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Wicked Fun: Broadway Shows Up in Bryant Park

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Feeling a little Wicked in the middle of your work week over on Avenue Q? Well don’t be an American Idiot, just grab a Fela! and Stomp on over to Bryant Park for a Next to Normal Broadway experience.

Okay, okay, in all seriousness, if you’d like to see some performances from your favorite Broadway musicals or you want a sneak peek at some other shows you’ve heard some buzz about, then head on over to Broadway in Bryant Park.

The summer stage at Bryant Park is host to Broadway’s most popular musicals every Thursday at 12:30pm. The famous green chairs are set out in a semi circle as 106.7 Lite FM host of the Lite at Nite show, Delilah, introduces acts from various musicals.

This past Thursday, July 22, started out with a performance from Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s revival of, A Little Night Music. The show currently stars Bernadette Peters and Elaine Strich but neither were present in the park. It was a short performance as a young woman sang “A Weekend in the Country” and exited the stage.

Following that up were a few numbers from the new musical Falling for Eve. Based on David Howard’s play Adam Alone, this play explores the ancient love story of Adam and Eve. Stars Krystal Joy Brown (Eve), Jose Llana (Adam), and Sasha Sloan (God-She) sang hit songs:  “I Like You,” “Good Things Are Coming,” and “Where Will I Sleep Tonight?” If this sounds like a show you’d be interested to see, then don’t wait because Falling for Eve‘s short run at The York Theater at St. Peter’s ends August 8th.

Next up was a fan favorite, Chicago. From the musical about two murderous women searching for fame, the audience saw a performance of “All That Jazz,” “All They Care About Is Love,” “Roxie,” and “My Own Best Friend.” Chicago is currently the sixth longest running show on Broadway with more than six Tony Awards and even a couple Grammy’s. You may have seen the movie but there’s nothing like a Broadway performance.

Finally the show was rounded up by a few performances from the new hit musical, Rock of Ages, staring American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis. Rock of Ages is a love story set in the late 1980′s and encompasses all the great rock songs of that era. The cast rocked out to “Here I Go Again,” by Whitesnake, “High Enough,” by Styx,” and had the crowd singing along to “Don’t Stop Believing,” by Journey. It was announced that Rock of Ages will start a cross country tour in late September and also that Constantine ends his run with the show in that same month. It is unclear as to whether he is leaving the show in order to go on the tour or if he’s leaving for good.

If all that excitement isn’t enough to make you take trip over to Bryant Park, maybe the free give-a-ways will help. The event is sponsored by Bank of America, 106.7 Lite FM, and JCPenny among others. All of these sponsors had some form of give-a-way, whether a free fan, a JCPenny tote, or entry to a sweepstakes,  a $500 JCPenny shopping spree or you could enter to win free Broadway tickets for a year.

All in all the performances ran a little over an hour. If you’re interested, check out the next three weeks of upcoming Broadway in Bryant Park performances before the summer flies by.

July 29, 2010
- The Lion King
- The Addams Family
- Wicked
- Next to Normal

August 5, 2010
- Avenue Q
- Fela!
- Million Dollar Quartet

August 12, 2010
- Mamma Mia!
- American Idiot
- La Cage Aux Folles
- West Side Story
- Mary Poppins

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