by Nicole M. Wright
On Sunday September 9th, Times Square became the home for the twentieth anniversary of Broadway on Broadway. Fellow Camp Broadway blogger Alyson gave you an idea of what to expect beforehand (see here), but actually being there in person was very exciting. It began down a long line on 46th Street, with the first fans getting in line at 3:00AM! The stage was setup at 46th and Broadway this year, and after waiting for some time (and making friends with other theatre fans), we were finally let in.
The event began with speeches from the likes of Nick Scandalios (Chairman of the Broadway League) and Major Michael Bloomberg. Spotlight on Broadway Awards were given out to Arlene Dahl, Matthew D. Loeb, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Charles Strouse, Nina Lannan, and Nick Wyman. It wasn’t long before the orchestra began their signature “Another Op’ning, Another Show” overture from Kiss Me, Kate, conducted by Alex Lacamoire. Kathie Lee Gifford served as host for the day’s event and took to the stage to introduce the musical acts.
The order of performances was as follows:
Once – “Falling Slowly”
Bring It On: The Musical – “It’s All Happening”
Stomp – “Brooms”
Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson – “For Such a Time as This”
Anthony Warlow and Katie Finneran in a special appearance for their new revival of Annie
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark – “Boy Falls From the Sky”
Ed Asner (of Grace) discusses some of the plays Broadway is offering this season
Bare – “Are You There?”
Special “Nederlander 100th Anniversary Celebration” performance highlighting several musicals that have made their home in Nederlander theatres.
Motown: The Musical – “Get Ready/Dancing In The Street”
Sneak peek of season two of Smash
The stars of Peter and the Starcatcher make an appearance to introduce the performance by…
Newsies – “The World Will Know”
Chicago – “Me and My Baby”
Perez Hilton (of Newsical: The Musical) discusses the musicals not performing in today’s event
Mamma Mia! – “Mamma Mia!/Dancing Queen/Waterloo”
As per tradition, the event ended with the day’s company performing “New York, New York,” encouraging the crowd to sing along.
Following the performances, a Broadway Village was set-up behind the stage where fans could make crafts, enter contests, sign up for mailing lists, and so much more. Overall, it was a fantastic day to be a Broadway fan in Times Square.