From Silence to Songs: The AIDS ‘Quilt’ Comes to New York

AIDS Quilt Panels at the Queens Museum

One of the most profound events occurring in New York City for WorldPride month is an exciting new production of “Quilt – a Musical Celebration.” Tickets are going fast with just four performances only, Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd. The limited show run coincides with NYC Pride’s initiative with community leaders to display portions of The AIDS Memorial Quilt throughout the city.

“Quilt – a Musical Celebration” is an uplifting and poignant story that celebrates and remembers both those who died from AIDS and those who have survived or been left behind. The musical is living history for a new generation, to whom the AIDS epidemic is entirely foreign. Ultimately, the more critical message the show conveys is one of optimism and hope, as the quilt itself is exemplary of making something beautiful out of a terrible circumstance.

Nearly 2000 square feet of the AIDS Memorial Quilt are presented in the production, including some famous panels as well that pay homage to stars such as Liberace, Freddy Mercury, and rapper Eazy-E. In fact, the show features the largest installation of the quilt at Pride, and according to some, its the largest in NYC in over a decade.

100% of proceeds benefit the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Frontline AIDS, which, together, treat nearly 3 million people a year for HIV/AIDS locally and around the world. The bitter-sweet musical takes on the complicated subject matters of love and loss, with honesty, compassion and respectful, bright spots of humor along the way.

“Quilt – a Musical Celebration,” stars Billboard #1 recording artist, Diana DeGarmo who had great success in recent Broadway productions of Hair and Hairspray. Co-starring is Andrew Leeds, a cult favorite on the hit TV show, Bones and Broadway’s Falsettos and Teddy & Alice.

Visit for tickets and if you hurry, the producers are offering 10% off for all tickets purchased through the website.
Use promo code: JUDSON

Read The New York Times Profile on “Quilt – a Musical Celebration”


Here is a complete listing of where you can view panels from the AIDS Quilt, on display at various locations during Pride month

Quilt Display Locations:

East Midtown Partnership:

A&D Building 150 East 58th Street NY, NY 10022

110 East 59th Street NY, NY 10022

59E59 Theater 59 East 59th Street NY, NY 10022

Central Synagogue 652 Lexington Avenue NY, NY 10022

875 3rd Ave NY, NY 10022

High School of Art & Design 245 East 56th Street NY, NY 10022

527 Madison Avenue NY, NY 10022

New York Marriott East Side 525 Lexington Avenue NY, NY 10022

IKEA 999 3rd Avenue NY, NY 10022

Hudson Yards Partnership: Hudson Yards – 20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY

John Varvatos Partnership:

John Varvatos – 765 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065

John Varvatos – 185 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

John Varvatos – 122 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

John Varvatos – 315 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

MAD Partnership: Museum of Arts and Design – 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Queens Museum Partnership: Queens Museum -New York City Building, Corona, NY 11368

Tenement Museum Partnership: Tenement Museum – 103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Montefiore Medical Center Partnership:

Montefiore Medical Center – Moses Campus – 111 E 210th St, The Bronx, NY 10467

Montefiore Medical Center – Weiler Campus – 1825 Eastchester Rd, The Bronx, NY 10461

Montefiore Medical Center – Wakefield Campus – 600 E 233rd St, The Bronx, NY 10466

Brookfield Place Partnership:

Brookfield Place – 230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

Quilt, A Musical Celebration Partnership:

Quilt, A Musical Celebration, Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

Cathedral of St John the Divine Partnership:

Cathedral of St John the Divine – 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

Remember those no longer with us as you celebrate WorldPride 2019.

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