Scott Siegel presents The Return of The Great American Protest Song at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd St., NYC), Inauguration Day, January 20, at 7:00 pm
We are bringing back America’s great protest songs to inspire a new generation to create popular art out of anger, defiance, and the fight for liberty. Songs like Barry McGuire’s “The Eve of Destruction,” plus the classic protest songs of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, U2, and, of course, protest songs from musical theater! This special concert on Inauguration Day will feature a “A Great Wall…of Sound” by a wide variety of extraordinarily talented stars gathered by impresario Scott Siegel who will produce, write, and host this night when we come together in song, as we once did in the past…
This show is intended as an upbeat, inspirational evening — on the night of Donald Trump‘s Inauguration — that sets the tone (and a high bar) for effective, entertaining, convincing, and artful protest songs. It’s a reminder of what the art form has been and what it can be again, hopefully inspiring a means and manner by which today’s songwriters and singers can literally add their voices toward the direction of a better, more humane future.
As Phil Ochs said in “Power and the Glory” – “We’re only as strong as our love for this land/only as strong as we stand.”
The Return of the Classic Protest Song stars (so far)…
Tony Award Winner Chuck Cooper (The Life, Amazing Grace)
Tony Award Nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q)
2X Drama Desk Nominee Kenita Miller (The Color Purple)
Broadway/Concert Star Brian Charles Rooney (The Three-Penny Opera)
Nightclub/Concert Star Maxine Linehan (“Fiercely Talented” – NY Times)
Broadway/Concert Star Douglas Ladnier (Jekyll & Hyde)
Broadway star Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Cinderella, etc.)
Broadway star Trisha Paoluccio (Fiddler on the Roof, 2004 Revival)
Broadway Rising Star Ashton Corey (“54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits”)
Theater and Film Star Michael Romeo Ruocco (The Town Hall)
PLUS: The Broadway by the Year Chorus! (The Town Hall)
And More Stars to Be Announced!
Musicians: Ross Patterson at the piano. Sean Harkness on guitar.
This show is sponsored, in part, by Margot Astrachan, David Kaufman, Marge Manger, Steve Phillips, Alec Stais, James Wilson, and Anonymous.