The Broadway Community Will Unite to Support Orlando
What the world needs now is love, sweet love.
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.
After last weekend's tragic shootings in Orlando, FL, the world was able to smile—if only temporarily—during Sunday night's Tony Awards. They say on Broadway that "the show must go on," and it did. Now, the Broadway community is uniting again, the best way it knows how.
(Courtesy Broadway for Orlando)
Some of Broadway's brightest stars will come together to raise their voices—literally—to record a single supporting the victims of those wounded in Orlando. The act targeted the LGBTQ community—a community that's embraced and beloved in theater.
"The Broadway community was so terribly shaken and devastated by the horrific tragedy in Orlando," musical director Seth Rudetsky said in a statement. "On Monday, my husband James woke me up at 7:30 am and suggested we rally our friends and colleagues to do a 'We Are the World' type recording and raise money for the victims and their families. We started making calls, and suddenly we had tons of theater actors along with an orchestra and the services of a fully-staffed recording studio, all willing to donate their time and talent. Our community of artists has banded together as we always do to show we can end this cycle of violence and intolerance. Love will prevail!"
Enter Broadway for Orlando. Rudetsky has rallied some serious talent—including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Kristen Bell, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Sutton Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Jessie Mueller, Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters—and will conduct a 25-piece musical orchestra to recreate Burt Bacharach's "What the World Needs Now Is Love." All proceeds from the sale will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.