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Valerie Smaldone and her smoldering voice announced the sponsors of American Airlines and The New York Times. Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin and Times Square Alliance’s Tim Thompkins talked about how Broadway brings 11.2 billion dollars and 85,000 jobs to New York. They also told us to remember the firemen who are always in our hearts. Nick Scandelious from the Nederlander Organization introduced Mayor Bloomberg and Kathy Oliver who talked about Spotlight on Broadway.
They honored Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Charles Strouse, Arlene Dahl, Nina Lannan, Matthew Loeb, James M Nederlander and Nick Wyman.
Starting the musical production was the overture “Another Openin’ Another Show,” arrangement by Alex Lacamoire, which included snippets of other shows. To make the show even more exciting was the 30 piece band.
Bob Wankle and the head of the Shuberts introduced co-host of the “Today Show” and the writer of Scandalous: The Life and Trial of Aimee Simple McPherson Kathy Lee Gifford who brought her talents to the stage as well. Her co-host was Hoda. She seemed more like she wanted to sing, but instead she introduced Once the winner of 8 Tony Awards; Steve Kazee and cast singing “Falling Slowly,” but slow was not on the agenda.
Bring It On: The Musical; Stated “Its All Happening” and it is with this terrifically talented, vocally wonderful cast.
Stomp: Swept the stage with “Brooms” and proved everything is musical.
Scandalous: The Life and Trial of Aimee Simple McPherson; On this blustery Sunday, Broadway showcased its talents with Carolee Carmello from Scandalous rehearsing her number. Carolee proves why audiences love Broadway with her emotional glorious voice ringing throughout the soon Fall air. She is sure to be nominated for a Tony and the season has just begun. Aimee Simple McPherson should be cheering in her grave. I know the crowds in Times Square loved her.
Annie: Katie Finneran and Anthony Warlow talked about how Kathie Lee played Ms. Hannigan. Ms. Lee sang more.
Spiderman Turn Off the Dark: Revee Carney came back for a special rock and acrobatic show.
Ed Asner, who will star in “Grace” this season, talked about the plays coming this season.
Bare: Ask the question “Are You There” with acoustic teenage angst.
Nederlander tribute 100 years: Announce on Broadway and Bust, which will be on PBS tonight. Michel Moritz composed a medley sung by 4 unknowns.
Motown: The Musical; “Get Ready,” “Dancing in Streets,” rocked the air and the stage. If you are a fan of this music, and I am, you will be moving and singing in your seats.
Smash: Katherine McPhee introduced Jennifer Hudson who collaborated with her “On Broadway.”
Peter and The StarCatcher’s Celia Kennan-Bolger introduced Newsies who performed “The World Will Know,” showing “Kiddie Power.”
Chicago: Amy Spangler led the cast with “Me and My Baby” with typical Fosse choreography.
Gossip columnist Perez Hilton from “Newsical the Musical” told about the shows coming.
Mamma Mia; Sang their title song and showed youth is alive and well on Broadway. Moving onto “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo” showed that Broadway is dancing into the new season.
Finale: “New York” with the entire cast ended up the morning but it was the audience that sang louder and with more bravura.
All photo’s by: Maryann Lopinto