Held in Times Square, this year's free outdoor concert will feature numbers from almost every musical now playing as well as sneak peeks from upcoming productions. Spectators — which are expected to number 50,000 — will have the opportunity to enjoy scenes from Hairspray, The Producers, Nine, Gypsy, Big River, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Cabaret, Rent and The Phantom of the Opera as well as those from the forthcoming productions of Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, Taboo and Never Gonna Dance. The afternoon will also offer glimpses of upcoming plays: Retreat from Moscow, Golda's Balcony and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.
In addition to his Tony-winning roles in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nathan Lane has starred on The Great White Way in Present Laughter, Merlin, The Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Man Who Came to Dinner. The actor has also been featured in such films as "Addams Family Values," "Mousehunt," "Love's Labour's Lost" and "The Birdcage," scoring a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the latter. He was also recently seen in the film adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby," and it looks likely that the actor will return to his Producers role New Year's Eve.
Jane Krakowski won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Nine and will end her run in that Tony-winning revival Oct. 5. Krakowski made her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express and later appeared in Tartuffe, Company, Once Upon a Mattress and Grand Hotel, earning Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work in the latter. Other theatrical credits include the City Center Encores! production of One Touch of Venus, Henceforward and a concert version of Mack and Mabel. Perhaps best known for her work as Elaine Vassal on TV's "Ally McBeal," Krakowski's additional screen credits include "Life Happens," "Mrs. Winterbourne," "Stepping Out," "Fatal Attraction," "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas," "Go," "Due South" and "Search for Tomorrow."
Presented by Toys "R" Us, Continental Airlines and Visa and produced by The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., the free Broadway on Broadway event will also be filmed by WNBC-4 for broadcast on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 PM. In a statement, League President Jed Bernstein said, "Broadway on Broadway is a great way to start the new season, by bringing the finest Broadway talent out of the theatres onto a giant outdoor stage in the heart of the theatre district for a free Sunday concert for all New Yorkers (and the people who love to visit them) to enjoy."
Founded in 1930, The League of American Theatres and Producers boasts over 500 members, including theatre owners, operators, producers and presenters of Broadway productions in New York and throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, go to www.BroadwayonBroadway.com.