“Today, arts workers are in pain. They need funding and support to rebuild and grace our stages again…giving artists the opportunity to do what they do best. And that is heal. Heal and fill New York City with joy," said Tony winner Chita Rivera from the center of Times Square at the latest pop-up event.
An all-star lineup of Broadway talent gathered to perform and advocate for the necessity of arts workers in the recovery of New York City. The pop-up kicked off with Charl Brown, Derrick Baskin, Kelvin Moon Loh, and Joél Pérez performing The Temptations number “On Broadway," introduced by Brian Stokes Mitchell.
The event is sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Kaleidoscope Entertainment, NYCNext, and the Times Square Alliance, executive produced by Blake Ross and directed and produced by Holly-Anne Devlin of Kaleidoscope, with musical direction by Jacob Yates and choreography by Kellen Stancil. The groups also produced the pop-up performance of Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday" in Times Square last October.
Check out photos and watch the full performances, as well as additional remarks from Matthew Broderick, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Executive Director Tom Viola, Rivera, De Shields, and Nikkole Salter, below.