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April 22, 2016

Rufus Wainwright To Remount Iconic Judy Garland Concert At Carnegie Hall On Ten Year Anniversary Of His Legendary Performances To Benefit LGBT Older Adults And Homeless LGBT Youth

Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall June 16th and 17th, 2016

[New York, NY] A decade after his celebrated, sold-out Carnegie Hall performances, Rufus Wainwright pays tribute to the “greatest night in show business” once again with Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall, an epic recreation of Judy Garland’s 1961 comeback concert. Backed by a 36-piece orchestra led by Broadway legend Stephen Oremus, Wainwright’s spectacular show returns to Carnegie Hall on June 16th and 17th, 2016.

The June 16th show will serve as a benefit for two crucial LGBT organizations.  Wainwright, who is openly gay and a proud father, is a tireless advocate for issues affecting the LGBT community and has selected The Ali Forney Center and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) as beneficiaries of this performance.

“Considering that these two charities support two different sides of the gay community, notably the young and the old, I think it's important for me to bring these two worlds together as much as I can because being gay is a lifelong romance,” says Rufus. “Sadly because of unfortunate world situations we need support all along the way. I wanted to support both the young and the old so that none of us sadly end up experiencing the treachery that Judy so intensely translates in her music.”

“In a time when so much is being done to propel the fight for LGBT equality it is important to ensure we include all members of the LGBT community,” says Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center. “We are grateful to Rufus for lending his celebrity to raise funds and awareness of the plight homeless LGBT youth and LGBT elders. It only seems fitting that this is being done in memory of Judy Garland, one of the gay community’s most undisputable icons.”

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