You Can’t Stop The Beat A Video Celebration for The Actors Fund - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Monday, May 18, 2020

You Can’t Stop The Beat A Video Celebration for The Actors Fund

You Can’t Stop The Beat


A Video Celebration for The Actors Fund


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Over 150 actors, dancers and musicians including Harvey Fierstein, Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, Teri Hatcher, Matthew Morrison, Martin Short and more came together to create an at-home video of “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” the joyful finale from Hairspray, as a celebration to raise money and awareness for The Actors Fund’s Covid-19 Emergency Relief efforts. 


The group of artists includes Hairspray alumni from numerous productions, including the Original Broadway cast, First National Tour, West End, the Hairspray Live broadcast and both the 1988 and 2007 feature films.  In addition to Hairspray alumni, professional theatre, film and TV performers from around the world participated in the video celebration.


“During these difficult times, we wanted to inspire joy and hope in the community as well as raise money to support the future of theater and art,” said Hairspray composer and co-lyricist Marc Shaiman. “This shutdown affects all members of the arts, whether onstage, backstage, onscreen or behind the scenes. Imagine if all the

shows you’re currently binge-watching suddenly evaporated!”


To watch the video and donate to The Actors Fund, please visit


The “You Can’t Stop The Beat” Actors Fund video creative team includes David O (co-conceiver, co-director, musical director), Janet Roston (co-conceiver, co-director, choreographer), Marc Shaiman(music and lyrics), Scott Wittman (lyrics), Ally Rice (video editor), Michael Donovan (casting) and Scott M. Riesett (music mixer). The video is produced by Christopher Sepulveda.


Support provided by Apples and Oranges Arts, The Foundation for New American Musicals and Boneau/Bryan-Brown.




The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, andprovides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.


The Actors Fund COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance program has been able to distribute crucial financial help to more than 8,500 professionals in the performing arts and entertainment community

who have been impacted by the coronavirus. This has helped people in financial crisis pay for basic living expenses such as essential medications, rent, food, utilities and other needs.


As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, The Actors Fund has temporary transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. 

These services include: Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance, as well as The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. To learn more, visit


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