Executive Producer Jonathan Estabrooks, Tony and Grammy Award-winning producer Van Dean (Broadway Records), two-time Tony-nominated Broadway producer Michael J. Moritz Jr., and producer and Broadway orchestrator Charlie Rosen have released a star-studded single of the iconic Beatles song “With A Little Help From My Friends” to inspire support for the arts in America.
Featured on the video are Carmen Cusack, Lillias White, Liz Callaway, Telly Leung, Lexi Lawson, Annie Golden, Chris Mann, Peter Hollens, Ektor Rivera, Bryan Terrell Clark, Aaron Lazar, Ashley Brown, Nick Adams, Julie Benko, Ryan Silverman, Tyce Green, Cass Dillon, Lauren Jelencovich, Noah Stewart, Yale Glee Club, Taylor Mali, Trace DePass, Shanelle Gabriel, Natalie Douglas, the Forte Tenors, and KT Sullivan, plus a pop chorus of 50 accompanied by a full orchestra.
The video, which can be seen above, features footage from the recording studio session, spliced with visual art, spoken word, American Sign Language, ballet, hip hop, and cinematic storytelling; 100 percent of net profits from this recording will go towards Americans For The Arts and their work to protect the National Endowment for the Arts.
“It was January 18th and news had just broken that the NEA and NEH were at risk of elimination,” Estabrooks said in a statement. “As an opera singer and creative entrepreneur, I know first-hand how crucial arts funding is for our society at large. The arts not only enrich the human experience by sparking creativity and collaboration, but fosters powerful returns on investment in education and economic growth. I knew that inaction was not an option and so I immediately reached out to my network with the idea of bringing together a diverse group of singers, actors, dancer, writers, artists and others to record and film an anthem for the arts. I am thrilled that so many people were eager to participate and there is no better organization to benefit than Americans For The Arts – their work with the NEA and support for arts education and advocacy are unparalleled.”
The single is available now at Broadway Records ($1.99) and through iTunes and Amazon.