Broadway Sings for Pride

Broadway Sings For Pride is an exciting non-for-profit charitable organization, which brings together Broadway talent, activists and celebrities to promote LGBT equality through song. Broadway Sings for Pride’s mission is a two-fold purpose: to present high-quality professional entertainment, while also raising money to for the LGBT community. Broadway Sings for Pride involves some of the brightest stars in entertainment today. 

Founded in the spring of 2011 in response to the tragic suicides within LGBT  community, Broadway Sings for Pride founder Neal Bennington realized something  had to be done to make sure the community, and especially the younger generations  knew there were voices out there to support them.  Neal had an idea to utilize some  of New York’s best talent- the theater community and beyond.  Reaching out, dozens  of performers gladly wanted to help further this.  The response was so overwhelming,  which resulted in Broadway Sings for Pride’s inaugural concert on June 27, 2011.  The sold out concert featured stories and music with many luminaries from  television, Broadway, and the music industries. Since then, Broadway Sings for Pride has held their annual winter concerts and Gay Pride concerts which has raised thousands for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Tyler Clementi Foundation and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City.

Broadway Pride's mission is to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ community, and support especially young people so that they may reach their full potential.

We have received support from from Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Channing Tatum, Nathan Lane, Joy Behar, Wendy Williams and many others! Broadway Sings for Pride is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. We have raised thousands for the LGBT community including the Hetrick-Martin Institute and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City. We have performed at: New York Mets Pride NYC Pride Family Movie Night, NYC Pride Youth Pride, The Pierre Hotel, Splash Club, XL Nightclub, The Gay Expo, The Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Bamboo 52, Wagner College, The OW Bar, TADA! Youth Theater, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City, & Barry’s Bootcamp.

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Ashley Blanchet was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY, and is thrilled to be here today! Her love for the arts was fostered at the YWHA in Scarsdale, and she went on to train in the Musical Theater program at the University of Michigan. Ashley was most recently seen on Broadway as Dawn in Waitress opposite Sara Bareilles. She was the first black woman to play Elsa in Frozen on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Beautiful the Carole King Musical, Annie (Star to Be) and Memphis. Some Film/TV credits include work on The Good Fight, The Equalizer, WonderPets, and Better Nate Than Ever on Netflix. You can find her on IG: @a_blanchet. Happy Pride!

Brandi Chavonne Massey 

At an early age Brandi Chavonne Massey began to realize the power of music. Hailing from a long line of gospel singers that included her mother, grandparents, and uncle, Brandi would become the first in her family to explore music outside of their deep-seated gospel roots. She was later enrolled in Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts where she studied Vocal Music, Drama, Musical Theater as well as Instrumental Music. 

Though she had already been singing in her uncle's gospel group as well as starring in several roles such as Cinderella in Cinderella, Mary in Babes in Toyland at Cincinnati's Taft Theater, and as Joanne in The Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati's production of Godspell,it was The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra who gave the budding vocalist the opportunity to shine onstage during her sophomore year in high school. Following the recommendation of one of her instructors, the orchestra took Brandi under its wing giving her the chance to perform alongside the legendary Mel Torme in addition to featuring her as a solo vocalist where she appeared on television and recordings. 

It would not be long before she found herself in New York City where she studied Musical Theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy gracing the stage alongside other powerhouses such as opera singer Jessye Norman and Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige. Brandi's vocal prowess helped nab Broadway leading lady roles such as Celie and Nettie in Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple, starring Chaka Khan, Be Be Winans and Fantasia Barrino, the cover role of Elphaba in Wicked, The Radio in Caroline Or Change and appearing as the first african american Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde which co-starred Sebastian Bach and David Hasselhoff also starring in The London's West End production of The Lion King as Nala. Regionally she performed as Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, Finian's Rainbow, Bubbling Brown Suger, Dorathy in The Wiz directed by the original choreographer George Fasion and had the pleasure of playing Lorrell in Dreamgirls co-starring Cindy Heron-Braggs of EnVouge and the legendary Jennifer Holiday.

After appearing in such big musical hits Brandi felt that she was now ready to explore the world of television. She later spent time in Los Angeles where she had the chance to be on the hit television show Grey's Anatomy and Medium as well as the movie Honey 2. 

Besides residing in Montclair she tours around the world with performing still a big part of her work Brandi now has found another comfort in utilizing her talents to share with children and adults of all ages teaching privately and doing seminars and workshops all over the United States.