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Thursday, June 30, 2016

A benefit

Robin de Jesus, Tony Sheldon, Frenchie Davis & More Set for Orlando Benefit Performance of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS

June 30 
2:16 PM2016

Robin de Jesus, Tony Sheldon, Frenchie Davis & More Set for Orlando Benefit Performance of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS
Frenchie Davis (Rent, American Idol), Gideon Glick (Spider Man, Spring Awakening), Robin De Jesus (Two-time Tony nom. La Cage Aux Folles & In the Heights), Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, Hands on a Hardbody) Ben Mayne (South Pacific tour), Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights), Mj Rodriguez (Runaways, Rent), Tony Sheldon (Tony nom. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Jason Tam (If/Then, A Chorus Line), Clarke Thorell (The Front Page, Annie) and more are set to perform a concert version of Max Vernon's musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS to raise money for the victims of the Pulse Orlando massacre. It will be directed by Scott Ebersold with Music Director James Dobinson.

Hosted by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the concert will take place at 7pm on Monday July 11 at 7pm. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place New York, NY 10014. Tickets are $30 - $50 at For more information, go to

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS was inspired by the arson at The UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans on June 24, 1973, which killed 32 people. Prior to June 12th this year, when 49 people lost their lives at Pulse Orlando, The UpStairs Lounge arson had been the most deadly attack on the American LGBTQI+ community.

"By using the music of 'THE VIEW UPSTAIRS in this benefit concert we will commemorate the lives of the victims of the two largest attacks on LGBTQ Americans and raise money for the survivors of Pulse Orlando," Producer Jenny Ainsworth says. "Much has been gained over the last 40 years in the march towards equality, but there is still work to do in the fight against homophobia and hatred. Now more than ever, those of us in theatre need to celebrate and cultivate that sense of inclusive community."

Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Equality Florida, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity based in Florida that is committed to ensuring funds raised reach those in need, specifically the survivors of Pulse Orlando and the families of the victims. /

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