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Queering the Gala: A Benefit for Ring of Keys

Queering the Gala: A Benefit for Ring of Keys

January 29, 2024

Ring of Keys, a 501(c)3 artist service and advocacy organization and the only network of queer women, trans, and gender non-conforming professional artists working on and offstage in musical theatre, has announced its first-ever gala to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the organization. Queering the Gala: a benefit for Ring of Keys will take place at Joe’s Pub in New York and stream worldwide on Stellar.

The gala will include the latest installment of the organization’s Queering the Canon series, with Queering the Canon: Alan Menken. The program will pair the well-known songs of Menken with newly commissioned songs by queer women, trans, and non-binary musical theatre writers, all to be performed and authentically inhabited by queer vocalists and musicians. The new canon songs are penned by writers Nicolette Blount (she/her) & Nico Juber (she/her); Kristen Goodman (she/they); Mel Hornyak (they/them) & Elliot Valentine (he/him); SMJ (they/them) & Natalie Myrick (she/they); Zeniba Now (she/her); Morgan Reilly (she/her); and Will Shishmanian (he/him).

Performers include Auliʻi Cravalho (she/her) (the voice of Moana in Disney’s Moana, the upcoming Mean Girls film, Evita West End), Justin David Sullivan (he/she/they) (& Juliet), Taylor Iman Jones (she/her) (Head Over Heels, Six), Jade Jones (they/them) (groundbreaking Belle in Olney’s Beauty and the Beast), Nya (they/she) (Titanique, American Idol), Debbie Tjong (she/her) (The Skivvies, Sammy Rae & the Friends), Savy Jackson (they/she) (Bad Cinderella), Jenna Bainbridge (she/her) (Suffs, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Ari Notartomaso (they/he) (Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, upcoming Mean Girls film), Darius-Anthony Robinson (he/she/they) (Uptown Players, Alvin Ailey), and Jack Oliver Kotanen (he/they) (Trans/pose, Christmas from New York). Emily Trumble (she/her) (Soft Power), Garnet Williams (she/they) (Long Wharf Theatre, Imagination Stage), Hennessy Winkler (he/him) (Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma! National Tour), and Gwynne Wood (they/she) (1776). William Bailey (aka Jada Valenciaga) (he/she/they) (Paradise Ballroom, Jasper in Deadland) will host and perform as well. 

In addition to the concert, the evening will include a silent auction featuring exclusive items, customized experiences, and food and travel packages. Audiences will also hear from Keys and other artists who have been positively impacted by Ring of Keys’ work.

The event will be directed by Mack Brown (they/them), with music direction by Julianne B. Merrill (she/her), casting by Peter Dunn (he/him), and stage management by Sarah Jones (she/they). Queering the Gala is co-produced by outgoing Ring of Keys Executive Director Aislinn Frantz (she/her) and Ring of Keys Co-Founder Andrea Prestinario (she/her).


Photo Credit: Emmannuelle Perryman

January 29, 2024


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MON 01/29 9:30 PM