Presented by The League of American Theatres and Producers, Toys "R" Us and Madame Tussaud's New York, this year's seventh annual event will feature a pre-theatre party from 3 to 6:30 PM at the Times Square Madame Tussaud's. Hosted by the current Billy Flynn of Chicago, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, kids of all ages will get the chance to meet Cabaret's Neil Patrick Harris and Tom Bosley. The event will also include an autograph booth, choreography sessions, hair and make-up stations, mock auditions, karaoke and a costume shop.
Among the shows participating in this season's Kids' Night are Aida, Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Chicago, Hairspray, Flower Drum Song, La Bohème, Les Misèrables, Mamma Mia!, Man of La Mancha, Metamorphoses, Oklahoma!, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Stomp, Tartuffe and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
In addition, nearly two dozen restaurants in the theatre district — Barbetta, Broadway Joe Steak House, Café Un Deux Trois, Casa di Meglio, Danny's Grand Sea Palace, Hamburger Harry's, Hurley's Saloon, Joe Franklin's, La Rivista, La Strada, Lundy's Midtown, Manhattan Chili Company, Matt's Grill, Palm Restaurant Westside, Pergola Des Artistes, Planet Hollywood, Playwright Act II, Rene Pujol, St. Andrews, Stage Deli, Texas Texas and The World (WWE) — will offer "family-friendly dinner discounts." And, for the first time, a special proclamation for Kids' Night on Broadway will be issued by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
To date, Kids' Night on Broadway has provided over 200,000 kids the chance to attend live New York theatre. In a statement League President Jed Bernstein said, "The Broadway community is committed to providing opportunities for young people to experience the magic of live theatre. Kids represent the next generation of our audience, and we believe that by making it easier for parents to introduce young people to theatre, Broadway is making a vital investment in its future."
For more information, go to www.kidsnightonbroadway.com or call the Broadway Line at 1-888-BROADWAY.