NEW YORK, Olympic figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Johnny Weir and Davis & White will star in the first-ever performance of an original theatrical ice production narrated by legendary actor and native New Yorker, Danny Aiello, at 6:00 p.m. on December 1, 2015 in Bryant Park.
The Tree Lighting Skate-tacular is a holiday tale about a very special family on the night before Christmas, written for Bryant Park by New York playwright Jon Caren. The show features music from Big Band Holidays, a new album by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The public can skate to live music curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center after the tree is lit.
"We want to create a new tradition that fills Bryant Park with smiles and wonder around the holidays," said Dan Biederman, President of Bryant Park Corporation. "This special story is staged on the city's only free ice skating rink, made possible with Bank of America's support."
The stars of the show are internationally renowned: Nancy Kerrigan, two-time Olympic medalist and US National Champion, best known for her elegance and technical ability on the ice; Olympian Brian Boitano, 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time World Champion and the first American skater to land a triple axel; Johnny Weir, two-time Olympian, three-time US champion and crowd favorite; Meryl Davis and Charlie White, 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists and two-time World Champions who also competed on Dancing with the Stars; and The Haydenettes, 2015 National Gold Medalists and the most successful US synchronized skating team.
The event, which coincides with Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day, sustains the season of giving at Bryant Park by spotlighting Bank of America's support of (RED) and the impact of their efforts to eradicate AIDS.
"We're proud to be part of this New York tradition, illuminating our progress with (RED) and the Global Fund toward the fight against AIDS," said Jeff Barker, New York State president, Bank of America. "The Tree Lighting in Bryant Park on World AIDS Day presents a terrific opportunity to raise awareness about this critical issue."
On this special day, Bank of America is contributing $.30, the cost of a full day of life-changing medication, to (RED)'s fight against AIDS for every purchase made at participating Winter Village merchants with a Bank of America credit or debit card.
The Tree Lighting performance begins at 6:00 p.m. and builds to a crescendo in the lighting of the 8,000 pound 55-foot Norway Spruce, decorated with over 3,000 ornaments and 30,000 lights.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is a seasonal destination that features a 17,000 square-foot ice skating rink, a glass-enclosed restaurant and an open-air market for holiday shopping under the glow of the city's lights. Located at West 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, Winter Village is adjacent to the New York Public Library and a short walk from Times Square and Grand Central Station. www.wintervillage.org
About Bryant Park Corporation:
Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic monies. In addition to providing security and sanitation services and tending the park's lush lawn and seasonal garden displays, BPC provides public amenities and activities, including movable chairs and tables, cafe umbrellas, restaurants, food kiosks, world-class restrooms, and a wide range of free events throughout the year. The Midtown park is visited by more than six million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world. BPC's website, www.bryantpark.org, is available for more detailed information and a schedule of upcoming events.
(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world's most iconic brands who contribute up to 50 percent of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Starbucks, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, SAP, Telcel and Live Nation Entertainment. (RED) Special Edition partners include: aden+anais, Jonathan Adler, Moleskine, HEAD, Kidrobot, Mophie, FEED, Sir Richard's Condom Company, Square, Girl Skateboards, Bottletop, Fatboy USA and Bed Bath & Beyond.
To date, (RED) has generated more than $275 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground -- no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 55 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.
(RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign. Learn more at www.red.org.
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SOURCE: Bryant Park Corporation