Remembering Those Lost to Corona COVID-19 with Tributes and The Rise Up NY! Fundraiser.
By: Ellis Nassour
May 8, 2020: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and direct from Broadway and 98th Street and select appearances to entertain the masses, Tony-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, also chairman of the Actors Fund, will, respectively, lead the second and third interfaith collaboration Memorial for Us All broadcasts Sunday, May 10 and Sunday, May 17 at 6 P:M. E. These weekly broadcasts honor those lost during this COVID-19 pandemic.
In the midst of this unprecedented crisis, memorials, family gatherings, and funerals haven’t been possible. The broadcasts offer unity, comfort, and healing through music.
Those who’ve lost loved ones and friends during this pandemic are invited to submit names of those they wish to remember and celebrate at www.LincolnCenter.org/Memorialforusall. More than 300 have submitted names for Sunday’s broadcast. Names may also be listed on Lincoln Center’s Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube pages.
Organizational partners for Memorial for Us All are the Interfaith Center of NY, NY Disaster Interfaith Services, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, Center for Faith and Community Partnerships, NYC Office of the Mayor, the New York Board of Rabbis, Union Theological Seminary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Rise Up New York! Fundraiser
A Who’s Who of the entertainment world will join forces live on Monday at 7 P. M. E
with Robin Hood, NY’s largest poverty-fighting organization, iHeartMedia, and the city’s TV and radio stations for a virtual telethon, Rise Up New York! Mean Girls scribe scribe Tina Fey will host.
Scheduled to appear are Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Robert De Niro, Cynthia Ervio, Jimmy Fallon, Sutton Foster, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Eli Manning, Idina Menzel, Bette Midler, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julianne Moore, Trevor Noah, Ben Platt, Chris Rock, Michael Strahan, Barbra Streisand, and New York Giants Phil Simms and Justin Tuck. Among those set to perform are Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, and Sting.
The one-hour benefit aims to raise awareness and funds to help New Yorkers whose lives have been dramatically impacted by the corona virus crisis. It will be simultaneously broadcast on all New York TV stations, iHeartMedia and Entercom radio stations, News 12, Spectrum News NY1, SiriusXM and nationally on CNBC.
“New York is at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic,” states Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore. “This crisis has created a new set of challenges for the millions struggling to make ends meet. This is a moment where we rise up together as a community in an effort to support of our neighbors and support of one another.”
Donations will provide support for food, shelter, cash assistance, health, legal services, education, and additional needs to provide support for rebuilding their lives as the city moves towards recovery.
Robin Hood’s COVID-10 Relief Fund has allocated over $20-million to meet emergency needs during the crisis.
Now, the transition into recovery will begin. Over the next 18 months, the organization will make donations to assist those hit the hardest recover from the COVID-19 pandemic with funds to allow them to stay in their homes, access health care, close education gaps, and connect them to benefits, food, and jobs.
To donate now and during the broadcast, Go To www.robinhood.org.
For donations via Robin Hood’s Donor Advised Fund, wire transfer, stock transfer, or ACH (automated clearing house) payments, contact Lisa Careccia at firstname.lastname@example.org. All money donated goes directly to provide life-saving services.
Broadway Dreams and Dreamers
Broadway Dreams, one of America’s foremost arts education nonprofits specializing in mentorship-driven musical theater training launches three weeklong virtual training intensives in June. in voice, dance, and acting using state of the art online classroom and streaming technology,
Teaching artists and faculty include Nick Adams, Kelli Barrett, Natascia Diaz, Tyler Hanes, Christopher Hanke, Spencer Liff, Victor Jasckson, Rob McClure, Nicole Parker, Ryann Redmond, and Elizabeth Stanley.
Canceling recent intensives was “a devastating and difficult decision, but the health and safety of our students and faculty will always be our absolute top priority,” said Broadway Dreams founder/president Annette Tanner. “The summer programs will offer the opportunity to keep up training and stay engaged in a dynamic, flexible, and safe environment.”
Broadway Best — June 1 – 5
Emmy-nominee director/choreographer Spencer Liff will direct, with a celebrity faculty.
Live from Los Angeles — July 6 – 10
Members of the Hollywood faculty will explore the intersection of stage and screen.
Booking It — August 3 – 7
A roster of Broadway veterans and casting directors will discuss how to navigate the audition process.
For more information, visit: www.broadwaydreams.org/programs
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Free 92Y Talks Podcast Programming
May 11, 2 P.M.: André Holland in Conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s David Canfield.
Holland will discuss his turns in Oscar-winner Moonlight and TV’s The Knick and his complex role in Netflix’s The Eddy, executive-produced by Oscar winner Damien Chazelle (La La Land).
May 14, 2 P.M.: Beanie Feldstein in Conversation with Variety’s Janelle Riley.
You’ll remember the irrepressible Feldstein opposite Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! She also scored well with audiences in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, where she played the relatable best friend; in Booksmart, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, Lead Actress, Comedy; and currently in How to Build a Girl, adapted from Caitlin Moran’s memoir. Later in the year, she’s playing opposite Amy Schumer in The Humans; and will portray Monica Lewinsky on American Crime Story: Impeachment.
Register at www.92Y.org.