NY PopsUp with Performances at Essex Crossing
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.
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.
A location so nice, we're going to do it twice! @jnaibmezzo, Or Scraiber, Bobbi Jene Smith, @brianjnash, and Vinson Fraley will be performing in tomorrow's #NYPopsUp @essexcrossing event. Tune in on IG Live to watch. #81Essex pic.twitter.com/eAHeTsf4wj
— NY PopsUp (@NYPopsUp) February 27, 2021