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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nathan Lane and other Broadway stars create 'It gets better' video

November 3, 2010 |  8:55 am

You don't normally see this many Broadway stars gathered together unless it's the Tony Awards. But the recent series of gay-teen suicides around the country has spurred New York's theater community to create its own "It gets better" video, aimed at fostering tolerance and support for gay youth.

The video features appearances by 63 theater artists, gay and straight -- Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Cherry Jones, Denis O'Hare, Marc Shaiman, Moisés Kaufman, Terrence McNally, Karen Olivo and more.

Miranda, the Tony-winning star of "In the Heights," says in the video that the "very thing that makes you different in high school is the thing that makes you exceptional as an adult."

The video is presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Broadway Impact.

Read the list of participants below.

In alphabetical order: George Akram ("West Side Story"), Local 1 production carpenter Jack Anderson, Bryan Batt ("“Mad Men”"), Hunter Bell ("[title of show]"), Susan Blackwell ("[title of show]"), Heidi Blickenstaff ("[title of show]"), publicist Chris Boneau, production manager Kevin Broomell, Danny Burstein ("Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"), Charles Busch ("The Divine Sister"), Kevin Chamberlain ("The Addams Family"), Tony Chiroldes ("In The Heights"), John Ellison Conlee ("The Constant Wife"), actor Josh Cruz, Wilson Cruz ("“My So Called Life”"), Robin De Jesus ("La Cage Aux Folles"), Colman Domingo ("The Scottsboro Boys"), Saidah Arrika Ekulona ("Ruined"), Joanna Gleason ("Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"), Judy Gold ("Love, Loss, and What I Wore"), producer Robyn Goodman, BC/EFA producing director Michael Graziano, Ann Harada ("Avenue Q"), director Richard Jay-Alexander, Cherry Jones ("Mrs. Warren’s Profession"), director/playwright Moisés Kaufman, Zoe Kazan ("Angels in America"), Celia Keenan-Bolger ("The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"), producer Thomas Kirdahy, Nathan Lane ("The Addams Family"), composer Andrew Lippa, Jose Llana ("The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"), designer Anna Louizos, Melissa Rae Mahon ("Chicago"), Tyler Maynard ("Altar Boyz"), Audra McDonald ("“Private Practice”"), Michael McElroy ("Big River"), playwright Terrence McNally, Ray Mercer ("The Lion King"), Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In The Heights"), director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, Julia Murney ("Wicked"), Denis O'Hare ("Elling"), Broadway Impact’s Rory O'Malley, Karen Olivo ("West Side Story"), Sarah Paulson ("Collected Stories"), Corrie Pond ("The Phantom Tollbooth"), Billy Porter ("Angels in America"), Anika Noni Rose ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"), Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky, Thomas Sadoski ("Reasons To Be Pretty"), Luis Salgado ("Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"), Chris Sarandon ("The Light in the Piazza"), producer Thomas Schumacher, composer/lyricist Marc Shaiman, Christopher Sieber ("Shrek The Musical"), J. Robert Spencer ("Next to Normal"), musical director Leslie Stifelman, Jason Tam ("A Chorus Line"), John Tartaglia ("John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean"), playwright Lucy Thurber, Alexandria Wailes ("Big River"), director/lyricist Scott Wittman, and Garrett Matthew Zuercher ("Big River").

-- David Ng


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