New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoDe Blasio: New York City will run out of COVID-19 vaccine this week without resupply Overnight Health Care: Testing capacity strained as localities struggle with vaccine staffing | Health workers refusing vaccine is growing problem | Incoming CDC director expects 500,000 COVID deaths by mid-February Health workers refusing vaccine is new growing US problem MORE (D) says the state will soon be launching a series of shows and concerts featuring big-name performers — including Amy SchumerAmy Beth SchumerCuomo announces performance initiative to revive New York's arts economy Paul Rudd hands out cookies to long lines of early voters waiting in rain Star-studded 'Telethon for America' seeks to get out the vote 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."