It’s November 6th and today Americans choose the President who will lead our country for the next four years. And make no mistake about it– Broadway flexed its political muscle this month!
First we saw the always entrepreneurial Keenan-Bolger siblings take a stance in creating Broadway for Obama. Through events like “Broadway Gets Out the Vote,” phone banking, celebrity endorsements and tons of social media buzz, the group showed their support for the Democratic candidate and perhaps more importantly, engaged tons of Broadway fans, encouraging them to exercise their civic duty to vote! (P.S. Can you imagine receiving this call: “Hello, this is Max Von Essen, and I just wanted to check if you planned on voting this election day.” Swoon!)
A handful of Broadway shows also readjusted their schedules, holding a performance on the normally dark Monday instead of on Tuesday’s Election Day. Here’s the list of shows that gave their cast, crew and audience the night off: Annie, Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Rock of Ages, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Dead Accounts, Grace, The Heiress and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Lin Manuel Miranda (Bring It On, In the Heights) urged Latinos to vote with “Found in Translation,” a video of him confronting the issues of Latino voters in America via spoken word performance. The video was created for Movimiento Hispano, “a project of Latinos for Democracy (LFD) aimed at increasing Latino civic engagement and voter turnout.” Watch the video, below:
Roundabout Theater Company’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood also began performances this month at Studio 54. What better crossroads for Broadway and politics than a lavish musical that ends in an audience’s election of an ending!
We hope that, if you’re 18 years or older, you will be voting today. If not, take some time to learn about the process or accompany your parent to a polling place– get in the habit now of being informed about your candidates! And for more fun reading, be sure to check out this story on StageNotes.net’s blog entitled “7 Shows About Presidents.”
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