Broadway for Biden: ‘A Concert for the Soul of the Nation’ free & live Oct. 21
Linda Armstrong | 10/15/2020, midnight
This is the most important election this country has faced in my lifetime. Under Donald Trump’s leadership the country is dying, ill, suffering, unemployed and divided. The theater community understands so well what is at stake in this election and that’s why the Broadway community is coming together for a one-night-only event Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. as Broadway for Biden holds a fundraiser titled, “In Our America: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation,” which will be presented for free on YouTube via news publisher NowThis, on Facebook via Broadway for Biden and NowThis, and on Broadway Unlocked. Broadway for Biden, a grassroots volunteer organization with an online presence, is activating the national theater community and the fans who love it by hosting one-of-a-kind events, disseminating information, and amplifying the stories of individuals within the theater world’s diverse community to build connections and humanize the issues at stake in this year’s election.
The event will be directed by “Eclipsed” director Liesl Tommy and will feature phenomenal talents and more than 75 members of Broadway royalty, including Derrick Baskin, Laura Benanti, Victoria Clark, Glenn Close, Chuck Cooper, Darren Criss, André De Shields, Renée Elise Goldsberry, John Goodman, Jayne Houdyshell, Jennifer Hudson, James Monroe Iglehart, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Norman Lear, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rita Moreno, Karen Olivo, Ashley Park, Steven Pasquale, Carrie Preston, Kelani Queypo, Chita Rivera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Phillipa Soo, Ephraim Sykes, B.D. Wong, the Broadway Dreams Foundation Choir, and the casts of “Six” and “KPOP.”
“Our theaters and entertainment venues may be currently dark, but our role is easy to see: we must support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to ensure their unequivocal victory in November,” Tommy shared.
The concert will feature an array of original material being created for the evening, including never-before-seen stagings of beloved Broadway musical numbers, previews of Broadway-bound productions, and speeches that acknowledge the stakes of the present with a hopeful eye toward a better future. “In Our America” will include writing by Chad Beguelin, Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, Robert O’Hara, Stacey Rose, Aurin Squire, DeLanna Studi, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel and John Waters.
The event will feature original choreography by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli, Lorin Latarro, Ray Mercer and Abbey O’Brien, with music direction by Tony winner Jason Michael Webb and orchestrations by Chris Boardman and Charlie Rosen. Sean McLaughlin serves as director of photography, and Grady Bowman is associate choreographer.
“In Our America: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation” will be hosted by Broadway Unlocked and will stream for free on YouTube.com/NowThisNews and the Broadway for Biden and NowThis Facebook pages. Donations to the Biden Victory Fund are encouraged.
Executive producers will include Julie Boardman, Nolan Doran, Halle Morse, Jennifer Mudge, and Liesl Tommy. The concert is supported by a host committee that includes The Araca Group, Bruce Cohen, Darren Johnston, Oliver Roth, Megan Beyer, Eric Falkenstein, Sean Patrick Flahaven, Cliff Hopkins, Alia Jones-Harvey, Tom Kirdahy, Cody Lassen, Marianne Mills, Brian Moreland, Greg Nobile, Joan Rechnitz, Fiona Rudin, Lauren Shuler Donner, Barbara Whitman and Dauna Williams.
For more information, visit InOurAmerica.BroadwayforBiden.com/event.
To learn more, get involved or make a donation, visit BroadwayforBiden.com, and connect on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok: @broadway4biden.