NBC's Smash will sponsor Musicals in our Schools Week and its kick-off event, scheduled to take place March 19 at Noon in Duffy Square.

Musicals in our Schools Week, which will take place annually the third full week of March in honor of both Stephen Sondheim's and Andrew Lloyd Webber's birthdays, will make a national statement about the importance of quality arts programs in schools. Community members and organizations will create unique ways to express the value of arts education, ranging from performing a number from a musical to sending a thank you note to a theater educator who made a difference.

The program is endorsed by Music Theatre International, Rodgers & Hammerstein/R&H Theatricals, Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. and the New York City Department of Education.

For more information about Musicals in our Schools Week, click here.