Songs for Our City 2021

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 perform again in the final concert for a panel of industry judges. 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.

Broadway Buskers alumni near and far will be joining us for the second year of Songs for Our City. Participants who are currently located outside of New York will be sharing their new songs prior to our week of concerts, via live performances in other public spaces and in videos on social media. Join us for this celebration of the theatre community, creativity, and live music. Click their names below to watch videos of their new songs.

Digital Participants:

Matt DeAngelis & Christine Dwyer (Waitress, Hair; RENT, Wicked)
Matt and Christine have been in many shows (Wicked, RENT, Once, Waitress, American Idiot, Finding Neverland) but are pretty new to publicly performing their own songs. They are honored to be a part of this lineup. Please be nice to each other and stay safe.
www.mattdeangelis.com  www.christine-dwyer.net  www.theworkingstudio.net

Lauren Elder (Hair, Side Show, Mary and Max)
Lauren Elder is an actress, singer-songwriter, and world champion whistler, seen on Broadway in Side Show and Hair. She recently starred as Mary in Mary and Max (BroadwayWorld Best Actress winner), and was a Finalist in the 2020 Songs for Our City. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Louie, Boardwalk Empire, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2009 Tony Awards. Her debut album can be found on iTunes and Spotify!
www.laureneldermusic.com

James Harkness (Ain't Too Proud, The Color Purple, Beautiful)
Broadway veteran, multi-faceted artist blessed to be able to work in different aspects of this business both as a performer and the other side of the table. Grateful to be able to share the singer-songwriter side with you.
@ijamesharkness

John Krause (Hadestown, Wicked, Rock of Ages)
John is an actor, singer, and songwriter, currently based in LA. His first single, “Bit of Your Time,” is available to download or stream wherever you get music. Pre-pandemic, John was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Hadestown. Other credits include Wicked, Fun Home, Rock of Ages, and Green Day’s American Idiot: The Musical.
@johnakrause

Dru Serkes (Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, Guys and Dolls)
Dru Serkes is a Queens, NY-based artist. His music can best be identified by a melodic nature and raw lyricism delivered without comment. Despite an eclectic stylistic mixture, Dru's songs are uniquely & unequivocally his own. Serkes' recent Me & My Friends EPs intentionally brush off genre and serve to flex his songwriting chops for voices beyond his own.
www.druserkes.com

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

June 01, 2021 - June 05, 2021
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Times Square Alliance
Save to Calendar 2021-06-01 00:00:00 2021-06-05 23:59:00 America/New_York Songs for Our City: Digital Songs 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 perform again in the final concert for a panel of industry judges. The participating songwriters are primarily past performers of the Broadway Buskers [1] concert series, which showcases Broadway actors and up-and-coming composers performing their own original music. Broadway Buskers alumni near and far will be joining us for the second year of Songs for Our City. Participants who are currently located outside of New York will be sharing their new songs prior to our week of concerts, via live performances in other public spaces and in videos on social media. Join us for this celebration of the theatre community, creativity, and live music. Click their names below to watch videos of their new songs. *Digital Participants:* *Matt DeAngelis & Christine Dwyer* [2] (Waitress, Hair; RENT, Wicked) Matt and Christine have been in many shows (Wicked, RENT, Once, Waitress, American Idiot, Finding Neverland) but are pretty new to publicly performing their own songs. They are honored to be a part of this lineup. Please be nice to each other and stay safe. www.mattdeangelis.com [3]  www.christine-dwyer.net [4]  www.theworkingstudio.net [5] *Lauren Elder* [6] (Hair, Side Show, Mary and Max) Lauren Elder is an actress, singer-songwriter, and world champion whistler, seen on Broadway in Side Show and Hair. She recently starred as Mary in Mary and Max (BroadwayWorld Best Actress winner), and was a Finalist in the 2020 Songs for Our City. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Louie, Boardwalk Empire, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 2009 Tony Awards. Her debut album can be found on iTunes and Spotify! www.laureneldermusic.com [7] *James Harkness* [8] (Ain't Too Proud, The Color Purple, Beautiful) Broadway veteran, multi-faceted artist blessed to be able to work in different aspects of this business both as a performer and the other side of the table. Grateful to be able to share the singer-songwriter side with you. @ijamesharkness *John Krause* [9] (Hadestown, Wicked, Rock of Ages) John is an actor, singer, and songwriter, currently based in LA. His first single, “Bit of Your Time,” is available to download or stream wherever you get music. Pre-pandemic, John was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Hadestown. Other credits include Wicked, Fun Home, Rock of Ages, and Green Day’s American Idiot: The Musical. @johnakrause *Dru Serkes* [10] (Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, Guys and Dolls) Dru Serkes is a Queens, NY-based artist. His music can best be identified by a melodic nature and raw lyricism delivered without comment. Despite an eclectic stylistic mixture, Dru's songs are uniquely & unequivocally his own. Serkes' recent Me & My Friends EPs intentionally brush off genre and serve to flex his songwriting chops for voices beyond his own. www.druserkes.com [11] The *Songs for Our City* concert series is curated and hosted by* Ben Cameron*. [1] https://www.timessquarenyc.org/broadwaybuskers [2] https://www.instagram.com/tv/CPdwGGCjmyO/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link [3] http://www.mattdeangelis.com [4] http://www.christine-dwyer.net [5] http://www.theworkingstudio.net [6] https://www.instagram.com/tv/CPivyEfj8Ff/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link [7] http://www.laureneldermusic.com [8] https://www.facebook.com/764494059/videos/10159652843289060/ [9] http://fb.watch/5RegQoMpfJ/ [10] https://www.instagram.com/tv/CPbjWS9jRp3/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link [11] http://www.druserkes.com New York Times Square Alliance
Type
Alliance Event
Music & Concerts
Free
Broadway
Broadway Buskers
Virtual