Watch Celebrating America. Broadway sings! Also: Lady Gaga, JLo, The Boss, Yo Yo Ma, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, John Legend, Justin Timberlake. Ant Clemons….

Below: Watch Lady Gaga singing The National Anthem and JLo This Land Is Your Land in the morning; and in the evening, dozens of Broadway stars performing “Seasons of Love” from Rent and “Let the Sunshine In” from Hair as part of “Celebrating America,” 90 minutes of starry performances and Americana.

(The Broadway performance  is  separated out as the third video below, but also on the complete “Celebrating America” video starting at 44:10.)


List of Broadway performers in order of first appearance (more or less): Seth Rudetsky at the piano,  Anthony Rapp, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Laura Benanti (and her daughter), Keala Settle, Beth Malone (and her wife), Christopher Jackson, Jose Llana, BD Wong, Betty Buckley, Ruthie Ann Miles, Jessie Mueller, Chandra Wilson, Jenna Ushkowitz, Olga Merediz, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Ali Stroker, Peppermint, Vanessa Williams, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Fredi Walker-Browne, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Leslie Uggams, Mandy Gonzalez, Wayne Brady, Derrick Baskin, Javier Munoz, James Monroe Iglehart, Orfeh, Andy Karl, Rosie Perez, Audra McDonald, James Wesley (and daughter), Chita Rivera, and Charlotte d’Amboise. (Four of the performers singing Seasons of Love were in the original cast of Rent: Rapp, Rubin-Vega, Heredia and Walker-Browne.)

In the 90-minute video: Lin-Manuel Miranda reciting Seamus Heaney’s poem “The Cure of Troy,.” Bruce Springsteen performing “Land of Hope and Dreams,”  Jon Bon Jovi performing the Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun, Yo Yo Ma performing “Amazing Grace,” Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons “Better Days,’ Demi Lovato “Lovely Day,”  Katy Perry performing Firework…more….Plus  highlights from the 59th Presidential Inauguration, uplifting moments of Americana, including excerpts from past inaugural addresses; and remarks by Americans of many stripes — teachers, health care workers, deliverers, those who feed the hungry, athletes, astronauts,  former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.


Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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