The producers and songwriters of Saturday Night Seder are proud to announce today’s release of singles, “When You Believe,” with powerhouse vocalists Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean, accompanied by esteemed composer Stephen Schwartz, as well as the original song, “Next Year,” sung by composer/musician Shaina Taub and actor/singer Skylar Astin. All profits from both re-recorded and remastered singles will benefit Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ). 

The critically acclaimed Saturday Night Seder originally aired as a YouTube Premiere on April 11, 2020, to benefit the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund. It has raised over $3 million to date, and can be streamed at www.saturdaynightseder.com

The iconic ballad “When You Believe,” by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, speaks to the transformative power of hope and faith to carry people through troubled times. The new release features a collaboration by superstar vocalists Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean which first appeared in Saturday Night Seder.  

“Next Year” was written by Hannah Friedman, Benj Pasek, Mark Sonnenblick, and Shaina Taub. The inspirational song, which closes out the Seder, features Taub on piano and vocals, joined by childhood friend and vocalist Skylar Astin.”

“Although we were all spread across the country in quarantine, only inhabiting little Zoom windows in each other’s laptops, the level of connection we developed in order to get this done was extraordinary and unlike any other collaboration, I’ve been a part of,” stated Hannah Friedman, a writer and songwriter on the Saturday Night Seder team. “From the producers to the musicians to the extraordinarily talented performers who all decided to lend their time and energy to this for free, it was definitely a labor of love.”

Saturday Night Seder was hosted by Jason Alexander and includes appearances by Pamela Adlon, Jason Alexander, Reza Aslan, Skylar Astin, Shoshana Bean, Mayim Bialik, Rachel Brosnahan, Rabbi Sharon Brous, D’Arcy Carden, Andy Cohen, Darren Criss, Fran Drescher, Billy Eichner, Cynthia Erivo, Liz Feldman, Beanie Feldstein, Harvey Fierstein, Tan France, Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Judy Gold, Josh Groban, Sarah Hurwitz, Richard Kind, Julie Klausner, Nick Kroll, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Dan Levy, Judith Light, Joshua Malina, Camryn Manheim, Milo Manheim, Alan Menken, Idina Menzel, Debra Messing, Bette Midler, Isaac Mizrahi, Busy Philipps, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Senator Chuck Schumer, Stephen Schwartz, Sarah Silverman, Michael Solomonov, Shaina Taub, Nina West, Henry Winkler, Finn Wolfhard, and Rabbi David Wolpe. 

The origin of Saturday Night Seder

Rooted in tradition but rewritten to include comedy, music and sketches, Saturday Night Seder was a grassroots effort put together in just over two weeks by a team working remotely around the country, including writers Alex Edelman (Head Writer), Hannah Friedman, Sas Goldberg, Josh Harmon, Michael Mitnick, Benj Pasek, and Mark Sonnenblick, Producers Rebecca Halperin, Jen Snow, Rachel Sussman, and Aly Mifa Solot, and Executive Producers Erich Bergen, Talia Halperin, Adam Kantor, Benj Pasek, Reboot, and StoryCourse. It was independently created to raise funds to benefit the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Saturday Night Seder has been submitted for Emmy® consideration in the following categories: Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, Original Music and Lyrics for “Next Year,” and Original Music and Lyrics for “Dayenu.” 

Music can be purchased and downloaded at Ghost Light Record’s website.