Today was the very first time I ever attended "Broadway in Bryant Park," sponsored by LITE 106.7FM. I attended with fellow blogger and friend Jesse North who hosts the very enjoyable "Stage Rush" (which I just happen to be co-hosting with him this week) and my friend Randy Gener (who works at American Theatre Magazine and travels the country speaking about theatre).
This free event happens every summer in Bryant Park in NYC where Broadway and Off-Broadway shows come to Bryant Park and sing a few songs from their show. Today, "Phantom of the Opera," "Hair," "The Fantastics," "Traces," and "Anything Goes" were delighting the packed crowd!
Today was the perfect day for me to go because fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Hugh Panaro was there for "Phantom of the Opera" (which currently plays at The Majestic Theatre in NYC) and I got to hear him sing "Music of the Night!" He did such a stellar job and thankfully my friend Jesse filmed Hugh's excellent performance and I am now able to share with all of you below. In addition to Hugh, Kyle Barisich and Marni Raab sang "All I Ask of You" very beautifully. They both have great voices!
The touring cast of "Hair" (which is currently playing NYC through Sept. 10 at the St. James Theatre in NYC) also performed strongly, singing "Aquarius," "Let The Sunshine In," "Easy To Be Hard," and "Hair."
The cast of "The Fantasticks" (which plays at The Snapple Theatre in NYC) were great as they performed "Try To Remember," "Never Say No," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," and "I Can See It," while "Anything Goes" (which plays at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in NYC) cast members shined as Tari Kelly and Colin Donnell sang "You're The Top," Robert Creighton and Tari Kelly sang "Friendship" and Laura Osnes and Colin Donnell sang "It's De-Lovely," which is captured below thanks to Jesse!
Then there was "Traces," a new Off-Broadway show at The Union Square Theatre in NYC which combines circus with street elements. Their extremely strong performance had the crowd cheering and oooing as the dancers performed various acrobatic moves with no net below. I would describe this show as a combination of "Cirque Du Soleil" and "Stomp." Really terrific and makes me want to go see it!
This was the start to a really incredible day! Following Broadway in Bryant Park, Jesse and I went to film our episode of "Stage Rush" which I will post a link to once it's live. If you have never attend Broadway in Bryant Park, I would suggest going either August 4 or 11 at 12:30pm!