Four Broadway stars will perform free pop-up concerts in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn next week in a series called Broadway Forever.
Performers include 2022 Tony Award nominee Shoshana Bean (Wicked, Waitress, Mr. Saturday Night), 2022 Tony Award winner Matt Doyle (Business, Spring Awakening), Ashley de la Rosa (Hamilton Mean Girls Rent) and Jelani Remy (The Lion King, ain’t too proud). Each 90-minute performance will also include a surprise opening act from the local community.
Here is the complete program:
- Tuesday, August 23, 3:30 p.m. at Cooper Square Plaza (Lower Manhattan)
Shoshana Bean, nominated for Tony Mr Saturday night will perform
- Wednesday, August 24, 3:30 p.m. at Diversity Plaza (Queens)
Jelani Remy, current star of The Lion King will perform
- Thursday, August 25, 3:30 p.m. at Quisqueya Plaza (Upper Manhattan)
Ashley de la Rosa of Hamilton, Rental and mean girls will perform
- Friday, August 26, 3:30 p.m. at Albee Square (Downtown Brooklyn)
Matt Doyle, Tony winner for Company will perform
Shoshana Bean said Free time that she is excited about the public concert series and “any opportunity to share the art, to share the music”.
“It’s so nice to have a surprise musical experience, unexpected in a way, so I think that’s ultimately what we’re doing,” she said. “Any chance to connect and remember why this is the best city for this stuff.”
This is exactly the message the NY Forever event organizer is trying to get across. NY Forever, a local nonprofit, hopes the series will honor the artists and their tireless contributions to the essence of New York. This message is particularly important to the group because Broadway was one of the first industries affected when the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York in March 2020.
We wanted to bring Broadway back to the boroughs.
“We wanted to find a way to both celebrate what makes New York distinct and unique, but also provide something for the people of the boroughs,” said Richard Mumby, founding board member of NY Forever. “We wanted to bring Broadway back to the boroughs.”
Broadway – and the arts in general – make a significant contribution to the city’s economy. New York’s arts and culture sector generates $120 billion and half a million jobs for the state. Broadway alone contributes $14.7 billion to New York’s economy and supports over 96,000 jobs. Amid the pandemic, New York has lost 50% of its performing arts jobs, more than any other industry. This series of concerts aims to highlight the crucial work of the performing arts.
The Broadway Forever initiative also includes a series of mini-documentaries featuring members of the theater community, including A strange loop Actress and 2022 Tony Award nominee L Morgan Lee. You can see those starting Monday on NY Forever’s Instagram.
NY Forever has partnered with City National Bank and is working in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation to make the series possible.