NY Forever and City National Bank, in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), are hosting a free pop-up concert at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights on Wednesday, August 24, featuring Broadway star Jelani Remy, who performed the role of Simba in Disney’s The Lion King.
The concert will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Diversity Plaza, located on 37th Road between Broadway and 74th Street and between Broadway and Roosevelt Avenue.
The concert in Queens is part of broadway forevera four-day series of free, citywide pop-up concerts and inspirational mini-documentaries to celebrate New York’s arts workers and their dedication to the industry.
The event will provide free access to Broadway shows in all boroughs at DOT pedestrian plazas from Tuesday, August 23 through Friday, August 26 at 3:30 p.m. each day. Each performance will also feature a surprise opening act from the local community.
“NY Forever celebrates the contributions of all New Yorkers who make this the most vibrant, diverse and fun city in the world. Performers work tirelessly to perfect and share their art,” said NY Forever Founding Board Member Richard Mumby. “We salute them and invite all New Yorkers to honor these artists by seeing their shows, concerts and acts. We are grateful for City National’s partnership as we bring Broadway to public spaces in all boroughs.
A series of mini-documentaries featuring members of the Broadway community, including ‘A strange loop’ actress and 2022 Tony Award nominee, L. Morgan Lee, and more, will premiere on NY Forever’s Instagram (@nyforever) on Monday, August 22. to showcase the talents of these workers, their contribution to New York City’s recovery, and inspiring personal stories about their careers in the arts.
NYC’s artistic workers are the cultural soul of the city.
New York’s arts and culture sector generates $120 billion and half a million jobs for the state – Broadway alone contributes $14.7 billion to New York’s economy and supports more of 96,000 jobs. The city has lost 50% of its performing arts jobs during COVID-19, more than any other industry. broadway forever aims to shine a light on artists whose work contributes vitally to the soul and economy of the city.
“City National has been a partner of the entertainment industry for seven decades, and we’re thrilled to support NY Forever’s free pop-up concerts on Broadway in New York City,” said Linda Duncombe, executive vice president and director marketing, products and digital. at the City National Bank. “As the industry gets back on its feet, these concerts will help inspire the next generation of New York artists and bring world-class Broadway talent to Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.”
Erich Bergen, producer and director of the Broadway Forever campaign, said he was proud to shine a light on those who have dedicated their lives and careers to bringing the arts to life day in and day out.
“Broadway shows don’t magically start at 8 p.m.—it takes a whole day of work to get there. Thanks to New York Forever and the City National Bank, I’m proud to give viewers a glimpse behind the curtain to show you what a life in the performing arts in New York is really like. It’s quite inspiring,” said Bergen, who currently stars as Billy Flynn in the long-running musical CHICAGO on Broadway through 9/11.