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Top 10 Reasons Not to Miss Stars in the Alley 2019

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|by Mikey Miller |

Stars of ‘Hadestown,’ ‘Tootsie’ & more are slated to perform May 10th

Summer is almost upon us, and that means that it’s time to start an incredible season of outdoor concerts. This Friday, May 10, the Broadway community welcomes both the warmer weather and the theater awards season with The Broadway League’s annual Stars in the Alley concert. The free event will take place rain or shine at 1 p.m. on Friday in Shubert Alley, which is located between 44th and 45th Streets and 7th and 8th Avenues, sandwiched between the Shubert Theater, the Booth Theater and Junior’s. We’ve rounded up some of the performances and appearances that we’re most looking forward to seeing at this year’s event.

Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs perform a number from ‘Aladdin’ at Stars in the Alley 2018 (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Broadway League)

Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs perform a number from ‘Aladdin’ at Stars in the Alley 2018 (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Broadway League)

Beetlejuice’s Alex Brightman
Alex Brightman, who received a Tony nomination for his performance as the ghoulish title character in Beetlejuice, will serve as the main host of Stars in the Alley. With a Broadway résumé whose credits include Dewey Finn (Jack Black’s character) in School of Rock, Michael Wormwood in Matilda and Boq in Wicked, Brightman is sure to bring his wacky, zany personality to the event to make it incredibly enjoyable for everyone.

Aladdin’s Michael James Scott 
While Brightman takes the lead onstage, Michael James Scott will be hosting the event from backstage via Instagram. As all the performances are unfolding in front of the live audience, Scott will be able to provide fans with a look into all the work that’s happening behind the scenes so that the event can run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Scott is currently starring as the larger-than-life Genie in Aladdin.

The Cast of Hadestown
One of the twenty-two Broadway musicals participating in this year’s Stars in the Alley is Hadestown, folk singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s musical that modernizes the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Hadestown, which opened just three weeks ago on April 17, garnered fourteen Tony nominations, the most of any production this year. Starring André De Shields (The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) and Eva Nobelzada (Miss Saigon), Hadestown is guaranteed to bring a unique performance that will impress.

The Prom’s Caitlin Kinnunen
Caitlin Kinnunen has become one of the breakout stars of this season on Broadway, just having received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Kinnunen currently plays Emma, an out lesbian whose Indiana high school canceled its prom instead of allowing her to attend with her girlfriend, in The Prom, one of the five musicals nominated for Best Musical. Kinnunen, whose previous Broadway credits include Carolyn in The Bridges of Madison County and Thea in Spring Awakening, has become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and body positivity on her social media, and we’re looking forward to her bringing her acting and singing chops to Shubert Alley this Friday.

Tootsie’s Sarah Stiles
The other Tony-nominated performer scheduled to appear at Stars in the Alley is Sarah Stiles, who plays Sandy Lester in the Tony-nominated musical Tootsie, about what happens when a talented yet notoriously difficult actor (portrayed by Tony nominee Santino Fontana) must disguise himself as a woman in order to find work. Stiles also has quite a few Broadway shows under her belt as well, having appeared as Jessica in Hand to God, Muriel Bunson in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q. We’re excited to see Stiles perform.

Beetlejuice’s Rob McClure
Rob McClure gained widespread media attention this past week after he posted something he deemed incredibly “sentimental” on Twitter. When McClure was eleven years old, he sat in seat D8 in the mezzanine in the Winter Garden Theatre and saw the original Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. The performance inspired him to pursue an acting career, and several decades later, he is playing Adam Maitland in Beetlejuice in that same theater. McClure left a note with that story and the message that dreams do come true for the person sitting in D8, and while he still doesn’t know who was fortunate enough to find his note, he was asked by the New York Times to write an article about it. We’re looking forward to seeing McClure on Friday.

Dear Evan Hansen’s Andrew Barth Feldman
This sixteen-year-old took Broadway by storm this season as he was plucked right from high school to star as Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen on the Great White Way. Feldman won the 2018 Jimmy Award for Best Actor, and a lead producer for the musical just happened to be in the audience. Feldman, who is a high school junior, currently performs five times a week in the show, and with all the incredible press surrounding him, we’re thrilled that we’ll be getting a glimpse into his take on the role.

The Cast of Be More Chill
Last summer, Be More Chill took Off-Broadway by storm (after gaining an unprecedented online following), and it’s now found a home on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. Although the show’s only Tony nomination went to composer-lyricist Joe Iconis, Be More Chill, which features songs as “Loser Geek Whatever,” “Michael in the Bathroom” and “The Smartphone Hour (Rich Set a Fire),” has become a sensation, especially among younger Broadway fanatics. Quite a few members of the cast, including George Salazar, Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Marcus, Tiffany Mann and Britton Smith, are slated to appear.

Stars of Broadway’s Hottest Plays
Who said that only musicals get to participate in the fun at concerts? This year, three Broadway plays are slated to make appearances. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which chronicles Harry Potter’s life as his son is about to begin his tenure at Hogwarts and which won last year’s Tony for Best Play, is expected to show. Also slated to appear are two of the Tony nominees for Best Play: Ink (about when a young Rupert Murdoch decided to purchase The Sun) and What the Constitution Means to Me (in which author Heidi Schreck debates the merits of the document that outlines the basic tenets of our nation).

Returning Favorites
Just because a musical has been on Broadway for a more than a season doesn’t mean that it has to stop being featured in concerts. You can check out some of your favorite shows this Friday at Stars in Alley, which will include performances from long-running Broadway shows such as Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Waitress and Wicked.

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

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