No Rest for ‘Wicked'

Cast members of local shows and theater groups band together for equality

Promoting its theme of acceptance and open-mindedness, cast members from the four North American companies of "Wicked" will present "Defying Inequality," a benefit evening of special cabaret performances for equality and civil rights on Monday, Jan. 12 at 8PM.

Held simultaneously in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Louisville, the local production will take place at the Park West theater in Lincoln Park. The lineup of performers for the night includes cast members of the Chicago productions of "Wicked" and "Jersey Boys," cast members of the national tour of "Grease," and members of The Second City and the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus. Each of the cities' events will feature different musical selections inspired by the message of respect and human rights.

A silent and live auction will be a gold mine for theater buffs, with memorabilia from Broadway musicals and from Broadway in Chicago productions, as well as gift certificates from local restaurants and bars and other big-ticket items. The events will benefit the Empire State Pride Agenda, Equality California, Garden State Equality and Vermont Freedom to Marry, four charitable organizations working to protect civil rights for the gay and lesbian community.

Tickets for "Defying Inequality" are $30-$50.

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