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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 20th:
Leslie Becker (Bonnie & Clyde, Wicked, Anything Goes)
Leslie Becker is a Broadway singer and Billboard artist. She's appeared in 10+ Broadway and National tour productions, and her debut single "Slow Burn" hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC chart with over 30K spins on major market radio. Also a lyricist/librettist, her musical A Proper Place recently received its World Premiere, and Fetching Water is moving toward its Off-Broadway run.
Drew Gasparini (The Karate Kid, NBC's Smash, Skittles Commercial: The Musical)
Drew Gasparini is a Broadway composer & singer/songwriter signed with Concord Music Publishing. He's currently writing the scores for the Broadway-bound musical adaptations of "The Karate Kid," "It’s Kind of a Funny Story," and "Night Shift." In 2019 he wrote the music for "Skittles Commercial: The Musical" starring Michael C Hall. His new album "We Aren't Kids Anymore" was released in 2020.
Will Taylor (A Chorus Line, La Cage, The Producers)
Taylor is known for his performances on Broadway (A Chorus Line, La Cage) and singing “Thicky Trick” on an iconic episode of The Good Wife. He spent a year singing with Kristin Chenoweth on her world concert tour. He released a few singles this spring, available on all streaming platforms.
Will Van Dyke & Jeff Talbott (Chasing The Day, Writing Kevin Taylor; The Submission, The Gravedigger’s Lullaby)
Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott are a musical theatre writing team. Their focus on musical storytelling through a popular lens has brought them recognition from various theatrical development organizations. In addition to their work together they have individual endeavors, but they find the most joy writing songs together. You can explore their work on iTunes or wherever digital music is sold.
Joel Waggoner (School of Rock, Be More Chill, Joel & Julia's Advent Carolndar)
Broadway: Be More Chill, School of Rock. Off-Bway: Southern Comfort (Public Theater), The Joel Waggoner Experience (Joe's Pub). TV: "$100,000 Pyramid" Season 3 Premiere. Vocal Arranger for Broadway Bounty Hunter Off-Bway. 2012 Dramatist Guild Fellow (Composer). MFA from NYU Tisch. “Unlikely Warrior” available on iTunes.
The Songs for Our City concert series is curated and hosted by Ben Cameron.