One of theatergoers most eagerly looked forward to events is the free theater block party Broadway on Broadway concert in the heart of Times Square. Today Show’s three-time Emmy-winning co co-host, best-selling author, actress, singer, and now playwright Kathie Lee Gifford will host Sunday’s 20th concert presented by United Airlines and The New York Times and produced by the Broadway League, Times Square Alliance, and IMG Media.
Showtime is 11:30 A.M., but arrive early for best vantages between 46th and 47th streets and Broadway and Seventh Avenue. A 30-piece orchestra will accompany the stars of long-running favorites and the 2012-2013 season’s new musicals. Times Square will be a big block party with thousands of attendees.
In October, Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, with book and lyrics by Gifford, comes to Broadway, so you can expect a preview of that show at Broadway on Broadway. Gifford made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together in 2000, played Miss Hannigan in a record-breaking run of Annie at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. In 2005, she wrote book and lyrics for Under the Bridge, her first musical. She’s also a three-time New York Times best-selling author.
“Kathie Lee’s a Broadway Baby at heart,” says Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, “and not only a true Broadway fan but a constant supporter of New York theater. She sings, she acts, she writes, she hosts, so she’s the perfect headlinert.”
Tim Tompkins, president, Times Square Alliance, agrees and adds, “This year’s Broadway on Broadway is a celebration of 20 years of success of bringing the best of Broadway talent and musicals to millions of New Yorkers and visitors in the world’s most famous hub of live entertainment.”
For more information and a list of shows performing, visit www.BroadwayonBroadway.com. The Music Performance Fund, WCBD-FM 101.1 and Fresh 102.7 FM, and Clear Channel Spectacolor are Broadway on Broadway media partners. Additional Support is provided by the Theatre Development Fund [TKTS].