Monday, January 02, 2006

Walkin' Broadway: They Say the Neon Lights are Bright...

Walkin' Broadway, brought to you by Town Square Productions sounds like a really cool way to experience the past and present of Broadway.

It's a pretty straightforward idea. Take a headset-guided tour of the theater district and listen to selections from shows, and hear stars, past and present, talk about the history of Broadway.

Sounds like fun!

From the Web site:

Walkin' Broadway is the newest attraction to hit Times Square and makes Broadway's Theater District come alive for theater fans and international tourists. This self-guided audio tour delivers theater, history, architecture, music, humor and the true beat of New York City right in front of your eyes...and in your ears!

The stories of Broadway, the infamous tales and the backstage secrets, are shared by the very stars and creative teams that have created 'your' favorite shows. Over 40 voices -- including producers, actors, directors, designers, theater owners, and industry specialists -- are woven into the tour hosted by A&E Television personality Elliott Forrest. Music from over sixty soundtracks will send a chill down your spine and make you dance in the streets. In addition to a look into Broadway's history, Walkin' Broadway also provides stories about the plays and musicals currently on the boards!

The Times Square Theater District is essentially our nation's unofficial National Park of the American Entertainment Culture. In these 39 theaters, 26 of them over 80 years old, our nation's collective consciousness in music, dance and drama culture was formed. "Walkin' Broadway" now brings this unofficial national urban park to life, block by block, theater by theater, story by first-hand story. Join us!"

Some of the stars who are on the tour include:

Victoria Bailey: Executive Director, Theatre Development Fund
Rod Baltimore: Rod Baltimore's Music Instruments
Antonio Banderas: Actor (Nine)
Hinton Battle: Actor (The Wiz, Tap Dance Kid, Miss Saigon)
Gary Beach: Actor (The Producers)
Marty Bell: Producer (Ragtime, Sweet Smell of Success)
William Berloni: Dog Trainer (Annie, Oliver! Revival)
Alexander Bernstein: Son of Leonard Bernstein
Patricia Birch: Choreographer(Pacific Overtures, Grease)
Martin Charnin: Director, Lyricist (Annie, Two by Two)
Cy Coleman: Composer (Sweet Charity, City of Angels)
Lynne Taylor Corbett: Director, Choreographer (Swing, Titanic, Chess)
Nancy Coyne: Serino/Coyne Advertising Agency
Grover Dale: Director, Choreographer, Performer (The Magic Show, West Side Story, L'il Abner)
Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee: Actors, Writers (Purlie, Victorious)

For more info:

Call 212-997-5004 to schedule a tour
( Tours depart from Colony Music located at 1619 Broadway at 49th Street)

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