September 14, 2009

Broadway on Broadway 2009

The traditional kick-off to the Fall Broadway season.

I apologize for my Jumbotron photos. This is the stage.
Fela!

Host Michael McKean
The cast of In the Heights. That's Andrea Burns.
Shrek the Musical's Donkey, Daniel Breaker. Ben Crawford is the new Shrek. I didn't get a good shot of Sutton Foster. They sang "Who I'd Be".
The crowds seemed thinner this year.
A moving song from the new musical Memphis. I might just go see this one.
Beth Leavel singing "The Winner Takes it All" from Mamma Mia!
John Stamos introducing his Bye Bye Birdie fellow cast members.
Jennifer Damiano from Next to Normal singing "Superboy and the Invisible Girl".
a pixilated Alice Ripley
Aaron Tveit's back!
Cheyenne Jackson's back on Broadway in Finian's Rainbow.
Funnyman Seth Rudetsky who led a "Seasons of Love" singalong. Nice to see the spirit of Rent still alive and well.
The "Seasons of Love" soloist who learned one night that Pavarotti was in the audience, and failed to hit her high note. She promised Seth she'll hit it today, and boy did she ever!


I forgot her last name, but her first name's Shayne.
I'm so excited for Ragtime! Previews begin 23 October and opening night is 15 November.
"Wheels of a Dream" made me teary-eyed.

The rest of the cast came out to sing "Ragtime" afterwards.
West Side Story. Matt Cavenaugh and Josefine Scaglione singing "Tonight".

Ms. Scaglione appeared to wipe away a tear after their performance.
The cast of Billy Elliot performing "Shine", led by Haydn Gwynne.
The ballet girls. Tommy Batchelor was Billy.
New cast member Kerry Butler and the company of Rock of Ages.
They sang "Don't Stop Believin'". This was the last performance of the day.
"New York, New York" sing-along as confetti rained down!
Other performances: Wicked, Jersey Boys (except it was the girls who performed), South Pacific, Hair, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Burn the Floor, Chicago and Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

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