This year’s Stars in the Alley, a free outdoor concert with live music produced by the Broadway League, will be held this Friday, June 1, 2018. With festivities commencing at 1 PM, the annual event (held in theatre’s landmark Shubert Alley) celebrates the end of the 2017-2018 Broadway season.
The host for Stars in the Alley will be Alex Newell (currently playing Asaka in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island). Alex Boniello (currently Connor Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen) will serve as the backstage correspondent for the event. He will be on hand to cover the event live on The Broadway League’s Twitter and Instagram, bringing fans both exclusive backstage access and a unique perspective on all that’s happening on stage and in the audience this year.
Always a celebration packed with the best that Broadway has to offer, this year’s concert should prove to be just as star-studded and talent-brimming. Already scheduled are appearances by Katharine McPhee, currently starring as Jenna in Waitress; Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), slated to play the title role in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical; and Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees), currently starring as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. In addition, there will be performances and appearances by 2018 Tony Award-nominated performers including: Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two), Joshua Henry (Carousel), Hailey Kilgore (Once On This Island), Taylor Louderman (Mean Girls), and Ari’el Stachel (The Band’s Visit), as well as performances from 2018 Tony Award-nominated musical including: Frozen, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
Participating musicals include Aladdin, Anastasia, The Band’s Visit, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Carousel, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Escape to Margaritaville, Frozen, Kinky Boots, Mean Girls, Once on This Island, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Waitress, and Wicked. Plays that are participating include Angels in America, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Parts One and Two, The Play That Goes Wrong, and Saint Joan.
Stars in the Alley is sponsored by United Airlines with The Music Performance Trust Fund as the live music sponsor.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.