20 Famous New Yorkers Lift Their Voices in Unmelodic Defense of Their Fair City
How do you tell a city that you love it?
How do you tell a city that you care?
Loudly and off-key, that’s how, judging from the recent effort of 20 celebrated New Yorkers who raised their voices in song and defense of their city. Dubbed the Million Dollar Chorus, the singers struggled through a musical valentine entitled Mad About You Manhattan (sample lyrics above). A few of the participants were musical pros like conductor Skitch Henderson and Broadway star Linda Hopkins. Others, from horse jockey Angel Cordero to disk jockey William B. Williams, bumbled along good-naturedly in keys of their choosing. “I did better at the Derby,” observed Cordero, who finished first aboard Bold Forbes.
Perplexed by their atonal efforts, ex-city Commissioner of Consumer Affairs Bess Myerson, a onetime concert pianist, asked, “How does the Mormon Tabernacle Choir do it?” Still, it was a good cause if not always a melodic one. Proceeds from the sale of the Mad About You Manhattan record (written last year for the off-Broadway show Be Kind to People Week) will go to the Citizens Committee for New York City, which recruits volunteers to help provide community services in hundreds of neighborhoods.