NEW YORK, NY – The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment along with the men and woman of the American Federation of Musicians Union, Local 802, and other labor organizations, are developing a star-studded lineup for its popular “Broadway in the Boros” series.
These free performances by cast members and musicians of hit Broadway musicals will be performing in neighborhoods throughout New York City.
“We are thrilled to present a stellar lineup for this year’s Broadway in the Boros, a program that enables New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs to experience the extraordinary talents of our Broadway community,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. “We invite all New Yorkers to come out to parks in their neighborhoods to enjoy these musical performances and hope to even inspire some future Broadway stars in the audience.”
Broadway is an essential component of New York’s vibrant entertainment and cultural scene, contributing billions of dollars to the local economy and helping to maintain New York City’s reputation as Theatre Capital of the World. Over 100,000 New Yorkers are employed in theatre productions with most belonging to unions. The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds, or COBUG has thirteen unions and guilds as members. The entertainment industry in the Big Apple is critical for those working in restaurants, retail stores, hotels, car garages, and many other businesses.
“A night on Broadway remains largely inaccessible to so many families and communities across NYC, but now thanks to Broadway in the Boros we are able to bridge that gap,” said New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo. “Art serves many purposes – to entertain, to teach, to both push audiences out of their comfort zone and reaffirm their humanity, and with this effort we can bring all of that Broadway magic and more to communities across the City.”