Curtain Up!

CURTAIN UP! TO TAKE OVER TIMES SQUARE AND CELEBRATE THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF BROADWAY

BROADWAY IS BACK!

Playbill, in partnership with The Broadway League and the Times Square Alliance, announced today the creation of Curtain Up!, a three-day outdoor experience in Times Square presented by Prudential, and sponsored in part by Lexus, Netflix, United Airlines with additional support by Audible. Curtain Up! will take place Friday, September 17th through Sunday, September 19th outdoors in Times Square, stretching between 45th and 48th Streets.

Curtain Up! Festival Schedule of Events

(Please Note: Performers and events are subject to change.)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Curtain Up! Mainstage on Duffy Square

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM - Curtain Up: This is Broadway! Finale Concert
A grand, outdoor event that marks the culmination of the Curtain Up! Festival, this concert will spotlight marquee talent from returning and new Broadway productions, showcasing Broadway to the world, trumpeting the message that BROADWAY IS BACK! Hosted by Jelani Alladin, this concert will celebrate all of Broadway and the re-opening of New York City. Current shows and performers participating include: Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, Aladdin, Caroline, or Change, Chicago, Come From Away, Company, Dear Evan Hansen, Diana the Musical, Girl from the North Country, Hadestown, Jagged Little Pill, The Lion King, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Phantom of the Opera, Six, Tina- The Tina Turner Musical, Waitress, Wicked and the following plays: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Lackawanna Blues, Pass Over, Thoughts of a Colored Man, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Additional special guests will be announced.

*Shows and performers are subject to change.



The Playbill Piano Bar
(Located in Times Square between 45th and 46th Streets)

9:00–10:00 AM - Wake Up, Broadway! presented by Broadway Podcast Network
–Join co-hosts, Ayanna Prescod and Christian Lewis of What’s Up Broadway? a BPN original podcast delivering the latest news, interviews, and chatter from Broadway and beyond, as they welcome esteemed guests from BPN and the Broadway community.  Prescod, our very own “Gossip Girl”, is omniscient on everything buzzworthy happening on the Great White Way, don’t miss this informative hour.
–Join Off Book: The Black Theatre Podcast!, a safe haven for Black theatre artists to talk about the real tea, with host Kim Exum (Actor/Producer), Ngozi Anyanwu (Playwright), and Drew Shade (Actor/Producer/CEO) welcoming Matt Manuel from Ain’t Too Proud.

Past Curtain Up! Events

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Curtain Up! Mainstage on Duffy Square

12:00–1:00 PM - Official Curtain Up! Kick-Off
Hosted by Norm Lewis and Michael Urie, Curtain Up! will Kick-Off with guest speakers from Playbill, The Broadway League, and Times Square Alliance, with special guest speakers Commissioner Anne Del Castillo of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vikki Been, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer. Special performances will be part of the event by Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jessica Vosk, with music director John McDaniel. The event will ignite excitement on the mainstage and include a celebratory countdown to the official event start!

1:30–2:30 PM - Dear White People Panel
Presented by Netflix, join Kandi Burruss as she hosts a conversation with stars from the Netflix series Dear White People> and Broadway celebrities, discussing the crossover of theatre to TV/Film and the remarkable steps towards diversifying the arts for BIPOC members of the community. Panelists include Marque Richardson, Logan Browning, DeRon Horton, and Bryan Terrell Clark.

3:30–4:30 PM - The Playbill Variety Show
Playbill is curating an hour of Broadway news updates, stories, interviews, and surprise performances in the middle of Times Square. Join Playbill’s Creative Director, Bryan Campione, as he invites stars, and more to the stage for a fun celebration of theatre, Broadway and Curtain Up! Guests include: Joshua Henry (Carousel, Shuffle Along, Violet, Porgy and Bess, American Idiot, The Scottsboro Boys, In The Heights); Tom Viola - Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; Joseph Benincasa – President/C.E.O. of The Actors Fund; Frank DiLella - Emmy Award Winning Host of Spectrum News NY 1’s On Stage; and more!

5:30–6:30 PM – The Jimmy Awards® Reunion Concert!
Hosted by Broadway’s Jelani Alladin, this event brings together alumni of the famed Jimmy Awards®/National High School Musical Theatre Awards® program in a free, outdoor concert with live music. Join us for a chance to catch up with some of the Jimmy Awards alums who have graduated to roles on Broadway and National Tours. They’ll each have a moment in the spotlight with solo numbers from classic and contemporary Broadway shows, and they’ll join together for a grand finale. The concert will feature the two top winners from the virtual 2021 Jimmy Awards making their New York performance debuts and will include Bryson Battle, John Clay III, Sofia Deler, Caitlin Finnie, Elena Holder, Lily Kaufmann, McKenzie Kurtz, Sam Primack, Josh Strobl, and Ekele Ukegbu. This concert is directed by Seth Sklar-Heyn, with music direction by Daryl Waters. For more information on The Jimmy Awards program, visit www.JimmyAwards.com.


The Playbill Piano Bar
(Located in Times Square between 45th and 46th Streets)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM - Wake Up, Broadway! presented by Broadway Podcast Network
–Join co-hosts, Ayanna Prescod and Christian Lewis of What’s Up Broadway? a BPN original podcast delivering the latest news, interviews, and chatter from Broadway and beyond, as they welcome esteemed guests from BPN and the Broadway community. Prescod, our very own “Gossip Girl”, is omniscient on everything buzzworthy happening on the Great White Way, don’t miss this informative hour.
–Join the Be More Chill celebration of Joe Iconis’ birthday and the fans who made the show what it is today. Hosted by How to Be More Chill’s Ilana Levine and Sam Maher with Iconis and special guest appearances. Fans are encouraged to submit questions on Instagram @howtobemorechill to be answered live. Fresh off its West End Premiere, the show continues to thrill fans and is a stalwart of the international pop culture zeitgeist.

1:00–1:30 PM - Divas of Broadway Sing-Along
Join 2021 Richard Rodgers Award Winner Brandon James Gwinn (pianist at the world-renowned Marie’s Crisis and producer of Trixie Mattel’s albums) as he plays some of the greatest hits from the divas of Broadway on the Sing for Hope Piano!

2:30–3:00 PM - Sing-Along with Joe Iconis
Join Joe Iconis (Composer, Be More Chill) as he plays through some of his best known (and super fun) songs on the Sing for Hope Piano! Special guests include: Amina Faye, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Kelly McIntire, and Mike Rosengarten.

3:00–3:30 PM - New Broadway Hits Sing-Along
Join 2021 Richard Rodgers Award Winner Brandon James Gwinn (pianist at the world-renowned Marie’s Crisis and producer of Trixie Mattel’s albums) as he plays some of pop and contemporary hits from Broadway on the Sing for Hope Piano!

4:30–5:00 PM - WICKED Sing-Along
We couldn’t be happier to have pianist Adam Laird play thrillifying songs from the Broadway sensation, WICKED! Audiences can sing-along to their favorite songs in the heart of Times Square on the Sing for Hope Piano!

6:30–7:30 PM - Curtain Up After Dark
Join Broadway guest performers Joshua Henry and Jason Robert Brown as they take to the stage and perform their favorite tunes under the setting sun and the lights of Times Square.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Curtain Up! Mainstage on Duffy Square

10:30–11:15 AM - “The Broadway Morning Warm-Up”
Join Broadway Arts Community, a performing arts training & James T. Lane, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Tyler Hanes mentorship company, as they “get the celebration started” Saturday morning! Together with BAC co-founders & mentors Chryssie Whitehead and Alexis Carra, special BAC guests, and BAC students will warm you up for an incredible day of all-things Broadway!

12:15–1:45 PM - Black to Broadway – It’s “Play” Time!
As Broadway performances resume following the global pandemic and social reckoning that have taken place over the past 18 months, no less than seven new productions of plays by Black writers are slated to open this fall—including four by Black women. Join us for an entertaining and informative live conversation in the heart of the Broadway Theatre District that will give the theatergoing public a chance to get to know some of the writers, directors, and performers who are bringing these works to Broadway stages. These works represent a broad spectrum of production styles and voices, and the event will spotlight what makes each one uniquely relevant and entertaining. Harriette Cole, the nationally renowned lifestylist, and branding coach and DREAMLEAPERS founder, will introduce the speakers and lead the discussion. Panelists include Keenan Scott II (Thoughts of Colored Man), Antoinette Nwandu (Pass Over), Lynn Nottage (Clyde’s) and Douglas Lyons (Chicken & Biscuits).

The event is part of The Broadway League’s ongoing Black to Broadway initiative to inspire, engage and build awareness among the Black community with Broadway.

3:00–3:45 PM - The Playbill Variety Show
Playbill is curating an hour of Broadway news updates, stories, interviews, and surprise performances in the middle of Times Square! Join Playbill’s Creative Director, Bryan Campione, as he invites stars, and more to the stage for a fun celebration of theatre, Broadway and Curtain Up!

Performances include:
–A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Irving Berlin’s Music Box Theatre, featuring performances of iconic musical theatre classics from Broadway stars Bryce Pinkham (Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and Shereen Pimentel (West Side Story), with music director David Hancock Turner.
–An interview with Lauren Gaston and Austin Sora from the Broadway Green Alliance!
–A special AAPI conversation and performance produced by Valerie Lau-Kee, join special Broadway guests including Minami Yusui, Jose Llana, Lourds Lane and pianist Ted Arthur in celebrating the AAPI Community on Broadway!
–and more!

5:00–6:30 PM- ¡Viva! Broadway When We See Ourselves Concert
A musical celebration of the joy, diversity, and extensive contributions of the Latin and Hispanic Broadway! We are celebrating the beginning of the 2021 National Hispanic Heritage Month and welcoming the return of live Broadway performances. The free concert will lift-up the incredible history Broadway Latinx artists have shared throughout the decades and invite audiences to join us in the continued work that lies ahead.

The event will celebrate some of the most familiar names of Latinx representation on Broadway such as Daphne Rubin-Vega, Robin de Jesús, Bianca Marroquín, and more, and elevate the talented ensemble members who always lead the way. The creative team includes Luis Salgado (director and choreographer), Gabriela Garcia (associate director/choreographer), Eric Ulloa (writer), Jaime Lozano (musical direction), and Sergio Trujillo (creative consultant).

Confirmed Performers: Bianca Marroquín, Ayodele Casel, Janet Dacal, Robin DeJesús, Alma Cuervo, Linedy Genao, Nicholas Edwards, Eliseo Roman, Daphne Rubin Vega, Josh Segarra, Caesar Samayoa, Jennifer Sánchez, Henry Gainza, Claudia Mulet, David Baida, Florencia Cuenca, Marielys Molina, Natalie Caruncho, Angelica Beliard, Sarita Colon, Gabriel Reyes, Roman Cruz, Steven Orrego Upegui, Adriel Flete, Noah Paneto, Harolyn Lantigua, and more. Featured Tango performance by Valeria Solmonoff & Iakov Shonsky are a part of the event with special guests Luis Miranda, Rick Miramontez, Emilio Sosa, and Sergio Trujillo present for this special celebration.

Viva Broadway is a national Broadway League audience development partnership with the Hispanic community that helps bridge the world of Broadway with Latinx audiences around the country. This long-term initiative aims to celebrate Latinx talent and increase awareness of and engagement with Broadway. More info at Viva.Broadway.org


The Playbill Piano Bar
(Located in Times Square between 45th and 46th Streets)

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM - Wake Up, Broadway! presented by Broadway Podcast Network
–Join co-hosts, Ayanna Prescod and Christian Lewis of What’s Up Broadway? a BPN original podcast delivering the latest news, interviews, and chatter from Broadway and beyond, as they welcome esteemed guests from BPN and the Broadway community.  Prescod, our very own “Gossip Girl”, is omniscient on everything buzzworthy happening on the Great White Way, don’t miss this informative hour.
Freestyle Love Supreme cast members, Kaila Mullady, Anthony Veneziale, Tarik Davis, and James Monroe Iglehart join Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Chief Creative Officer of the Charity Network and host of Broadway Gives Back to discuss the hit Broadway show returning to the Booth Theater in October.

2:00–2:30 PM - The Golden Age of Broadway Sing-Along
Join Playbill’s own Logan Culwell-Block as he plays songs of the past, that still have an imprint on Broadway fans and audiences on the Sing for Hope Piano!

2:30–3:00 PM - Sing-Along with Rob Rokicki
Join Rob Rokicki (Composer, The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical) on the Sing for Hope Piano, as he plays songs fans of his music can sing-along to!

4:00–4:30 PM – A.J. Holmes: Live in Times Square
Join Broadway’s A.J. Holmes (The Book of Mormon, South Park, Starkid Productions) as he takes to the Sing for Hope Piano and shares songs and stories from his new one-man musical, Yeah, But Not Right Now.

4:30–5:00 PM – Musical Theatre Hits Sing-Along with Concord Theatricals
Join Michael Riedel and pianist Zachary Orts to warm up those pipes: it’s time to belt out your favorite musical theatre songs from the Concord Theatricals catalog on the Sing for Hope Piano!

6:30–7:30 PM - Curtain Up After Dark Presents: Lauren Molina
Join Broadway performer Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd) and star of The Skivvies as she tells stories and performs some of her favorite tunes under the setting sun and the lights of Times Square, along with special guests Nick Cearley and Eric Shorey!

Read the Curtain Up! Playbill

Curtain Up! Featured Restaurants

Name
Address
Phone Number
134 W 46th St
646-441-0836
350 W 46th St
914-907-7339
155 W 51st St
212-554-1109
221 W 46th St
212-245-1188
1501 Broadway
212-391-7100
252 W 47th St
212-730-4800
1501 Broadway
212-343-3355
151 W 46th St
212-398-7440
363 W 46th St
201-744-7920
125 W 44th St
347-625-6070
371 W 46th St
646-964-5337
1515 Broadway
917-887-4410
1601 Broadway
973-851-1741
361 W 46th St
917-885-2244
120 W 44th St
212-997-3933
250 W 50th St
713-386-8212
202 W 49th St
212-262-9263
246 W 48th St
917-699-8331
800 Seventh Ave
212-582-2975
256 W 52nd St
917-284-5578
349 W 46th St
212-262-9554
346 W 46th St
212-245-2030
252 W 51st St 252 W 51st St
917-673-0222
152 W 44th St
212-675-0120