COUNTDOWN TO NYE
hosted by Ben Cameron
Tuesdays from 5-7pm
Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets
Before you take your seat in the theatre on Tuesday evenings, enjoy original music performed by Broadway actors and composers at the Crossroads of the World. Positioned within TSQ MKT, the local food market in Times Square, you can enjoy food and Happy Hour drinks while taking in FREE concerts by Broadway professionals.
The concert on August 14th has been canceled due to inclement weather.
Jaime Cepero swifly became a fan favorite for his portayal of love-to-hate character Ellis Boyd on the NBC musical series SMASH, from executive producer Steven Spielberg. His musical Francois & the Rebels (a punk rock retelling of the 1791 Haitian Slave Revolution) was recently produced through MTF at Joe's Pub to glowing reviews, and begins its developmental residency in the 2019 fall season. Other film and television credits include MESS (Freddy) HereTV/Amazon, indie features I Am Michael (Kidd) starring James Franco, Dating My Mother (Will), Daddy (Tee), and the upcoming Jess (Miguel) from Comedy Central's Dan Hurwitz. He is an active voice for political activism - and recently received critical acclaim for his performance as Claude in the 50th Anniversary staging of HAIR at the Tony Award-winning Dallas Theater Center.
Instagram: @PapiMagic / Twitter: @JaimeCepero
Joey Contreras is a musical theatre and pop songwriter internationally known for his first album Love Me, Love Me Not, which featured an all-star lineup of Broadway talent. In 2014, Out Magazine labeled his sophomore effort, Young Kind of Love, “sexy and catchy,” and branded Joey a “Broadway-pop crossover extraordinaire.”
Hailed as one of Playbill’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know,” Joey is a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, and his musicals with bookwriter/lyricist, Kate Thomas, include Ring Around and Forget Me Not. Joey also wrote the music and lyrics for the Disney Junior animated short, “Kiwi’s First Flight,” featured in the series, “Lights, Camera, Lexi!”
Leslie Becker is an award-winning Broadway actress and Billboard artist. She has appeared on Broadway and National Tours of Wicked, Amazing Grace, Bonnie and Clyde, Anything Goes, Cinderella, Nine and more. Leslie's debut single “Slow Burn” hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC chart, and the music video made it through two rounds for Grammy consideration for Best Music Video under the guidance of award-winning producer Joe Vulpis (Lady Gaga and more). Her full EP is due out in late Fall. Also a lyricist/librettist for musical theater, her musical A Proper Place (with composer Curtis Rhodes) had its World Premiere production on the Main Stage of The Village Theatre, and her current musical Fetching Water (with composer Michael Hunsaker) will have a private industry reading in October. As a vocalist, Leslie has performed at clubs throughout the city including W Hotel Times Square, Webster Hall, Lovecraft, Caffé Vivaldi, Sidewalk Café, Vanity NYC, The Duplex, The Wu Room, The Jimmy Fallon Show, Feinstein’s 54Below, and The Commodore in Nashville. Expect a versatile mix of country, pop, and her musical theater repertoire of original songs.
Additional series performers to be announced soon!
F. Michael Haynie
F. Michael Haynie has starred on Broadway as Boq in Wicked, Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and in Holler If Ya Hear Me. F was a singer/songwriter long before his Broadway shows. He was even caught on camera busking in Washington Square Park on “MTV’s Made.” A little Mraz, a little Tupac, all F.
Starbird and the Phoenix
Starbird and the Phoenix is the musical mingling of Courtney Bassett (Broadway’s The Great Comet) and Ukulele Wizard/male rock soprano Andrew Swackhamer. Purveyors of musical whimsy, these two harmonize in the stratosphere, wail from the soul, and shred on the uke.
Janet Krupin has been in the Original Broadway Casts of If/Then, Bring It On, and Hands on a Hardbody. Her pop rock sensibility is showcased in her new original musical Chemical Drive.
Donnie Kehr has starred on Broadway in The Who's Tommy, Aida, Billy Elliot, and Jersey Boys. He is also the creator of Rockers on Broadway. Taking a lead from The Who, Peter Gabriel, and Billy Joel, Donnie's music is melodic, rock-fueled pop that is sure to get you moving.
Currently in Waitress on Broadway, Matt has also appeared on Broadway, in National Tours, and on the West End in Hair, American Idiot, and Once.
Drew Gasparini is an award-winning musical theatre composer/lyricist and singer/songwriter. Drew has written music and lyrics for Crazy Just Like Me (NYMF 2011 Winner: Best of Fest), Make Me Bad (book with Alex Brightman), Turn Of The Screw (book by Michael Kimmel), and #UntitledPopMusical (again, with Kimmel) to name a few. He was a contributing songwriter for the musical TV series, SMASH on NBC. His songs have been heard on TV shows such as Gainesville on CMT and The Biggest Loser on NBC, and his song Back On My Feet Now was used by President Barack Obama for his last speech at the U.N. Concerts of Drew's work have been performed all over the world, from the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center all the way to the St. James Theater in London, and several other venues in both the UK and Australia. Currently, Drew is writing Broadway adaptations of the movies NIGHT SHIFT and It's Kind Of A Funny Story (book by Alex Brightman), and the award-winning children's novel, The Whipping Boy (also with Brightman). Drew is 1/3 of the sibling folk/pop band Saint Adeline.
John Arthur Greene
Currently in School of Rock on Broadway, JAG has also appeared on Broadway in Matilda and West Side Story, and on TV in American Idol Season 15 and Peter Pan Live!
Alexander Sage Oyen
Alexander was named one of Playbill's "Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers You Should Know," and his music has been heard at Goodspeed Opera House, 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Playwrights Horizons, The Signature Theatre, New World Stages, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and venues in Thailand, London, The Netherlands, and all across the world.
Tim Young made his Broadway debut in the original cast of Next to Normal. Since then, he has been in the original casts of David Bowie’s Lazarus, the Grammy-winning cast of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, and a vocalist on the Platinum-selling soundtrack and Oscar-nominated film The Greatest Showman. Tim is currently in the Off-Broadway play Afterglow and is co-director of the hit cabaret show Mary, every Tuesday night at Club Cumming in the East Village of New York City. This summer, Tim will be releasing his first feature length musical film Stuck nationwide, for which he served as co-composer and music producer.
Marcus Paul James
Marcus Paul James has appeared on Broadway in Rent, In the Heights, and Motown the Musical. This Brooklyn-born singer has crafted a sound all his own: the son of a DJ and a Baptist church family, his music shines as the perfect balance of soul, R&B, and popular music. A true singer/songwriter whose lyrics and music take your heart and ears to a place few artists do.
Albert Guerzon has been in multiple Broadway shows while singing and writing his own music on the side. His Broadway credits include Mamma Mia, Ghost, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville. His music is a mix of Fun, Funk and Soul with narratives and inspiring melodies that move you in more ways than one.
Will Taylor is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes directing, choreographing, performing, and composing for theater, TV, film, and concerts. Will has acted on Broadway in four shows, and has directed and/or choreographed world premieres of plays and musicals.
Ryan Scott Oliver
With special guests Ethan Carlson, Ian Fairlee, Sean Green Jr. (Broadway’s Hamilton), Cory Jeacoma (Off Broadway’s Jersey Boys), Conor McShane, Mary Claire Miskell (Broadway’s 13), Kim Onah, Bethany Perkins, Emily Rogers (Broadway’s If/Then), and Donte Wilder.
Ryan Scott Oliver’s musicals include Jasper in Deadland, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Darling, Mrs. Sharp, Out of My Head, and The Frog Prince Continued. He has previously opened Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and contributed an original musical to BroadwayCon. A collection of his work, Rated RSO, has played the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, and New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Oliver is a Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Richard Rodgers Award winner, a Lortel Award nominee, recipient of numerous ASCAP awards, and a Dramatists Guild Fellow. His songbook, Music+Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver: Vol. 1, was published by Hal Leonard in 2011.
Lauren Elder has appeared on Broadway in the revivals of Side Show and Hair. Sweet love songs, heartbreaking melodies, and world class whistling meet influences of jazz, folk, and pop for a unique whimsical sound on her debut album of original music.