Broadway Stars Organize Flashmob Today in Response to Death of Eric Garner
29 Jul 2014
WalkRunFly Productions has organized a flashmob for July 29 in response to the death of Eric Garner, who died July 17 after allegedly being placed in a prohibited chokehold by a New York police officer in Staten Island.
Garner, 43, was confronted by NYPD officers after allegedly selling bootleg cigarettes in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island, according to the Daily News.
A YouTube video, captured by cell phone, shows officer Daniel Pantaleo taking Garner to the ground and Garner repeatedly pleading, "I can't breathe."
According to a message posted to Twitter and various social media platforms, the company, in partnership with MSNBC's thegrio, will shoot a flashmob video featuring Daniel J. Watts (Motown, After Midnight, Ghost, Memphis) performing a spoken-word piece in front of a group of over 100 Broadway performers humming a melody.
Featuring the Broadway classics “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!