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Myles Frost, Jared Grimes, Alex Newell

Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth to Feature Frost, Grimes, Newell, & More

Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth, part of The Broadway League’s Black to Broadway Initiative, returns to Times Square on Sunday, June 19, 2022, with Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart as host, and includes special guest appearances by 2022 Tony Award-winner Myles Frost (MJ), 2022 Tony Award nominee Jared Grimes (Funny Girl), Alex Newell, and many more.

This year’s event includes the inaugural presentation of the Juneteenth Legacy Awards honoring Leslie Uggams and Ben Vereen for their incredible community involvement and astounding achievements on Broadway.

Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth starts at noon and is a free 90-minute concert featuring Black performers, and allies, performing their own works of art, with their song, dance, and poetry accompanied by live music provided by The Music Performance Trust Fund. The event features cast members from Broadway shows including: The Book of Mormon, Company, Dear Evan Hansen, Funny Girl, The Lion King, The Minutes, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Mr. Saturday Night, Paradise Square, The Phantom of the Opera, and TINA – The Tina Turner Musical. The afternoon celebration also includes kids from current and recent Broadway shows performing a rendition of “Young, Gifted, and Black.”

Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League said, “We congratulate Leslie Uggams and Ben Vereen as the two inaugural recipients of the Juneteenth Legacy Award honors. They are artists of great caliber who have certainly left their mark on Broadway. As the Broadway community gathers in Times Square to celebrate Juneteenth, we take this opportunity to acknowledge these two dedicated individuals who have shown great commitment to education, philanthropy, and advocacy work on behalf of their communities.”

The creative and production team includes Steve H. Broadnax III as Director and Writer, Rashad McPherson as Music Director, Brian Moreland and Aaliytha Stevens as Executive Producers, Nzinga Williams and Devon Miller of Foresight Theatrical as General Managers, and Jhanaë Bonnick as Stage Manager.

Special thanks to United Airlines, the sponsor of The Broadway League’s Black to Broadway initiative and presenting sponsor of Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth. Other support comes from M·A·C Cosmetics (who will be giving away free mascara to the first 100 attendees), and to Times Square Alliance. The goal of Black to Broadway is to inspire deeper engagement with an awareness of, and access to Broadway for all Black people. For more about Black to Broadway, click here.