NY PopsUp with Performances at Essex Crossing

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 at 5:06 am by

A small crowd gathers outside the entrance to the International Center of Photography on Essex Street. Rain be damned. Music blares onto the street.

Inside the sparse Essex Crossing storefront, behind plate-glass windows, a group of dancers prance around to the rhythm.

The weekend spectacle was part of NY PopsUp, the months-long festival billed by state organizers as a potential model for how live performances can return during pandemic times.

Photo: Clayton Patterson

The show Saturday afternoon featured Broadway musical actors Shoshana Bean and Gavin Creel gave a spirited show; the next day saw J’Nai Bridges, Or Scraiber, Bobbi Jene Smith, Brian J. Nash, and Vinson Fraley take the stage.

The NY PopsUp program runs through Labor Day, and is a public-private partnership managed by producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal. PopsUp events span the five boroughs (and upstate), and are accessible to the public and most are free of charge.

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