UPDATED: Allison Case and Jay Armstrong Johnson from Broadway's recent country-fried musical, Hands on a Hardbody, will offer a special performance of the ballad "I'm Gone" at the broadwayUNLOCKED benefit concert on Monday, April 22. They will join previously announced performers including Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Taylor Trensch (Matilda), Nathan Tysen & Chris Miller (Tuck Everlasting), and more.
Hands on a Hardbody, which held its last show on April 13 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre after 56 performances, is planning to record its cast album next month with Ghostlight Records. The album's release is scheduled for this coming June.
March 21, 2013 - "Theater is a community — whether you are an actor in Anchorage, a playwright in Portland, or a Newsie in New York City." This is the foundation of the broadwayUNLOCKED campaign, which employs the latest in broadcasting technology to give theater fans around the world access to New York theater, while raising money for a great cause in the process. On Monday, April 22, broadwayUNLOCKED will host its third annual completely crowdfunded benefit concert to celebrate the work of the Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC) of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.
From March 21-April 21, broadwayUNLOCKED will be hosting a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise the necessary $6,500 to cover the costs of the concert, which will be broadcast live online from WNYC/New York Public Radio's The Greene Space. Performers will include Broadway favorites Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) and Taylor Trensch (Matilda), as well as the Drama Desk Award-nominated songwriting pair Nathan Tysen and Chris Miller (Tuck Everlasting). 5J Barrow will be the evening's House Band along with Jason Hite (Bare), Eryn Murman (Spring Awakening) and Eric Namaky.
Everyone who makes a donation of $10 or more to the campaign will be given a log-in to view the concert's online webcast. Larger contributors will be afforded additional opportunities to help make "community producing" decisions and to have an interactive role at the concert itself. They will also be given access to the broadwayUNLOCKED Vlog Series, which features more Broadway stars, including Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening), as well as internet star Colleen Ballinger (Miranda Sings).
Susan Xenarios, Director of the Crime Victims Treatment Center, says, "This is a celebration of recovery and transformation and we are thrilled to know that through this concert, our mission will reach anyone who chooses to be touched by it. At a time when traditional funding has been greatly diminished, the funds received through this benefit are desperately needed to continue providing the high quality of care we offer to survivors of violence."
100% of the proceeds from the campaign's crowdfunding, private, corporate, and individual donations will go directly to the CVTC to help them continue to provide free care to victims of crime violence. So for the low, low price of $10, you could become a producer, buy a ticket to a Broadway show, and help save lives, all without having to get out of your PJ's.