In the News: Watch Nick Cordero’s Final Public Performance, Amanda Gorman’s Hamilton Reference(s) at the Inauguration, More
Plus: Jazz and Broadway stars will come together to save Birdland Jazz Club in a virtual benefit concert.
Read on for some recent theatre headlines you may have missed in today’s news.
Single of Nick Cordero’s Last Public Performance Released
Broadway Records has released a single of “Dear Hate,” as performed by Nick Cordero and Liana Stampur and recorded live at Sony Hall on March 9, 2020, for the Broadway Against Bullying benefit cabaret. This would become Cordero’s last public performance before his death in July after a months-long battle with COVID-19. The single is produced by Michael J Moritz Jr. who says, “The lyrics serve as a remember that love and beauty remain, even in the seemingly darkest of times; a fitting message for this moment in history.” Proceeds from “Dear Hate” will benefit The Actors Fund. The single is available at BroadwayRecords.com and iTunes; watch the video of the performance above.
Jazz and Broadway Stars Come Together to Save Birdland
The legendary Birldand has been a jazz hotspot since 1949, but the pandemic has threatened permanent closure. After the success of the West Bank benefit telethon, producers Tom and Michael D’Angora and Tim Guinee have stepped in with another concert, this time to save Birdland. The virtual concert will feature appearances and performances from jazz legends and Broadway luminaries, as well as a former United States President. Tune in to see President Bill Clinton, Audra McDonald, Wendell Pierce, Wynton Marsalis, Leslie Odom, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, and many more. Save Birdland Concert: A Celebration of Music, History and Community will stream free of charge beginning at 7 PM ET on January 24 at SaveBirdland.com.
The Nation’s Youngest Inaugural Poet is a Hamilfan
Poet Amanda Gorman, who read her work “The Hill We Climb” at the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden this afternoon, tweeted to Lin-Manuel Miranda that she had included two Hamilton references in her poem. Watch her recitation here to catch them yourself. History will certainly have its eyes on Amanda Gorman.