Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Judith Light to Serve as National Ambassador of 2015 'Kids' Night on Broadway'


Two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light will serve as the 2015 "Kids' Night on Broadway" National Ambassador. The 19th "Kids' Night on Broadway" will take place Friday, January 9, 2015 to Thursday, January 15, 2015.

"Broadway has always been and always will be such an important part of my life. I love the magic that happens on the stage, the joy of bringing unique and creative stories to life, and the opportunity to participate in such a welcoming, friendly community that shares a deep passion for the art of theatre," said Light. "I'm also thrilled that we can bring a focus to LGBT equality through the collaboration with Point Foundation, an organization deserving of recognition for their efforts to promote the continued education of LGBT students."

"We're thrilled to announce that Judith Light, a two-time Tony Award winner who we love to see on the stages of Broadway, will be our 2015 'Kids' Night on Broadway' National Ambassador," said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. "In addition to her award-winning talents and impressive Broadway credentials, she portrayed one of the all-time favorite moms on a popular TV series. Her passion and involvement with Point Foundation reiterates her devotion and commitment to education."

Light was awarded her second Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for "The Assembled Parties" in 2013. She also starred in "Other Desert Cities" in 2012 for which she won her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in 2011, for starring in "Lombardi." Light's television career began with her two time Best Actress Emmy turn on One Life to Live, followed by the comedy series, Who's the Boss. She played Claire Meade in the Emmy winning ABC series, Ugly Betty, and was Emmy nominated for her performance. She played Judith Ryland on TNT's Dallas for the past two seasons. She is currently on the groundbreaking new Amazon Studio's series, Transparent, which premiered the entire first season for binge watching on September 26, 2014. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA, Judith has worked in repertory theaters throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a USO Tour of "Guys and Dolls" performed throughout Europe.

Light has been an activist in relation to many causes, especially fighting the AIDS pandemic and championing equal rights, including: Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS, The Names Project/The AIDS Memorial Quilt, CDC's Business Responds to AIDS/Labor Responds to AIDS, Project Angel Food, the Hunger Project, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the National Aids Memorial Grove, Drama League National Advisory Council, the Trevor Project, FCNL and many others. She has also been a longtime board member of the Point Foundation that gives scholarships to LGBT youth.

Point Foundation is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential - despite the obstacles often put before them - to make a significant impact on society. Since 2001, Point has invested $18 million in the education and support of Point Scholars. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

"Kids' Night on Broadway" is an annual event when kids ages 6 to 18 can see Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A "Kids' Night on Broadway" ticket includes restaurant discounts, educational programs, and some very special events still to be announced!

"Kids' Night on Broadway," a program of The Broadway League, is generously presented by The New York Times and is officially sponsored by WABC-TV with additional support from KidzVuz and Z100.

The 19th "Kids' Night on Broadway" kicks off in New York City from Friday, January 9, 2015 to Thursday, January 15, 2015. Tickets to participating shows will be available to the public starting Wednesday, November 5, 2015 at 11AM.

Participating* shows to date include:

"Aladdin," "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical," "Chicago," "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," "Honeymoon in Vegas," "If/Then," "Jersey Boys," "Kinky Boots," "Les Miserables," "The Lion King," "Mamma Mia!," "Matilda The Musical," "The Phantom of the Opera," "On the Town," "Pippin," "Rock of Ages," "Side Show," "and Wicked."

(*subject to change, and some shows not available for all performances)

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* 2015 'Kids' Night on Broadway' Dates Announced

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