Broadway Hops on the Bus for the National Equality March

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NationalEqualityMarchIn a small way, I’d like to think my post several weeks ago — questioning whether the support for marriage equality by the producers of the revival of the musical Hair was entirely sincere — had an effect.

Now, thanks to a terrific website, BroadwayImpact.com, much more of the New York theater community is getting involved in ensuring the effort moves ahead. If, for instance, you wish to attend the National Equality March on Oct. 11 but you lack transportation, name-brand Broadway folk are sponsoring buses that can help get you there. Watch this video:

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(It would, of course, be helpful if the Broadway community partnered with Off- and Off-Off-Broadway to drum up as many sponsorships as possible, too. After all, many theater practitioners on minicontracts and showcases also want marriage equality. But at least this is a great first step.)

Some sources suggest, by the way, that the buses already sponsored are full. When, then, will more people step up? Where, for example, is the Broadway League? With Bloomberg reporting yesterday that Charlotte St. Martin, the League’s executive director, made $340,105 in compensation last year, couldn’t she — or she and her colleagues — cough up some cash for marriage equality?

Here is some more information from the BroadwayImpact.com website:

Join Sutton Foster, Gavin Creel, David Stone, Audra McDonald, Broadway.com, The Broadway Company of Memphis, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, John Ellison Conlee, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jonathan Groff and many others in becoming a sponsor!

  1. A tax-deductible contribution of $2,400 supplements the cost of a round trip ticket for an entire chartered bus full of marchers. Any amount towards this is welcome.
  2. Checks can be made out to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with Broadway Impact in the Memo line. You will receive a tax contribution letter from BC/EFA.
  3. Download this Letter and Form to become a sponsor.
  4. Contact Jamie McGonnigal with any questions or for more information: [email protected].

BroadwayImpact.com exhorts marriage-equality supporters to take these steps to spread the word about Oct. 11:

GET WEB HAPPY

  1. Use our weekly community-wide facebook status changes (click here to download)
  2. Change your Facebook middle name to Equality
  3. Change facebook pic to The National Equality March logo and leave it until the march (download it here)
  4. TWEET, BLOG, VLOG, weekly to your friends, family and fans. people are reading & watching!

THROW A PARTY:

  1. An Equality Party! Get together, get snacks and brainstorm how to spread the word about the National Equality March 10-11-09
  2. Live in New York?! download our Equality Party Pack now for step by step directions on how to take action now.
  3. Take pictures
  4. Make a fun video
  5. Send it to BroadwayImpact.com and we’ll post it!

TALK TALK TALK:

  1. DON’T SHUT UP: Tell everyone about 10.11.09 keep the conversation going
  2. BE A LABEL WHORE: Wear the Equality pin you got at the rally everywhere especially @ stage doors
  3. ASK SOMEONE OUT: Ask people, “what are you doing on Oct 11, 2009? Wanna make history?”

Finally, today I received the following email from Doric Wilson:

BROADWAY IMPACT NEEDS YOU TO GET ON THE BUS!
FREE TICKETS TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

On October 11, 2009, the National March for Equality will take place on Washington, D.C.

Sutton Foster, Gavin Creel, Audra McDonald, David Stone, Broadway Cares, Broadway.com and many others are sponsoring buses!

If you can join us, all you need to do is stop by Vlada Lounge, 331 West 51st Street to sign up or you can email [email protected] with your name, email and cell number and wait for your confirmation.

Visit BroadwayImpact.com for more information.

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