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Jake Gyllenhaal, Bernadette Peters, and More Team Up for a Good Cause

In the Steven Sondheim musical "Sunday in the Park with George," the song "Finishing the Hat" is a metaphor for how an artist's work is never complete. Here, the show's current stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, as well as original castmember Bernadette Peters, and actors Holland Taylor, Uzo Aduba, and Paul Dano, take a turn drawing the hat on opening night. The drawings will be auctioned off at a later date, and all proceeds will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Released on 2/24/2017

Credits

Director: Samuli Haavisto

Transcript

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Finishing the Hat, for me, is Bernadette Peters.
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♪ Finishing the hat ♪
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♪ How you have to finish-- ♪
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The song, 'Finishing the Hat,'
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in 'Sunday in the Park with George'
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is a metaphor for completing one's art.
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Art is important because it comes from the heart,
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it comes from the soul, and it comes from the mind.
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Art is important because, if you're lucky,
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you get to see Bernadette Peters.
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♪ Distance and die ♪
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♪ Until there's nothing but sky ♪
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You know, food feeds the body and art feeds the soul.
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We really should take care of each other in the world,
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and right now, we're sort of forgetting that.
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We should always try and give back
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Art is important always, but it's most important
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right now because it's the voice of the people I think,
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giving back and reminds each of us of our humanity.
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It reminds us of the importance
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of taking care of one another.
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Why is art important?
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Because it makes me happy.
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I think that's the point of art, to sort of, you know,
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be a shoulder to lean on for people
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'cause that's what it's done for me.
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It's the one thing we all feel we have to do
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and everyone has heart in them.
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We won't survive unless we all give back.
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You can't look to governments or organizations.
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Everybody has to be in a giving frame of mind,
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or this old earth ain't gonna keep rolling.
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Art is important because it shows
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us another side of ourselves,
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it doesn't get tapped often enough.
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To be creative, is to be a human being.
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So, it's terribly important, and I hope it doesn't suffer
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with this new administration.
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♪ But the women who won't wait for you knows ♪
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♪ That, however you live ♪
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♪ There's a part of you always standing by ♪
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♪ Mapping out the sky ♪