There's a Good Chance You Will Cry When the P.S. 22 Choir Performs at the Oscars
Before heading out to participate in whatever Valentine's Day activities you have planned for this evening, here's one story guaranteed to make you go, "Awww!" The Los Angeles Times caught up with those adorable choir kids from P.S. 22 in Staten Island to discuss their trip to California for the Oscars, and it's filled with little flourishes like this: "'I always wanted to be in Disneyland!' exclaimed Mohammed, small and excitable. 'I'm dying, I'm DYING!' He threw an arm across his forehead and fell to the ground in mock-death." Yeah, this is cute.
Music teacher Gregg Breinberg is responsible for getting the kids such national acclaim, by putting videos of their performances up on YouTube. As the story goes, they got noticed by everyone, including Oprah Winfrey (who put them on her show), and the White House (the kids performed at the White House Christmas Tree lighting).
Now they're on the way to Hollywood, where they'll sing "Over the Rainbow" for the millions of viewers watching the Oscars on Feb. 27. Though, if the kids had their way, it would probably be something a bit more current.
"The music describes my life story," Denise said of Katy Perry's "Firework," without irony. "You know how she says she's 6 feet under screamin' and no one seems to hear a thing? I know how that is. I always feel like I'm trying to get adults to listen to me."
Go ahead, let out another "Awww!" You deserve it.
· New York's P.S. 22 choir to go 'Over the Rainbow' at the Oscars [LAT/Gold Derby]