Free pop-up performances by Broadway stars to take place across NYC next week

August 19, 2022

Next week, you can enjoy Broadway performances for free. Four pop-up concerts will take place at plazas throughout New York City as part of “Broadway Forever,” an initiative launched by NY Forever, a non-profit group that aims to help New York recover in the aftermath of Covid. The performances will run for four days starting on Tuesday, August 23 through Friday, August 26.

The event includes performances from Shoshana Bean, Matt Doyle, Ashley de la Rosa, and Jelani Remy. Plus, every concert includes a surprise opening act from the local community, according to a press release.

“NY Forever celebrates the contributions of all New Yorkers who make this the most dynamic, diverse and entertaining city in the world. Performing artists work tirelessly to hone and share their craft,” Richard Mumby, founding board member of NY Forever, said.

“We salute them, and we invite all New Yorkers to honor these performers by seeing their shows, concerts and acts. We are grateful for City National’s partnership as we bring Broadway into public spaces throughout the boroughs.”

The concerts come as a partnership between NY Forever, City National Bank, and the city’s Department of Transportation.

All performances will start at 3:30 and end at 5 p.m. The concert schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 23: Shoshana Bean at Cooper Square Plaza in Noho
  • Wednesday, August 24: Jelani Remy at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights
  • Thursday, August 25, 3:30 pm: Ashley de la Rosa at Quisqueya Plaza in Inwood
  • Friday, August 26, 3:30 pm: Matt Doyle at Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn

No reservations or tickets are needed.

Broadway Forever joins other free concert series happening in New York this summer. Last month, Mayor Eric Adams announced the “Rise UP NYC” series, which includes 10 free community concerts in parks in all five boroughs.

The latest free outdoor concerts fall under DOT’s Public Space Programming, which brings free activities and events to public spaces throughout the city.


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