Special Projects


Annual John Lennon Tribute

Theatre Within’s Annual John Lennon Tribute joyously celebrates John’s Lennon’s life, music and timeless message of peace, love and social activism. 

At this year's Tribute, we will honor Patti Smith for her lifelong artistic excellence and positive social impact with the 2017 John Lennon Real Love Award. In addition, Ms. Smith, who last appeared in the Tribute in 2010 at the Beacon Theatre, will play a set of John Lennon and Beatles classics that she has chosen for this special performance.

The first half of the Tribute will feature a unique multi-artist live performance of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band in its entirety, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album's release. 

Proceeds from the Tribute will support Theatre Within’s ongoing free workshops at Gilda’s Club, NYC, for those whose lives has been impacted by cancer. This year, we are providing more than 30 free workshops for children who have lost a parent to the disease, adult cancer survivors and those undergoing treatment. Our programs include The John Lennon Real Love Project songwriting workshops and Imagine Peace/Practice Peace meditation workshops. 

Theatre Within’s Annual John Lennon Tribute is the only ongoing John Lennon Tribute concert in North America or Europe that is officially sanctioned by Yoko Ono

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Clearwater's great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival)

founded by Pete Seeger

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival is produced by the nonprofit, member-supported, environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. All proceeds go directly to support Clearwater’s environmental research, education and advocacy efforts to help preserve and protect the Hudson River and its tributaries, as well as communities in the river valley.

The festival has helped over 250,000 adults experience the wonders of the Hudson River from aboard the sloop Clearwater. The organization itself has gained worldwide recognition for its leadership in helping to pass landmark environmental laws, both state and federal, including the Clean Water Act. Recently, Clearwater played a key role in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) decision to remove PCBs from the Hudson River. This decision compels one of the Hudson River’s biggest polluters to begin removing the toxic PCBs from the water, thereby expediting the amount of time before the river is restored. In 2002, Pete Seeger, the founder of Clearwater, was named a “Clean Water Hero” for his prominent efforts in the passage of the Clean Water Act. His tireless devotion to working through Clearwater and promoting its message to effectively use the law in prosecuting polluters of America’s waterways has made the Clean Water Act perhaps the most successful environmental law in the country.