Get ready to make some noise! Troy Anthony is kicking off Playbill's Songwriter Series. Presented by City National Bank, the series is dedicated to spotlighting emerging composers and will consist of a new video every month.
Anthony visited Playbill to perform select tracks from his show The Revival: It Is Our Duty. Featured songs include "Send A Revival," "Assata Chant," "Altar Call," and "Celebrate You." He is accompanied by The Fire Ensemble vocalists Alysha Deslorieux, STONES, and Josh Walker; and Anthony on our Playbill piano, provided by the nonprofit Sing for Hope.
"I wrote this piece because we were coming out of a pandemic, and I was trying to think of, like, 'what is the one thing that I know about, like one process that I know about that could take me from feeling really low to feeling great again,' and I thought of the revivals that I grew up going to in the South," the composer-lyricist shared about his show.
Watch Anthony's full performance below.
Anthony boasts an extensive resume, having received commissions from The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Civilians, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and The Shed, in addition to residencies with Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) and The O’Neill Theater Center, and Village Theatre.
The three vocalists join with experience on stage and screen. Deslorieux starred in the world premiere of The Visitor at the Public Theater, the revival cast of Once on This Island, and and was part of the original company of Hamilton. Her screen credits include Only Murders in the Building, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Younger.
Walker is a NJ/NY-based singer, actor, and composer who wants to dedicate his performance to all the Black kids out there with a dream.
Lastly, STONES is a singer, songwriter, and producer. She recently released a concept album Nights That End In Y and will release her newest album Setting Fires in August.
City National Bank is a proud sponsor of Playbill’s Songwriter Series. As the leading bank to Broadway, City National supports diverse talent on the stage and works behind the scenes to provide a full suite of financial products to fit their needs. Proudly serving the theatre community for over 65 years, see how they make it their business to be personal at cnb.com
Sing for Hope harnesses the power of the arts to create a better world. Our creative programs bring hope, healing, and connection to millions of people in hospitals, schools, care facilities, refugee camps, transit hubs, and community spaces worldwide. A non-profit organization founded in New York City in response to the events of 9/11, Sing for Hope partners with hundreds of community-based organizations, mobilizes thousands of artists in creative service, and produces artist-created Sing for Hope Pianos across the US and around the world. The official Cultural Partner of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Sing for Hope champions art for all because we believe the arts have an unmatched capacity to uplift, unite, and heal. Learn more at singforhope.org.