While "Broadway on Broadway" means old favorites from Phantom and Les Miserables, this year's free annual concert also gives a glimpse of some new musicals -- Jane Eyre, The Full Monty and The Rocky Horror Show.
Marla Schaffel and James Barbour perform “Secret Soul” from Eyre, Patrick Wilson and John Ellison Conlee sing “A Man” from Monty and a collection of cast from Rocky Horror dances "The Time Warp" at the Sept. 10 event in Times Square.
Also, special to Cats' official closing that afternoon, Betty Buckley will recreate her "Memory" for the crowds. Buckley won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress as the original Grizabella.
For the first time ever, WNBC-TV in New York will broadcast Broadway on Broadway live beginning at noon. The expected 50,000 fans who want to see the free concert for themselves can pack into Times Square for the noon to 2 PM event. Also performing will be:
• Cheryl Ladd and Patrick Cassidy, “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," Annie Get Your Gun
• Lea Thompson, “Cabaret,” Cabaret
• Jasmine Guy and Charlotte D’Amboise, “My Own Best Friend,” Chicago
• Claudia Shear, Bob Stillman and Tom Riis Farrell, “Dirty Blonde,” Dirty Blonde
• Shannon Lewis, Ken Alan, and Byron Easley, “I Gotcha,” Fosse
• Sebastian Bach, “This is the Moment,” Jekyll & Hyde
• Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie, “So In Love,” Kiss Me, Kate
• J. Mark McVey, “Bring Him Home,” Les Miserables
• Melinda Chua and Michael Flanigan, “Last Night of the World, "Miss Saigon
• Paige Price and Orfeh, "The Nights on Broadway," Saturday Night Fever While plays don't perform, their casts often introduce musical numbers or brag about Broadway statistics from the League of American Theatres and Producers. The casts from Copenhagen, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Best Man and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife will be on hand in 2000 along with dance-play Contact's Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba.
For more information, visit the Times Square Business Improvement District on the web at http://www.timessquarebid.org/events.