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Kids With Canceled School Musicals Sing for Laura Benanti on Twitter

Laura Benanti, Sunshine Songs

The Broadway veteran asked students whose musicals were canceled to share their music with her, and the response was overwhelming.

As events around the country were shuttering and Broadway made the call to halt performances, musical theater icon Laura Benanti (My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, Gypsy) put out a call on Twitter to students whose spring musicals were canceled to post videos of songs from their shows.

"This may seem silly but I know that a lot of high schools were going to have their musicals and those musicals got canceled. And that is a bummer. I know for so many of us, I know for me my high school musical was like a lifesaver," Benanti said in her callout on Twitter. "If you would like to sing a song that you are not going to get sing now and tag me, I want to see you. I want to hear it."

Under the hashtag "#SunshineSongs" students from around the country began sharing videos taken either from rehearsals prior to their shows being canceled or a cappella from their self-isolation in their homes.

From Hamilton to Little Shop of Horrors, students answered the call to shine on Twitter. And Broadway luminaries, including Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, tweeted that they were was watching the performances. Other Broadway veterans, such as Daveed Diggs, Stephanie J. Block, and Lea Salonga, have responded to the performances that have been shared.

Here's a performance from a canceled production of Once on This Island.

This was from an all-female production of Fiddler on a Roof.

A number from Hamilton...

This one's from Bright Star.

These students are "Holding Out for a Hero" from Footloose.

This senior was set to perform "Something's Coming" from West Side Story.

Here's Sondheim!

Check out these 6th to 8th graders performing a big tap number from Anything Goes!

A little Andrew Lloyd Webber!

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