COUNTDOWN TO NYE
Curated & hosted by Ben Cameron
Tuesdays from 5-7pm, from June to September
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 outdoor food market in Times Square, you can enjoy food and Happy Hour drinks while taking in FREE concerts by Broadway professionals.
Thanks to everyone who joined us during our inaugural season! We look forward to seeing you for more Broadway Buskers in the spring!
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.
Max Sangerman was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. Having lived and performed in NYC for 5 years, his music combines a midwestern, blue-eyed soulfulness with an electric, gritty rockabilly energy. He can currently be seen performing at Stage 42 in Smokey Joe's Cafe. He's in the process of cutting his first EP, but in the meantime, you can find some of his music on YouTube.
Hailing from the New York theatre scene, Dru has spent the last half-decade traveling the country with various touring productions (Jersey Boys, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha) between time in Rock of Ages (Las Vegas) and his current home with Jersey Boys in New York. Despite an eclectic music offering, every record is an open window, wherein the listener is given a glimpse into the mind of a young man who wears his heart on his sleeve while navigating the twists of a life in flux.
Dru's latest offering, "The Sound," provides the listener with a more mature sonic pallet, while still conveying a man's raw reflections of past experiences and musings of the heart.
Having appeared on Broadway in the original casts of On Your Feet! and the most recent revivals of West Side Story and Sunday in the Park..., singer-songwriter Jennifer Sanchez's music draws from folk, pop, and jazz. Her tunes are lyric driven and "it's the witty and unexpected humor in Sanchez's lyrics that separate her from her peers. They can be blunt and/or self-effacing, but always honest." (Cabaret Scenes) She was a featured writer in the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project and is currently working on her debut album "Open Heart." She can also currently be seen in the Broadway cast of Pretty Woman: The Musical.
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.
John recently returned from the national tour of Wicked. Previous credits include the tour of American Idiot, Rock of Ages (Las Vegas), and the Broadway production of Fun Home. John’s music is lyric-driven pop-rock with influences ranging from Ed Sheeran and Sara Bareilles to Nathaniel Rateliff and Hozier. John also sings with The Broadway Boys: a group of guys who infuse musical theater tunes with pop, rock, soul, funk, and jazz. They are currently working on their third studio album.
Mike, who is a singer/songwriter at heart, will fill the evening with a sneak peak of his brand new original music from his upcoming debut solo album, as well as Broadway hits done with his signature folk rock twist. As a Broadway veteran, Mike has been seen in Tuck Everlasting, Wicked, and most recently Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but his powerful, edgy voice hardly matches his youthful type, so Mike is taking to the streets to lead you through an evening much closer to his grown up rocker roots, that will be sure to thrill and entertain. From his folk covers of "Pure Imagination" and "She Used to Be Mine" to rock and roll, high-octane original songs to soulful R&B songs, this is a show you won't want to miss!
Jaime Cepero swiftly 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
Rob Rokicki is a songwriter, performer, music director, and educator. He is the composer/lyricist of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (book by Joe Tracz), which was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, an Off Broadway Alliance Award, and a Lortel Award. His graphic novel/rock album, Monstersongs (art by David O’Neill) was just selected for the National Alliance of Musical Theater Festival of New Musicals. Rob’s songs have been described as a ‘soulful swirl of rock and comedy.’ His albums are available on Broadway Records and Great White Wax.
Molly and the Memphis Thunder
Molly and the Memphis Thunder is a musical collaboration that began in 2012 between Broadway actress Molly Hager and Grammy-nominated Engineer and Producer Ian Kagey. Blending many influences including folk, Americana, country, and pop, their infectious songs blend tight harmonies with heartbreaking storytelling of love and loss.
Molly made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Waitress, where she is currently featured as “Mother.” She also appeared in the original Off-Broadway cast of the cult hit Heathers: The Musical, and was most recently seen in the world premiere of A Walk on the Moon. Her TV and film credits include It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Happyish.
Instagram: @hagermolly @iankagey / Twitter: @yesmollyhager
Carner & Gregor
Sam Carner and Derek Gregor’s musical Unlock’d ran Off-Broadway in a Prospect production at the Duke Theatre and recently played Houston’s Queensbury Theatre. Their show Island Song has dozens of productions slated for 2018-19 around the world, having played the Adirondack Theatre Festival, London’s Stratford Circus, Oakland University, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and many more. The studio cast album starring Jeremy Jordan, Kimiko Glenn and more is available at www.IslandSongMusical.com. Their musical Toast had workshops at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, NC State, and Johnny Mercer Colony. Among Playbill.com’s “Contemporary Songwriters You Should Know,” they won the Richard Rodgers Award, John Wallowitch Award, and $100,000 Kleban Prize, and their songs have received 11 MAC nominations.