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S2 E4 | FULL EPISODE

New 42’s “Let's Get This Show on the Street”

New 42 joins Grammy-winner Sara Bareilles, improv powerhouse Freestyle Love Supreme Academy, world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem and special guests in a once-in-a-lifetime concert on 42nd Street. This star-studded event honors arts educators.

AIRED: September 12, 2021 | 0:54:40
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>> ♪ Uh ♪

♪ Okay ♪

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>> ♪ Let's get the show on the

street ♪

♪ Let's get the show on the

street ♪

>> ♪ Let's get the show on the

street ♪

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street ♪

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street ♪

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street ♪

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street ♪

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street ♪

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street ♪

>> United States!

Planet Earth!

Universe!

Make some noise!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Welcome to New 42's Let's Get

This Show on the Street.

Because New York City is not

truly open until its stages are

open.

So we are bringing the stage to

you right here on the street in

90-degree heat over a beat.

We're very excited to be here

because today we celebrate the

passionate voices and projects

of the arts, where performing

arts at New 42 and the

New Victory Theater give us the

unique ability to transport to

new places, meet new faces, find

new ideas, launch new careers.

And honestly, it builds

community here, and most

importantly, the work at New 42

is focused on arts education in

our schools.

[ Applause ]

So it can help kids through a

tough time and help them thrive

in the future.

So we're very excited.

To kick us off, right behind me,

we have the Saxophone Ensemble

of Celia Cruz Bronx High School

of Music!

>> Whoo!

>> ♪ Let's get the show on the

street ♪

[ Applause ]

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>> By being here today, you are

part of the long-awaited return

of the arts to 42nd Street.

[ Cheers and applause ]

There is no New York City

without live theater, dance, and

music, and there is no

42nd Street without bustling

crowds, excited theatergoers,

and extraordinary cultural

events.

>> New York City teachers have

shown incredible heroism during

this time.

To all the educators here and

the entire New York City

Department of Education, thank

you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Mr. DJ Duane, are you fully

vaccinated?

>> Yes.

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Arts teachers did what arts

teachers do.

They reinvented themselves.

They reinvented their

classrooms.

They created amazing spaces, and

our arts education office, our

arts teachers, our teaching

artists are critical to the

comeback.

>> Everybody, New York City is

coming back!

Look around you.

You can see the energy.

You can see the passion.

You can see the life.

There is no stopping New York.

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Thank you, thank you, thank

you, thank you.

What is up, New York?

Oh, it's so good to be on a

stage again.

We are Freestyle Love Supreme

Academy.

And we are so glad to be here.

Thank you, New 42, for having

us, and thank you for being here

because you are the other member

of Freestyle Love Supreme

Academy because everything we do

is made up.

We don't know what we're going

to do.

We need your suggestions, your

ideas, and we will turn them

into songs.

When we were on Broadway, we

made up a new show every single

night, and now, we are on a

stage on a street with you to

make up some songs as well.

So let's kick this thing off.

Every time we do something, it

starts with a beat.

>> [ Beatboxing ]

[ Beatboxing ]

Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah

wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah.

[ Beatboxing ]

[ Beatboxing ]

>> Okay.

Uh.

>> Hey.

>> Uh. Alright.

>> Ooooh, okay.

>> Come on, New York.

>> [ Squeaking ]

>> And there goes the turntable.

Give it up for "Shockwave" on

the beat.

This is Shockwave, y'all.

Over here we have "Young Nees,"

Aneesa Folds.

Here we have "Reigna Fire,"

Ashley Perez Flanagan.

I am "Jelly Donut,"

Andrew Bancroft.

And now that we have the beat,

we're going to take some of your

words.

Some of you wrote down words and

put them on pieces of paper.

We have not seen them.

We have no idea what they are.

Reigna Fire is going to feed me

some of your words.

I'm going to get in the hot seat

here, and I'm going to try to

instantaneously incorporate them

into a freestyle over

Shockwave's beat.

Reigna Fire, are you ready?

>> I'm ready.

Are you ready?

>> I don't know. Let's do this.

>> Great.

Your first word is "blanket."

>> [ Rapping ] ♪ Okay ♪

♪ Here we go ♪

♪ Yo, I gotta bank it ♪

♪ When I'm very cold when you

cover with a blanket ♪

♪ Yeah, that's right ♪

♪ I need a couple at least but

not in 90 degrees ♪

♪ You can keep your fleece ♪

>> "Bus."

>> ♪ Oh, waitin' for the bus ♪

♪ Guess what ♪

♪ I hope it doesn't drive

through us ♪

♪ That's right ♪

♪ Because I got a dope beat ♪

♪ No bus is coming through

because we closed this street ♪

>> "Tacos."

>> ♪ Oh, I like to rock those ♪

♪ Raise your hand if you like

the tacos ♪

♪ I like burritos, yes ♪

♪ I freaking need those ♪

♪ But right now I can't perform

full on those kind of things ♪

♪ You know what I'm saying? ♪

♪ Alright ♪

>> "Pizzazz."

>> ♪ Okay, okay, okay ♪

♪ Yeah, I like rock and jazz and

I like the jazz hands ♪

♪ And I like pizzazz ♪

♪ I like a little bit of the

rigmarole ♪

♪ This is Jelly Donut ♪

♪ And I got the mike control ♪

>> "Love."

>> ♪ Okay, L-O-V-E ♪

♪ Put your hands up if you are

lovin' me even if you are not ♪

♪ Yo, I love when we rock

together ♪

♪ I love all of my sisters and

brothers ♪

>> "Music."

>> ♪ Ah, yeah, let's do this ♪

♪ Come on, everybody ♪

♪ Who here likes music? ♪

♪ You probably are 'cause you're

here in the crowd ♪

♪ I like my music soft ♪

♪ No, I like it loud! ♪

>> Okay, your last word is

"r-r-r-r-r-recess."

>> ♪ Alright, I did my

homework ♪

♪ A bunch of kids at school

there calling me a jerk ♪

♪ I know I'm stressed right

after the test ♪

♪ But that's okay ♪

♪ Now I go out and play for

recess ♪

♪ Oh, my gosh, it's like a

vacation ♪

♪ That's why I love to do it

with arts education ♪

♪ Like the recess and I like the

art class ♪

♪ Okay, now it's time for me to

pass the microphone ♪

♪ Yo, yo, to Young Nees ♪

♪ She's gotta do this ♪

♪ Yo, she is a beast ♪

♪ So, Reigna Fire, could you

please give some words to

Young Nees? ♪

thank you, thank you.

>> Your first word is...

>> What?

>> ..."key."

>> Ooh!

♪ Yeah, you know I like to

sing ♪

♪ I'm on the beat in the key ♪

♪ You know in what key ♪

♪ It's the key of me ♪

♪ Young Nees ♪

♪ I don't stop ♪

♪ He said I am a beast ♪

♪ 'Cause you know I'm the best ♪

♪ You better move your feet ♪

>> "UFOs are real."

>> What?

>> Duh.

>> Who wrote this?

♪ Alright ♪

♪ Uh, I don't know what this is,

don't know the deal ♪

♪ But I got to say ♪

♪ UFOs are real 'cause you know

that this girl is in this

place, but I got to say that

Young Nees is from outer space ♪

>> "Bitcoin."

>> ♪ Bitcoin got it on ♪

♪ Yeah, I got the bitcoin ♪

♪ Yeah, I'm about to join ♪

♪ About to buy that

cryptocurrency ♪

♪ 'Cause you know you not taking

no money from me ♪

>> "NYC."

>> ♪ NYC is the place ♪

♪ I was born in Queens, man ♪

♪ Look at this face ♪

♪ South Side all day ♪

♪ Yeah, I gotta rock it ♪

♪ Always got my phone, MetroCard

in my pocket ♪

>> ♪ "Summertime" ♪

>> I have too many cards.

I can't hold them all.

>> Here, I'll hold them for you.

>> Okay.

♪ Look at me ♪

♪ What are you, blind? ♪

♪ Yeah, Young Nees, she's

summertime fine on your mind ♪

♪ Every time I walk down the

street, I have all the boys

trying to holla at me ♪

♪ Leave me alone ♪

♪ You see I'm texting on my

phone ♪

♪ Yeah, you better E.T. phone

your home ♪

>> "Marching band."

>> Oh, yes!

♪ Uh-huh, yeah, what's up? ♪

♪ Oh, hot, man ♪

♪ I have to say that you saw

that marching band ♪

♪ They were killing it, killing

it ♪

♪ Look at them ♪

♪ Yeah, HBCUs, yeah, what's up,

shout-out to them ♪

>> Okay, your last word is very

fancy, and it is...

"charcuterie platter."

>> What's up with y'all?

Alright.

♪ Alright, yo, what's up? ♪

♪ What is the matter? ♪

♪ You know I got a charcuterie

platter ♪

♪ I got Brie ♪

♪ You know I also got cheddar ♪

♪ Every time I rap, yeah, I'm

always gettin' better ♪

♪ Up on the microphone, I'm

makin' it up ♪

♪ But if I get some water and I

put it in the cup ♪

♪ Yeah, I got it going on and

it's arts education ♪

♪ We spreadin' love right here

all across the nation ♪

>> Give it up for Young Nees,

Reigna Fire, Shockwave.

I'm Jelly Donut.

We'll be back in just a little

bit.

Thank you so much.

[ Cheers and applause ]

New York City!

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>> How's everybody feeling this

afternoon?

If you're feeling good today,

let me hear you say "yeah,

yeah!"

>> Yeah, yeah!

>> Yeah, yeah!

>> Yeah, yeah!

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>> ♪ Yeah ♪

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♪ Yeah ♪

♪ Whoa-oh ♪

♪ Yeah, hey, hey ♪

♪ Ah ♪

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♪ [ Singing in foreign

language ]

>> ♪ If you want to wash, water

you go use ♪

>> ♪ Uh-huh ♪

♪ [ Singing in foreign

language ]

>> ♪ If you want cook soup,

water you go use ♪

>> ♪ [ Singing in foreign

language ]

>> ♪ If your head hot, water

cool you down ♪

>> ♪ [ Singing in foreign

language ]

>> ♪ For your child to grow,

water you must use ♪

>> ♪ [ Singing in foreign

language ]

>> ♪ If water kill your child,

water you must sue ♪

>> ♪ [ Singing in foreign

language ]

♪ Nothing without water ♪

[ Both singing in foreign

language ]

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>> Okay.

Ladies and gentlemen, now we

would like to invite you to join

us in singing a very beautiful

African chorus called

"Egbe Mi O," which means "carry

me."

Listen.

It's very simple.

This is your part.

It goes like this.

>> ♪ La, la-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da ♪

>> You guys got that?

Let's do it together.

>> ♪ La, la-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da ♪

>> Let's hear you make louder.

♪ La, la ♪

Also back there, let's go.

>> ♪ La-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da ♪

>> Let them hear you at the top

of these buildings!

>> ♪ La, la-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da ♪

>> Once again, let's take it

out.

Hello!

[ Applause ]

>> ♪ La-da-da-da ♪

>> Good morning, America.

>> ♪ La-da-da ♪

>> Pull from your belly.

Let us make louder!

♪ La, la-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da-da ♪

That sounds good.

♪ La-da-da ♪

Once again, let's go!

>> ♪ La, la-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da ♪

>> Yeah!

♪ La, la-da-da-da ♪

♪ La-da-da-da ♪

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Yeah!

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You can dance if you feel like

dancing.

Welcome back, New York.

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language ]

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[ Applause ]

>> We love you, New York City.

Welcome back.

Everybody stay safe.

Have a great summer.

This is just the beginning.

>> How is everybody feeling

today?

Isn't it nice to be on

42nd Street?

Isn't it nice to be in warm

weather?

It's nice for -- I can finally

put on my summer suit.

But the nicest thing is to

actually see other people in

three dimensions.

So I'm so glad that we are all

here together.

I'm especially happy to be

celebrating artists and art

teachers with New 42.

Art is so important.

I don't know about you all, but

if it wasn't for art, I don't

think I would've made it through

this last year.

It's what's kept us all sane,

and I know a lot of people, by

the way, that aren't involved in

the arts, I think that's true

for pretty much everybody not

only in the United States but in

the world, is our reliance on

art because I don't think

everybody really understands

that all that entertainment we

have been watching on television

and listening to in our

headphones, that's the work of

artists.

[ Cheers and applause ]

All those television shows we

binge-watch, it's not just the

actors.

It's the directors and it's the

writers and it's the creators

and it's the designers and it's

the composers and the

orchestrators and all of those

people, and that is why art is

so important and having the

ability to learn arts in the

schools is so important.

A lot of people think so they

can hang pictures in some

museum.

No, it's not about that.

It's getting us through times

like these.

Thank God for all of the artists

and thank God for New 42 and

New Victory and all of the

teachers out there with us

today.

Thank you for all of your work.

You are essential workers in my

world.

[ Cheers and applause ]

So thank you for that.

>> Dance Theatre of Harlem has

had the pleasure to perform on

the stage of the

New Victory Theater in the

New Victory dance program, and

here today with deep gratitude

for her generosity and support,

we dedicate the next performance

to the amazing Jody Arnhold.

[ Cheers and applause ]

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[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Good afternoon.

I am Misty Copeland, and I am

beyond thrilled to be joining

you today to help present the

New 42 Marian Heiskell Award to

such a deserving individual.

This award is given to those

rare and extraordinary leaders

whose foresight and courage,

like Marian's, shaped the future

of New York City.

It is my honor to acknowledge

Jody Arnhold as this year's

recipient.

Now, there just isn't enough

time to cover all that Jody has

done and continues to do for

New York City through arts

education.

She has shown that when

opportunities and support are

given to a community, the

possibilities are endless.

Jody, your passion for and

generosity towards young people

is beautiful and so necessary.

You have long been an

inspiration, paving the way for

so many.

Your investment in the future of

art and dance and the next

generation is what will keep it

alive.

Your relentless work and

dedication to dance education is

the reason that myself and so

many have had the opportunities

to use art to better and further

ourselves and our communities.

On behalf of all of the

public-school kids whose lives

have been changed and enhanced

through dance, we want to thank

you.

Thank you for influencing

generations who will continue

your work and benefit from your

efforts.

Dance is for every child, and we

all thank you, Jody, for

continuing to make it possible

for so many.

Congratulations on being this

year's Marian Heiskell Award

honoree.

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Please join me in welcoming

the Jody Arnhold.

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Cheers and applause continue ]

>> Thank you, Misty.

Thank you, DeAngelo.

Thank you, Russell and Fiona,

and the extraordinary New 42.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you, Chancellor Porter.

Thank you, Maria Palma, and the

Office of the Arts and Special

Projects.

And especially thank you to my

heroes, all the arts educators.

[ Cheers and applause ]

I am proud to stand here on

42nd Street, feeling that we're

on the cusp of the dream where

every school has a partnership

with a cultural organization,

where every school has a

certified arts teacher...

[ Cheers and applause ]

...where every school has the

materials and the resources

needed for an excellent arts

education, including a dance

studio and a theater.

[ Cheers and applause ]

And where our city has the plan

to sustain it forever.

Without arts education, there is

no art.

So whenever we say art, we must

say arts education.

Arts and arts education will

turbocharge the recovery of

New York City, connect every

New York City school with a

cultural organization, with

certified arts teachers, with

materials and resources, and

allow our schools to be part of

the revitalization story of our

city.

Allow our children to heal.

As our chancellor says, a rich

foundation in the arts is

absolutely essential to a

well-rounded education.

And I say this is our moon shot.

Let's not waste it once and for

all.

Arts education for every child

in every school.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

Thank you.

>> You're welcome.

>> Give it up for arts education

and being out in the streets and

being on a stage.

It's a joy to be back this close

to Broadway again.

So, we make up everything that

we do, and now we're going to

need one more word for our final

piece.

And this should be a word that

we're gonna get from our crowd

right here to shout out, and it

should be a word you love,

something that's very important

to you, something you can't live

without, and I know we're social

distancing, so you're going to

have to shout them out.

So could we get some words, some

things you love?

Pizza, family, yes.

"My voice," beautiful.

New York City. Come on.

Any others?

[ Indistinct shouting ]

What's that?

Diversity, thank you, yes.

Any of those appealing?

Those are all incredible.

>> I think I'm gonna take "my

voice."

>> "My voice," thank you,

New York City.

The word is "my voice."

Oh.

Everything you're about to hear

is true.

>> [ Vocalizing ]

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♪ Everyone should be given an

opportunity ♪

♪ A choice ♪

♪ So let's raise up and stand

up, use your voice ♪

♪ My voice ♪

♪ My voice ♪

♪ My voice ♪

>> Yep.

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> My voice.

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> My voice.

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> Okay.

♪ Just a little girl growing up

in New York City ♪

♪ Walking down the street,

feeling good, feeling pretty ♪

♪ I had that so-so anxiety ♪

♪ But you know I couldn't get

that off of me ♪

♪ I didn't talk much, thought I

was a mute ♪

♪ My mama said speak up, girl ♪

♪ You lookin' cute, you gotta

talk ♪

♪ You gotta let these people

know how you feel ♪

♪ You gotta keep it good, gotta

keep it real ♪

♪ So I went to school ♪

♪ Yeah, I got my education ♪

♪ I found about expressin' and

creation ♪

♪ My teacher was like, "Oh, you

can sing" ♪

♪ Come over here ♪

♪ You 'bout to come and do your

thing ♪

♪ She said, "Girl, you got to go

and get on stage ♪

♪ You don't know who you could

become ♪

♪ You gotta turn the page ♪

♪ Gotta put yourself out there ♪

♪ No fear ♪

♪ Come out here and do it ♪

♪ You got it, dear ♪

♪ So I got up on the stage and I

started to sing ♪

♪ And I thought that that was

everything ♪

♪ And then people would say to

me, "Wow, you got this ♪

♪ Maybe you could really have a

shot at this" ♪

♪ And then fast-forward ♪

♪ And here I am today ♪

♪ And then 2019, I made my debut

on Broadway ♪

♪ Because your girl, she took

that choice ♪

♪ 'Cause she went and found her

voice ♪

♪ And now I love to sing, yeah ♪

♪ I'm doing my thing with my

voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ With my voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ With my voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice, my voice ♪

♪ She found creativity ♪

♪ And inspiration ♪

>> ♪ Inspiration ♪

>> ♪ We can thank arts

education ♪

♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice, my voice ♪

>> ♪ Okay, I'd like to thank you

for the very special word ♪

♪ I'm a cis white male, so my

voice is often heard ♪

♪ But let me tell you something

that I'm glad I did ♪

♪ Back in the day, I did arts

education for kids ♪

♪ There was one boy, he had hard

living ♪

♪ He was living with the thing

called autism ♪

♪ It was kind of a hard hand he

was given ♪

♪ But let me tell you how he got

subliminal ♪

♪ Move voices through his brain,

through his heart ♪

♪ And he made it rain on the

rest of the world, for real ♪

♪ Through arts, he let us know

how he feels ♪

♪ And it was hard and sometimes

the kids are making fun of you

at the table if you're

differently abled ♪

♪ Yes, I'm telling you,

New York City, we're talking

about n-n-neural diversity ♪

♪ And I had him write songs and

had him draw pictures all night

long and he opened up ♪

♪ And blossomed in a new way ♪

♪ Friends making fun of him but

then he had a new day ♪

♪ He and I had an art show

together ♪

♪ It was amazing ♪

♪ Arts made his life better ♪

♪ And then the art that he gave

us inspired us for real ♪

♪ Come on, people, we need to

know how you feel ♪

♪ And arts help us do that ♪

♪ We do that through music ♪

♪ We do that through dance ♪

♪ However you choose that ♪

♪ I caught up with him the other

day ♪

♪ He wrote a book ♪

♪ He has an incredible job ♪

♪ Arts can help us grow, don't

you know ♪

♪ It's great to be here with you

and learning to flow, so ♪

♪ Put your hands up for arts

education ♪

♪ It's something that we all

need across this nation ♪

♪ We comin' back, New York, yes,

for real ♪

♪ Arts will help us know how we

feel ♪

♪ Come on, we got to do it ♪

♪ So help us, it's a choice ♪

♪ Everybody in the crowd share

your voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ Your voice ♪

>> ♪ Your voice ♪

>> ♪ Our voice ♪

>> ♪ Our voice ♪

>> ♪ Our voice ♪

♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ Your voice ♪

>> ♪ Your voice ♪

>> ♪ Your voice ♪

>> ♪ Our voice ♪

♪ Our voice ♪

♪ Yeah, we got some work to do ♪

♪ You see ♪

♪ Let's get some diversity ♪

[ Vocalizes ]

♪ And I'm talking about the

diversity also neurological

too ♪

♪ We still have a lot of work to

do ♪

♪ So let's stand up and raise up

and use our voice ♪

♪ Some people don't ever really

get the choice ♪

♪ So let's use my voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ Your voice ♪

>> ♪ Your voice ♪

>> ♪ Our voice ♪

>> ♪ Your voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice, your voice ♪

>> ♪ My voice ♪

>> ♪ Our voice ♪

♪ Our vo-oi-oi-oi-oi-oi-ce ♪

>> All: ♪ True ♪

>> Every year, New 42 serves

thousands of educators with free

arts education resources so that

teachers can do what they do

best, which is inspire and

excite kids to be their most

creative, their most expressive,

and their most authentic selves.

>> As a child growing up in

Houston, Texas, I had the great

honor of being a student of

Carolyn Franklin.

Carolyn taught me that I could

sing and that I could dance and

that I could act and most

importantly that there was

nothing in the world more joyful

and more powerful than putting

on a show.

>> In sixth grade, I started

middle school and I met

Mr. Fowler, the band teacher at

Wadsworth.

He helped me develop my passion

for music and my love for drums

that I have today.

>> As a kid from

Jackson Heights, Queens, back in

the day, I had a teacher that

changed my life, and his name

was Mr. Zufa, and he made me the

actor that I am today by telling

me that I had the attention span

of a sperm and that I should be

a comedian and instead of

disrupting the class, I should

put my skills and humor to a

better professional use.

>> Every year, New 42 serves

thousands of educators with free

arts education resources so that

teachers can do what they do

best -- inspire and excite kids

to be their most creative, most

expressive, most authentic

selves.

>> Whether on the big Broadway

stage or out there on the

50-yard line, creativity counts.

As a kid in Atlanta, I had a

teacher that changed my life

through the performing arts.

Because of Mr. Hernan, I found

music, which helped me develop

new muscles and learn how to

think quickly on my feet.

>> Hey, y'all.

It's Michael James Scott.

As a kid from Orlando, Florida,

I had an incredible teacher that

changed my life.

Now, this was my fourth and

fifth grade show choir teacher,

Miss Belinda Brewer, who saw

wonderment and excitement and

joy in this little chocolate,

chubby, excited child's eyes and

said to my parents, "What can I

do?

Let me help.

I want to help this young man.

I see something in him."

And my parents just said yes.

It was because of

Miss Belinda Brewer, may she

rest in peace, that I am here

today.

>> As a kid in Toronto, my

teacher, Jill Frappier changed

my life.

She introduced me to

"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller.

And I knew then that I wanted to

tell stories on stage for the

rest of my life.

She helped me find my voice.

Thank you, Jill, for making the

arts a part of my education.

>> Thank you, Mr. Hernan, for

making the performing arts a

part of my education, and thank

you, New 42.

>> Thank you, New 42.

>> Thank you, New 42, for making

it possible for kids across the

country to discover the power of

performing arts.

It's amazing.

I'm the product of that.

Mwah.

>> [ Beatboxing ]

>> ♪ Uh, uh ♪

♪ Okay, now it's time to rally,

y'all ♪

♪ I think it's time for the

grand finale ♪

♪ So put your hands up,

New York, New York ♪

♪ Ah, let me hear you ♪

♪ Okay, here we go, y'all ♪

Thank you for being here.

It's time for the main event, my

friends.

To take us home -- I'm gonna

totally fanboy out here a little

bit -- we have the

Grammy Award-winning,

Tony-nominated

singer/songwriter.

Please welcome the one, the

only, the incredible

Sara Bareilles!

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Cheers and applause continue ]

>> Hey, everybody.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Can you believe we're here in

human form?

It's amazing!

I'm so excited to be here with

you today.

So excited to be celebrating

arts education and theater

coming back.

It's just so, so, so, so

wonderful.

So I'm gonna sing you a few

songs, and if you know the

words, please sing with me.

It's so much more fun that way.

[ Intro to "Love Song" plays ]

♪ Head underwater ♪

♪ And you tell me ♪

♪ To breathe easy for a while ♪

♪ Breathing gets harder ♪

♪ Even I know that ♪

♪ Made room for me ♪

♪ But it's too soon to see ♪

♪ If I'm happy in your hands ♪

♪ I'm unusually hard to hold on

to ♪

♪ Ooh-ooh, ooh ♪

♪ Blank stares at blank pages ♪

♪ No easy way to say this ♪

♪ You mean well, but you make

this hard on me ♪

♪ I'm not gonna write you a love

song ♪

♪ 'Cause you asked for it ♪

♪ 'Cause you need one, you see ♪

♪ I'm not gonna write you a love

song ♪

♪ 'Cause you tell me it's make

or breaking this ♪

♪ If you're on your way ♪

♪ I'm not gonna write you to

stay ♪

♪ If all you have is leavin' ♪

♪ I'ma need a better reason

to write you a love song ♪

♪ Today, hey, hey, hey ♪

♪ I learned the hard way

what they all say ♪

♪ Things you want to hear ♪

♪ And my heavy heart sinks deep

down under ♪

♪ You and your twisted words ♪

♪ Your help just hurts ♪

♪ You're not what I thought you

were ♪

♪ Hello to high and dry ♪

♪ Convince me to please you ♪

♪ Make me think that I need this

too ♪

♪ I'm trying to let you hear me

as I aaaaaaaaaaaam ♪

♪ I'm not gonna write you a love

song ♪

♪ 'Cause you asked for it ♪

♪ 'Cause you need one, you see ♪

♪ I'm not gonna write you a love

song ♪

♪ 'Cause you tell me it's make

or breaking this ♪

♪ If you're on your way ♪

♪ I'm not gonna write you to

stay ♪

♪ If all you have is leavin' ♪

♪ I'ma need a better reason

to write you a love song ♪

♪ Today ♪

♪ Promise me ♪

♪ That you'll leave the light

on ♪

♪ To help me see ♪

♪ With daylight, my guide gone ♪

♪ 'Cause I believe there's a

way ♪

♪ You can love me because I

saaaaaaay ♪

♪ I'm not gonna write you a love

song ♪

♪ 'Cause you asked for it ♪

♪ 'Cause you need one, you see ♪

♪ I'm not gonna write you a love

song ♪

♪ 'Cause you tell me it's make

or breaking this ♪

♪ Is that why you wanted a love

song? ♪

♪ 'Cause you asked for it ♪

♪ 'Cause you need one, you see ♪

♪ I'm not gonna write you a love

song ♪

♪ 'Cause you tell me it's make

or breaking this ♪

♪ If you're on your way ♪

♪ I won't write you to stay ♪

♪ If your heart is nowhere in

it, I don't want it for a

minute, babe ♪

♪ I'll walk the seven seas when

I believe there's a reason ♪

♪ To write you a love song ♪

♪ Today ♪

♪♪♪

♪ Heeeey, ooh-ooh-ooh ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Oh, man, thank you so much.

This is the second time I've

been playing in front of people

in a long time.

It feels so good!

[ Cheers and applause ]

Oh, I've missed you so much.

The show that brought me to

Times Square and the song that

was my introduction into the

beautiful show called

"Waitress"...

[ Cheers and applause ]

...changed my whole life in all

the best, best ways.

>> I had no idea when I said yes

to working on this project and

developing this theater piece

that it would completely

reorient my life, and I'm so

grateful for every single way

that it did.

And it just is a testament to

how important music and

storytelling and the arts and

this mode of expression is.

It has saved me -- it has saved

my life many, many, many times

over.

So, thank you to New 42 and the

New Victory Theater and all the

work you do to bring music and

arts and storytelling and poetry

and dance and expression to

young minds who need to

understand how to say what they

have to say.

So, this show showed up in my

life in a completely unexpected

way, and the first song I wrote

for it is a song called

"She Used To Be Mine".

[ "She Used To Be Mine" plays ]

♪ It's not simple to say ♪

♪ Most days

I don't recognize me ♪

♪ These shoes and this apron ♪

♪ That place and its patrons ♪

♪ Have taken more

than I gave 'em ♪

♪ It's not easy to know ♪

♪ I'm not anything

like I used to be ♪

♪ Although it's true ♪

♪ I was never attention's

sweet center ♪

♪ I still remember that girl ♪

♪ She's imperfect

but she tries ♪

♪ She is good but she lies ♪

♪ She is hard on herself ♪

♪ She is broken

and won't ask for help ♪

♪ She is messy but she's kind ♪

♪ She is lonely

most of the time ♪

♪ She is all of this mixed up ♪

♪ And baked

in a beautiful pie ♪

♪ She is gone

but she used to be mine ♪

♪♪♪

♪ It's not what I asked for ♪

♪ Sometimes life just slips in

through a back door ♪

♪ And carves out a person ♪

♪ And makes you believe

it's all true ♪

♪ And now I've got you ♪

♪ And you're not

what I asked for ♪

♪ If I'm honest I know

I would give it all back ♪

♪ For a chance to start over ♪

♪ Rewrite an ending or two ♪

♪ For the girl that I knew ♪

♪ Who'll be reckless

just enough ♪

♪ Who gets hurt ♪

♪ But who learns how to

toughen up when she's bruised ♪

♪ And gets used

by a man who can't love ♪

♪ And then she'll get stuck

and be scared ♪

♪ Of the life

that's inside her ♪

♪ Growing stronger each day ♪

♪ Till it finally reminds her ♪

♪ To fight just a little ♪

♪ To bring back the fire

in her eyes ♪

♪ That's been gone

but used to be ♪

♪ Miiiine ♪

♪ Used to be miiiiiine ♪

♪♪♪

♪ She is messy but she's kind ♪

♪ She is lonely

most of the time ♪

♪ She is all of this mixed up

and baked in a beautiful pie ♪

♪ She is gone

but she used to be ♪

♪ Miiiine ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

I cannot tell you how emotional

that was, singing that song

again in our theater district.

New York City, the heartbeat of

New York City!

This is so incredible.

Thank you all for being here.

I got one more song for you, and

it's a song that I wrote as a

love letter to a dear friend who

was struggling with coming out,

and I think one of the things

that theater and arts education

does for people is that they

provide a safe space for people

to be authentically who they

are -- that they know they are

already perfect exactly as they

were made.

So this song was a love letter

to one of my closest friends.

It has taken on a lot of its

own, and if it means something

to you, please sing along with

me.

This one's called "Brave".

[ "Brave" plays ]

♪ You can be amazing ♪

♪ You can turn a phrase

into a weapon or a drug ♪

♪ You can be the outcast ♪

♪ Or be the backlash of

somebody's lack of love ♪

♪ Or you can start speaking up ♪

♪ Nothing's gonna hurt you

the way that words do ♪

♪ When they settle 'neath

your skin ♪

♪ Kept on the inside

in no sunlight ♪

♪ Sometimes a shadow wins ♪

♪ But I wonder

what would happen if you ♪

♪ Say what you wanna say ♪

♪ And let the words fall out ♪

♪ Honestly,

I wanna see you be brave ♪

♪ With what you want to say ♪

♪ And let the words fall out ♪

♪ Honestly,

I wanna see you be brave ♪

♪ I wanna see you ♪

♪ I just wanna see you ♪

♪ I wanna see you ♪

♪ I wanna see you be brave ♪

♪ Wanna see you ♪

♪ I just wanna see you ♪

♪ I wanna see you ♪

♪ I wanna see you be brave ♪

♪ Everybody's been there,

everybody's been stared down ♪

♪ By the enemy ♪

♪ Fallen for the fear

and done some disappearing ♪

♪ Bowed down to the mighty ♪

♪ But don't run,

and stop holding your tongue ♪

♪ Maybe there's a way out of

the cage where you live ♪

♪ Maybe one of these days

you can let the light in ♪

♪ And show me how big

your brave is ♪

♪ Say what you wanna say ♪

♪ And let the words fall out ♪

Yeah!

♪ Honestly,

I wanna see you be brave ♪

♪ With what you want to say ♪

♪ And let the words fall out ♪

♪ Honestly,

I wanna see you be brave ♪

♪ And since your history of

silence won't do you any good ♪

♪ Did you think it would? ♪

♪ Let your words be

anything but empty ♪

♪ Why don't you tell them

the truth? ♪

♪ Say what you wanna say ♪

♪ Let the words fall out ♪

♪ Honestly,

I wanna see you be brave ♪

♪ With what you want to say ♪

♪ Let the words fall out ♪

♪ Honestly,

I wanna see you be braaaaave ♪

♪ I wanna see you be braaaave ♪

♪ I wanna see you be brave ♪

♪ I wanna see you ♪

♪ I just wanna see you ♪

♪ I wanna see you ♪

♪ I wanna see you be brave ♪

♪ I wanna see you ♪

♪ Just wanna see you ♪

♪ I wanna see you ♪

♪ I wanna see you be brave ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you so much, everybody!

We'll see you soon!

[ Cheers and applause ]

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