Celebration

Celebration's 'The View UpStairs': Before the gay bar burned, there was music, friendship and family

Celebration's 'The View UpStairs': Before the gay bar burned, there was music, friendship and family

Before last year’s shooting in Orlando, Fla., left 49 dead, the biggest mass killing of LGBTQ people in America occurred in 1973 when a New Orleans bar, the UpStairs Lounge, was set aflame. Thirty-two people died.

Max Vernon — a young songwriter, performer and creator of musicals — happened upon that largely forgotten history and was developing the musical “The View UpStairs” when Orlando returned the New Orleans incident to the news.

The show opened off-Broadway in...

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