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Dear Actors Fund Friends,

Throughout the last 14 months, we’ve been reminded that special performances can happen in all kinds of spaces: livestreaming concerts and prerecorded podcasts; music videos starring artists living thousands of miles apart; brand new musicals developed on social media and virtual workshops; and so many more.

We’ve been very grateful to be included in and supported by so many creative ventures, and we thank you for joining us along the way, too! Enjoy this week’s offerings that are sure to provide countless special moments.

 

Watch on the Rhine

Watch on the Rhine
May 13–17

Spotlight on Plays

Don’t miss Ellen Burstyn, Alan Cox, Carla Gugino, Mary Beth Peil and Jeremy Shamos in Watch On The Rhine, streaming on Stellar. Sarna Lapine directs Lillian Hellman’s play written and set during the rise of Hitler’s Germany, about an American family, suddenly awakened to the danger threatening its liberty. Hellman’s powerful drama won the 1941 New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

Tickets are on-sale now for $18, and on demand streaming is available for all ticket holders until 6 pm ET on May 17. Get your tickets today! Proceeds benefit The Actors Fund.

 

Broadway & Blooms

Broadway & Blooms
Now–June 27

1-800 Flowers

BroadwayWorld Events has teamed up with 1-800 Flowers where fans can purchase a specially priced concert and flowers bundle, and enjoy a streamed live concert of their choice featuring such stars as Laura and Linda Benanti (May 16), Chuck and Lilli Cooper (May 23), George Salazar (May 30), Alex Newell (June 6), Matthew Morrison (June 13), Jenn Colella (June 20) and Leslie Uggams (June 27). Hosted and music directed by Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky, these live concerts feature Broadway's biggest stars in a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Seth's funny, insightful and revealing questions—and songs from each star's stellar Broadway career. $5.00 from every sale will be donated to The Actors Fund.

 

Covid Blues

COVID-19 Blues
Available Now

YouTube

After recovering from battling Covid for forty days, #1 Billboard Artist Deborah Silver wanted to do something to help as many people struggling as possible. She called on her friend, 12-time Grammy nominee Dennis Lambert, to co-write Covid-19 Blues which sums up the trials and triumphs of this past year. With the help of producer Steve Jordan, they created the celebrity-packed remix of Covid-19 Blues video. Many thanks to the following vocalists and musicians who came together to record this from their homes and their hearts: Casey Abrams, Susan Anton, Daniel Emmet, Melissa Errico, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Siedah Garrett, Billy Gilman, Allan Harris, Steve Jordan, Dennis Lambert, Melissa Manchester, Luba Mason, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., N'Kenge, JD Nicholas, Tony Orlando, Alan Palanker, Ray Parker Jr., Mickey Raphael, Tom Scott, Sharpe Family Singers, Deborah Silver, Leland Sklar, Chubby Tavares, Ralph Tavares, Tiny Tavares, Nita Whitaker and Tom Wopat.

Donations will directly benefit those in the entertainment industry who need assistance from the pandemic through The Actors Fund and Jazz Foundation of America.

 

Pack Podcast

The Pack Podcast
Ongoing

The Pack Podcast

The Pack Podcast, benefitting The Actors Fund, features star-studded casts performing short comedies by Emmy Nominated and Drama Desk Winner Eugene Pack (creator of Celebrity Autobiography Broadway).

Previous performers have included Pamela Adlon, Annette Bening, Lewis Black, Matthew Broderick, James Caan, Stockard Channing, Margaret Cho, Renée Fleming, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony Hale, Kristen Johnston, John Leguizamo, Ralph Macchio, Marsha Mason, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie O'Donnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Eva Marie Saint, Molly Shannon, Sherri Shepherd, Martin Short, Cecily Strong, Blair Underwood and more.

The Pack Podcast is a modern-day comedic anthology of over 50 short, entertaining comedies interpreted by incredible artists. New episodes (that run 10-15 minutes long) are added every Thursday.

 

More Online Events:
Stars In The House: Tuesdays–Saturdays, 8 pm ET
Viral Vignettes: Watch Now
Andrea Marcovicci: Spring Song: Now–May 15
Doug & Chico Presents: The Series: Available Now
In The Zoom—A Virtual Adventure in This Time of Covid: Available through June 5
Wheat + Sea: $5 of every t-shirt sale goes to The Actors Fund

 

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