NEW YORK – Artistic life in New York City is slowly reborn after months of closure due to a pandemic that silenced theaters and events that attracted art lovers.
The telenos of the main Broadway musicals rose on Tuesday for the first time in more than a year to welcome all theater lovers, a moment that is expected to bring a recovery for the economy of the city and of this industry heavily hit by COVID.
But one of those Broadway-related special events also returns this week. It is the traditional concert of ¡Viva Broadway! When We See Ourselves, that will take place in Duffy Square. A special musical celebration because it begins to National Hispanic Heritage Month this year and welcomes the return of Broadway.
The free concert, which is scheduled for Saturday, September 18 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, seeks to highlight the history of Latino and Hispanic artists on Broadway and celebrate some of the most familiar names in representation of our community. in this unique industry: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Robin de Jesús, Bianca Marroquín, Ana Villafañe, and more.
The creative team includes Luis Salgado (director and choreographer), Gabriela García (associate director and choreographer), Eric Ulloa (screenwriter), Jaime Lozano (musical director), and Sergio Trujillo (creative consultant).
Viva Broadway is an audience development association of The Broadway League with the Hispanic community that helps unite the world of Broadway with Latino audiences across the country. This long-term initiative aims to celebrate Latino talent and increase awareness and commitment to Broadway.
The concert is part of the festival ¡Telón Arriba! or Curtain Up!, a festival that takes over Times Square with twenty-two events to celebrate the return of Broadway and its stars. All events will be in Times Square, free to the public and live from September 17-19.
During the weekend of celebration, Broadway fans will have the unique opportunity to join in a wide variety of interactive experiences and intimate concerts distributed throughout the festival, including Broadway Sing a-Long’s, The Sing for Hope Piano; as well as special recordings from the Broadway podcast network.
“I am grateful to the Broadway performers and behind-the-scenes workers who have come together to deliver a weekend full of theater, music and fun,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “Broadway lovers are really lucky and we look forward to seeing you all in Times Square from September 17-19,” he added.
The complete list of events and schedules can be consulted on the platform Playbill.com/CurtainUp.