Below are some of the highlights from The Night of Covenant House Stars (and below that, the full two hour video, featuring some 50 performers.) I recommend the highlights. Unlike, say, “Take Me To The World,” the Sondheim 90th birthday concert, the Covenant House fundraiser was as much infomercial as concert. Some of it was fascinating, but more of a hard sell fundraiser than we’ve become used to during this sudden era when most online shows involving theater artists double as fundraisers.
Andrea McDonald, co-host of the fundraiser and long involved in Covenant House, sings “Over the Rainbow”
Jordan Fisher, who was portraying the title character in the Broadway production of “Dear Evan Hansen,” when Broadway shut down, sings “Waving Through The Window,” while current youthful members of Covenant House wave handmade signs about what their lives were like then and now.
Although he didn’t sing, I was taken with the story told by Nikki Sixx, co-founder of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe,and author of the autobiography “The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star,” explaining how music saved his life, and why he began volunteering at Covenant House about 15 years ago.
Ana Villafañe sings the “La Alianza” song, introduced by the song’s composer Frank Wildhorn, who wrote it specifically as a gift for Covenant House. Before, after and in-between the song is info about the work that Covenant House does with the youth of Latin America.
Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, and Bobby Conte Thornton sing Elton John’s “Your Song”
The full two hours