Broadway's Bernadette Peters, Zoe Caldwell, Douglas Carter Beane, and More Celebrate the 40th Birthday of Times Square's TKTS Booth
The cast of off-Broadway's Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking! offered a performance in honor of Philip J. Smith, co-founder of TKTS Times Square.
Broadway stars gathered together at the Edison Ballroom on Monday night to honor Shubert Organization Chairman Philip J. Smith in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Theatre Development Fund's TKTS Booth. Smith helped to found the famous TKTS Times Square, which has been providing New York City residents and tourists alike with discounted tickets to Broadway, off-Broadway, music, and dance events since it opened on June 25, 1973. To date, it has accrued over $1.8 billion in revenue, which TDF has put towards funding thousands of stage productions.
This 40th anniversary celebration, directed by Carl Andress, boasted performances by some of Broadway's biggest stars including two-time Tony-winning actress Bernadette Peters (Follies), four-time Tony-winning Australian actress Zoe Caldwell (Master Class), and Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella), who hosted the event. The cast of Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking! also performed an original piece that Gerard Alessandrini, the troupe's master of parody, wrote specifically for the evening's festivities. Among the 300 guests in attendance were representatives from The Shubert Organization, The Nederlander Organization, and Jujamcyn Theaters, as well as other Broadway stars including Tony winners Roger Rees (The Addams Family) and Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line).