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The Top 6 Moments From Stars in the Alley 2019

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|by Danielle Moore |

Rain didn't stop Broadway’s stars from giving masterful performances

On Friday, May 10th, Broadway’s best and brightest convened outside the Booth Theatre for Stars in the Alley, the Broadway League’s annual outdoor pre-Tonys concert. Hosted by Beetlejuice’s Alex Brightman and Aladdin’s Michael James Scott, the event made good on its “rain or shine” promise, with both performers and event attendees battling intermittent showers for the majority of the concert without ever losing enthusiasm. With performances from both this year’s Tony-nominated musicals (like Tootsie and The Prom) and returning favorites (like Come From Away), as well as appearances from actors from hit Broadway plays, there was no shortage of memorable moments from this year’s concert. Here are six of our favorites.

Jenn Colella and the cast of ‘Come From Away’ performing at Stars in the Alley 2018 (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Broadway League)

Jenn Colella and the cast of ‘Come From Away’ performing at Stars in the Alley 2018 (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Broadway League)

An Oklahoma! Singalong
James Davis, who plays Will Parker in the Tony-nominated revival of Oklahoma!, kicked off the concert with a folksy rendition of “Kansas City.” The number usually features not only the character of Will Parker, though, but also the ensemble, meaning that some vocal interjections were missing from the song. The Stars in the Alley audience happily filled these in, however, opening the show on a rousing note.

The Ferryman Kids Introduce “Hakuna Matata”  
A chorus of “awww”s overtook Shubert Alley when two of the young stars of The Ferryman, Michael Quinton McArthur and Matilda Lawler, took the United Airlines stage to introduce “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King. The pint-sized actors, who portray cousins in the Tony-nominated play, gave a sweet shoutout to Paddy Considine, Laura Donnelly and Fionnula Flannigan, the Ferryman actors up for Tony Awards this year.

The Sun Shines on King Kong’s Christiani Pitts
While performing “The Last of Our Kind” from King Kong – which is nominated for 3 Tony Awards this year, and has already been awarded a Special Tony Award for the puppetry of its larger-than-life title character – Christinani Pitts lifted her head skyward at the same moment that the sun came out, full-force, for the remainder of the festivities, casting a glow on her powerful performance. 

Alex Brightman’s High School Musical Debut
While acting as the event’s energetic onstage emcee, Alex Brightman – who has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for portraying the title character in Beetlejuice – noted that most of the event’s performers had likely starred in their all their high school musicals. His own personal history, however, contradicts this. Brightman shared that he only musical he ever appeared in at this San Jose, California high was was a “semi-improvisational” musical called Seven Ages of Bob. “Do with that information what you will,” he quipped.

Stephanie Styles of Kiss Me, Kate! Recruits Alex Brightman
For her giggle-inducing rendition of Cole Porter’s “Always True to You in My Fashion,” Stephanie Styles of Kiss Me, Kate! dragged a seemingly unsuspecting Alex Brightman into the act. The two funny actors shared the stage for the first part of the physically comedic number, allowing Brightman to follow in the footsteps of Tootsie’s Julie Halston at BroadwayCon in playing Lois Lane’s suitor. If only we could all be so lucky!

Hadestown’s Fates Change the Game
While there has been a significant amount of buzz surrounding Hadestown’s stars, since principals Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page and Andre DeShields have all been nominated for Tony Awards for their performances in the jazz-inflected tale of the underworld, Broadway fans at Stars in the Alley were treated to a performance from a different, but no less impressive, set of performers from the show. Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad commanded the stage for “When the Chips Are Down,” a sly midtempo number in which their precise choreography and smooth harmonies captivated the crowd.

For more of the best of Broadway this Tonys season, check out our full list of the 2019 Tony Award Nominees.

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