan Raftery, Willito Rivera, Matthew Gagnon, Felicia Finley, Alexa Green, Ashanti J’aria, Danny Longoria, Tim Young, Jennifer Malenke, Michelle Dowdy, Cameron Mitchell Bell, Jennifer Bishop, Matthew Roscoe, Jenna Miller, Kristina Nicole Miller, Marissa Pontecorvo and Andrea Nardello.
New Alternatives is currently facing a crisis as they just found out that the donated space they have been using for programming will no longer be available to them after August. http://newalternativesnyc.org
Longoria notes, “I strongly identify with the need to feel at “home,” which is deeply missed when you are young and LGBT, estranged from family, and feel that there is nowhere that you belong. We need to look out for the LGBT youth of our community, if we don’t, who will?”
Details of the show are below:
HARDWARE 697 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036 Thursday June 23rd 9:00pm $10 suggested donation
There will be a raffle at the event with prizes including: Tickets to The Color Purple (Broadway) Broadway Records Album Package Bottle of Pinot By Tituss Autographed by Tituss Burgess Tickets to Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway) Tickets to Kinky Boots (Broadway) Tickets to Finding Neverland (Broadway) Tickets to Himself and Nora (Off Broadway) Tickets to Trip of Love (Off Broadway) Tickets to Feinstein’s/54Below
Michael Longoria is best known for the role of Frankie Valli in the original cast of “Jersey Boys” on Broadway. Longoria just released BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK a Latin-infused collection of Broadway classics including: “Maria” (from West Side Story), “The Sound of Music” (from The Sound of Music), “Music and the Mirror” (from A Chorus Line) and many more.
BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK is a deeply personal project for Michael and chronicles his story, starting with his youth in Los Angeles as a Mariachi singer, his struggles with his Mexican family as he follows his dream, his road to NYU via scholarship, and achieving Broadway success, all the way to present day.