Bryant Park Goes Broadway; "Wicked" Read, "Odd Couple," "Virginia Woolf" Screens

News   Bryant Park Goes Broadway; "Wicked" Read, "Odd Couple," "Virginia Woolf" Screens Manhattan's Bryant Park becomes The Great Green Way again this summer when Broadway and Off-Broadway current and upcoming musicals perform "Broadway In Bryant Park" among other events at the midtown green.

Radio station 106.7 Lite FM presents "Broadway in Bryant Park," featuring current and upcoming stageshows and artists performing showtunes. Starting July 7 and continuing every Thursday through Aug. 18, the series plays at the park from 12:30 PM to approximately 1:30 PM.

The tentative schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

 

 

  • July 7 - Musical of Musicals – The Musical!, Mamma Mia!, STOMP
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  • July 14 - Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Altar Boyz
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  • July 21 - Once Around The Sun, Sweet Charity, Rent, Drumstruck
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  • July 28 - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chicago, Wicked
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  • Aug. 4 - A Dancers Responding to AIDS special presentation (featuring Broadway performers)
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  • Aug. 11 - The Lion King, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up
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  • Aug. 18 - Cookin', Lennon, Actors Fund: Fall Concert Preview Other events at the park will be of note to theatre fans as well. On June 1 (12:30-1:30 PM), author Gregory Maguire reads from his novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" — which served as the inspiration for Broadway's current musical Wicked — as part of the Bryant Park Reading Room series.

    The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 2005 — which screens free movies on the lawn starting at dusk on Monday nights — will feature Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" (a revival of which starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick is expected for Broadway in the fall), Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (which currently runs on Broadway), the moviemusical "The Gay Divorcee" featuring Cole Porter music and "The Way We Were" starring Broadway's original Funny Girl Barbra Streisand and Barefoot in the Park star Robert Redford.

    For more information on Bryant Park event scheduling, visit www.bryantpark.org. For up-to-the-minute changes on "Broadway in Bryant Park," check www.1067litefm.com.