Daniel Quadrino: Imagine (Tribute to Orlando from New York)
Daniel Quadrino is a New York City based actor, singer, and songwriter. He entertained audiences as "Mike Teavee" in the 1st National Touring of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Previously, Quadrino was seen on Broadway as Boq in "Wicked", Albert in Disney's "Newsies", and as part of the ensemble in the revival of "Bye, Bye, Birdie". He was also seen in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!".
On June 20, 2016, Broadway Sings for Pride premiered its 6th anniversary benefit concert "Ovation" in New York City, at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. This milestone event was filled with singing (from pop to Broadway), stories, special celebrity guests, and more. The show honored Tyler Clementi Foundation and AIDS pioneer and activist Ruth Coker Burks. Broadway Sings for Pride is a multiple award-winning, non-for-profit organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists, and celebrities, to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, and support these young people, so that they may reach their full potential.
Quadrino performed the song "Imagine" during the benefit concert, where Shefik served as Videographer. "Imagine" is a song by John Lennon, from his 1971 album of the same name. The best-selling single of his solo career, the lyrics encourage listeners to imagine a world of peace, without materialism, without borders separating nations, and without religion.
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old man, killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Orlando police officers shot and killed him after a three-hour standoff. In a 911 call made shortly after the shooting began, Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said the United States killing of Abu Waheeb in Iraq the previous month "triggered" the shooting. He later told a negotiator he was "out here right now", because of the American-led interventions in Iraq and Syria, and that the negotiator should tell the United States to stop the bombing. The incident was deemed a terrorist attack by FBI investigators.
Pulse was hosting a "Latin Night", and most of the victims were Latino. It is the deadliest incident in the history of violence against LGBTQ+ people in the United States, as well as the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks in 2001, and was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in United States history, until the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.
Quadrino dedicated his performance of "Imagine" to reflect on the tragedy that happened in Orlando. He was joined onstage by members of the Broadway community, to echo the sentiment that art can be used to inspire and change minds.
Last Updated: April 23, 2022