BROADWAY BUSKERS
Concert Series
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.


Broadway Buskers: Jaime Cepero headshot

Jaime Cepero
August 14
5pm

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


Broadway Buskers: Joey Contreras headshot

Joey Contreras
August 14
6pm

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!”
www.joeycontreras.com
@JoeyPatrick87


Max Sangerman
August 21
5pm


Dru Serkes
August 21
6pm


Jennifer Sanchez
August 28
5pm


Broadway Buskers: Leslie Becker headshot

Leslie Becker
August 28
6pm

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.
www.LeslieBecker.com
@thelesliebecker

 

Additional series performers to be announced soon!


About Ben Cameron
Ben Cameron is your Broadway Buddy. Bringing the Broadway community directly to you like a neighbor bringing over a tray of brownies (Broadway brownies, yum). Ben is the MainStage host of BroadwayCon and creator and host of the long-running NYC staple Broadway Sessions, now in its 10th year (also Broadway Sessions Beach Party on Fire Island). He is the creator and host of the worldwide hit podcast talk show The Broadway Cast and the web series Dance Captain Dance Attack on BroadwayWorld.com. Ben, your Broadway Buddy, hosts countless events within the Broadway community for organizations like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, NYMF, and Rockers on Broadway, and is a frequent face on PBS WNET. Your Broadway Buddy continues to present Broadway’s best to a wide variety of audiences.

Ben Cameron: Your Broadway Buddy logo    Ben Cameron headshot

www.BroadwayBuddy.nyc

 


Past performances

 

Broadway Buskers: F. Michael Haynie headshot

F. Michael Haynie
June 5
5pm

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.
@fmichaelhaynie


Starbird and the Phoenix (Courtney Bassett and Andrew Swackhamer) headshot

Starbird and the Phoenix
June 5
6pm

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.
www.starbirdandthephoenix.com


Broadway Buskers: Janet Krupin headshot

Janet Krupin
June 12
5pm

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
www.janetkrupin.com
@JanetKrupin


Broadway Buskers: Donnie Kehr headshot

Donnie Kehr
June 12
6pm

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.
www.donniekehr.com
@DonnieKehr


Broadway Buskers: Matt DeAngelis headshot

Matt DeAngelis
June 19
5pm

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
www.mattdeangelis.com
@MattDeAngelis22


Broadway Buskers: Drew Gasparini headshot

Drew Gasparini
June 19
6pm

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.
www.thedrewgasparini.com
@DrewGasparini


Broadway Buskers: John Arthur Greene headshot

John Arthur Greene
June 26
5pm

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!
www.JohnArthurGreeneMusic.com
@JohnArthurG


Broadway Buskers: Alexander Sage Oyen headshot

Alexander Sage Oyen
June 26
6pm

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. 
www.alexandersageoyen.com
@AlexSageOyen


Broadway Buskers: Tim Young headshot

Tim Young
July 10
5pm

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. 
www.soundsliketimyoung.com
@soundsliketimyoung


Marcus Paul James
July 10
6pm

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.
www.marcuspauljames.com
@MarcusPaulJames


Broadway Buskers: Albert Guerzon headshot

Albert Guerzon
July 24
5pm

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.
@AlGuerzon


Broadway Buskers: Will Taylor headshot

Will Taylor
July 24
6pm

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.
www.willtaylorsite.com


Broadway Buskers: Ryan Scott Oliver headshot

Ryan Scott Oliver
July 31
5pm

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.
www.ryanscottoliver.com
@ryanscottoliver


Broadway Buskers: Lauren Elder headshot

Lauren Elder
July 31
6pm

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.
www.laureneldermusic.com
@LalabirdLauren