Last week, the Harlem Arts Festival team went to the newly-completed Richard Rodgers Amphitheater for the ribbon cutting ceremony and shot a few photos of the gorgeous new space. What a beautiful day! There were members of the community of all ages celebrating the opening. Among them were Craig Harris who performed an original song called “Harlem,” the Roundabout Theater Company’s Laura Osnes and Colin Donnell, and the PS 166 Honors Choir whose performance included the cutest version of “My Favorite Things.”
The effort and endless support that went into making the renovations a reality was awe-inspiring. Ultimately, it was the dedicated collaboration of city and government officials, parks enthusiasts and directors, and community leaders that made everything possible. Of special note is Mary Rodgers, (the daughter of the late Richard Rodgers, Broadway composer in her own right, and executive board member of the Rodgers Family Foundation), who generously donated the bulk of the funds necessary to see this project through to completion.
It was heart-warming to see so many familiar faces from the surrounding neighborhood, as well. It was clear that the community had been waiting for a performance space of this caliber, and we’re all greatly anticipating the fantastic performances that will eventually fill that space!