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'Songs for Our City': Broadway Singer-Songwriters Write and Perform Original Music Inspired by Current Events

Broadway may be dark but there's new music coming our way. The Times Square Alliance just announced its new Songs for Our City challenge, which will bring fresh original music from Broadway performers responding to lockdown and the coronavirus crisis. 

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Alice Ripley/Times Square Alliance

The new songs will be livestreamed next month for free, starting with a kick-off concert on Tuesday, June 2nd. The shows will begin at 7:05PM EDT at TSQ.org/Songs, timed to begin just when the city-wide cheering for essential workers concludes. The series will culminate in a grand finale on the summer solstice, timed to coincide with the Make Music New York series.

The lineup will include 27 performers, who will take community as the inspiration for their new songs—drawing on the Theatre District or memories of Broadway. The participants include: Leslie BeckerSam Carner, Derek Gregor, and Selda SahinJaime CeperoLauren ElderDrew Gasparini; John Arthur GreeneF Michael HaynieMarcus Paul JamesDonnie KehrJohn KrauseJanet KrupinMolly and the Memphis ThunderAnthony NormanAlexander Sage OyenAlice RipleyRob RokickiJennifer SánchezMax SangermanHeath SaundersDru SerkesEthan SlaterStarbird & the PhoenixWill TaylorWill Van Dyke & Jeff TalbottJoel WaggonerMike Wartella; and Tim Young.

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Heath Saunders/Times Square Alliance

All of these artists have played Times Square live in the Broadway Buskers concert series, which showcases Broadway performers’ original music through free concerts in pedestrian plazas. The "Songs for Our City" series will be MC'd by Broadway Buskers host and curator Ben Cameron.

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Marcus Paul James/Times Square Alliance

The concerts will also raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides urgent resources to those within the performing arts community

Songs for Our City  takes place over seven concerts in June:

Tuesday, June 2nd

Wednesday, June 3rd 

Tuesday, June 9th 

Wednesday, June 10th

Tuesday, June 16th

Wednesday, June 17th

Sunday, June 21st (Finale)

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John Arthur Greene/Times Square Alliance

There's an interactive aspect, in that audience members will be able to vote on their favorite during the first six concerts. One performer from each will get to square off in the finale, with the biggest vote getter then anointed with the Audience Choice Award. A panel of Broadway and music notables will pick their winner as well after the June 21 show.

The shows will begin at 7:05PM EDT at TSQ.org/Songs.

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