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As part of Time Out’s Love Local Campaign, these seven virtual concerts are free to view.
Join us in celebrating the creativity and resilience of our community with a songwriting challenge and virtual concert series featuring new original songs written in response to the present moment, about artists' feelings right now, community, Broadway and the Theater District, and New York City. The participating songwriters are all past performers in our Broadway Buskers concert series, which showcases Broadway actors and composers who are also singer-songwriters. A panel of industry judges will select a winner during the final concert on June 21st.
We encourage viewers to vote for their favorite song in each concert and 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.
Performers for June 15th:
Jaime Cepero (Francois & The Rebels, SMASH)
Jaime’s music has been featured at venues all around NYC, including concerts with BROADWAY BUSKERS summer lineup, & The Greenroom42’s NEW WRITERS series. His musical Francois & The Rebels (a punk rock telling of the 1791 Haitian Revolution) was part of MTF Musicals 4X15 Workshop, and Joe's Pub New Works concert program. He’s a total Leo with a Scorpio rising & a Virgo moon.
Donnie Kehr (Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, The Who's Tommy)
A Broadway veteran who created roles in the original Broadway casts of Jersey Boys, The Who’s “Tommy,” Billy Elliot and more. TV: House of Cards, Gotham, The Good Wife. Film: Jersey Boys, Chaplin, Wall Street. Kehr is a successful director & event producer who created Rockers on Broadway and directed the 15th Anniversary Reunion Concert of The Who’s “Tommy” and several events for UN Women at the UN.
Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Monstersongs)
Rob Rokicki is a songwriter, performer and educator. He's the composer/lyricist of the acclaimed Broadway musical, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Lortel and three Drama Desk nominations). Projects: Monstersongs; Punk Rock Girl (with Joe Iconis); Strange Tails (with Michael Ruby). Two-time Larson Award finalist and alum of the BMI writing workshop.
Jennifer Sánchez (The Rose Tattoo, Sunday in the Park with George)
An Albuquerque, NM native, Jennifer is a Broadway actress & composer. She began writing more seriously after she was selected to participate in the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. Her lyric-driven music has been called “defiant in its originality” filled with “witty, unexpected humor.” She currently resides in New York.
Mike Wartella (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Rent)
Broadway/National Tours: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tuck Everlasting, Wicked. Off-Broadway: RENT (New World Stages), The Kid (The New Group), Seussical (Theaterworks/USA), Oliver Twist (TFANA). Regional: Chasing Rainbows (Paper Mill Playhouse). Film/TV: “Mysteries of Laura,” Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, Loving Leah.
The Songs for Our City concert series is curated and hosted by Ben Cameron.