Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca Host June 3 Stars in the Alley
By Ellis Nassour
As one of the festivities leading up to the Tony Awards, the annual free two-hour concert, featuring more stars than there are in the heavens, Stars in the Alley will take place in Shubert Alley Friday from 12:30 – 2:30 P.M. Tony and Grammy nominee and Emmy winner Sean Hayes and CBS correspondent Mo Rocca will host this immensely popular event, presented by United Airlines, the official airline of the Tony Awards.
Hayes is currently holding heavenly court at the Booth Theatre in An Act of God and Rocco is the host of segments of CBS Sunday Morning and Henry Ford’s Innovation , part of CBS Saturday morning line-up.
The Tonys, presented by the American Theatre Wing and Broadway League will telecast from the Beacon Theatre on CBS June 12 from 8-11 P.M., hosted by James “Brilliant/Incredible” Corden.
“We’re thrilled Sean and Mo are helping us celebrate the end of a very exciting season!” says Charlotte St. Martin, Broadway League president. “They clearly love Broadway and we love them! Sean was sensational as host of the 65th Tony Awards in 2010; and I’m a big fan of Mo’s work on CBS Sunday Morning,”
There’ll be appearances by stars of over 30 shows. Performers will be accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra, courtesy of the Recording Industry Music Performance Trust Fund.
2016 Tony-nominated actors/actresses scheduled to appear include Pascale Armand and Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed), Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof), Carmen Cusack (Bright Star), Michael Shannon (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), and Jennifer Simard (Disaster!), as well as performances from 2016 Tony Award-nominated musicals including: The Color Purple, She Loves Me, Tuck Everlasting and Waitress.
Among additional participating musicals are Aladdin, An American in Paris, Beautiful, Chicago, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Les Miz. Matilda, On Your Feet!, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Something Rotten!, and Wicked.
There’ll be additional appearances from these shows: An Act of God, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Father, Fully Committed, Hamilton, School of Rock, and Shuffle Along …
In addition to the above stars, on hand will beNicholas Barasch, Heidi Blickenstaff, Alfie Boe, Danny Burstein, Akosua Busia, Kathryn Erbe, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Alyssa Fox, John Gallagher Jr., Heather Headley, Eduardo Hernandez, James Monroe Iglehart, Sarah Charles Lewis, Rory O’Malley, Billy Porter, Saycon Sengbloh, Emily Skeggs, Alexandria Suarez, Kevin Tellez, Brandon Uranowitz, Quinn VanAntwerp, Max von Essen, Aviva Winick, and many more.
Stars in the Alley social media correspondents for Twitter and Instagram! will be School of Rock stars Tony-nominated Alex Brightman @ABrightMonster and 2008 Drama Desk nominee Sierra Boggess [forThe Little Mermaid) @SierraBoggess with exclusive backstage access and their perspectives on what’s happening onstage and in the audience.
Sean Hayes, of TV’s Will & Grace fame, was Tony-nominated for the 2010 revival of Promises, Promises. Unbeknownst to many is the fact that Mo Rocca appeared on Broadway for three months as Vice Principal Panch in 2007’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and portrayed Doody in a Southeast Asia tour of Grease.
“Stars in the Alley showcases the excitement of musical theater and the vibrancy of Times Square,” says Music Performance Trust Fund’s Dan Beck. “The opportunity to bring great live music that is free to the public is our primary goal since 1948.”
Junior’s is official hospitality partner for Stars in the Alley. The New York Times is the official media partner. Additional support is provided by The Shubert Organization and SL Green Realty Corporation.
Stars in the Alley information can be found at www.Broadway.org.