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20th Anniversary Concert

Sunday, May 21, 2023 | 8pm ET
at Sony Hall
Hosted by
Broadway Legend Chita Rivera
& BroadwayWorld's Own Richard Ridge
Music Director
Kevin Stites
Richard Jay-Alexander

Baayork Lee
Kyle Garvin
Assistant Music Director
Harry Collins
  Assistant Director
Nellie Beavers
With Band Members:
Ray Marchica, Kevin Ramessar,
Yuka Tadano, & John Yun

We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS, 
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS, SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear in this program and to LOCAL 802 AFM for this evening's band. 

Thank You, Michael Lee Scott, for our beautiful BroadwayWorld Cafe 

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Welcome to BroadwayWorld’s 20th Anniversary

Good Evening-

My name is Robert Diamond, and I am the CEO and founder of BroadwayWorld. Tonight is an event that brings me great pride. If you know me, you know that talking about my feelings is not something that I often do, but as I’ve been thinking for weeks about what I wanted to say regarding this momentous anniversary event, I haven't been able to crystallize either the word or describe the plethora of emotions I'm feeling. But, as I reflected on the last two decades, I believe the right word is both simple and powerful and it is GRATITUDE.

I’m feeling true 'gratitude' for the millions that visited and consume our content every day over these last twenty years, gratitude to the industry both onstage and off who have contributed to our success in one way or another, gratitude for anyone who ever posted on our message boards, contributed content, posed for a photo, performed in a video, shared or liked our posts on social media, read our newsletters and even those who gave us a (usually deserved) hard time and made us stronger and better as a result. 

It’s also all of you in this room tonight, and those of you joining us online that are the reason why there hasn’t been a day since the web site launched on May 5, 2003 that I haven’t worked on it in some way, shape or form. Not just because I need to get more hobbies (debatable), but it’s because you’ve all inspired me to do so and have helped to drive me and the team to where we are today. That said, I want to take a moment to acknowledge here just a few of the many who are celebrating tonight or are viewing from home.

As most people know by now, there wouldn’t have been a BroadwayWorld without an incredibly talented gentleman named Michael Crawford. As a result of following his career, having the opportunity while a student at Syracuse University to build him a  a website (very early in the tech game) and engaging with his fans (including his charitable fan association, the M.C.I.F.A.) that put me on the journey of merging my passion and skills for technology with a love for the arts. I consider myself lucky that both Michael and many of his worldwide fans have become wonderful and lifelong friends.

When I started BroadwayWorld, I was working in tech publishing at the time and as a fun fact, I was not the first full time employee of the website. That distinction goes to Miles Silverman, our VP of Sales and Marketing who I met at our old day job. The look of horror on his face when I shared that I was currently selling ads myself (he’d sat through enough meetings with me to know my skills and attention span), quickly brought him on board, where he’s been ever since (thank goodness), leading our sales team and asking many of you to spend money advertising with us (and I am openly thanking you all here in public for saying ‘yes!’).

Before either the esteemed Mr. Crawford or the esteemed Mr. Silverman came into my life, there were, of course, my parents. My Dad has to take credit for introducing me to computers, and for supporting me every step of the way over these last 20 years whether managing our finances after his retirement (sorry!) to guiding me with wisdom at every twist and turn, he has always been there for me. He can also be blamed for introducing me to Michael Crawford, both literally and figuratively. He took me to see The Phantom of the Opera, and then recommended that I immediately go and listen to the Original Cast Recording after seeing the production. I immediately understood what he was trying to teach me. But, later above and beyond the call of duty, he took a day off work to accompany me to a record signing that Michael Crawford would be at. He had to work double duty to do all the talking for me. My beautiful and wonderful Mom gets credit here tonight for being solely responsible for my work ethic which has led to my career. I had early dismissal from high school, which I thought meant more time to relax, but she very quickly began shoving the classified ads at me with positions highlighted - one of which was “Fast Growing Publishing Company Seeks Junior Webmaster”. The rest, as they say, is history! She pitched in herself too, and in the early days of the website would drive to my apartment in Nyack where the website was hosted, would shoo my cat off the server and reboot it when something crashed. I’ve always suspected she cleaned a little on the way out, too (Thank you Mom).

We’ve gotten to where we are today thanks to the passion, hard work and creativity from everyone who’s ever worked for, or contributed to the site. Those who started, those who moved on, those who persevered and those who are with us now are not just the best in the business, but I think the best that we've ever had. That is what excellence is about, growing pains and all.  I couldn’t be prouder of how they are helping to take BroadwayWorld forward in this precarious 21st century and leading us through the next 20 years under the brilliant editorial leadership of Nicole Rosky. If you see any of these people tonight, please give them a high five and remind them it's a work night, so they don't stay at the bar too long. Onstage tonight, you’ll shortly see Richard Ridge co-hosting alongside Chita Rivera (I still can’t believe this is happening!). Richie has served as the face of BroadwayWorld TV since it launched, and I couldn’t be more thankful to him for the gift of his talents, intelligence, grace and charming personality. 

I want to thank the photographers, videographers, and everyone else 'in the trenches', not just in New York, but around the country and around the globe for their passion and tenacity. They are the ones who let us all turn on our devices in the morning to see what happened last night. I'm always impressed, and we all celebrate their work today, tonight and always as they battle crowds, weather, and sometimes other people too. I am so grateful to you all. 

If you know anything about me, you'll know that it's been a challenging last year and I’m more than lucky that every step I take every day I have a creative, loving, supportive and ever-patient wife Jennifer by my side. And, my ever-inpatient but delightful 3 year old daughter Leia, whom I hope never has to moderate a message board. Jennifer has tolerated my always-anxious, always-working self (including on our honeymoon, sorry again!), while also feeding and loving me through every bit of growth, every challenge and every moment of panic. These tasks are not easy and are a lot to ask of another human being, but I couldn’t have a better partner in life.

Lastly, to the team working on tonight’s event - including longtime friends and some new faces. I’m very lucky to count Richard Jay-Alexander as one of my very best friends, and when I told him I wanted to celebrate the site turning twenty, he quickly volunteered to lead the charge. He's been there for me from the beginning is now stuck with me through the end, because whenever I have a question, problem, or idea he's there to help make it better. He’s put together an evening’s entertainment for you, along with the creative team of Kevin Stites, Baayork Lee, Nellie Beavers, Kyle Garvin, Rocky Noel, our musicians, so many of our collective favorite performers that generously agreed to be here tonight and donate their time and service and to party with us. Without them we wouldn't exist. 

Thanks to all of you for helping us celebrate, for contributing your time and energy to supporting us and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, of whom we've been proud supporters since the site's inception and we to will continue to stand side by side, looking to to the future.

If you’ve read this far, you’ll be happy to know that after tonight, I promise that I’m going to take a day off. I want you all to have a wonderful evening - and please yell, scream and celebrate because even I can't believe we've reached this milestone. In a lifetime where no tomorrows are promised, we have tonight. 

With sincere gratitude,


Robert Diamond
CEO and Founder

Creative Team

Chita Rivera


Richard Ridge


Richard Jay-Alexander


Baayork Lee


Kyle Garvin


Kevin Stites

Music Director

Nellie Beavers

Assistant Director

Harry Collins

Assistant Music Director

John Yun

Keyboard 2

Yuka Tadano

Acoustic and Electric Guitar

Kevin Ramessar

Acoustic and Electric Bass

Ray Marchica


Meet the Company

Shoshana Bean

Shoshana Bean - Shoshana Bean's three independent solo albums have all topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the US and UK, with her fourth and most recent project, SPECTRUM, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts. She has sold out solo concerts around the globe, lent her voice to countless films and television shows, amassed millions of views on YouTube, and performed alongside Ariana Grande, David Foster, Postmodern Jukebox, Brian McKnight, and Michael Jackson. Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut in the original cast of Hairspray, starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked and most recently as Jenna in Waitress. She won a IRNE Award for her performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and earned a Jeff Award nomination for her portrayal of CeeCee Bloom in the pre-Broadway musical production of Beaches. She most recently appeared on Broadway in Mr. Saturday Night, for which she earned a Tony nomination.

Liz Callaway

Liz Callaway - made her Broadway debut in Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, she won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. Callaway also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love. Callaway has performed in off-Broadway productions and received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons). Her New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim Evening. As a concert and recording artist, she and her sister Ann Hampton Callaway created the award-winning Sibling Rivalry, and Boom!, a celebration of the music of the 60's and 70's. In 2022, Callaway, released her latest album To Steve With Love, which was recorded during a live performance at New York's 54 Below, for which she recently received the 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award for "Best Show, Celebrity". Callaway also premiered a new concert featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim worldwide in 9 countries including China, France, and Barcelona Spain. Her distinctive voice has been heard in animated feature films. Callaway sang the Academy Award nominated song "Journey to the Past" in the animated feature Anastasia and is the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and The Return of Jafar. Her additional film work includes the singing voice of the title character in The Swan Princess, Lion King 2: Simba's Pride, and Beauty and the Beast.

Mario Cantone

Mario Cantone - Mario Cantone is an American comedian, writer, actor, and singer with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including Chappelle's Show. He also played Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City. His style is fast-paced and energetic, with much of his humor coming from his impersonations of various characters ranging from his family members, to celebrities, to stereotypes. An accomplished stage actor, his Broadway debut was replacing Nathan Lane in the role of Buzz in Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning dramatic comedy, "Love! Valor! Compassion!" For the Public Theater on Broadway, Canone played Stephano in Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Off-Broadway in Shakespeare in the Park, he played Grumio in "Taming of the Shrew." Also Off-Broadway he was Terry in the original cast of "The Crumple Zone" and Benny in "June Moon."

Jenn Colella

Jenn Colella - Jenn Colella originated the role of Captain Beverley Bass in Come From Away and received a Tony nomination in addition to Craig Noel, Helen Hayes, and Dora Awards for the pre-Broadway productions. Previous Broadway credits include If/Then, Chaplin, High Fidelity, and Urban Cowboy (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination). Off- Broadway: Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Lucky Guy, Slut, and Closer Than Ever. Favorite Regional: Come From Away (La Jolla Playhouse, Ford's Theatre, Toronto), Peter Pan, (Sacramento Music Circus & PCLO) ,and Side Show (Kennedy Center).

Kurt Domoney

Kurt Domoney - Kurt Domoney is a New York City based director, choreographer, actor, and coach and has choreographed a broad spectrum of projects from musical theatre to opera. As a director / choreographer, he has mounted productions of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Opera North in NH, A CHORUS LINE with original choreography at Northwestern University, and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at the Carnegie in Cincinnati, OH. He also recently choreographed EVITA, LA BELLE HELENE, DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT, TALES OF HOFFMAN and BARBER OF SEVILLE at Opera North in Lebanon, NH. In addition, he directed and choreographed the world premiere musical PRINCESS DIANA, THE MUSICAL at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and his most challenging work to date, THE LION KING JR with 96 5th graders! For two seasons, Kurt choreographed at Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma, CA; his work included the concerts of FLY ME TO THE MOON, ONE SINGULAR SENSATION, and the FANTASTICAL FAMILY NIGHT.

Eden Espinosa

Eden Espinosa - Eden Espinosa is most recognized for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in "Wicked” on Broadway and in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Other credits include originating the title character in “Brooklyn the Musical”, Flora in “Flora the Red Menace,” and Maureen in the closing company of “Rent” on Broadway. Eden also originated the role of Sadie Thompson in the world premiere of “Rain”, at the Old Globe Theater. She portrayed Eva Peron in TPAC and Studio Tenn’s production of “Evita”. In 2017 she toured Denmark and London playing Emma Borden in the rock musical “Lizzie”. She played Mary Flynn to rave reviews in Maria Freidmans productions of “Merrily We Roll Along” at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. Eden was Daniela in Kennedy Center’s “In The Heights”. Also portrayed Anita in West Side Story for the BBC PROMS at the Royal Albert Hall. Most recently she originated the role of Tamara De Lempicka in the world premiere of “Lempicka” at Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Rachel Chavkin. Her television appearances include shows such as Law and Order, Ugly Betty, and Elementary. Voiceover credits include Cassandra in the Disney Channel’s Tangled the Series, Robot Chicken, MAD TV, Elena of Avalor, and Titan Maximum Eden’s debut album, Look Around, charted in the Pop iTunes top 50 between Adele and Katy Perry.

Myles Frost

Myles Frost - Myles Frost received the 2022 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in MJ. He made history, becoming the youngest individual actor to ever win the award. Myles hails from Washington, D.C., and is a self-trained pianist, singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and music producer. Television and film credits include All In (Shane); Netflix’s “Family Reunion” (seasons one and two); and NBC’s “The Voice.” Myles recently appeared in the BET+ biopic movie Big Fifty: The DelRhonda Hood Story as Clarence. Myles will next be seen in Ava DuVernay’s feature film, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson - For 30 years, Debbie Gibson has proven she's an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer. A music prodigy, Gibson burst on the Billboard Pop Charts at the tender age of 16 with the self-penned "Only In My Dreams." The "Original Pop Princess" quickly became the youngest artist ever to write, produce and perform a No. 1 hit song, "Foolish Beat," and entered the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, she is still the youngest female to hold that record. Gibson has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, performed for British Royalty and hosted "The American Music Awards," produced by friend and legend Dick Clark. After conquering the pop world with three consecutive albums and world tours, she set her sights on the theater and starred in 17 musicals in 17 years. Gibson made her mark in the Broadway production of Les Miserables as Eponine. She broke box office records in the London West End production of Grease as Sandy. She then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of Grease as Rizzo and "Funny Girl" as Fanny Brice. Gibson also wowed critics as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, The Narrator in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cinderella in the national production of Cinderella with Eartha Kitt, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and, Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret with Neil Patrick Harris.

Olivia Elease Hardy

Olivia Elease Hardy - Olivia is currently making her Broadway debut as Delia in Kimberly Akimbo. Prior to the off-Broadway production of Kimberly Akimbo, Olivia toured with the First national Tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical as “Duckling Donna.” Originally from Southern New Jersey, Olivia attended the University of Michigan to earn her BFA in Musical Theatre.

Brittney Johnson

Brittney Johnson - most recently appeared as Glinda in Wicked on Broadway and made history as the first Black actress to play the role. Her other Broadway credits include Les Misérables (Éponine), Motown, Sunset Boulevard, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls.

Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis - Maroulis is best known for his iconic star turn in Broadway's Rock of Ages for which he garnered a myriad of accolades including a Best Actor Tony Award® nomination, a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance, Star of the Year, and many more. He is currently starring in the new 50s musical ‘Rock N Roll Man’ opening this June at New World Stages. Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Maroulis became a household name during the heyday of "American Idol," winning 30 million weekly viewer's hearts and minds each week. Maroulis's work on Broadway & on tour includes Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde, a performance for which Maroulis earned another Drama League nod. In addition to his appearances on TV and in movies, Maroulis's on-stage credits include The Wedding Singer, RENT, Rocktopia, Jacques Brel, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Toxic Avenger, Friend Art, Postmodern Jukebox and many more. The Broadway revival of Spring Awakening (Deaf West) directed by Michael Arden earned Maroulis additional Tony® & Drama League nominations as a producer. As an RIAA Gold-Selling recording artist, Maroulis continues to create new, original music regularly. Maroulis is a graduate of the prestigious Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music and trained as an acting apprentice at Williamstown. Maroulis is father to Malena James, his 12 year old daughter, and currently resides in New Jersey.

Donna McKechnie

Donna McKechnie - McKechnie is an American musical theater dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer. She is known for her professional and personal relationship with choreographer Michael Bennett, with whom she collaborated on her most noted role, the character of Cassie in the musical A Chorus Line. She earned the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for this performance in 1976. She is also known for playing Amanda Harris/Olivia Corey on the Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows from 1969 to 1970.


Orfeh - Orfeh made her Broadway debut in 1998 as a swing in Footloose. In early 1999, Orfeh joined the ten-member company of The Gershwins' 'Fascinating Rhythm' with Adriane Lenox, Sara Ramirez and Patrick Wilson. She then starred in the Original Broadway Company of London musical of Saturday Night Fever as Annette, and in addition to winning positive reviews, Orfeh met her husband, Andy Karl, while playing the role. In 1999, she appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show to promote the musical and perform her solo from the show, If I Can't Have You. After Saturday Night Fever closed, Orfeh starred in Me and Mrs. Jones and Bright Lights, Big City at the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia. In 2001, she played Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway show, Love, Janis. In 2005, she starred in the off-Broadway musical The Great American Trailer Park Musical as Pippi, a stripper from the wrong side of the tracks. In 2007, Orfeh was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the Legally Blonde musical. She played the role of Paulette, a down on her luck hairdresser who helps Elle on her journey, while finding love of her own. She also received Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for her performance. Her husband, Andy Karl, starred opposite her as her UPS man, Kyle. Orfeh stayed with the show until it closed on October 19, 2008. From July 20, 2018, through August 18, 2019, she played the role of Kit De Luca in Pretty Woman on Broadway.

Hugh Panaro

Hugh Panaro - Hugh has over 2,000 performances in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway under his belt, and many before that as Raoul. His credits also include playing Marius in the original Broadway run and first national tour of Les Misérables, and stints as Valjean in both his hometown of Philadelphia and at The MUNY. Now, as he debuts his first New York City concert, the acclaimed performer will treat audiences to songs and stories from the blockbusters he's known for... and even some shows he wasn't in. Expect to hear Side Show, Show Boat, Lestat, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, The Red Shoes, and more! He has also performed on London's West End, in Canada, and on concert stages across the globe, including touring with Barbra Streisand throughout Europe.

Randy Rainbow

Randy Rainbow - Randy Rainbow is a New York Times best-selling author and four-time Emmy nominated American comedian, producer, actor, singer, writer, and satirist known for his popular YouTube series, The Randy Rainbow Show. His memoir, Playing with Myself, has received rave reviews and landed him on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The LA TIMES accurately points out that in his book Rainbow "vividly recollects the alienation so many LGBTQ+ youth experience." Musical theater was an escape for Rainbow that helped catapult his career. His musical parodies and political spoofs have garnered him worldwide acclaim and three EMMY® nominations for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. Rainbow (yes, that's his real name) enjoys a star-studded fan base that regularly retweets and shares his work. Some notable admirers include Ryan Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Debra Messing, John Legend, Mark Hamill, Hillary Clinton, Stephen Sondheim, Patti LuPone, Jane Lynch, Ana Navarro, Barry Manilow, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Julie Andrews, Rosie O'Donnell, Martin Short, Lin-Manuel Miranda and, Steve Martin. In 2019, Randy collaborated with TONY, GRAMMY, and EMMY®-winning composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman, on his first studio album, Hey Gurl, It's Christmas!, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Comedy chart and #1 on iTunes Holiday chart.

Seth Rudetsky

Seth Rudetsky - Seth is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s ON BROADWAY as well as the host of SETH SPEAKS on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including RAGTIME, LES MIZ and PHANTOM. He was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts including DREAMGIRLS with Audra MacDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) and HAIR with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination). In 2007 he made his Broadway acting debut playing Sheldon (singing "Magic to Do" in a devastating unitard) in THE RITZ directed by Joe Mantello for The Roundabout Theater. Off-Broadway he wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed RHAPSODY IN SETH (directed by Peter Flynn) at the Actors Playhouse and has also appeared on TV on LAW AND ORDER C.I. and had a recurring role on ALL MY CHILDREN. As an author, he penned the non-fiction Q GUIDE TO BROADWAY, the novel BROADWAY NIGHTS and the recently published MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN (Random House). BROADWAY NIGHTS is available on starring Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin and Jonathan Groff and MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ana Gasteyer and Megan Hiltly. Seth played himself on Kathy Griffin; My Life on the D-List, was the vocal coach on MTV’s LEGALLYLONDE reality show and starred opposite Sutton Foster in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG for the Actors Fund. Recently, he co-wrote and starred in DISASTER! (which the NY TIMES called a "triumph"), and he currently writes a weekly column on and tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show "DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY".

Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman - Marc Shaiman is a composer/lyricist/arranger/performer working in films, television, musical theater and recordings. He has won several honors, including a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy, plus seven Oscar nominations. Recent projects include “Rogers: The Musical” for Marvel/Disney+’s “Hawkeye”, incidental music for the Broadway revival of Plaza Suite and Co-Music Producer on “Hocus Pocus 2,” due for release on Disney+, Fall 2022. He also wrote the score for Billy Eichner’s upcoming Universal romcom “Bros,” which will make history as the first gay romantic comedy from a major studio. For “Mary Poppins Returns” he was nominated for two Oscars, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. His other Oscar nominations have been for “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Patch Adams”, “The First Wives Club”, “The American President” and “South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut”. Other film credits include “Beaches”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “City Slickers”, “The Addams Family”, “Sister Act”, “A Few Good Men”, “Hocus Pocus”, “The Bucket List” and “Hairspray”. He and Mariah Carey were nominated for a Golden Globe for their title song for the animated film “The Star”. For Broadway, he and co-lyricist Scott Wittman have written Hairspray (Tony & Grammy Awards), Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Catch Me If You Can (Tony nomination) and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Television credits include “Saturday Night Live” (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), “Smash” (Emmy & Golden Globe nominations), The Oscars with Billy Crystal (Emmy Award), Bette Midler (final guest with Johnny Carson) and countless appearances with Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Jennifer Hudson, Jack Black & Will Ferrell, among others. He has produced/arranged recordings and performances for Bette Midler, Harry Connick Jr., Peter Allen, Eric Clapton, Diane Keaton, Patti LuPone, Steve Martin, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams and many more. His online opus “Prop 8 – The Musical” was a Webbie Award winner.

Christopher Sieber

Christopher Sieber - Christopher Sieber started performing shows in his parents' living room where he was a triumph at age seven in The Christopher Comedy Cavalcade of 1976 seen by both his parents and unsuspecting neighbors driving by. Then, Broadway: Company, The Prom, Matilda, Pippin, La Cage Aux Folles, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations) Monty Python's Spamalot (Tony Award nomination and West End production), Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into The Woods, Beauty and The Beast, and Triumph of Love. Television: "Law And Order: SVU," "The Good Wife," "The Good Fight," "Elementary," "Ed," "Sex & The City," "Pushing Daisies," "It's All Relative," "Two Of A Kind," and lots of daytime television like "Guiding Light," "All My Children," "Another World," where his many recurring characters never went anywhere.

Blair St. Clair

Blair St. Clair - Blair St. Clair, who appeared on "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 10 and All Stars 5 (Top 4), is an accomplished drag queen, singer, and actor. Blair was recently seen in the film Bittersweet, opposite William Baldwin and Andrew Leeds. They have a lead role in the upcoming musical remake of Bollywood & Vine: The Original B-Musical, alongside John Waters, Jackie Hoffman, and Lea DeLaria. They launched their music career in 2018, with their debut album Call My Life, which reached number one on the Billboard Dance Chart. Soon after, they released two singles, "Now or Never" and "Call My Life," which reached the top ten on the Dance charts. Following their "Drag Race" career, they are back to spending time with their first love, musical theatre.

Paulo Szot

Paulo Szot - can currently be seen on Broadway in & Juliet. Paulo won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards for his Broadway debut as Emile de Becque in Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific, and nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for the same role for his West End debut. Several opera seasons: Metropolitan Opera, LaScala, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Bayerische. Concerts: NYPhil, Barcelona & ChicagoPhil, NY Pops (Carnegie Hall). Recently: Chicago (Broadway & Brazil), Street Scene (Monte Carlo), M.Butterfly (Met), Evita (Australia), My Fair Lady (Brazil).

Elizabeth Teeter

Elizabeth Teeter - Elizabeth most recently appeared on Broadway as 'Lydia' in Beetlejuice. Broadway: "Betty" in The Crucible, (w/Saoirse Ronan); "Young Elizabeth" in The Audience (w/Helen Mirren); and "Jane Banks" in Mary Poppins. Off-Broadway: "Lily" in The Secret Life of Bees (Audelco nomination). Recent Regional: “Liesl” in The Sound of Music (The Muny); “Laura” in The Glass Menagerie (TWSTL); St. Louis Theater Circle Award nominations for both roles. Other Regional venues include The Muny, The Rep STL, Tennessee Williams Festival, Variety Theater, and more. TV/Film: Leaving (SAG short); guest on “The Last O.G.” (TBS). Special thanks to Katie Britton at Buchwald. @elizabethteeterofficial

Natalie Toro

Natalie Toro - Sarasota Magazine's Best Supporting Actress for her role as Madame DeFarge. Broadway: Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol. Off-B'way: Zombie Prom. National tours: Evita (Jeff Award nomination), Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: The Fix, Everything's Ducky, Francis of Guernica, Blood Brothers, Zorba. Television: "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Santa Baby." Featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Kentucky and Buffalo symphonies.

Jessica Vosk

Jessica Vosk - Jessica Vosk is a celebrated singer and actress known for stirring roles on the musical theater and concert stage. Vosk made her Carnegie Hall debut in November 2021 in a sold-out solo show titled “My Golden Age.” Other upcoming concert debuts include London’s Cadogan Hall in 2022. Before the infamous shutdown, she starred as the Narrator in the 50th anniversary of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lincoln Center. She also created the role of Aunt Val in the world premiere of Becoming Nancy, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Before that, Vosk finished an acclaimed run as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, having played the role for two years. Vosk starred in New York City Ballet’s Jerome Robbins tribute Something to Dance About, directed by Warren Carlyle, and re-created the role of Fruma Sarah in the most recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway credits include Finding Neverland and The Bridges of Madison County. She starred as Anita in West Side Story with the San Francisco Symphony; the recording of the concert was nominated for a Grammy. Her debut, Billboard-charting solo album Wild and Free was released in 2018 and was followed by 2020’s A Very Coco Christmas.

Josh Walden

Josh Walden - Josh was the Associate Director/Associate Choreographer for the Tony Nominated Broadway Revival of Ragtime. He also choreographed an episode for the new streaming series Encore on Disney+. Josh's other Choreographer credits include various productions at the Kennedy Center, The Muny, Drury Lane Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Signature Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Olney Theater Center, Riverside Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Des Moines Metro Opera, Theatreworks USA, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Tisch School of the Arts, D.A.R.E., Doonce Productions, and Morag Productions for the Seabourn Sun Cruise Ship. Josh’s Director/Choreographer credits include Smokey Joe's Cafe (Fulton Theatre), A Chorus Line (Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and Theatre Memphis), Legally Blonde (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), 42nd Street (Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre), On the Town (Capital City Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (University of Buffalo), Freaky Friday(Take It From The Top) and the rock opera Fallen Angel (International Fringe Festival), which won Best Musical.

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera - Host A theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents, Chita Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. A versatile actress/singer/dancer, her most recent starring roles include The Visit, the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele on Broadway; the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood; the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele and the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age nine) before receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet from the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. Chita’s first appearance (age 17) was as a principal dancer in Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. In 2019, Chita performed her solo concert at London’s Cadogan Hall; in 2018 she was honored as a Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy; in 2016 she headlined at Carnegie Hall and in 2015, Great Performances aired their special Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ To Do, a retrospective of her extraordinary life and career nationally on PBS. Her current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing. Chita’s long-awaited critically-acclaimed book CHITA: A MEMOIR, was published by HarperOne in April, 2023. Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.

Richard Ridge

Richard Ridge - Host is the lead correspondent for Broadway World, one of the most popular theatre websites receiving over 8 million visitors every month. For BroadwayWorld, he is the host of “Backstage with Richard Ridge” which has long been the most popular outlet for Broadway stars and legends to talk about their careers. His guests have included Chita Rivera, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Groban, Cherry Jones, Julie Taymor, Laura Benanti, Brian Cox, Zachary Quinto, Judith Light, Joan Rivers, Elaine Paige, Kristin Chenoweth, Nick Jonas, Jessie Mueller and Hugh Dancy. Prior to that, he was the host of the groundbreaking “Broadway Beat” for 20 years. His latest venture is the filmed SAG/AFTRA Foundation/ BroadwayWorld “Conversations Q & A series”, which recognizes and celebrates the vibrant theatre community in New York City. These in-depth interviews are filmed for the Foundation’s educational archives and Broadway World. Past participants have included Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Matt Bomer, Bobby Cannavale, Harold Prince, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Darren Criss, Sara Bareilles, Tony Goldwyn, Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O’Hara, David Tennant, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, Jeff Daniels, David Hyde Pierce, Jim Parsons, Gena Rowlands, Michael Urie, Jason Alexander and Juliette Binoche. Richard made his Broadway debut in 2019 in the groundbreaking musical “The Prom”.

Richard Jay-Alexander

Richard Jay-Alexander - Director began his theatrical career in 1977 in the original cast of the Broadway play, ZOOT SUIT, appearing thereafter in the original Broadway cast of AMADEUS, which led to his being engaged as Associate Director of the National Touring Companies of that Tony Award-winning Play. He also staged AMADEUS in Santiago, Chile, in Spanish, in which he is fluent. However, he is probably best known for his association with Producer Cameron Mackintosh, having served as Executive Director of Mr. Mackintosh’s American company for ten years, running its day-to-day operations in North America. Richard first came to Mr. Mackintosh’s attention as stage manager/dance captain of his Broadway revival of OLIVER! and stage manager/assistant director of his Broadway production of SONG & DANCE, which is where he met Bernadette Peters. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest entertainers, including Bette Midler (KISS MY BRASS Tour), Barbra Streisand (TIMELESS Tour and the most recent STREISAND Tours of the U.S and Europe, also serving as a co-writer), Ricky Martin, Polly Bergen, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lea Salonga, Sam Harris, Rosie O’Donnell, Hayley Westenra, Mary Cleere Haran, Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, Will & Anthony Nunziata, Betty Buckley, Johnny Mathis, Debby Boone, Jane Monheit, Lea Michele, Julie Andrews, Russell Watson and Bernadette Peters, the latter two having also been telecast on PBS.

Baayork Lee

Baayork Lee - Choreographer has performed in a dozen Broadway shows and created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line. As Michael Bennett’s assistant choreographer on A Chorus Line, she has directed and choreographed many national and international companies in Klagenfurt, Spain, Austria, Santiago, Chile, Hollywood Bowl and Pace University. Her directing and choreography credits also include; The King and I and Bombay Dreams (National tours), R&H’s Cinderella (NYC Opera), Barnum (Australia), Carmen Jones (Kennedy Center), Porgy and Bess and Jesus Christ Superstar (European tours), Gypsy and A New Brain. She has also choreographed shows including; Miss Saigon (KC Starlight), Mack and Mabel (Shaw Festival), Animal Crackers, South Pacific (Helen Hayes nominations,) Coconuts, Camelot, and Damn Yankees all at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Most recently, Baayork Lee was the recipient of the 2017 Isabelle Stevenson TONY Award. Ms. Lee was honored for her commitment to future generations of artists through her work with National Asian Artists Project and theatre education programs around the world.

Kyle Garvin

Kyle Garvin - Choreographer Originating from Bridgeport, CT, Kyle earned a BFA degree in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts. Kyle has toured both nationally and internationally in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Madison Square Garden), Go Diego Go Live! ( Radio City Music Hall), favorite credits include Twist: An American Musical, under the direction of Debbie Allen (Alliance Theater, Pasadena Playhouse), Hairspray (Courthouse Repertory Theater), Matilda (Virginia Stage Company), The Wild Party (Barrow Group Theater), and Oliver (Paper Mill Playhouse), Parable of the Sower Opera (Touring), Jersey Boys (Capital Repertory Theater), The Wizard of Oz as Lion/Zeke (Capital Repertory Theater). As a Choreographer Kyle was previously creatively involved in Baayork Lee’s National Asian Artist Project’s (NAAP) productions of Carousel, Hello Dolly!, and Oliver! He is the director/choreographer for NAAP’s multi-award-winning PS 124 theater club, and on the choreography team at Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway BootCamp. Most recently the choreographer of NAAP’s comeback production Pajama Game.

Kevin Stites

Music Director
Kevin Stites - Music Director Broadway: South Pacific (LCT), Tale Of Two Cities, The Color Purple (Music Supervision / Incidental Music), Titanic (Original Musical Supervisor/Music Director), Sunset Boulevard, Pamela’s First Musical, Children and Art, Les Miserables (2006 revival), The Threepenny Opera (Roundabout Revival), Fiddler on the Roof (Alfred Molina), Nine (Antonio Banderas), OKLAHOMA! (Nunn/Stroman), On The Town, Nine to Five (Additional Musical Arrangements). National Tours: Little House On The Prairie, The Color Purple, Martin Guerre, Miss Saigon, The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables, Titanic. Regional: The Master Butchers Singing Club (world premiere) by Marsha Norman (Composer/Music Arranger) at The Guthrie, Titanic at the St. Louis Muny, and Take Flight at The McCarter Theatre. Film/Television: Rosie Live!, Reefer Madness, Letterman, Rosie, several Tony Awards Telecasts, Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular, NBC’S Christmas At Rockefeller Center, and others. Guest Conductor: Grant Park Symphony (Sondheim, Bernstein, and Gershwin tributes), Hollywood Bowl’s Guys And Dolls and Les Miserables.

Nellie Beavers

Assistant Director
Nellie Beavers - Assistant Director is an entertainment jackknife and digital unicorn. She met Richard Jay-Alexander in 2007 and has worked with him on various projects with Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth, Hugh Panaro, Deborah Cox, Lisa Howard, and Norm Lewis (among others) in various capacities from art direction and concert production, to social media, photography, and video editing. She can also be found twirling tassels as burlesque performer Honey Beavers in New York City.

Harry Collins

Assistant Music Director

John Yun

Keyboard 2

Yuka Tadano

Acoustic and Electric Guitar

Kevin Ramessar

Acoustic and Electric Bass

Ray Marchica


Welcome to the New BroadwayWorld!

BroadwayWorld, the leading online platform for theater enthusiasts, is thrilled to announce the launch of its re-designed website to celebrate 20 years of serving the theater community. With a sleek and all-responsive design, rebuilt from the ground up, the revamped site offers an unparalleled new user experience and a wealth of new features for theater lovers of all ages along with improvements on every page.

New Features and Extensive Updates Include:

  • All-New responsive design: Experience a seamless browsing experience across all devices with the website's brand-new design.

  • Expanded Student Center: The new and improved student center now offers additional resources for people of all ages, and a revamped college database.

  • Message Board Re-Design: Enjoy a more engaging online community experience with a major overhaul of the Message Board, including a new search engine with 20% speed improvements.

  • Integrated Ticket Options: Conveniently purchase tickets for your favorite shows with new integrated ticket-buying options.

  • Global News On Any Page: Stay up to date with the latest theater news worldwide, featured prominently in the new menu design.

  • Largest Theater Database: Explore the largest theater database on the net, now with an all-new design and additional show info.

  • People Pages: Discover detailed profiles of performers and creatives from around the world, with an all-new design, and additional information.

  • Show Pages: Find comprehensive information about shows on Broadway, West End, and around the globe with new show pages and listing resources.

  • Auditions/Jobs Resources: Access new resources to find auditions and job opportunities in the theater industry now locally as well as in New York.

  • Recommendation Engine: Bookmark and save articles easily with a new, completely personalized AI-based recommendation engine, designed to enhance your browsing experience.

  • Local Theater News: Browse news and updates from your local theater scene with new location-based browsing options.

  • One Click Sign-in/Register: Now even easier to register for the site, subscribe to newsletters, receive personalized recommendations & more.

  • More to Do: Coming to New York City? Find activities near your theater with the "More to Do" feature, linked directly from show pages.

  • Camp Section: All-new camp database including Musical Theatre, Theatre, Acting, Film, Music and other camp specialties.

  • Grosses - Now include new data analysis options including Play vs. Musical breakdowns, enchanced show comparisons and more.

  • Improved Subscription Portal - Manage all of your BWW newsletter subscriptions and communication preferences from a new unified 'Your Settings' screen.

Stay tuned for some upcoming additional site features, as we continue to celebrate our 20th anniversary year and stay connected with the global theater community on the new

Have feedback for us on the new design and features? Feel free to let us know what you like or what you think needs more work here.

About BroadwayWorld

Based in New York City, launched in 2003 and is now the largest theatre site on the Internet covering Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and international theatre, including the West End. Reaching over six million monthly visitors in 100 US cities and 45 countries, BroadwayWorld delivers complete up-to-the-minute theatre news, in-depth interviews, extraordinary photo coverage, entertaining video features, lively message boards, ticket discounts, reviews, and more.

As an industry leader in all things live entertainment, the site's coverage includes TV, Film, Streaming, Movies, Music, Concerts, Opera, Dance, Classical Music and more with exclusive features for industry professionals and ticket-buyers.

For the latest updates and news, follow BroadwayWorld on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

In the Last 20 Years...


Best Musical: Hairspray
Best Play: Take Me Out
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: MySpace, Skype


Best Musical: Avenue Q
Best Play: I Am My Own Wife
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Facebook


Best Musical: Monty Python's Spamalot
Best Play: Doubt
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: YouTube


Best Musical: Jersey Boys
Best Play: The History Boys
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Twitter


Best Musical: Spring Awakening
Best Play: The Coast of Utopia
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: iPhone


Best Musical: In The Heights
Best Play: August: Osage County
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Android, Airbnb


Best Musical: Billy Elliot, The Musical
Best Play: God of Carnage
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: WhatsApp


Best Musical: Memphis
Best Play: Red
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Instagram


Best Musical: The Book of Mormon
Best Play: War Horse
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Snapchat


Best Musical: Once
Best Play: Clybourne Park
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Oculus Rift


Best Musical: Kinky Boots
Best Play: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Tinder


Best Musical: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Best Play: All the Way
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Amazon Echo (Alexa)


Best Musical: Fun Home
Best Play: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Apple Watch


Best Musical: Hamilton
Best Play: The Humans
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Pokémon GO


Best Musical: Dear Evan Hansen
Best Play: Oslo
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: TikTok (Douyin in China)


Best Musical: The Band's Visit
Best Play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Fortnite


Best Musical: Hadestown
Best Play: The Ferryman
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Folding smartphones


Best Musical: *No winner due to COVID-19
Best Play: *No winner due to COVID-19
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Zoom & Remote Work


Best Musical: Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Best Play: The Inheritance
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: Clubhouse


Best Musical: A Strange Loop
Best Play: The Lehman Trilogy
Notable Tech Invention/Launch: AI Takes Off

BroadwayWorld By the Numbers

Website Traffic

76,182,573 visits including 5,376,283 repeat visitors and representing 236 countries in 2022.


100 cities across the US, 40 countries and 12 languages


1,000,000+ articles
61,000+ reviews
1,200,000+ photos
7,000+ videos
6,000,000+ message board posts
100,000+ recordings, videos, books listed
400,000+ productions listed
350,000+ people pages
75,000+ auditions and job listings
100,000+ custom newsletters
13,000+ shows in grosses


1800+ colleges full guide
500+ camps with performing arts
200+ performing oriented scholarships
600+ student bloggers
3,000+ students in Next on Stage Seasons 1-4, 250,000+ votes

2022 BroadwayWorld Awards

2.1 Million voters

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10,000+ customized & interactive digital show programs, including this one! 


Email = 1.1 Million+
Push Alerts = 100,000+
Social = 1.5 Million+ followers across all platforms, leading 400k+ on TikTok

Tonight, as we gather at Sony Hall, we acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Lenape people. We honor their enduring presence and rich contributions to this land. Let us come together in celebration, fostering understanding and solidarity while recognizing the ongoing struggles of indigenous communities. We thank the Lenape people and all indigenous nations for their wisdom and connection to the land.

The Untold History of Sony Hall

- By Jennifer Ashley Tepper

On May 21st, BroadwayWorld will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with an all-star concert at Sony Hall. Co-hosted by Chita Rivera and Richie Ridge, and directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, the concert lineup is chock full of Broadway favorites and will be a thrilling night on 46th Street!

But what is the story of Sony Hall? When you've walked by its marquee on 46th Street, on the same block as the Lunt-Fontanne, current home of Sweeney Todd, and across from the Richard Rodgers, home of Hamilton, have you ever wondered: was Sony Hall ever a Broadway theater?

The venue now known as Sony Hall opened in 1928, and from 1970 to 1982 was indeed a Broadway house! But let’s rewind…

In 1928, the Paramount Hotel opened on 46th Street. The hotel near the heart of Times Square was designed by Thomas Lamb, also architect of many glorious theaters, including Broadway’s James Earl Jones (formerly Cort) Theatre. 20 stories high, the hotel was said to cost about $5 million to build. It boasted the largest grill in the United States at the time, modeled after the grills of leading restaurants in Europe. For its opening, on June 12, 1928, a party was attended by 600 people, with dinner music led by orchestra director Nahan Franko. The original Broadway production of the musical Good News was playing just across the block.

From 1928 until 1938, the basement level of the building was the Paramout Hotel’s grill room. The venue with the largest grill in America had a capacity of 850 people for fine dining and entertainment. During its first decade of life, the room’s activities included election night events and celebratory dinners for public figures. One was a historic 1929 dinner for Captain George Fried and Chief Officer Harry Manning, officers on the SS America ocean liner who rescued those on the SS Florida.

The Paramount Hotel’s grill room was brought to trial in 1930 for serving liquor during prohibition. Along with several other New York hotels, the Paramount was accused of having broken the law, and the grill room was padlocked. Reportedly, several undercover officers had been sent to the grill room in spring of 1929 and all had been served whiskey and champagne disguised as ginger ale.

In 1938, the venue previously known as the Paramount Hotel’s grill room became the iconic Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe. Billy Rose, the producer, impresario, theatre owner, lyricist, and one-time husband of Fanny Brice, opened this nightclub which lit up 46th Street until 1951. When it opened, the nightclub boasted two shows every night at 8pm and midnight, and tickets for just $1! A new marquee shaped like a horseshoe was raised on 46th Street and the venue was often booked with glamorous, lavish, themed revues filled with showgirls, cabaret artists, and theatre makers of the time. In 1945, a movie called Diamond Horseshoe, with a fictional story set in the nightclub, was filmed at the venue starring Betty Grable and Dick Haymes.

When Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe closed at the start of the 1950s, the nightclub was transformed into a theater. Over the next few decades, the theater would be home to children’s theatre, burlesque, vaudeville, films, Yiddish theatre, LGBTQ+ plays, and even a few legitimate off-Broadway and Broadway productions. Known as the Stairway Theatre, the Mayfair Theatre, and the Century Theatre, the venue presented everything from The Littlest Clown, a children’s play with Elaine Stritch as guest director in 1970 to Waltz of the Stork, a 1982 semi-autobiographical Broadway play created by and starring Melvin Van Peebles. Whether the work being presented at a given time was considered Broadway, Off-Broadway, or given another distinction was largely based both on what contracts the production was on, and what was decided by critics and award administration committees at a given time.

Also presented during these years was Hang Down Your Head and Die (1964) an off-Broadway play which featured future Hair creators Jim Rado and Gerome Ragni, The Castro Complex (1970) starring Raul Julia (1970), Tubstrip (1974) an erotic gay play featuring pornstars, with significance in the LGBTQ+ artistic canon, Dance with Me (1975) a musical set in the subway which ran 396 performances after transferring from the Public Theatre, The American Dance Machine (1978), a show which was billed as “A ‘Living Archive’ of Broadway Theatre Dance; great theatre dances saved from oblivion”, and a return engagement of the original Broadway production of the hit play On Golden Pond (1979).

For many years, from the early 1980s to the early 2010s, the venue was closed and in disrepair, selectively opened for rare private events—including a lunch in Andy Warhol’s memory after his 1987 memorial. Then, in 2013, the space on 46th Street underneath the Paramount Hotel reopened as the Diamond Horseshoe yet again. The show to reopen the venue was Queen of the Night, a large-scale immersive theatrical production that also included circus and food elements. The venue closed again in 2015 and was home to only private events for several years before its 2018 opening as Sony Hall.

Since 2018, the former Paramount Hotel grill room/ Diamond Horseshoe/ Broadway and off-Broadway theater has welcomed audiences as Sony Hall, a concert venue featuring a wide variety of eclectic musical acts.

Charity Support

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the single largest financial supporter of the essential social service programs at the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund), including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. We also award annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theater community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people living with HIV/AIDS, struggling with COVID-19 and facing other critical illnesses in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

Meet the Team

Robert Diamond

Vice President, Sales & Marketing:
Miles Silverman

Nicole Rosky

Director, Digital Strategy & Regional Media:
Alan Henry

Managing Editors:
Alexa Criscitiello
Chloe Rabinowitz
Stephi Wild

Entertainment Editor:
Michael Major

UK Senior Managing Editor:
Aliya Al-Hassan

Social Media Manager:
HayleyJane Rose

Weekend Newsdesk Editor/
Special Projects Coordinator:

Blair Ingenthron

Alex Freeman
Madelyn Lego
Dianna Garten
Stephen Hladik
Isaac Childs

Jennifer Broski
Bruce Glikas
Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Stephen Sorokoff

Video Content Lead:
Joey Mervis

BroadwayWorld TV
Richard Ridge
Katie Lynch
Ben Cameron
Candace Cordelia

And more around the BroadwayWorld!

Congrats To...

Nicole Quintana, the winner of The Ultimate BroadwayWorld Experience Fan Contest! 

"I’ve been a member of BroadwayWorld since 2004! As a musical theatre teacher it is necessary to stay on top of all the latest news on Broadway. I have been able to increase both lesson plans and repertoire for my students through the exciting articles featured every week... I strive to fill my life with creativity and arts and opening my email to see BroadwayWorld waiting for me is the highlight of my day! Also, Broadway World has incredible games inspired by the shows and terms used in the Great White Way! Several of my students who have gone on to perform on Broadway have been mentioned in articles and featured videos. I’m so grateful to hear of their triumphs in the professional world through BroadwayWorld. Suffice to say BroadwayWorld has a fan for life in this Thespian!"


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Whitney Creighton
How did 20 years fly by so quickly!?! Happy 20th to BWW, and congratulations to you, Rob. You've worked hard each and every day to make your beloved website the hub of what's new and what's next on Broadway, and beyond. Your support and love of the arts is felt throughout the entire art community. We are all grateful for you! Thank you for building something really incredible. Cheers to 20 more years!
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