On Tuesday night, The Ally Coalition hosted their first annual talent show at New York’s New World Stages. The performance took place in the intimate theater used for the musical Avenue Q and included performances by a mix of musicians, comedians, poets, puppeteers and other speakers. The evening raised awareness for homeless LGBTQ youth, with proceeds from the Talent Show will go to The Ally Coalition’s local partner organizations across the country, including New Alternatives for Youth in New York City. fun./Bleachers/Steel Train guitarist Jack Antonoff and his fashion designer sister Rachel, who co-founded The Ally Coalition along with the rest of fun., introduced the night while comedian Eliot Glazer served as the show’s MC. Of note, the show included two or three song performances by Guster—making their only 2014 New York City appearance—Lake Street Dive, Andrew McMahon, Lucius and Ingrid Michaelson. During his two-song set, McMahon brought out his former Something Corporate guitarist William Tell to accompany him on “Swim.” Bleachers closed the show with a four-song acoustic set including their chart-topping debut single “I Wanna Get Better.” At the end of their performance, Bleachers brought out many of the evening’s performers including McMahon, Guster’s Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner and Luke Reynolds, Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig—for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.”
The show’s stacked non-musical performers ranged from comedians Janeane Garofalo and Wyatt Cenac to poet Saeed Jones and the cast members from Avenue Q. Lena Dunham, Jack Antonoff’s girlfriend, also read a section of her book Not That Kind of Girl, and introduced Michaelson. She also mouthed along the words to Guster’s “Satellite” side stage.