"We're All a Little Green"

Broadway's cast of Wicked -- together with stars from other Broadway shows and a slew of A-listers --will come together next week in a star-studded fight for marriage equality.

BY Michelle Garcia

February 20 2009 12:00 AM ET

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There are so many people involved with this show. How have
you been able to orchestrate this in just a few weeks?

It's actually produced by 4good Productions. We work
together so much that we just have a rhythm, a method to the
madness. Generally we're just four passionate people, and
we're especially driven because it's such a deep issue.
It's been interesting because it's three straight women
who are all married, and then there's me, with a 6-year-old
adopted child and in the process of a separation after nine
years, and realizing how unprotected I am.

Has your separation driven your activism for marriage
equality even more?

It wasn't intentional, but it's amazing how the
universe works and that this all happened at the same time.
When Proposition 8 happened the cast of
Wicked

started freaking out. Just talking amongst ourselves we decided
to do a benefit concert with all of the companies in North
America on one night.

A few years ago Jenna
[Leigh Green], Schele [Williams], and I wanted to do a benefit
for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, so we did what we knew we
could do, and since then we've wanted to do even
more.

Looking at this gigantic lineup, what are you looking
forward to the most with this show?

There's so many moments. I guess the fact that Al Sharpton
wants to get up there and yell about gay marriage. And Cyndi
Lauper -- she said, "I don't want to sing, I want to
yell! I want to say what I have to say." Honestly,
it's the straight people. What I'm finding is that the
gay community -- there's so much built into us by religion
and society, and our own government that we pay taxes to… This
is obviously something that the gay community is very
passionate about, but deep down inside, they don't think
it's possible. It's really sad. But juxtaposing that,
I'm seeing that the straight community is on fire. The
people that get it are so pissed off. And they will say
whatever they've got to say. It's so validating. Schele
Williams is black, and she says that when she looks at pictures
of the Civil Rights marches and she sees white people in the
front lines, she knows that they took a bullet either literally
or figuratively for that cause because they believed it was
wrong. She says, "It's my obligation to humanity to
take a bullet."

"Defying Inequality" will be
staged February 23 at 8 p.m. at the Gershwin Theatre
in New York. For tickets and information contact Ticketmaster
at (212) 307-4100 or visit
DefyingInequality.com

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