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Many know Jai Rodriguez from his appearances on Bravo TV’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” or for his performances in Broadway’s Rent and The Producers, but many more in South Florida came to know him personally on Saturday, April 3, 2011 as the Grand Marshal of the 23rd Annual AIDS Walk Miami.
After a long day of filming a TV promotion at various Miami Beach hot spots for his upcoming engagement in this summer’s City Theatre shows at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Jai graciously participated in this annual fund-raising/awareness event. Thousands walked with Jai to show support for those living with HIV/AIDS in our South Florida Communities. Jai gave a personal and inspiring speech prior to starting the walk at the Miami Beach Convention Center and afterwards, spent hours meeting and greeting the participants.
If you missed Jai at the walk, you’ll be able to catch him this summer when he returns to Miami as the headliner in two City Theatre productions at the Center’s Carnival Studio Theater. The ever-popular Summer Shorts, also featuring veteran “City” favorites Steve Trovillon, Gregg Weiner, Finnerty Steeves and Ceci Fernandez, opens June 2 for a four-week run, and the Miami premiere of Jai’s own hilarious and provocative show, Dirty Little Secrets, plays just four performances on June 10, 17, 19 and 24.