Broadway stars sing ‘Georgia on My Mind’ to encourage early voting
Broadway stars including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Billy Porter, Audra McDonald and Bernadette Peters are belting out a new version of “Georgia on My Mind” to encourage early voting in the Peach State ahead of its Senate runoffs next month.
The classic tune — made famous by Ray Charles’s 1960 cover — from some of theater’s biggest names was produced by the voting rights nonprofit Fair Fight and released Monday as polls opened in Georgia.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) is facing off against Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock and Sen. David Perdue (R) is taking on Democrat Jon Ossoff in a pair of races that will determine the balance of power in the upper chamber.
The goal of the song and music video, released by Broadway Records, is to “help to raise funds and awareness for Fair Fight’s work to ensure that every eligible Georgian has the resources and information they need to vote in the January 5th runoff election,” the group said in a news release.
Among the famous faces who are adding their voices to the single: Rosie Perez, “Orange is the New Black’s” Danielle Brooks and “Frozen’s” Idina Menzel, as well as Josh Gad, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Adam Pascal, Ben Platt and Vanessa Williams.
The song was produced by Tony Award-winning actress McDonald, along with Broadway vets Seth Rudetsky, Joseph Joubert, Michael McElroy, James Wesley and Schele Williams.
“Now more than ever it is crucial for every American to have access to the resources to make their voices heard during an election, whether that be on a national scale, or in their local races,” McDonald said in a statement.
“We are in awe of the work that Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight have been doing to ensure that that is a reality for all Georgians, and knew that we wanted to raise our own voices to raise awareness about this important election in the way we know best — through music,” the “Good Fight” star said.