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Broadway Stars Pay Tribute to 9/11

By: CNN Email
By: CNN Email

New York, NY 9-11-11

The biggest stars on Broadway left the theater for the outdoors on Friday where they held a performance in remembrance of the September 11th terror attacks.

Kander and Ebb's unofficial Anthem of Gotham rang loud and clear in Times Square on Friday as members of the Broadway community gathered to remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Actress Bebe Neuwirth remembers that day, "Ten years ago the entire city was galvanized and we our community - was part of that larger, small community, if you see what I mean. It's like New York City became a small town where everybody was thinking and feeling the same thing - and caring the same way and trying to do as much as they can, to help in whatever way they can."

This performance mimicked an event that took place on September 28th, 2001 when Broadway companies taped a PSA aimed at bringing visitors back to new york city.

Friday's presentation also marked a partnership between Broadway and the "I will" campaign.

Campaign David Paine talks about why such an event is important to continue, "They're helping to build awareness for our cause, which is the 9/11 national day of service and remembrance - and the goal is for all of us to get out and do good deeds this weekend in tribute of those lost."

Actor Ben Vereen emphasized the importance of the day as well, "We're coming together today to commemorate the souls and the people who died on that day and to say we will never.... we will never forget you. Never."

A New York City Firefighter expressed how the event hits close to home for him, "The firehouse where I'm at right now lost every single member - 15 guys - it took a long time to recover... it's a tough moment."

It's no doubt that this anniversary is tough for many, but Friday's performance is a true example of New York unity, spirit and pride.


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