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Idina Menzel, Stephen Colbert & more pay tribute to NYC by singing 'New York State of Mind'

[August 16, 2021: The Brighter Side of News]

Belting it out: Stephen Colbert, Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles and more sing Billy Joel's New York State of Mind to celebrate the city reopening, organized by NYCNext (CREDIT: NYCNext)

New York City and its arts scene, including Broadway and concerts, are back, and a number of well-known singers are paying tribute to the Big Apple’s resiliency by praising it in song…one of Billy Joel‘s songs.

More than a dozen singers and musicians have come together to record a video featuring themselves singing Billy’s iconic track “New York State of Mind” in locations all over New York City, from Times Square and Brooklyn to Queens, the Upper West Side, the Lower East Side and Coney Island.

Sara Bareilles and Idina Menzel are a huge part of the video, but you’ll also see and hear Billy’s daughter Alexa Ray Joel, Stephen Colbert, singers Joan Osborne and Suzanne Vega, Andy Cohen, actor/singer Brian Stokes Mitchell, Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara and LaChanze, Billy Joel band members Mark Rivera and David Rosenthal, drag queen Peppermint, Mario Cantone and more.


In a statement, Bareilles says, “To sing Billy Joel’s iconic song alongside my community members at a time when the city needs us all was so meaningful to me. I’m so grateful this project came to life in such a big way.”

The project, the brainchild of the NYCNext organization, will be shown all over New York, including in taxi cabs and at this weekend’s New York City Homecoming Concert in Central Park, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Rob Thomas, Babyface, Jennifer Hudson, Journey and many more.

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