Hollywood has its Walk of Fame, and now New York will have a Walk of Stars.
MGM star Arlene Dahl, who was one of the very first actresses to receive a star on the renowned Walk of Fame, has spearheaded a campaign to launch a Walk of Stars along Broadway.
As president and founder of The Broadway Walk of Stars Foundation, Inc., Dahl will host a reception to introduce the new Walk of Stars, which will salute legendary performers in the worlds of theatre, motion pictures, television, music and dance. In a statement, Dahl said, "This exciting new endeavor is a long-overdue tribute to the greatest artists of our time. The Broadway Walk of Stars will celebrate the talent, vitality and rich cultural history of New York City, and is a wonderful testimony to the enduring spirit of New York."
The Oct. 10 reception — 6 to 8 PM — will be held in the River House duplex of theatre/film producer Marty Richards, and Carol Channing — the famed Hello, Dolly! star — will be one of the first to receive a star on Broadway. Channing will be presented with a replica of her star by Dolly! composer Jerry Herman.
The Broadway Walk of Stars will begin on the sidewalks of Broadway at Times Square, with specially designed stars to be placed in the sidewalks throughout Times Square area. Alvin Cooperman, the executive director of the foundation comments, "The Broadway Walk of Stars is a perfect way to welcome a groundbreaking era in Big Apple history. New York City is the entertainment capital of the world, and we are in the midst of a sweeping cultural renaissance with the revitalization of the historic Times Square area." —By Andrew Gans