Maestra Music announced today that vocal powerhouse Shoshana Bean has joined the star-studded line up for their inaugural concert event, Amplify 2021 on Monday, March 29, 2021. Accompanied virtually by Maestras from around the world, Bean will sing an original song with music, lyrics and orchestrations by Maestra member Lynne Shankel (Allegiance) for the finale of the event. iHeartRadio Broadway will also now be co-streaming Amplify 2021 and viewers can watch by visiting iheartRadiobroadway.com or our Youtube channel.
The number, titled “Amplify” and written for the occasion, will feature Cynthia Meng (Company) on piano, Michelle Osbourne (Six) on bass, Rosa Avila (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) on drums, Meg Toohey (Waitress) on guitar, Yuri Yamashita (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) on percussion, Alexa Tarantino (Sweet Charity) on alto sax, Kristy Norter (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) on tenor sax, Jami Dauber (Honeymoon in Vegas) and Chloe Rowlands (The Westerlies) on trumpet, Sara Jacovino (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) on trombone, Claudia Chopek (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), and Mazz Swift (Tootsie) on violin, Monica Davis (Hamilton) on viola, Adele Stein (Dear Evan Hansen) on cello, Meg Zervoulis (The Prom), and Julie McBride (SpongeBob SquarePants) on organ. The song is mixed and produced by Michael Croiter for Yellow Sound Lab, with sound engineering by Julianne B. Merrill.
As previously announced, Amplify 2021 will take place virtually, in association with Broadway Unlocked, to raise money and highlight Maestra's programs which provide support, visibility, and community for the female, non-binary, and TGNC music makers in the theater industry.
Directed by Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin and produced by Baldwin, Stitt and Laura Ivey, Amplify 2021is hosted by Tony Award nominee Brooks Ashmanskas and Drama Desk Award winner Andréa Burns. This eclectic concert will feature stories, conversations and musical performances from an impressive array of Broadway stars, composers, music directors and more. The evening will include performances from Ashley Park, Nikki M. James, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tanya Birl, Kenita Miller, Shelley Thomas, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney, along with appearances from Anais Mitchell (Tony Award-winning creator of Hadestown), Kirsten Childs (OBIE Award-winning creator of Bubbly Black Girl), Helen Park (Lortel Award-winning creator of KPOP), Rona Siddiqui (Larson Award-winning creator of Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan), Britt Bonney, Kristy Norter, Dionne McClain-Freeney, Meg Zervoulis, Kat Sherrell, Nicole Rebolledo, Maestra founder Georgia Stitt, and a special appearance by Bernadette Peters. The evening’s Music Directors and Arrangers include Helen Park, Rona Siddiqui, Annastasia Victory and Julianne B. Merrill, who also serves as Technical Director.
Amplify 2021 is free to attend with donations encouraged. Pre-show activities begin at 7 pm, with the mainstage event starting at 8 pm. In special post-show virtual hangouts, higher level contributors (starting at $50) will have exclusive opportunities to connect in individual chat rooms with Broadway stars including Gavin Creel & Celia Keenan-Bolger; “Chers” Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks & Micaela Diamond; Chaplin co-stars Jenn Colella & Rob McClure; Book of Mormon stars Nikki M. James & Michael James Scott; Mean GirlsAshley Park & Erika Henningsen; and The Prom stars Caitlin Kinnunen & Isabelle McCalla. For more information and to register or purchase VIP tickets, click here.