Presented by The League of American Theatres and Producers, this year's tenth annual event features 20 participating shows, including 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, Souvenir, Sweeney Todd, The Color Purple, Stomp! and The Woman in White. Tony Award winner John Lithgow, currently on Broadway in Scoundrels, is this year's celebrity spokesperson.
In a statement Lithgow said, "As a Broadway actor, father, and children’s book author, it is a great privilege to be this year’s spokesperson. It is vital that we continue to develop this future generation of loyal theatregoers through programs like Kids’ Night on Broadway and I am delighted to lend my support."
To date, Kids' Night on Broadway has provided hundreds of thousands of kids the chance to attend live New York theatre. In a 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."
Tickets to Kids' Night on Broadway will be available Oct. 28-Nov. 13 only. For more information, go to www.kidsnightonbroadway.com.
* A special writing contest for kids 8-18 is also part of this year's celebration. Entitled "My Favorite Broadway Memory" or "Why theatre is important to me," essays of no more than 500 words should be submitted to www.kidsnightonbroadway.com. Winning essays will be published in the Kids' Night souvenir Playbill, and the winner will receive a $100 TDF gift certificate to a local restaurant.