Cast From A Chorus Line to Highlight Harvey Milk Day Rally EntertainmentCMT's A Chorus Line

To commemorate Harvey Milk Day, on his birthday, May 22, 2010 Equality Action Now will host a fun and historic Rally and March on the West steps of the State Capitol.

Invited guests include adult and youth speakers from the community as well as entertainment. Highlighting the entertainment will be members of the cast of Broadway Sacramento’s production of A Chorus Line.

The road tour of A Chorus Line will be playing at the Sacramento Community Theatre May 19-23. According to their tour manager the cast will perform their matinee show then head over to the Capitol to perform a musical number from A Chorus Line, “What I Did For Love.”

A Chorus Line, one of the most recognized Broadway musicals, won nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. This singular sensation is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever.

Other entertainers at the Harvey Milk Day Rally will include:

Small Difference Women's Choral Ensemble is a group of women of all orientations who are dedicated to performing music that has a message. It is one way the members have channeled their activism to change this world for the better. They sing songs for peace & justice, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender equality, women's liberation, the environment and human rights for all. They are a proud member of Sister Singers Network and GALA (the Gay & Lesbian Association of Choruses).

Irina Rivkin is an Outmusic Awards Recipient for OutSong of the Year 2003, and Nominee for Outstanding Debut Recording 2005. The Rose Street House of Music founder and singer-songwriter has performed for 25 years, from her childhood singing Russian folk and American jazz in a family band, to performing her own songs for the last 12 years.  She expresses insightful, gutsy, vocal world-folk originals, journeying into the personal and political, with occasional travels into Russian and Spanish language lyrics.  Irina layers her poetic lyrics with rich textured harmonies, swirling with vocal percussive beats, all created live on-the-spot using her loop station instrument.

Cooper Rae is a performance artist from Midtown Sacramento. Rae is committed to creating music and art that effects a social change. Her performance is inclusive and combines a variety of styles into her music – jazz, blues, alternative, neo-soul, r&b, funk, even country. Rae’s original songs touch on a multiple subjects: politics, love, sex, heartbreak, and personal strength. She says that her music is very reflective of her life; therefore it’s very lesbian.

Jovi Ratke is a new face on the spoken word scene, but this up and comer has been throwin down words since she learned how to speak them. Over the past few years, she has been a strong and inspiring voice at rallies for marriage equality, events to benefit our homeless communities, and everywhere she can find a mic. Jovi is compact fluorescent lighting meets the energizer bunny with more heart than she can contain folded in. She writes like pen to the page creates oxygen and she possesses a voice that begs to be heard.

C. Foster believes all the world’s a stage for performance poetry. She can be found reciting lines while shifting gears and pounding pavements. Foster’s work centers on the complexity of love and all the unusual places it exists. With a cracked rearview and a rusty heart, she finds beauty in the breakdown.

Eric Baldwin is an accomplished actor/director and has performed across the United States as well as Europe. He will be playing Harvey Milk, reciting from two of Milk’s speeches, including his inspiring “Hope” speech. Eric as Harvey Milk will then lead the grand finale march around the State Capitol Building.

The Harvey Milk Day Rally and March will be held on May 22, 2010 at the California State Capitol Building, 10th and L Streets, from 4 – 6 p.m. It is sponsored by Equality Action Now, Outword Magazine, Uptown Studios, Stephan’s Auto Haus, Rainbow Chamber, SIGLFF, EQCA, FACES, B’nai Israel, and Badlands and Depot.

For more information on this free, family-friendly event visit or call (916) 446-1082.


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