New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Broadway to fully reopen in September Mets, Yankees to open vaccination sites to fans before games MORE (D) says the state will soon be launching a series of shows and concerts featuring big-name performers — including Amy SchumerAmy Beth SchumerHollywood stars, business leaders sign open letter opposing new voting restrictions Lawmakers want Biden to pressure Saudi Arabia to end Yemen blockade Amy Schumer backs voting rights bill: 'The For the People Act is awesome, unless you hate democracy' MORE, Chris Rock and Hugh Jackman — aimed at reviving the arts economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The series of pop-up performances and events will begin Feb. 4, Cuomo announced Tuesday during his State of the State address. In addition to "The Greatest Showman's" Jackman and comedians Schumer and Rock, entertainers will include opera star Renée Fleming and famed musician Wynton Marsalis, Cuomo said.

Performances are poised to be held at outdoor sites in New York City and across the state, including at state parks and in so-called "flexible venues" that allow for social distancing measures.


"This groundbreaking initiative will help revive the arts while celebrating New York's resiliency and recovery from the COVID pandemic," Cuomo said. The initiative will be spearheaded by mega-producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal, along with the New York State Council on the Arts, according to the governor.

Earlier this month, New York became the fourth state to surpass 1 million coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic, which has dealt a devastating financial blow to the arts in New York and across the country.

Broadway performances shut down due to COVID-19 last March, and the famed theater strip reportedly isn't scheduled to reopen until May. Arts spaces and museums have also been shuttered during the pandemic.

"Almost no one has been hurt more by COVID than our artists," Cuomo said, noting that the entertainment and culture industry in New York accounts for almost half a million jobs.

"We cannot wait until summer to turn the lights back on for the arts and provide a living wage for artists," Cuomo said.

"The show will go on. The fans will be back," he added. "And New York will be New York once again."