The sounds of the smash musical revival, 42nd Street, echoed at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan Sept. 27 for a taping of "The Late Show With David Letterman," set to air tonight, Sept. 27, on CBS.
Michael Cumpsty, Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole, Meredith Patterson, David Elder and the cast celebrate Broadway by singing a medley that pays homage to Manhattan's neon, midtown heart — they sing and dance "42nd Street" and "The Lullaby of Broadway."
Letterman, who has often used Broadway casts from Cats and Miss Saigon for comic effect, allows the company to play it straight and sing from the heart. The talk show host has been at his most sincere since the Sept. 11 tragedy that killed 6,000 in Manhattan at the World Trade Center. Since returning to the air the week of Sept. 17, he has invited guests who have illuminated the events in clear, everyday terms and has taken a cue from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and encouraged Americans to return to New York City as a vibrant tourist destination.
Letterman also welcomes New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on the broadcast Sept. 27. Letterman airs weeknights 11:35 PM to 12:35 AM (ET) on CBS.
42nd Street continues at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.