Music Review: RAISE YOU UP (New Video from Kinky Boots’ Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford, and more)

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by Nia Liat on June 28, 2020

in Theater-New York,Virtual

LET THIS NEW VIDEO “RAISE YOU UP”

To celebrate New York City pride, and to close-out pride month, Producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig today released an epic, multi-national, all-new music video of the stirring finale anthem, “Raise You Up” from the smash-hit musical sensation Kinky Boots. The video features cast members from seven nations across four continents, and reunites original Broadway stars Billy Porter, Stark Sands, and Annaleigh Ashford. Also making cameos are the musical’s book writer Harvey Fierstein, composer/lyricist Cyndi Lauper, and  director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, including special appearances by previous cast members Wayne BradyJake ShearsDavid Cook, and Kirstin Maldonado.

The just-released video, which was produced by Music Supervisor and Orchestrator Stephen Oremus and Musical Director Brian Usifer, raises funds for True Colors United.

 

Kinky Boots played its final Broadway performance on April 7, 2019. At the time of its closing, the musical ranked as the 25th longest-running production in Broadway history, having played 2,507 regular performances and 34 previews.

ABOUT TRUE COLORS UNITED

True Colors United was co-founded in 2008 by Cyndi Lauper. They implement innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people. Through a broad array of training and education, youth action, technical assistance, and advocacy programs, True Colors United is creating a world where all young people can be their true selves.

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