By Andrew Gans
28 Oct 2004
The 5:30 PM to-do will kick-off ticket sales for Kids' Night on Broadway, the annual event that allows every adult who purchases a full-price theatre ticket to a second free seat for a child. Held in the Fragrance Arcade on the main floor of Macy's, the evening will also feature performances by cast members of Hairspray, Wonderful Town, Bombay Dreams and Brooklyn.
Kids are encouraged to arrive at Macy's Herald Square dressed as their favorite Broadway characters. Awards will be given to those with the best costumes, and the festivities will also include mini-makeovers and Broadway carved character pumpkins.
John Tartaglia is currently making his Broadway debut in Avenue Q. He received a Tony nomination, a Theatre World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for that performance. The young actor also appeared in the Children of Eden and Hair benefit concerts and in the City Center Encores! presentation of Carnival. His TV credits include eight seasons on "Sesame Street" as well as "Animal Jam," "Bear in the Big Blue House," "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Tartaglia was recently seen in the Empty-Handed concerts at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and has performed solo evenings at the Ars Nova and Joe's Pub.
Macy's Herald Square is located in Manhattan at 151 West 34th Street.
Kids' Night on Broadway 2005 will be held on four consecutive Tuesday evenings: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8 and 15, 2005. Each night will also feature a pre-theatre party at Macy's Herald Square, and all participants will receive a special Kids' Night on Broadway Playbill. Most curtain times will be at 7 PM, and many restaurants in the theatre area will offer special Kids' Night deals.
Among the shows participating in this season's Kids' Night are Avenue Q, Beauty and the Beast, Bombay Dreams, Brooklyn Boy, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, La Cage aux Folles, Little Women, Movin' Out, Rent, The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Wicked and Wonderful Town and Off-Broadway's Cookin' and Stomp.
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, "Every child remembers his or her first Broadway show. On Kids Night on Broadway, families can experience the excitement of taking their kids to the theatre and enjoy a whole array of family-friendly discounts. The Broadway community is committed to providing opportunities for young people to experience the magic of live theatre. We know that the genesis of adult theatergoing often begins with attending theatre as a child. We believe that by making it easier for parents to introduce young people to theatre, Broadway is making a vital investment in its future."
Tickets to Kids' Night on Broadway will be available Oct. 30-Nov. 12 only. For more information, go to www.kidsnightonbroadway.com or call the Broadway Line at 1-888-BROADWAY.