Music, dance, and springtime frolic will enliven the Times Square area on May 29 when "Stars in the Alley," a free annual concert presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers, kicks off at 11:30 am in Shubert Alley, the fabled pedestrian walkway between 44th and 45th streets west of Broadway.
Many of the Main Stem's current stars--John Lithgow, Bill Pullman, and Kathleen Turner among them--will appear at the concert, joined by Kate Burton, Simon Callow, Alan Campbell, Charlotte D'Amboise, Mos Def, Julie Hagerty, Josh Hamilton, Brad Oscar, Steven Weber, and Jeffrey Wright.
The concert features numbers from many Broadway shows, both from this season's productions ("Mamma Mia!," "Oklahoma!," "Sweet Smell of Success," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and "Urinetown") and productions from seasons past ("Chicago," "The Full Monty," "Les Miserables," and "The Phantom of the Opera").
Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of the Shubert Organization, will also present the ninth annual Star Award at the concert, an honor conferred to individuals in public or government service who have demonstrated "significant support for Broadway theatre." This year, owing to the heroic work of the New York City Fire and Police Departments in response to Sept. 11, the award goes to FDNY Chief of Department Daniel A. Nigro and NYPD First Deputy Commissioner George A. Grasso on behalf of their departments.
The event is sponsored by Continental Airlines with J. P.