'Resilient' video unites Broadway Stars and healthcare workers
Last Edit: Official_Press_Release 04:59 pm EDT 05/12/20
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:58 pm EDT 05/12/20


NEW YORK, NY; May 12, 2020: The "Resilient Project" unites emergency healthcare professionals from across the country with over 60 Broadway theatre artists to virtually perform 'RESILIENT', a song of inspiration and strength created by Dave Ogrin and Jay Berkow from their new musical Mata Hari. In the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the video will World Premiere tonight at 7:00 pm in honor of Florence Nightingale's Birthday, the conclusion of National Nurses Week, and in celebration of all our nation's healthcare workers and 2020 Year of the Nurse.

The world premiere will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm EST at www.resilient-project.com to benefit The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, and The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

Ogrin states, "I think our song 'RESILIENT' captures today's pandemic struggle. It was our dream to unite the Broadway community and the extraordinary work of Broadway Cares with the courageous nurses and doctors on the COVID front lines. Together they sing about strength, hope, inspiration and a better tomorrow for us all."

Ogrin and Berkow, along with Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis, recruited a star-studded company of Broadway performers, to sing amongst the featured actual doctors and nurses, including Charl Brown (Tony Award Nominee, Motown the Musical), Cady Huffman (Tony Award Winner, The Producers), Gregory Jbara (Blue Bloods, Tony Award Winner, Billy Elliot), Chad Kimball (Tony Award Nominee, Memphis, currently in Come From Away), Gavin Lee (Tony Award Nominee, SpongeBob SquarePants), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Tony Award Nominee, Rent), Lauren Ward (Tony Award Nominee, Matilda the Musical ), Josh Young (Tony Award Nominee, Jesus Christ Superstar), and Karen Ziemba (Tony Award Winner, Contact). The company members have been recognized with three Tony Award wins, 15 Tony Award nominations, seven Drama Desk Award wins and 19 Drama Desk Award nominations, and represent over 63 Broadway shows including: Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Frozen, Hadestown, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jagged Little Pill, The Lion King Mary Poppins, Newsies, The Phantom of the Opera,The Prom, West Side Story, Wicked, and many many more!

According to Berkow, "Given the unprecedented impact of this crisis, which is still unfolding, our goal was to salute the true heroes who are at the forefront of the battle for human lives - the tireless healthcare professionals - doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, who are literally risking their lives every day to take care of all of us."

With the help of friends and family, Ogrin and Berkow reached out to doctors and nurses who are truly on the frontlines. They heard the song and were passionate about lending their voices to the "Resilient Project". Singing from the emergency room and critical care wards, these essential healthcare heroes are the true meaning of the word resilient. You can see in their faces and hear in their voices their dedication and hope to beat this virus.

"I have to do this! I'm working double shifts and can barely see my four children, but this message has to get out. And frankly, I'd love to sing about it," said Megan Curran, RN (NICU), Waukesha, WI.

This star-studded company of Broadway performers have donated their time and talents to raise awareness of the great work of three organizations that support us all in our time of need. Including Blue Bloods' Jbara who added, "As a grateful member of both the Broadway community and the CBS-TV family, countless creative opportunities have crossed my path these recent weeks to help heal, calm, inspire, as the world wrestles with this never-before-in-our-lifetime pandemic. My wife Julie was nearby as I read aloud the e-mail from casting director Stephen DeAngelis asking my interest. We sat together and listened for the first time to the "Resilient" demo by Jay Berkow and Dave Ogrin. After 70 bars of nodding/pulsing at each other in agreement, Julie concurred, "You need to do this!""

The doctors and nurses in the cast include: Dr. JC Alejaldre, Covid-19/Hospital Administrator, New York City, NY; Lori Ann Bibat, RN, NY; Kate Christopher, APRN, Chicago, IL; Megan Curran, RN (NICU), Waukesha, WI; Dr. Louis Greenblatt, Smithtown, NY; Dr. Sara Gungor, Pediatric Resident, Long Island, NY: Janist Harris, Home Health Aide, Queens, NY; Anita L. Hett, MSN, RN, Lead Nurse, Santa Fe, NM; Mary Joyce-Cahill, APRN, Chicago IL; Catherine Lamoreux, RN, Santa Fe, NM; Patti Schultz, RN, Colorado Springs, CO; Dr. Charles Strulovitch, Palliative Care Team, Chicago, IL; Dr. Kevin Vesey, St. James, NY; Charlene Vesey, LPN, St. James, NY; Jessica Wilson RN, Charleston, WV.

Rounding out the Broadway performers are Richard Todd Adams, Terence Archie, Major Attaway, Brent Barrett, Patrick Connahan, Robert Creighton, Darius DeHaas, John Treacy Egan, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Lana Gordon, Michael Gruber, Gregory Harrell, Lisa Howard, Adam Jacobs, Chilina Kennedy, Sean Allan Krill, Eryn LeCroy, Steffanie Leigh, Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey, Isabelle McCalla, Shereen Pimentel, Nic Rouleau, Christina Sajous, Justin Matthew Sargent, Analise Scarpaci, Ayla Schwartz, James Snyder, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, DeAnne Stewart, Kristin Stokes, Emily Swallow, Salisha Thomas, Mariand Torres, Rema Webb, Samatha Williams.


JAY BERKOW (Music & Lyrics) is an internationally recognized playwright, director and educator. He is the award- winning director/choreographer for the off-Broadway production of Jolson & Co. He serves as Director of Music Theatre Performance for the nationally ranked program at Western Michigan University. He is a much sought after director in regional theatre and New York and his plays and musicals are produced frequently both in the US and internationally. Among Jay's many titles available for production are Jolson & Co. (Samuel French, Inc.) and What A Glorious Feeling (Playscripts, Inc.).

STEPHEN DeANGELIS (Casting Director) is proud to contribute to this project. He has produced and hosted over 300 different Broadway concerts at venues in New York and across the United States featuring a multitude of Broadway stars. He has cast over 3600 network television commercials and his work has been seen in over 300 different theatrical productions. During his career, Stephen has cast over 100,000 actors across all entertainment platforms. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is also the Producing Artistic Director for the new Pocono Center for the Arts.

DAVE OGRIN (Music & Lyrics) in his pre-theatre days, Dave worked as a producer, writer, musician and engineer with such talent as The Beastie Boys, Grand Master Flash, Paul Simon, Public Enemy, and Run DMC. Since then, Dave has co-written the 60's sci-fi spoof Wild Women of Planet Wongo (NYMF, Red Barn Theatre/Key West, Brooklyn Fireproof. Chopin Theatre/Chicago), the rock n roll women-in-prison send-up Hell Hole Honeys (Eugene O'Neill Music Theater Conference, TRU New Voices Award, Alleyway Theatre/Buffalo NY), and The Legend of Julie Taymor (Fringe Festival NYC).

TODD TUCHEK (Editor) Tuchek graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in the Master of Entertainment Industry Management program within the Heinz College of management and the world-renowned College of Fine Arts.

Before heading back to business school, Todd joined the Actor's Equity Association. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Western Michigan University's Department of Theatre in 2015. Todd has performed the role of Frankie in two professional productions of Forever Plaid. His latest credit was the role of Grover, in the national tour of Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief with THEATREWORKS USA-recently ending its limited run on Broadway. (The Lightning Thief).

With a passion for film and television, Todd spent the 2014 summer studying film production at UCLA. Using those skills, he has produced several marketing videos for Western Michigan University. Todd has also worked with Diageo distributors, producing several event videos for Captain Morgan, Smirnoff Vodka, and Ketel One.

In 2017, Todd assisted the Tony-Award winning director, Jerry Mitchell, and the Broadway Veteran, Paul Canaan with their innovative company - The Original Production. This unique instructional software allows regional and educational theaters the ability to implement original Broadway choreography and blocking with easy-to-access, step-by-step, instructional videos.
Since moving out to Los Angeles in 2018, Todd has worked with various companies such as Whitaker Entertainment, Artists First, Turner Broadcasting Systems (TNT), Atlantic Records, Warner/Chappell , A24, Universal Music Group (Republic Records, Island Records, Def Jam Recordings, Verve), & NBCUniversal.

Todd is currently based out of Los Angeles, CA.

THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS (ACEP) is the national medical society representing emergency medicine. Through continuing education, research, public education and advocacy, ACEP advances emergency care on behalf of its 39,000 emergency physician members, and the more than 150 million Americans they treat on an annual basis. The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), a nonprofit organization founded by ACEP, supports scientifically rigorous research and education that improves the care of the acutely ill and injured. To date, EMF has awarded more than $17 million in research grants to advance emergency medicine science and health policy. For more information, visit www.emergencyphysicians.org and www.emfoundation.org .

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (BCEFA) Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance.
BCEFA has launched a special online fundraising campaign to create the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. This special fund, which launched March 17, 2020, and is administered by The Actors Fund, assists those in the entertainment community - onstage, backstage and behind the scenes - who are facing health care crises and other immediate needs in the wake of the evolving coronavirus pandemic. With every passing day that theaters remain dark, those who work in the industry face unprecedented health and financial challenges requiring urgent attention and resources. broadwaycares.org/help2020
For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA.

THE EMERGENCY NURSES ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION'S COVID-19 Relief Fund is providing grant funding to support its members serving on the front line of, or who have been directly impacted by, this public health crisis. The Emergency Nurses Association represents more than 45,000 nurses who work in the emergency room across the United States and in several countries around the world. As emergency nurses continue to risk their own health as they care for all of us, they deserve our support. www.enatogether.org
Link http://www.enatogether.org

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