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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 18th:
Lauren Elder (Hair, Side Show, Mary and Max - A New Musical)
Lauren Elder is an actress, singer-songwriter, and world champion whistler living in NYC. She has been seen in the Broadway revivals of Hair and Side Show and on TV in Law & Order and Boardwalk Empire. Lauren is also a private voice and acting coach, and on faculty at NY Film Academy. She is regularly seen performing at Club Cumming.
Max Sangerman (Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Footloose (Kennedy Center))
Max Sangerman is an actor and multi-instrumentalist from Gary, Indiana. He’s been living in NYC for 6 years pursuing a musical theatre career along with cultivating friends and the sounds of the city to inspire his songwriting.
Dru Serkes (Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages)
Hailing from New York, Dru spent half a decade performing in Las Vegas and on tour across North America, before finding his way back home with Jersey Boys, NY. Serkes (ex - Always Searching, Magari) has set out to make a name for himself as a songwriter first and foremost. He adds to his 4+ hour multi-genre catalogue of music with the new EP, "Me &" released in late May, 2020.
Ethan Slater (SpongeBob, Baghdaddy)
Ethan Slater is an actor/writer. He was in SpongeBob on Broadway, and was supposed to be performing this month in Assassins at CSC (hopefully that will happen in the future). In the meantime, he's been doing a lot of writing and cooking.
The Songs for Our City concert series is curated and hosted by Ben Cameron.