The Broadway League is hosting a 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4 pm in Duffy Square when the Broadway community will mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11. This event will encore the iconic performance that took place one decade ago when Broadway performers helped inspire New Yorkers to return to normalcy with a landmark outdoor performance.
Broadway will once again inspire, this time in support of 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, engendered by 9/11 Day’s “I Will” campaign (911day.org) which seeks to encourage millions of people to perform good deeds, support charitable causes, and volunteer in tribute to the 9/11 victims and survivors, and all those that rose in service in response to the attacks.
Scheduled speakers at the ceremony include: Paul Libin, Chairman of The Broadway League; Bob Wankel, Chairman of the Times Square Alliance; David Paine andJay Winuk, Founders of My Good Deed, Inc.; and more.
In addition to cast members from Broadway shows, Broadway performers including: Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Joel Grey, Bebe Neuwirth, andBrooke Shields will reprise Kander & Ebb’s “New York, New York,” as they did 10 years ago in the aftermath of 9/11. The song will follow NYPD Officer Daniel Rodriguez’s operatic “God Bless America.” Musical Director is Phil Reno. Denis Jones, who participated 10 years ago as a Broadway cast member, is returning this time as Director/Choreographer.
“This moment aims to be a tribute to the arts, life, and New York. We will never forget the tragic loss of so many lives, including firefighters and police officers trying to save lives,” Paul Libin,Chairman, The Broadway League, said. “Our hearts remain with all of their families. The Broadway community unites in its solidarity and the optimism of looking forward. Ten years ago Broadway united with the city to communicate that the shows must go on, just as life must; and now Broadway is banding together again to inspire participation in charitable projects in honor of those lost.”
“In 2001 the Broadway League and so many of its generous members and staff rose together in a single voice to help lift up New York and the nation following the terrorist attacks on America,” said David Paine, president and co-founder of the nonprofit MyGoodDeed, which annually leads and organizes the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, and is participating with HandOn Network and many other groups to organize the single largest day of charitable service for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. “We are so thankful for their support this year, as we work together to inspire millions of New Yorkers and Americans all throughout our country to pay tribute on 9/11 by taking time to help others in need.”
Produced by The Broadway League in support of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, in partnership with the Times Square Alliance with additional support provided by Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and with generous support from Music Performance Fund (MPF).
Produced in Association with IMG Media.
Screens courtesy of: American Eagle Times Square; ClearChannel Spectacolor.
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The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in over 200 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. (www.BroadwayLeague.com, www.ILoveNYTheater.com, www.ibdb.com; Follow TheBwayLeague on Twitter, Like the The Broadway League page on Facebook
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The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square so that it retains the energy, edge and distinctiveness that have made it an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life. www.TimesSquareNYC.org. You can become a Times Square Fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TimesSquareNYC. or follow on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/TimesSquareNYC
The 9/11 Day Observance was originally conceived in 2002 by David Paine, along with Jay Winuk, a 9/11 family member, to provide a positive and forward-looking way for Americans and others to forever honor and remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and the many that rose in service in response to the 9/11 tragedy. In 2009 9/11 was officially recognized under bi-partisan federal law, as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. For the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 nonprofit group, MyGoodDeed, founded by David and Jay, is partnering with HandsOn Network and other leading organizations to organize the single largest day of charitable service in United States history. Become a 9/11 Day Fan at: www.facebook.com/911day; visit us at www.911day.org, and follow-up on www.Twitter.com/911day.