SONGS FOR OUR CITY
Livestreamed Concert Series
Curated & hosted by Ben Cameron 
Preliminary Concerts: Monday, June 15th-Saturday, June 20th
Final Concert: Sunday, June 21st
All concerts were livestreamed at 7:05pm ET
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Donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund
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Songs for Our City began on Monday, June 15 and featured concerts nightly through the finale on Sunday, June 21, after postponement in solidarity with Black communities in New York City and across the country who are fighting against the injustice of systemic racism.

In celebration of the creativity and resilience of our community, the songwriting challenge featured new original songs written in response to the present moment. The participating songwriters were all past performers in our Broadway Buskers concert series, which showcases Broadway actors and composers who are also singer-songwriters in the Times Square pedestrian plazas. 

Each participant wrote and performed a new song about their feelings right now, community, Broadway and the Theater District, or New York City.

As part of Time Out’s Love Local Campaign, the virtual concerts were free to view. The core purpose of Songs for Our City was to respond to the present moment and to work towards restoration and rebuilding, healing and uplifting the city by both supporting artists and engaging audiences. In line with this intention, we encouraged audience members to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides resources and emergency financial assistance to those within the entertainment community who have been impacted by the pandemic, and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, in support of their ongoing efforts to help Broadway heal, listen and become an anti-racist and equitable community. Each concert also included a highlight on how audiences could take action to create change, such as by listening, supporting, and volunteering.

The competition took place over seven concerts. In each of the first six concerts, viewers voted to send their favorite participant to the finale. Voting took place directly following the performances each night, using a link that was shared in the livestream. The audience also voted for their favorite participant among the six finalists to receive the Audience Choice Award.

The final concert took place on the day of the annual music festival, Make Music New York, June 21st and was judged by stage and screen star Tituss Burgess, SIX creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Tony- and Grammy-nominated Broadway composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa, and Time Out New York’s Theater Critic Adam Feldman.

The concerts can be streamed on the Times Square Alliance's Facebook page.

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SCHEDULE All concerts began at 7:05pm ET

Monday, June 15th
Jaime Cepero
Donnie Kehr
Rob Rokicki
Jennifer Sánchez
Mike Wartella

Tuesday, June 16th
John Arthur Greene
John Krause
Janet Krupin
Heath Saunders

Wednesday, June 17th
F Michael Haynie
Anthony Norman
Alice Ripley
Starbird & the Phoenix

Thursday, June 18th
Lauren Elder
Max Sangerman
Dru Serkes
Ethan Slater

Friday, June 19th
Marcus Paul James
Molly and the Memphis Thunder
Alexander Sage Oyen
Tim Young

Saturday, June 20th
Leslie Becker
Drew Gasparini
Will Taylor
Will Van Dyke & Jeff Talbott
Joel Waggoner

Final Concert: Sunday, June 21st
The participant with the most votes in each preliminary concert performed again in the final concert 

Jennifer Sánchez
John Krause
F Michael Haynie
Lauren Elder
Molly and the Memphis Thunder
Will Taylor
 


About Ben Cameron Ben Cameron is your Broadway Buddy, bringing the Broadway community directly to you like a neighbor bringing over a tray of brownies (Broadway brownies, yum). Ben has appeared on Broadway in Wicked (OBC), Aida, and Footloose (OBC). Ben is the MainStage host of BroadwayCon and creator and host of the long-running NYC staple Broadway Sessions, now in its 12th season, which was the proud recipient of the 2019 Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series Award at the MAC Awards. Ben counts down his top 10 picks in any number of Broadway-related themes every Wednesday on BroadwayWorld.com at 3pm EST. Will your list match up with Ben’s? Join the conversation LIVE!
Host of the Reward The Fan Broadway Trivia Series, he is also the creator and host of the worldwide hit podcast talk show “The Broadway Cast” and the web series “Dance Captain Dance Attack” on BroadwayWorld.com. Ben hosts countless events within the Broadway community for organizations like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, NYMF, and Rockers on Broadway, and is a frequent face on PBS WNET. Your Broadway Buddy continues to present Broadway’s best to a wide variety of audiences.

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