“The theatre community, at every turn, refuses to let hate win. Through the AIDS crisis, through 9/11, through many unthinkable tragedies, the theatre community has said: We will not spread hate. All people are welcome here. When other communities say ‘your religion makes you a terrorist’ or ‘your sexuality makes you an outsider’, we say: We love you. We want to hear your stories. We want to raise our voices together to affect change. Anyone who has ever actually read a history book knows: this action matters. Hate rhetoric creates more hate. Acceptance creates more acceptance.”
— Jennifer Ashley Tepper
On September 11, 2001, at least one person’s life was saved by leaving the World Trade Center to go pick up the newly released cast album of Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM!
On September 13, 2001, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani stated, “the best thing you can do for our city is take in a Broadway show.”