The Broadway League has announced that Alex Newell, currently starring in Once on This Island, will host this year's Stars in the Alley. The free outdoor concert will take place in Shubert Alley on Friday, June 1, at 1pm. In addition to Newell, Alex Boniello (Dear Evan Hansen) will be the backstage correspondent, covering the event on the Broadway League's Twitter and Instagram feeds.
This year's lineup of performers will include Katharine McPhee (Waitress), Melissa Benoist (soon to play the title role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), and Tyler Glenn (Kinky Boots), as well as Tony nominees Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Joshua Henry (Carousel), Hailey Kilgore (Once on This Island), Taylor Louderman (Mean Girls), and Ari'el Stachel (The Band's Visit). Performances from 2018 Tony-nominated musicals including Frozen, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will also be featured.
The outdoor show, produced by the Broadway League and sponsored by United Airlines, celebrates the end of the 2017-18 Broadway season and adds to the festivities leading up to the 2018 Tony Awards on June 10. This year's event will consist of performances from over 20 musicals, including shows from this past season as well as numbers from current long-running shows, all accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra.