Though Broadway is closed, you can still enjoy LIVE Broadway performances…if you live on the Upper West Side, that is.
Broadway veteran Brian Stokes Mitchell, who starred in likes of Kiss Me, Kate, Man of La Mancha, and Ragtime, has been serenading his neighborhood every evening around the city-wide clap at 7pm.
“Singing out the window was my way, first and foremost, and still remains, to say ‘thank you’ to all of the essential workers of New York,” he told the CBS Evening News. “The healthcare workers, the first responders, the people that are delivering our food, the people that are working in the restaurants, and are working in the supermarkets, so we can continue to live and do what we do.”
He usually sings “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, which he garnered a Tony nomination for. He says the song is about trying…not trying to do the impossible, but just trying, period. He says we can’t do anything, including curing the coronavirus, until we first try.
It’s especially personal for Stokes, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 but is now “recovering and doing well,” according to his website.
Enjoy the special moment in some of these social media-captured videos below:
Or, you can also enjoy one of his past performances on Youtube here!
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