Songs for Our City 2021

Due to COVID-19, seating will be limited. Free tickets can be reserved here or you can watch the livestream on our website or Facebook page. Advance reservations for table seating are sold out, but there will be seats available via a standby line. Please join us!

The Songs for Our City songwriting challenge has asked members of the Broadway community to write original songs inspired by the past year and the present moment. They will share their new songs in free live concerts, with audience votes deciding who will make it to the final concert. The eight finalists from the previous four concerts will perform again and a panel of industry judges will choose a winner, while the public will vote for the Audience Choice winner. The participating songwriters are primarily past performers of the Broadway Buskers concert series, which showcases Broadway actors and up-and-coming composers performing their own original music. Join us for this celebration of the theatre community, creativity, and live music.

All concerts are FREE, open to the public, and for all ages.

Judges:

Jack Phillips Moore
Jack Phillips Moore is a dramaturg and story consultant with a focus on new play development. He works as the Director of New Artists at The Public Theater, where has overseen the development of dozens of new plays and musicals. Projects Jack has dramaturged have premiered at The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, American Repertory Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, The Flea, Ars Nova, Long Wharf and South Coast Rep and have won numerous honors including the Princess Grace Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
www.jphillipsmoore.com

Jose Solís
Jose Solís is a Honduran cultural critic based in NYC. His work appears in The New York Times, American Theatre, TDF Stages, Backstage, 3 Views, and America Magazine. In 2020 he was selected as the Floria Lasky Visiting Artist at Hunter College where he will host the Wed @ One series, and started the BIPOC Critics Lab, a workshop he created meant to train the cultural critics of the future. The second installment of the Lab will be hosted by the Kennedy Center. He is also the creator and host of Token Theatre Friends, a weekly web series/podcast where he talks to some of the most influential theatre artists working today.
www.tokentheatrefriends.com

Lauren Yee
Lauren Yee was the second most produced playwright in America for the 2019/20 theatrical season (as per American Theatre Magazine). Her plays include Cambodian Rock Band (South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse) and The Great Leap  (Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Steppenwolf). Honors: Doris Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, Hodder Fellowship. TV: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.
www.laurenyee.com

Finalists:

Jaime Cepero
Jasmine Forsberg
Albert Guerzon
Jen Sánchez
Starbird & the Phoenix
Josh Walker
Ben Wexler & Denise Manning
Matt Wolpe

With a special performance by baby chemist.

The Songs for Our City concert series is curated and hosted by Ben Cameron.

June 05, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
TSq Plaza 43-44
Bdwy btwn 43rd-44th Sts
New York, NY 10036
Times Square Alliance
Save to Calendar 2021-06-05 17:00:00 2021-06-05 19:00:00 America/New_York Songs for Our City: Concert #5 - Finale Due to COVID-19, seating will be limited. *Free tickets* can be reserved here [1] or you can watch the livestream on our website [2] or Facebook [3] page. /Advance reservations for table seating are sold out, but there will be seats available via a standby line. Please join us!/ The Songs for Our City songwriting challenge has asked members of the Broadway community to write original songs inspired by the past year and the present moment. They will share their new songs in free live concerts, with audience votes deciding who will make it to the final concert. The eight finalists from the previous four concerts will perform again and a panel of industry judges will choose a winner, while the public will vote for the Audience Choice winner. The participating songwriters are primarily past performers of the Broadway Buskers [4] concert series, which showcases Broadway actors and up-and-coming composers performing their own original music. Join us for this celebration of the theatre community, creativity, and live music. All concerts are FREE, open to the public, and for all ages. *Judges:* *Jack Phillips Moore* Jack Phillips Moore is a dramaturg and story consultant with a focus on new play development. He works as the Director of New Artists at The Public Theater, where has overseen the development of dozens of new plays and musicals. Projects Jack has dramaturged have premiered at The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, American Repertory Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, The Flea, Ars Nova, Long Wharf and South Coast Rep and have won numerous honors including the Princess Grace Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. www.jphillipsmoore.com [5] *Jose Solís* Jose Solís is a Honduran cultural critic based in NYC. His work appears in The New York Times, American Theatre, TDF Stages, Backstage, 3 Views, and America Magazine. In 2020 he was selected as the Floria Lasky Visiting Artist at Hunter College where he will host the Wed @ One series, and started the BIPOC Critics Lab, a workshop he created meant to train the cultural critics of the future. The second installment of the Lab will be hosted by the Kennedy Center. He is also the creator and host of Token Theatre Friends, a weekly web series/podcast where he talks to some of the most influential theatre artists working today. www.tokentheatrefriends.com [6] *Lauren Yee* Lauren Yee was the second most produced playwright in America for the 2019/20 theatrical season (as per American Theatre Magazine). Her plays include Cambodian Rock Band (South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse) and The Great Leap  (Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Steppenwolf). Honors: Doris Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, Hodder Fellowship. TV: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. www.laurenyee.com [7] *Finalists:* Jaime Cepero Jasmine Forsberg Albert Guerzon Jen Sánchez Starbird & the Phoenix Josh Walker Ben Wexler & Denise Manning Matt Wolpe With a special performance by *baby chemist*. The *Songs for Our City* concert series is curated and hosted by *Ben Cameron*. Check out the full schedule [8] [1] https://www.eventbrite.com/e/songs-for-our-city-2021-tickets-156814623761?aff=wh5 [2] http://tsq.org/songs [3] https://www.facebook.com/timessquarenyc [4] https://www.timessquarenyc.org/broadwaybuskers [5] http://www.jphillipsmoore.com [6] http://www.tokentheatrefriends.com [7] http://www.laurenyee.com [8] https://www.timessquarenyc.org/songs TSq Plaza 43-44, Bdwy btwn 43rd-44th Sts New York, NY 10036 Times Square Alliance
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