Broadway Unlocked founder Jessica Ryan announced today that the sixth annual #giveback concert is slated for Sunday, May 13 at 7.30pm at WNYC’s The Greene Space(44 Charlton Street). Doors open at 6pm. Along with producers Kelly Weaver and Mike Borges, Broadway Unlocked is bringing Broadway favorites together to perform and raise funds for the Crime Victims Treatment Center, a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people heal from violent crime. The live concert is directed by Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting, Amelie).
The evening’s lineup includes music from Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Freaky Friday) & Nathan Tysen, Shaina Taub (As You Like It, Twelfth Night), Kait Kerrigan & Brian Lowdermilk (The Mad Ones), Georgia Stitt (Snow Child, Samantha Spade, Ace Detective), Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich (Ever After, Dear Edwina), Joey Contreras (Ring Around, Forget Me Not), Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, String), Michael Kooman & Christopher Dimond (Vampirina, Romantics Anonymous), Bobby Cronin (Mary & Max, ‘Til Death Do Us Part) and Selda Sahin & Derek Gregor(Grind), with performances from Casey Cott (“Riverdale,” All the Little Things We Kill), Chris Weaver (“The Voice”), Darius DeHaas (Rent, Dreamgirls), Christina Sajous (Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, American Idiot), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Mean Girls, Heathers) & Grey Henson (Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon), Sean Green, Jr. (Hamilton, A Wall Apart), Morgan Reilly (The Duplex, Rockwood Music Hall), Charissa Hogeland (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live,” Heathers), and Pretty Sad White Girls. The show will close with a special performance from The Yard Theatre Company, a professional youth driven theatre company that seeks to tell stories that explore, challenge, and give voice to the issues confronting our young people today.
“In 2011, my best friend, actor and survivor Avery Ragsdale had his life saved thanks to the free therapy and services he received at Crime Victims Treatment Center,” said Ryan. “He asked if I would help get our friends to lend their talents and raise money for a coloring table for their lobby, I knew a coloring table wasn’t enough. Seven years later, Broadway Unlocked and Crime Victims Treatment Center continue to bring together a powerhouse roster of Broadway, TV, YouTube and film talent to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Thanks to the visibility of the #MeToo movement and #TimesUp, it’s more important than ever that we continue do our part to keep the doors open so that other people like Avery can receive help and healing regardless of their financial circumstances.”
“We are so honored to be celebrating this sixth year of the #giveback concert, and so grateful for the support that it provides to the Crime Victims Treatment Center,” said executive director Christopher Bromson. “This concert brings together a community of people who join us in saying that sexual assault, intimate partner violence, childhood sexual abuse, and any other form of violence have no place in our communities. The history of Broadway Unlocked mirrors the history of CVTC: a group of people joining together to make a vast change. Thanks to this support, CVTC will serve more survivors and remain at the forefront of deep and progressive healing for survivors of crime.”
General admission tickets are $120, VIP tickets are $250, and tickets are available online at BroadwayUnlocked.Ticketspice.com. For more information, including where to watch the concert online, visit bit.ly/givebackconcert.
Broadway Unlocked’s the #giveback concert is presented by SongSpace and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, with additional support from Select Black Card. Please note the lineup is subject to change.
In conjunction with the #giveback concert, Broadway Unlocked has multiple digital events, including:
· Sundays, 10:30am EST / FB Live / #BUBreakdown
A weekly panel news show giving artists a voice in the national news narrative. In the three weeks leading up to the concert, we’ll be exploring the explosive cultural events of 2018, including the #MeToo movement, gun violence and more. Hosted by Carl Thomas Kyle Glenn.
· May 1-May 13th, Facebook / Crowdfunding Campaign
The Broadway Unlocked team will be working to raise $20,000 for CVTC through a team-based crowdfunding campaign utilizing Facebook’s donation platform.
· May 1-May 13th, Facebook & YouTube / Road to the #giveback weekly vlog
Jermaine & Jessica, co-hosts of the #giveback concert, are joined by the performers and writers in a weekly vlog leading up to the concert.
· May 7-11th, Facebook & YouTube / MuseMatch TV
In a collaboration with MuseMatch and its creator, Bill Coyne, Broadway Unlocked is producing a 5-episode digital series of the successful live concert that pairs up and coming writers and performers together for a musical theatre blind date. We’re following each group as they explore what it means to #raiseyourvoice as an artist and create something beautiful from the results.
Writers & Performers include: Amanda D’Archangelis & Sami Horneff, Christina Sajous, Jeff Daye, Melissa Rose Hirsch, Rona Siddiqui, Karl Josef Co, Trevor Bachman, Vuyo Sotashe, Michael Wysong, and Mike Masters.
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the #giveback concert, through April & May all videos on the Broadway Unlocked YouTube channel will feature a donation button for Crime Victims Treatment Center.
Broadway Unlocked is an arts innovation company, opening new doors by bridging the gap between technology and theatre. Through interactive media, live performances made omni-platform, forward thinking technology solutions and producing resources focused on theatre that leverages digital solutions onstage and off, BU is helping to usher in a new era of live theatre that’s more relevant and valuable than ever before. Through its #giveback concert initiative, Broadway Unlocked is committed to connecting theatre communities around the world and empowering them to be a part of something bigger and make a difference in their communities. To date, the #giveback concert has raised almost a quarter of a million dollars for Crime Victims Treatment Center, and other centers that provide completely free therapy and services for survivors of violent crime.
The Crime Victims Treatment Center is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping people heal from violent crime. CVTC respects that healing comes in many forms and recognizes the importance of a holistic approach. CVTC provides a wide range of therapeutic services free of charge to anyone impacted by violence. They are dedicated to advocacy on behalf of survivors, collaboration with partners across a multitude of disciplines, and training for those who work with survivors. CVTC is committed to changing cultural norms around violence and promoting social justice through progressive legislation and community mobilization.
Video is from last years Broadway Unlocked.