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Three days of Broadway: Curtain Up! Itinerary

Three days of Broadway: Curtain Up! Itinerary

The Curtain Up Broadway Festival is back for a second year and on television.

Playbill, The Broadway League, and Prudential are celebrating Broadway on Broadway with three days of free Broadway events on the Broadway plazas. It’s all happening this weekend, from Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2! Here is your guide to the dozens of events that will be happening throughout the district, from concerts to sing-alongs and more. Best yet, the showstopping finale will be televised on WABC-TV, so you can watch along even if you can’t make it in person!

Plus, you can stop by any of the Curtain Up participating restaurants in the district to discover their special Curtain Up menu items and offers this weekend.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS COMPLETELY FREE OUTDOOR BROADWAY FESTIVAL:

Head to the Curtain Up! Mainstage on Duffy Square for:

  • Incredible live concerts, including the official kick-off celebration (Friday), a star-studded benefit for the Entertainment Community Fund (Saturday) and the spectacular finale concert featuring performances from 19 current and upcoming Broadway shows (Sunday)
  • A large-scale street party with a Broadway DJ and special guest performers
  • A revelatory dance workshop from Alvin Ailey
  • A game show that will test Broadway stars on their theater knowledge

Head to the Belt it Out on Broadway Dueling Pianos Presented by Prudential on the Broadway Plaza between 45th and 46th Streets and sing along to your favorite tunes with:

  • Sing-alongs with songs and performers from Chicago, Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, and Kinky Boots
  • Curtain Up After Dark concerts with performers like T. Oliver Reid, Conrad Ricamora, Jeanna de Waal, N’Kenge, Lauren Pritchard, and more

Head to the Sing for Hope Pianos on Broadway between 47th and 48th Streets for concerts with special guest pianists or the chance to play a tune or two yourself!

And of course, make sure to check out photo opportunities and AR experiences throughout the plazas between 45th and 48th Streets.

Curtain Up is presented by Prudential and sponsored in part by Wagoneer and Audible Theater, with additional support from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Music Performance Trust Fund, and Hotel Edison.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

2:00–3:00pm: Official Curtain Up! Kick-Off (Mainstage)

  • A Strange Loop actors John Andrew Morrison and James Jackson Jr. host our official start to the weekend’s festivities, featuring a bunch of guest speakers (we’re all very excited!) and performances from Norm Lewis (Phantom of the Opera), Brittney Johnson (Wicked), and Kerry Butler (Beetlejuice)

3:00–3:30pm: Chicago Sing-Along

3:45–4:15pm: Wicked Sing-Along

4:30–5:00pm: Little Shop of Horrors Hits Sing-Along

5:30–6:30pm: The Broadway Block Party (Mainstage)

  • Ever gone to a party and thought, “This is fine, but it would be more fun if they were playing showtunes”? This party is for you! Guest performers include Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Matt DeAngelis (Waitress), Apollo Levine (MJ), Tracee Beazer (Frozen), Raymond J Lee (Groundhog Day), and Lee Siegel (Paradise Square)

6:30–8:00pm: Curtain Up After Dark — Broadway Sings: The Golden Age of Broadway

  • Performers: T. Oliver Reid (Hadestown), Conrad Ricamora (Soft Power), Jessica Keenan Wynn (Beautiful), Morgan James (Motown the Musical), Jeanna de Waal (Diana), Corey Mach (Kinky Boots), Mary Kate Morrissey (Mean Girls), and Allison Semmes (Motown)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

10:30–11:15am: Ailey’s Revelations Dance Workshop (Mainstage)

  • Wear comfy clothing for this dance workshop from the Alvin Ailey instructors!

11:30—11:45am: Kinky Boots Sing-Along

12:30—2:00pm: Belt It Out on Broadway Dueling Pianos Presented by Prudential

1:00–1:30pm: Playbill: The Game Show LIVE! (Mainstage)

  • Christopher Sieber (Company) hosts this fun and fast-paced game testing Julia Murney (Wicked), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), and Shereen Pimentel (West Side Story) on their knowledge of all things Broadway

3:00–3:45pm: Audible Theater presents Jason Gotay (Mainstage)

  • Jason Gotay takes the stage and sings selections from his Audible Original, Where You’ll Find Me

4:00–5:00pm: Belt It Out on Broadway Dueling Pianos Presented by Prudential

5:00–6:30pm: “One Night Only” – A Benefit Concert for The Entertainment Community Fund (Mainstage)

  • Supporting an important cause and enjoying a fantastic concert: two great tastes that taste great together. This benefit performance will support the Entertainment Community Fund, which provides a safety net for workers in the performing arts industry.The list of special guests for this concert is so long that you’d be scrolling forever if we put it in full, but it includes stars like Santino Fontana (Tootsie), Mary Kate Morrissey (Mean Girls), Carolee Carmello (1776 revival), T.3 (did you know they’re all actors?), and many, many more.

6:30–8:00pm: Curtain Up After Dark — Rockers on Broadway: Live in Times Square

  • Performers: Rob Evan (Jekyll & Hyde), N’Kenge (Caroline, or Change), Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys), Jen Perry (Kinky Boots), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening) Max  Sangerman (Smokey Joe’s Café), Bligh Voth (The Band’s Visit), and more

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2

11:00am – 1:00pm: Curtain Up! LIVE from Broadway (Mainstage)

  • Live on Broadway, it’s… Broadway! A grand outdoor event hosted by Amber Ruffin and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, this concert will showcase the new Broadway season with performances from the stars of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical; A Strange Loop; Aladdin; & Juliet; Beetlejuice; The Book of Mormon; Chicago; Death of a Salesman; Funny Girl; Hadestown; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Into the Woods; The Lion King; MJ The Musical; Moulin Rouge! The Musical; The Music Man; The Phantom of the Opera; Six; and WickedCan’t make it in person? First of all, we’ll miss you! Second of all, you can watch the full concert live broadcast on WABC-TV (and we hope you do!)

1:00–3:00pm: Belt It Out on Broadway Dueling Pianos Presented by Prudential

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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, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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