To celebrate Earth Day 2022, The Broadway Green Alliance will present a free Broadway Earth Day Concert April 23 in Times Square between 41st and 42nd Streets from 11 AM-5 PM.
Produced by the Times Square Alliance, the concert, part of NYC's Car Free Earth Day event, will be hosted by Shakina Nayfack. Performers will include Tony nominee Beth Malone (Fun Home), Andrew Arrington (The Lion King), Saint Aubyn (Ain’t Too Proud), Jeremy Gaston (Aladdin), Tamar Greene (Hamilton), Laurel Harris (Jagged Little Pill), Arielle Jacobs (Aladdin), Rob Marnell (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), Lindsay Roberts (The Phantom of the Opera), and DeAnne Stewart (Jagged Little Pill). Young performers will take the stage in the afternoon, including groups from Revolucion Latina, Perkiomen Valley High School, Eastchester High School, and Epic Players.
A few days earlier, on April 20 from 11 AM-2 PM, the Broadway Green Alliance will offer a Textile Drive in the center of Duffy Square. The event will feature a collection for Towels for Toto, a joint initiative with the Alliance, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, and animal activists Bill and Dorothy Berloni that upcycles towels, blankets, and linens for local animal shelters, where they will become bedding and provide comfort to rescue dogs and other animals.
Textiles accepted during the drive include used and clean clothing, shoes, curtains, hats, linens, towels, handbags, and belts (unacceptable are pillows, comforters, rugs/carpets, large luggage items, other household goods, and fabric/fabric scraps). Wearable Collections will repurpose or recycle textiles that are not reused by the animal shelters. The drive is open to all shows, theatres, industry members, fans, and neighbors as part of a collective effort to reduce textile waste.
“I’m so excited for the theatre community to gather again in person and raise our voices in solidarity with our Earth and for communities most impacted by the climate crisis,” says Broadway Green Alliance Director Molly Braverman. “We have an opportunity to loudly and visibly advocate for climate solutions and use our collective power as cultural leaders to move us forward to a healthy, equitable, and climate-positive future.”
“The Times Square Alliance, as part of our longstanding partnership with the Broadway Green Alliance and the Department of Transportation, is pleased to present this remarkable array of programming as part of Car Free Earth Day in the heart of Times Square,” adds Alliance President Tom Harris. “Kicking off the opening of Broadway to pedestrians at 42nd Street on Car Free Day that will extend all the way to Union Square, people will discover a wonderful celebration of the Broadway community and its commitment to the environment that is shared with our friends at the Broadway Green Alliance.”