Laura Benanti Helps Theater Kids After Musicals Were Canceled Due to Coronavirus

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With schools across the country closing temporarily, many kids are left wondering about the status of their extracurricular activities. Drama productions, team sports and musical performances have been cancelled, disappointing many kids that have been working hard for months now. Tony Award winning Broadway star, Laura Benanti has put out a call for all student thespians to send her a video of them singing a song from their cancelled shows.

On Instagram, Benanti wrote,”Dark times for all. Trying to find some bright spots. If you were meant to perform in your High School musical and it was cancelled please post yourself singing, tag me and use the hashtag #SunshineSongs so whoever wants to can be your audience!! Sending all my love and black market toilet paper.”

Other celebrities, including Lin Manuel Miranda, chimed in asking to see the videos as well.

Jennifer Garner also put out a call as well, saying, “To the Elsas and Matildas; to the Willy Lomans and Romeos. Not to mention the flautists, the pianists, the gymnasts, the shot-putter. We want to SEE—show us what you’ve got!! 🌟 #heyjenlookatme (I just now found out one of my favorite Broadway stars @laurabenanti had the same idea. Hi Laura! ♥️🤗 You can tag her, too, at #SunshineSongs)”

While you are stuck at home, brighten your day by scrolling through and watching these talented kids.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

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