TKTS Celebrating 40 Years in Times Square
Type: Entertainment & Performances, Kid/Family Friendly, Music & Concerts, Other, Outdoors
Event Location: Duffy Square, Broadway and 46th Street
Join us in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of TKTS in Times Square!
Wednesday, June 26th at 11am
TKTS in Times Square
Hosted by Julie Halston
Special Guest Harvey Fierstein accepting a Proclamation from the City of New York on behalf of TKTS
Performance by Forbidden Broadway
Followed by 20 Broadway Karaoke performances of songs from the last 40 years on Broadway
When: Wednesday, June 26 - 11am
Where: Duffy Square (behind the TKTS Booth) Broadway and 46th Street
TKTS® FOR SAME-DAY DISCOUNT BROADWAY & OFF BROADWAY TICKETS TURNS 40 IN TIMES SQUARE
CELEBRATION ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 - 11am - 1pm TO FEATURE: A PROCLAMATION FROM THE CITY OF NEW YORK; SPECIAL GUESTS HARVEY FIERSTEIN, JULIE HALSTON, “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY”; AND BROADWAY KARAOKE.
NEW TKTS SERVICE TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE CEREMONY!
WHO: Broadway stars HARVEY FIERSTEIN, JULIE HALSTON, Commissioner of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs KATE D. LEVIN, the cast of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY and 20 BROADWAY KARAOKE SINGERS.
WHAT: Will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of TKTS in Times Square.
The program, hosted by JULIE HALSTON, will begin with a proclamation from the City of New York presented to Theatre Development Fund (TDF) by the commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs KATE D. LEVIN and accepted on TDF’s behalf by “The Unofficial Mayor of Broadway,” 4-time Tony Award winner HARVEY FIERSTEIN. (Fierstein most recently wrote the book for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which won the most Tony Awards of any production this year, including “Best Musical”). After the presentation, Fierstein and Halston will announce a new service being instituted at TKTS Times Square that will make it easier to see more shows through the Times Square TKTS Booth.
For entertainment, the cast of Forbidden Broadway will perform a special tribute to TKTS written by the show’s creator, Gerard Alessandrini. Next up, 20 theatre lovers who have always wanted to sing ‘on Broadway,’ who were chosen through a Facebook competition, will perform karaoke of Broadway songs from hit shows of the past 40 years.
Additionally, 15 TKTS Patron Service Representatives will be dressed in costumes from the TDF Costume Collection (which houses of 80,000 professional theatrical costumes and accessories for rental to not-for-profits across the United States) in the style of shows that have opened on Broadway or have had major revivals in the past 40 years.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 11AM
WHERE: DUFFY SQUARE – Broadway and 47th Street in front of the TKTS “red steps”
Operated by Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, TKTS opened for business on June 25, 1973 and quickly became a mecca for theatregoers from all over the world. Making theatre affordable with same-day discount tickets and providing an urban fellowship of theatre lovers on Duffy Square (47th Street and Broadway) has helped turn TKTS into one of New York City’s most photographed landmarks. The current TKTS Booth, housed under red glass steps, opened in 2008 and has garnered over a dozen international design awards. The glowing red staircase above TKTS became the first public space in Times Square, and it quickly became a popular respite for locals and visitors 365 days a year.
TKTS has distributed over 58.5 million tickets to Broadway, Off Broadway, music and dance events in The Big Apple since it first opened for business on June 25, 1973. These tickets represent over $1.9 billion in revenue from these same-day sales to thousands of stage productions. The small per ticket service charge (currently $4.00 per ticket) is used to operate the booth and to help fund TDF’s myriad of education, access and service programs. A free TKTS app is available which is directly connected to the TKTS show boards to patrons can see in advance what shows are on sale at the Booths.
TKTS operates two satellite booths: in Downtown Brooklyn at 1 MetroTech Center; and another at South Street Seaport. (TKTS Seaport is currently under reconstruction after damage from Hurricane Sandy and will reopen in early July). For more information go to: www.tdf.org/tkts
Press Release: http://tdf.org/TDF_NewsDetailsPage.aspx?id=157