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Alan Cumming—this year’s Freedom Award recipient—empowered the packed house with an impassioned speech that questioned the meaning of freedom and ended with a poem to Trump written in the style of Scottish poet Robert Burns by Steve Siddle of Worcester, MA. A poem Cumming was sent via Instagram.
Highlight performances included Erich Bergen’s showstopping rendition of George Michael’s “Freedom”; “Huddled Masses” sung by Ariana DeBose with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; The Voice finalist Wé McDonald performance of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman; “Don’t Rain on My Parade” sung by Stephanie J. Block; and “A Scary Time” performed by Nadia Quinn.
Photo credit: 1) Wé McDonald. 2) Zachary Prince, Stephanie J. Block and Brandon Uranowitz . 3) Alphonso David and Donna Lieberman. 4) Liana Stampur and Erich Bergen. 5) Krysta Rodriguez. 6) Nick Blaemire. 7) Shaina Taub. 8) Nadia Quinn. 9) George Salazar and comedian Aasif Mandvi. 10) George Salazar and Aasif Mandvi. 11) Ariana DeBose. 12) Caesar Samayoa. 13) Erich Bergen (c) and vocalists. 14) Alan Cumming. Mike Pont/Getty Images for NYCLU’s Broadway Stands Up for Freedom