Presented by The League of American Theatres and Producers, this year's tenth annual event features such participating shows as Altar Boyz, Avenue Q, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Rent, Sweet Charity, The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Rabbit Hole, Sweeney Todd, The Color Purple, Stomp! and The Woman in White. The annual Kids’ Night on Broadway Pre-Theatre Bash will be held Jan. 31 from 2:30-6 PM at Madame Tussauds. The cast of the hit Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz will offer a performance, and young theatre fans will also have the chance to meet the puppets of Avenue Q, have their faces painted by the original Phantom of the Opera make-up artist and take part in scavenger hunt with members of the Woman in White cast. Chicago's John O'Hurley will be on hand to sign autographs. A Dancer’s Life's Lianna Ortiz will teach the youngsters several dance moves. The bash will also boast an “Autograph Alley” (set up by the Lance Armstrong figure) and a karaoke section (set up next to the R&B singer Usher figure).
To date, Kids' Night on Broadway has provided hundreds of thousands of kids the chance to attend live New York theatre. In a recent statement League President Jed Bernstein said, "We know that theatregoers who are exposed to the theatre at a young age are more likely to see shows as adults. The fact that the number of youngsters coming to Broadway has been growing at such a significant rate is indeed encouraging for the future of Broadway. With the array of family-oriented entertainment currently on Broadway, and in development, this trend is sure to continue."
For more information, go to www.kidsnightonbroadway.com.