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10 Concerts, Cabarets and Special Events Featuring Your Favorite Broadway Stars

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|by Mikey Miller |


Including a Broadway tribute to the Jonas Brothers

One of the greatest things about Broadway performers is that they are celebrities who often make themselves accessible to the public. Instead of hiding away in the Hollywood Hills and constantly trying to evade the paparazzi, Broadway stars make their livings off of appearing live, especially around Manhattan. While it is likely that if you spend enough time in the theater district, you’ll probably run into one or two of them on the street (not to mention the constant accessibility they provide through stage dooring), we’ve made your interest in seeing your Broadway stars outside of a Broadway show a little easier for you, rounding up some of their shows and events coming to the Big Apple this fall.

Tony winner Alice Ripley performs at Feinstein’s/54 Below (Photo: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

Tony winner Alice Ripley performs at Feinstein’s/54 Below (Photo: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

54 Below Sings Jonas Brothers featuring Allie Trimm, Luca Padovan, and more
As you are probably aware, the boy band the Jonas Brothers (who achieved the height of their fame in the mid-to-late 2000s) have reunited. However, if you’re not able to catch the JoBros on their comeback concert tour, you can enjoy some of their most classic tunes and their newest bops sung by some of your favorite Broadway stars right in Midtown at Feinstein’s/54 Below. 54 Sings Jonas Brothers takes the stage at the famed venue on Sunday, September 8, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and some of the talents featured include Luca Padovan (who originated the role of Billy in School of Rock and whom you probably remember for his iconic performance as Eliza in Hamilton’s “The Schuyler Sisters” at MCC’s 2016 Miscast), Allie Trimm (Kim MacAfee in the 2008 revival of Bye Bye Birdie and Patrice in the original production of 13), Anthony Norman (The Prom) and Morgan Siobhan Green (Be More Chill). Bring your besties, and burn up in the year 3000!

Jackie Hoffman: Themeless at Joe’s Pub
Jackie Hoffman has established herself in the Broadway community as someone who is consistently unpredictable, snarky and, perhaps most importantly, uproariously funny. Currently starring as Yente in the Off-Broadway Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof, Hoffman’s extensive Broadway résumé includes playing Mrs. Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Madame Dilly in On the Town, Grandma in The Addams Family, Calliope and Aphrodite in Xanadu, and the Female Authority Figure in Hairspray. And in 2017, she received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the feisty housekeeper Mamacita in FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan. Hoffman has become known for her raucous solo shows at Joe’s Pub, and you can catch her in her last of four hysterical performances of Themeless this Sunday, August 25, at 9:30 P.M.

Alice Ripley: The @RIPLEYTHEBAND Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below
If you’ve ever wondered why Tony Award winner Alice Ripley’s social media handles are @RIPLEYTHEBAND, now you can know why! Ripley has been seen on Broadway as Diana Goodman in Next to Normal, Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Show, Violet Hilton in Side Show, Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard and Fantine in Les Misérables, among others. She was most recently seen as Trisha Lee in the one-woman off-Broadway production of The Pink Unicorn and as the Witch in the one-night-only concert version of Into the Woods at the Town Hall. Ripley’s band, Ripleytheband, unites for two shows next week, on Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, both at 9:30 p.m. at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Ripley’s bandmates include pianist Christopher Schelling and guitarist Kevin Kuhn. For this engagement, Ripley brings along her Next to Normal costar and stage daughter, Jennifer Damiano.

Jason Danieley: Heart to Heart at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Perhaps known to many contemporary theatergoers as the husband to the late great Marin Mazzie, the incredible Jason Danieley has had a successful Broadway career himself. Most recently seen as Philip Stuckey in Pretty Woman, Danieley’s Broadway résumé includes stints as Billy Flynn in Chicago, Frederich Kuhn in The Visit, Dan Goodman in Next to Normal, Aaron Fox in Curtains, Malcolm MacGregor in The Full Monty, and Candide in Candide, a performance for which he received a Theatre World Award. For four performances, from September 18, to September 21, Danieley, who is no stranger to performing solo shows, can be found in his “A Heart to Heart” at Feinstein’s/54 Below. He’ll be singing songs and telling stories from the heart, and the evening will feature classics including “I Believe in You,” “My Romance,” “Time After Time” and “Young and Foolish.”

Harvey Fierstein: Bella Bella at New York City Center
Known for his signature gravelly voice, Four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein has been a force to reckon with in the Broadway community. An actor, playwright and voice actor, Fierstein’s Broadway acting credits include Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and Albin in La Cage aux Folles, and his playwriting and bookwriting credits include Torch Song, La Cage aux Folles, Legs Diamond, A Catered Affair, Newsies, Kinky Boots and Casa Valentina. This fall, Fierstein takes over the New York City Center in his solo show Bella Bella, which chronicles politician Bella Abzug’s 1976 quest to become New York’s first female Senator. Previews for Fierstein’s show begin on Tuesday, October 1, and performances continue until Sunday, December 1.

Krysta Rodriguez at Feinstein’s/54 Below
When you’re Krysta Rodriguez, you make your solo Feinstein’s/54 Below debut this fall! Rodriguez is an incredibly accomplished actress, who has appeared on Broadway as Ilse in Spring Awakening, Casey in First Date, Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and Bebe in A Chorus Line. She has also had an extensive television career, taking on roles in shows such as Smash, Trial & Error, Quantico, Younger, Chasing Life, The Mysteries of Laura, Married and Gossip Girl. And now, she’s getting ready to originate the role of Megara in the world premiere musical adaptation of the animated Disney film Hercules. During her show, Rodriguez will revisit her illustrious career, alongside a cavalcade of her friends as special guests.

Flea Market
If the Broadway community is two things, it is consistently supportive of each other and rooted in tradition. Sunday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction takes over Shubert Alley, which connects West 44th and 45th Streets between Broadway and 8th Avenue and is adjacent to the Shubert Theater, the Booth Theater and Junior’s Cheesecake. Now in its thirty-third year, the Broadway Flea Market benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of America’s leading industry-based nonprofits with the goal of combating HIV and finding a cure for AIDS. At the Flea Market, an event that has been deemed by many as “Broadway Christmas,” you’ll be able to find collectibles, treasures and mementos of all kinds, including Playbills and posters autographed by your favorite Broadway stars. Over sixty actors are slated to be at the autograph table and photo booth, and who knows how many more might make an appearance there during the day?

Joel Grey in “Holmes and Tevye: Fiddlers on the Roof” at the 92nd Street Y
Joel Grey has graced the theater world in a quite different way than we’re used to this season – he directed the acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, which transferred uptown to Stage 42 from the Museum of Jewish Heritage and won this year’s Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Grey, however, is known as one of the most prominent musical theater performers to have ever performed on Broadway, having created the iconic roles of the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret (a role he recreated for the Bob Fosse-helmed film version), George M. Cohan in George M!, and the Wizard in Wicked. He’s also been seen on Broadway as Amos Hart in Chicago, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, and Firs in The Cherry Orchard, among others. At the 92nd Street Y on October 23, at 7 P.M., you can catch Grey in “Holmes and Tevye: Fiddlers on the Roof,” a conversation about author Nicholas Meyer’s new book, which brings Sherlock Holmes to Tsarist Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, the exact setting of Fiddler on the Roof. Grey and Meyer are going to discuss the context of both of their works and the Jewish history and themes that embody the spirits of their stories.

Billy Porter at the 92nd Street Y
Also appearing at the 92nd Street Y is the Tony Award-winning and Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated Billy Porter, who has been seen on the Great White Way as Aubrey Lyles in Shuffle Along, Lola in Kinky Boots, Teen Angel in Grease and John in Miss Saigon. Porter currently stars as fashion designer Pray Tell in FX’s Pose. He is also known for his incredible cover of “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and his karaoke rendition of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from Gypsy during a commercial break at this year’s Tony Awards. On Wednesday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m., you can catch Porter in conversation with Fern Mallis, who often sits down with and interviews fashion icons. Porter has achieved widespread acclaim for the extravagant and gender-defying outfits he donned at the Met Gala and several awards shows this season.

Chita Rivera at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Chita likes the island Manhattan! After two sold-out engagements at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway diva Chita Rivera returns for a third this fall, shining bright on 54th Street for seven performances from Tuesday, October 8, to Wednesday, October 16. In a spectacular career spanning almost seven decades and resulting in two Tony Awards, a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre, a Kennedy Center Honors Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Rivera originated the roles of Anita in West Side Story, Rose Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Anna in The Rink, Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, herself in Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life and Claire Zachanassian in the musical version of The Visit. Rivera’s Feinstein’s/54 Below show has been praised by the New York Times, the Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Times, you are certain to find this bright star just as charming and dazzling.

For more of the best of Broadway this season, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in September 2019

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