by Mat Dirjish
The brainchild of NYCNext to abet the city’s recovery from the pandemic, New York City actors, singers, choreographers, musicians, television, and late-night hosts are teaming up to produce a video rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” NYCNext is a group of New Yorkers from all disciplines and industries who are joining together to inspire New Yorkers with a focus on the arts community.
The “New York State of Mind” video features an array of artists from multiple disciplines and industries. These include Zeshan B., Sara Bareilles, Mario Cantone, Victoria Clark, Cautious Clay, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Jerry Dixon, Chloe Flower, Billy Joel’s daughter and singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, Joseph Joubert, Tom Kitt, The Klezmatics, LaChanze, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brian Newman, Kelli O’Hara, Joan Osborne, Peppermint, Angie Pontani, Anaïs Reno, Mark Rivera, David Rosenthal, Bobby Sanabria, Ben Stiller and Suzanne Vega.
Performances take place in iconic New York City locations such as Birdland (Times Square, Manhattan), the Brooklyn Museum (Crown Heights, Brooklyn), Columbia University (Morningside Heights, Manhattan), La Casita de Chema (Bronx), Maimonides Park (Coney Island, Brooklyn), NYU (Greenwich Village, Manhattan), Open Jar Studios (Times Square, Manhattan), Red Hook Winery (Red Hook, Brooklyn), Russ & Daughters (Lower East Side, Manhattan), Steinway & Sons Factory (Ditmars Steinway, Queens), Tom’s Restaurant (Upper West Side, Manhattan), and the Wonder Wheel (Coney Island, Brooklyn), among many others.
As we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words, and a film can have way more than a thousand pictures. If you don’t believe me, go see for yourself by watching the film below. Oh yeah, for more gleanings, you can visit NYCNext.