Mindfull Entertainment Inc. will present Night of 1000 Madonnas—a 30-song retrospective of the Grammy winner's hits—June 20 at Sony Hall to benefit The Ali Forney Center.
The event, centering and celebrating queerness while honoring the legacy of LGBTQ+ activists, artists, and allies, will feature Miss Peppermint (Head Over Heels), JJ Niemann (The Book of Mormon), Orfeh (Pretty Woman), Kathryn Allison (Company), J. Harrison Ghee (Some Like It Hot), Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert (Six), Tomás Matos (Hadestown, Fire Island), Alex Ringler (FBI, Pageant), and Wren Rivera (Jagged Little Pill). Richard Amelius (all-female Jesus Christ Superstar) directs. Further casting will be announced.
The artists will be backed by a live band with musical direction and orchestrations by Steven Cuevas (Tina) and background vocals by Mia Gentile and Olivia Griffin.
The mainstage event will be bookended by two dance sets by performer and DJ Justin Johnston (Free Guy, Rent).
“With all of the harmful legislation surfacing in Florida, Texas, Alabama, and elsewhere, we think this year’s Pride should begin with some activism attached. It’s the very Madonna thing to do,” says Mindfull Artistic Director Richard Amelius. “This event’s proceeds will benefit The Ali Forney Center, a New York institution that aims to protect vulnerable LGBTQ+ people from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools they need to be independent.”
Doors will open at 6 PM with the first DJ set at 7:30 PM and the concert at 8 PM, followed by the second DJ set at 9:30 PM.