BREAKING NEWS: One of our personal favorite Summertime events is back as we celebrate the return of Live Theater this upcoming month!!! 106.7 Lite FM
has officially announced the return of their annual BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK concert. However, it will be happening for ONE DAY ONLY on September 23rd, 2021!!
For those who may not know, BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK usually takes place every Summer for 8 WEEKS on the Great Lawn of Bryant Park
. It’s a free outdoor lunchtime concert featuring performances from the casts of some of your favorite ON and OFF Broadway hits singing highlights from their shows.
Since Summer is almost over and with the perfect time of celebrating the Great Bright Way returning, this year’s ONE DAY CONCERT event will be a full 2 HOUR concert. It will feature performances from the casts of…..
the long running revival of Chicago
the long Off Broadway toe-tapping phenomenon Stomp
There will also be SNEAK PEAK PREVIEWS of many productions that are getting their 2nd CHANCE to finally open. These shows were initially slated to start but got abruptly shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also taking center stage will include the casts of….
the Olivier Award nominated GIRL POWER smash hit SIX
the powerful new royal musical Diana
the new musical family comedy Mrs. Doubtfire
the highly anticipated delicious Broadway revival of the Tony and Grammy nominated smash hit Waitress
The return of BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK returns for the first time in 2 years. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also is part of a huge lineup of live performances that Bryant Park
has continued to host this past Summer celebrating Live Entertainment’s return.
What makes the magic of New York City alive is our unforgettable legacy of our Theater community. Over the years, there has been an unforgettable tradition of special events dedicated to the place we call home…… BROADWAY!!! One of our favorite throwback events used to be a tradition every year….. the annual BROADWAY ON BROADWAY concert.
In case anyone may not know, BROADWAY ON BROADWAY was a free outdoor concert held every year the week after Labor Day in Times Square,
. It features performances from casts of some of your favorite Broadway shows performing highlighted showstoppers accompanied by a full 20 piece orchestra. You hear BOTH the long runners and sneak peaks of new shows that were coming in the new Broadway season. The concert would conclude with a full Grand Finale number (featuring all the casts) coming together with a huge confetti shower at the end. It has been televised live for several years on NBC. The concert was sponsored every year by The Broadway League
BROADWAY ON BROADWAY was originally conceived as a WELCOME PARTY back in 1992 for delegates to the Democratic National Convention in New York City. It did so well, the one time concert because an annual event for 10 years. It was cancelled in 2013 but then returned the year afterwards. After the 2014 concert, BROADWAY ON BROADWAY has NOT been back ever since.
To give you all a taste of what BROADWAY ON BROADWAY was like, here is the 2001 concert below. Hosted by Brooke Sheilds
(who at the time was starring in the Roundabout Theatre Company
revival of Cabaret
), that year’s lineup consisted of…..
2 time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and the cast of the long running revival of Chicago The Musical
Ivan Rutherford from the original Broadway production of Les Misérables
Manley Pope and Trey Ellett from the original Broadway production of Rent
Tony nominee Carolee Carmello
and Burke Moses from the 2000 revival of Kiss Me Kate,
Tony nominee Louise Pitre and the original Broadway cast of MAMMA MIA!
Tony nominee and the late Rebecca Luker from the 2000 revival of The Music Man
The cast of The Full Monty,
Pre-Tony nominee Hunter Foster and the cast of Urinetown,
Tony nominee Brad Oscar from The Producers,
The cast of the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show,
a toe-tapping and confetti showered finale from the cast of the 2001 Tony winning revival of 42nd Street
Who remembers BROADWAY ON BROADWAY?
Could they bring it back when Broadway returns this year?!