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Free Summer Music Programs in the Times Square Broadway Pedestrian Plazas

Free Summer Music Programs in the Times Square Broadway Pedestrian Plazas

The Times Square Alliance will continue its inaugural season of TSQ ⦁ NYC, approximately 30 hours per week of free summer music and public programming throughout the Broadway Pedestrian Plazas, amidst the lights and sounds of the iconic setting of Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, during August and September.

Programming includes:

  • Broadway Buskers, concerts of original music, hits from yesterday and today, and musical theater tunes with singer-songwriters who happen to be Broadway actors and composers, curated by Ben Cameron, the host of Broadway Sessions, and BroadwayCon, on Tuesdays in August and September from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets. There will be no concert on Tuesday, August 7th.
  • Times Square Jazz, presented by Make Music New York on Thursdays in August from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets. There will not be concerts on August 2nd and August 9th.
  • LIVE • MUSIC • DAILY with MTA Music Under New York solo musicians on Mondays through Fridays in August and September from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Broadway Plazas between 42nd and 44th Streets.
  • Coloring activities in partnership with Strand and Coloring Broadway on Wednesdays in August from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Strand Kiosk on the Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets.

Enjoy a bite and a drink during any of the above programming from TSQ MKT, a year-round culinary showcase of New York City’s most distinctive and unexpected food and retail offerings.

Full details of August and September programming to be announced.

Previously announced programming through August 1st includes the following concerts and events.

BROADWAY BUSKERS
Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets

Broadway actors and composers give performances of their own original work, in addition to their spin on classic hits from yesterday and today, and Broadway songs. Concerts are curated by Ben Cameron (host of Broadway Sessions, BroadwayCon, and The Broadway Cast podcast).

RYAN SCOTT OLIVER
TUESDAY, JULY 31
5:00 p.m.

Plus special guests Ethan Carlson, Ian Fairlee, Sean Green Jr. (Broadway’s Hamilton), Cory Jeacoma (Off Broadway’s Jersey Boys), Conor McShane, Mary Claire Miskell (Broadway’s 13), Kim Onah, Bethany Perkins, Emily Rogers (Broadway’s If/Then), and Donte Wilder.

Ryan Scott Oliver’s musicals include Jasper in Deadland, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Darling, Mrs. Sharp, Out of My Head, and The Frog Prince Continued. He has previously opened Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and contributed an original musical to BroadwayCon. A collection of his work, Rated RSO, has played the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, and New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Oliver is a Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Richard Rodgers Award winner, a Lortel Award nominee, recipient of numerous ASCAP awards, and a Dramatists Guild Fellow. His songbook, Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver: Vol. 1, was published by Hal Leonard in 2011.

LAUREN ELDER
TUESDAY, JULY 31
6:00 p.m.

Lauren Elder has appeared on Broadway in the revivals of Side Show and Hair. Sweet love songs, heartbreaking melodies, and world class whistling meet influences of jazz, folk, and pop for a unique whimsical sound on her debut album of original music.


GLOBAL CROSSROADS
Presented by Make Music New York
Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets

RUBEL
Presented in association with Brasil Summerfest
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Rubel is one of the newest revelations in Brazilian folk music. His first single “Quando Bate Aquela Saudade” went viral and more than 24 million people have watched the video on Youtube since 2015. He went to 22 cities on his first album tour during 2015 and 2016, with 28 sold out concerts. His second album tour has 27 confirmed concerts in 2018 with three that are already sold out. Rubel’s second album, sponsored by Natura Musical, was released last March.


CIRCUS
with The Muse Brooklyn, home of ABCirque
Wednesdays through August 1st from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets

The Muse, a Brooklyn-based contemporary circus company, gives small-scale street performances of its non-traditional circus shows, with acts including juggling, clowning, contortion, acrobatic duos, and more.

 


LIVE • MUSIC • DAILY
with MTA Music Under New York solo musicians
Mondays through Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. through September 28th
Broadway Plazas between 42nd and 44th Streets

Musicians from the MTA’s Music Under New York program — encompassing classical string musicians, jazz ensembles, world music bands, folk and a cappella groups, and singer-songwriters that perform in approximately 30 locations throughout the transit system annually — bring their talents above ground for Times Square audiences.

 

 


COLORING
with the Strand
Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. through August 29th
Strand Kiosk, Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets

Held in partnership with Strand Book Store, weekly coloring sessions include one-of-a-kind pages designed by the team behind Strand’s iconic tote bags, apparel and merchandise, as well as Broadway-themed pages from Coloring Broadway. Coloring materials, original artwork to color, and live musical accompaniment are provided.

 


The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square – cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century. Founded in 1992, the Alliance keeps the neighborhood clean and safe, promotes local businesses, manages area improvements and produces major annual events with partners including New Year’s Eve, Solstice in Times Square and Taste of Times Square. As the custodians of Times Square, the Alliance works every day to improve the quality of life for the neighborhood residents and businesses while driving economic growth in New York City. www.TSq.org  

Images courtesy of Times Square Alliance

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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