NYC Hosts Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!

January 21, 2017
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this Friday, January 20th, is inauguration day and Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States of America.

Controversy has surrounded Trump from the beginning of his campaign and throughout his time as president-elect.  Perhaps of the most concern are his hateful words and the prejudiced behaviors of many of the people that he appointed to be a part of his team.

Rather than dwell on the hate, Seth Rudetsky and his husband James Wesley decided to create an opportunity to support women, blacks, immigrants, the poor, and the environment.  So, just three hours after Donald Trump is sworn into office, at the Town Hall in Manhattan at 3PM, the Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! will take place.

The concert will feature Broadway stars Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Betty Buckley, Jessie Mueller and Billy Porter, as well as Sharon Gless, Andrea Martin, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, Lillias White, Judy Gold, Caroline Rhea, Stephanie Mills and Charles Busch.

The Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is not the first time Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley have produced such a massive and monumental musical fundraiser.  These two were also the ones who organized the Broadway for Orlando fundraising concert which raised money to provide support to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting massacre on June 12.

The intentions of this show are clear and were perfectly explained by Waitress star Jessie Mueller.

“Hate comes from a lack of love, so we can’t fight it with more of its own toxicity, we have to fill it with love,” Mueller said. “There are really big things at stake. Things we can’t save or solidify or safeguard alone. We have to think bigger, we have to ask for help, we have to reach out to one another and band together. I hope this concert can be an example of that.”

 

In order to project this message, Mueller will channel her Tony Award-winning role as Carole King as she performs “Beautiful”.  The song’s lyrics revolve around love and acceptance, which are two important messages that this concert aims to spread to the American people.

Music is a powerful tool for change, and often times, the tool that actually gets a message through to people and causes it to resonate within.  Hopefully, the Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! will be successful in encouraging people to come together and to use their voice.

Unfortunately, for those of us who don’t already have tickets, the show is sold out.  The upside of this is that all proceeds from ticket sales will go to Planned Parenthood, NAACP, Sierra Club Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and National Immigration Law Center.

Even though you may not be able to get tickets, you’re not completely out of luck!  For those who are in New York, New York, Rutledge, Missouri, Gloucester, Massachusetts, or Philipstown, New York check out http://concert4america2017.org/ for viewing party locations near you! The show will also be streamed live at http://concert4america2017.org/.

Make sure to check it out!

-Roxy Rappaport (@roxyrappaport)

Feature Image by Leslie Crow

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