Last night, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) hosted its 16th Annual Broadway Stands Up For Freedom concert, We the People, at Town Hall in New York.
Comedian, actor, and former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi hosted the star-studded event in which actor Alan Cumming was honored with the 2018 Freedom Award. The theme We the People was intended to “represent the ACLU and the NYCLU’s goal of bringing people together to take on the toughest civil liberties challenges of our time,” according to media materials. Cumming certainly kept the theme and the current political climate in mind when accepting his award. He delivered “an impassioned speech that questioned the meaning of freedom and ended with a poem to Trump written in the style of Scottish poet Robert Burns by Steve Siddle of Worcester, MA,” according to a media release. Cumming reportedly received Siddle’s poem via Instagram.
A Broadway event wouldn’t be complete without a performance, especially since this iconic concert was organized 16 years ago by aspiring musical theater performers to celebrate free expression. The highlights of the concert include "Erich Bergen’s show-stopping rendition of George Michael’s 'Freedom'; 'Huddled Masses' sung by Ariana DeBose with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; The Voice finalist Wé McDonald performance of 'This Is Me' from The Greatest Showman; 'Don’t Rain on My Parade' sung by Stephanie J. Block; and 'A Scary Time' performed by Nadia Quinn.”
Check out the Quick Pics from the NYCLU Broadway Stands Up For Freedom Concert below.