"Walkin' Broadway" is the name of the audio tour created by Town Square Productions. The walking tour sends tourists and curious locals on a journey through Times Square, the narrative pausing before the area's many landmark Broadway theatres to impart stories about the shows and personalities which at one time found a home inside.
The tour costs $10 and available between 1 PM and 5 PM at Colony Music, the retail record and sheet music store which has long stood at the northwest corner of Broadway and 49th Street. (The store's neon sign of a skirted girl joyfully holding aloft a giant vinyl disc is known to every New Yorker.)
The tape features humorous and historical tales of the Great White Way. Interwoven with the narration provided by Elliot Forrest are quotes from several theatre artists and craftspeople, as well as excerpts from more than 60 Broadway cast recordings.
Among the artists featured are Gary Beach, Hinton Battle, Cy Coleman, Ossie David, Ruby Dee, Jules Fisher, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Celeste Holm, Tom Jones, Stephen Schwartz, Dick Scanlan, Mary Rodgers, Chita Rivera, Hal Prince, Patricia Birch, Robert LuPone, Alan Menken, James Naughton and Hal Prince. Also featured are the Shubert Organization's Gerald Schoenfeld, veteran press agent Harvey Sabinson, historian Nicholas Van Hoogstraten and photographer Aubrey Reuben.
A spokesperson for Town Square said the tapes would be updated at least three times a season, in the interest of accuracy and timeliness.