Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.the first big names to join the lineup of the “mega-concert” that will celebrate the city’s reopening – they include NYC favorites Paul Simon, Jennifer Hudson and Bruce Springsteen, 

This the first step in in fulfilling de Blasio’s promise to book big stars for the concert, which is supposed to take place sometime in August on the park’s Great Lawn. The concert will be part of a “Homecoming Week” marking New York City’s return to normalcy following the coronavirus pandemic. De Blasio has asked the legendary producer Clive Davis to find eight performers for the three-hour show.

“This is something for the ages,” de Blasio said Thursday before announcing the first three musicians.

The Boss signed onto the concert days after his solo show became the first Broadway show to reopen, marking the return of one of the city’s most prominent industries. The Mayor described Simon as a “son of Queens,” noting that the famed songwriter has a storied history in Central Park: his 1981 performance with Art Garfunkel, and a solo show a decade later. Hudson, the mayor said, “captures the grit and determination we’re all feeling as we fight through this crisis.”

De Blasio promised more details, including a full concert lineup, in the coming weeks.

About 60,000 people will be able to attend the concert, with about 70 percent of free tickets going to vaccinated people, according to the New York Times.


Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare in the Park

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