Today Sony Masterworks released a new video for “She Has Hope” performed by Brian d’Arcy James and Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning songwriter Tom Kitt. Produced alongside Project ALS, the video is a beautiful tribute to late Broadway star Rebecca Luker, who died of ALS a year ago.
The video features never-before-seen footage of the Tony-nominated actress as well as videos of several other women diagnosed with the degenerative disease. Originally debuting on The Hollywood Reporter, the result is a touching tribute to all those affected by ALS.
“She Has Hope” was co-written by Tom Kitt, Rebecca Luker and her husband, Danny Burstein, the Tony nominated actor for Moulin Rouge! Musical comedy. The song, which highlights the couple’s unwavering love and resilience, is included on Kitt’s debut studio album, Reflect, available now.
From “She Has Hope,” says Tom Kitt, “The song was co-written with my dear friends Danny Burstein and his wife Rebecca Luker. Unfortunately, we lost Rebecca to ALS in December 2020. In the spring of 2020, Danny contributed a moving article for The Hollywood Reporter in which he described their current challenges as well as a heartbreaking account of his own severe case of COVID-19. I thought they might want to talk about their experience through music. , and they sent me something so beautiful and touching. I was amazed at the humanity and the optimism at the heart of what they wrote. It is an eloquent testimony from Danny and Rebecca and the link they shared. “
As a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and music supervisor, Tom Kitt’s mind crosses film, television, theater, music and beyond. He has quietly established himself as one of the most prolific composers of this century. He won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two Tony® Awards for Next To Normal and won a 2021 Grammy Award for his work on the Broadway Cast recording of Jagged Little Pill.
His work as a composer ranges from Almost Famous [written with Cameron Crowe] and High Fidelity to Dave and If / Then for which he landed a Tony® nomination. As a music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator, his influence resonates in The SpongeBob Musical, Grease Live !, Jagged Little Pill and Green Day’s American Idiot. Working with the legendary rock band, he also contributed additional arrangements to their GRAMMY®-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their trilogy, ¡Uno! Back! Very! Tom notably won an Emmy Award as a co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the opening number of the 2013 Tony® Awards, “Bigger”.
TV songwriting credits include the opening number of the 2019 Tony® Awards, “Live!”, Royal Pains, Penny Dreadful and Sesame Street. Other credits range from the Pitch Perfect franchise, 2Cellos with Lang Lang (Live and Let Die) and The Kennedy Center Honors to 13, Hair and These Paper Bullets. Most recently, The Visitor launched at the Public Theater, and his show Flying Over Sunset just opened at Lincoln Center.
Watch the new clip here: