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Ring of Keys unites 85 queer artists in concert series

A three-concert series at New York’s Joe’s Pub will showcase Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and Kander & Ebb alongside contemporary queer songwriters.

Ring of Keys, a 501(c)3 artist service organization and the only national network of queer women, trans, and gender non-conforming professional artists working on and offstage in musical theatre, has announced The Queering the Canon Concert Series building off the success of 2020’s Queering the Canon concert at Joe’s Pub.

Queering the Canon returns in a 3-concert engagement to further queer the stage and transform the musical theatre canon. Queering the Canon: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Queering the Canon: Sondheim, and Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb will showcase canonical tunes performed alongside new original songs written by Ring of Keys songwriters. Performed by Ring of Keys artists to interpret songs through their perspective, this Series seeks to queer the original canon of musical theatre, while highlighting upcoming songwriters who are currently queering our stages and creating a new canon. Co-founder Andrea Prestinario (she/her) will executive produce, with casting by Emily Tarquin (they/them).

Ring of Keys songwriters highlighted throughout the series include Lily Ali-Oshatz (she/her), é boylan (they/them), Amara Brady (she/her), Joanna Burns (she/her), Andi Lee Carter (he/they), EllaRose Chary (she/her), Dorie Clark (she/her), Christiana Cole (they/them), Molly Horan (she/her), Marie Incontrera (she/they), Sarah Julius (she/they), Tova Katz (she/her), Teresa Lotz (she/they), S.C. Lucier (she/her), Jamie Maletz (she/her), Dionne McClain-Freeney (she/her), Lindsay Augusta Mercer (they/she), Lisa Mongillo (she/her), Zeniba Now (she/her), Kendall Perry (they/them), Pearl Rhein (she/her), T. Carlis Roberts (he/they), Meghan Rose (she/her), Will Shishmanian (he/him), and Claire Tran (they/she). Additional songwriters include Rodney Bush (he/him), Amy Engelhardt (she/her), Brandon James Gwinn (he/they), and Addie Jean Ulrey (she/her).

Performance Dates

Queering the Canon: Andrew Lloyd Webber directed by Blayze Teicher (she/her), music direction by Nicole D’Angelo (she/they)- Monday, January 31, 2022, 7:00pm EST

Queering the Canon: Sondheim directed by Ann James (she/they), music direction by Julianne B. Merrill (she/her) – Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 9:30pm EST

Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb directed by Drewe Goldstein (they/she), music direction by Dionne McClain-Freeney (she/her) – Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 9:30pm EST

Tickets are $25 with a 2 drink or $12 food/beverage minimum.

To learn more about Ring of Keys, the Keys, and upcoming events, please visit

About Ring Of Keys

RING OF KEYS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit artist service organization that fosters community and visibility for musical theatre artists – onstage and off – who self-identify as queer women, transgender, and gender non-conforming artists.
The only national network of its kind, RING OF KEYS elevates its Members (“Keys”) through their digital platform, Queering the Stage concert series, and Member Directory, which serves as a hiring resource for organizations and individuals seeking to hire queer women and TGNC artists from its Membership of over 600 individuals. RING OF KEYS provides a visible, supportive community for its Members, with a focus on networking events, a monthly Workshop Series, job-sharing, and monthly meet-ups. RING OF KEYS collaborates with arts organizations and community partners to mobilize the industry to advance the musical theatre landscape and queer the stage. For more information, including on how to become a “Key” Member, visit

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