JCC Manhattan’s Special Celebration of “Free to Be…You and Me”

On Monday, Dec. 10th, the JCC Manhattan hosted a special 40th Anniversary Celebration of “Free to Be…You and Me.”  Abigail Pogrebin moderated a panel with Alan Alda, Carole Hart, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Carol Hall, and the surprise guest of the evening: Marlo Thomas. All of the panelists contributed to the original “Free to Be” project, and shared their stories in our anthology as well.  The amazing PS 22 Chorus, a youth choir from Staten Island, started off the evening with a beautiful rendition of “Sisters and Brothers.”  The evening ended with a concert by Broadway performers Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, soon to star in the up-and-coming Broadway show “Cinderella,” who sang duets of “When We Grow Up,” “William’s Doll, “Parents Are People,” and the album’s title track.  It was an incredible night of reflection, humor, inspiration, and music.

Click here for a video of the concert’s highlights.  And here to listen to a podcast of the panel discussion.