The Broadway Show League has been in existence since 1955 and remains a unique asset to the community.
July 24 marked the 49th annual All-Star Game. Excitement hung in the air as the two teams, North and South, took to the field to celebrate the day. Softball was not the only focus of the game, as this was a charity event for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The opening ceremonies began with a generous contribution of $50,000, from Anheuser-Busch in the name of the League of American Theatres and Producers.
Dave Anderson presented the check on behalf of Anheuser-Busch and it was accepted by actor Brian Dennehy of Long Days Journey Into the Night. Dennehy was unable to participate in the game due to bad knees, yet he wanted to make a contribution to the cause. Among the others who participated in the opening ceremony were Tom Cavanagh, Tony LoBianco, Patrick Wilson, Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
Winokur, who recently won a Tony for her role in Hairspray, did not participate in this year's Show League but has remained a big fan and attends many of the games played by her boyfriend, who is on the Gypsy team. Winokur has been unable to find time since taking the lead role in Hairspray.
Patrick Wilson, who starred in Oklahoma! and will be seen in HBO's film of Angels in America, represented the South in this year's game. This was his third year as an All-Star and he has been one of the most animated players on the field. Dan Landon, commissioner of the league, along with Duke Castigliano, announced the game. The first inning began with the North in the field and Patrick Wilson at bat for the South. At the inning's conclusion, the South took their first and only lead: 1-0. From then on, the North maintained a lead, as the South was clearly outmatched.
Seth Freed of Blue Man Group was the fourth inning standout, hitting a homerun and adding three more runs for the North.
Though the South lost 14-4, both teams were proud to participate in the event. The game concluded with the announcement of this year's MVPs: Gabe Harris of Urban Cowboy and Seth Freed of Blue Man Group.