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Heather Headley in The Color Purple
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Free outdoor concert will feature more than 30 Broadway shows

Adam Feldman
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Adam Feldman
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Broadway’s biggest annual feast, the Tony Awards telecast, is on Sunday, June 12. But first: Broadway’s annual tasting buffet! Since the late 1980s, performers from shows on the Great White Way have gathered in Shubert Alley—the poster-lined shortcut between 44th and 45th Streets, just west of Broadway—for a free afternoon concert known as Stars in the Alley. This year’s edition is on Friday, June 3, from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Alley-oop!

Sean Hayes, currently starring in An Act of God, will cohost the event with CBS Sunday Morning wag Mo Rocca. The stars scheduled to shine include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Heather Headley, Michael Shannon, Billy Porter, Danny Burstein, James Monroe Iglehart, Beth Malone and Carmen Cusack. School of Rock costars Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess will cover it live on Twitter and Instagram.

Nearly every show currently on Broadway will be represented. The musicals performing live numbers will be Aladdin, An American in Paris, Beautiful, Bright Star, Chicago, The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Les Misérables, Matilda, On Your Feet!, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Something Rotten!, Waitress and Wicked, plus two musicals that have already closed: Disaster! and Tuck Everlasting. (The former will give you a chance to see Tony nominee Jennifer Simard strut her amazing stuff.)

Making nonmusical appearances will be cast members from the plays An Act of God, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Eclipsed, The Father, Fully Committed, The Humans and Long Day's Journey into Night, as well as the musicals Hamilton, School of Rock and Shuffle Along.

So who won’t be there? Among musicals, the only truants will be The Book of Mormon, Paramour, American Psycho and the royal pair of The Lion King and The King and I; among plays, only Blackbird and The Crucible. And, sadly, there will be no alley Cats; the revival doesn’t start previews until July 14.

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