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Stars Share Why They Can't Wait to Perform at the TheaterMania Block Party

Kinky Boots' Jeremy Villas, The Amazing Max, and more sound off.

TheaterMania's annual Block Party will take place this Sunday, September 11. As part of the Third Avenue Community Fair, the event turns one block of Third Avenue (between 74th and 75th Streets) into a celebration of theater around New York City.

In addition to booths with games and giveaways, theater fans who stop by the event will have a chance to catch TheaterMania's free concert (noon-5pm). Hosted by the magician Amazing Max, the presentation will feature performances by Broadway shows Cirque du Soleil Paramour, Chicago, and Waitress as well as the Saunders Siblings, York Theatre Company's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and more.

The free open-air concert will be a treat for stars and fans alike — just hear what a few of the performers are saying:

The Amazing Max (The Amazing Max)

The Amazing Max performing at TheaterMania's annual street fair.
(© David Gordon)

"The TheaterMania Block Party is a celebration of one of the main attractions that make New York so special. It is the theater community celebrating the theater capital of the world and a huge thank-you to all New Yorkers for all they do to support it. I'm thrilled to be hosting it for the fourth year in a row and looking forward to an awesome, high-energy Third Avenue Street Fair."

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Jeremy T. Villas, Aidan Gemme, Joshua Colley, Milly Shapiro, Mavis Simpson-Ernst, and Gregory Diaz starred in the York Theatre Company's production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
(© Allison Stock)

Mavis Simpson-Ernst:
"I am excited to share our show with people who did not get a chance to see it, and I am excited to perform for people who loved our show and want to come see us again! I have missed my Charlie Brown friends so much, and I think we are going to have a great time!"

Milly Shapiro (Matilda The Musical):
"I'm so excited to get to see everyone again and to be Sally Brown once more. She's such a fun character to play."

Gregory Diaz IV:
"I'm excited to reunite with my YAGMCB cast members at the TheaterMania Street Fair because I enjoy and miss performing with them. It's going to be so much fun!"

Jeremy Villas (Kinky Boots):
"I am excited about getting together with the kids in the cast because I have not even seen them in a while, and we had such a great time working with each other. I am excited about performing at the event because I love any opportunity to perform!"

The Saunders Siblings

Alanna, Heath, Trent, and Claire Saunders at the opening of Aladdin on Broadway.
(© Kim Saunders)

Claire Saunders:
"I love getting the chance to perform alongside my family. It brings the energy to a whole new level of awesome."

Trent Saunders:
"It's an incredible thing to have your best friends also be your family. That we all get to share our love of performing with each other, there's nothing better."