It’s obvious that summer is sputtering through it’s final days, while autumn waits in the wings, when the Broadway event calendar is filled and the community is anxious to burst out of the summer doldrums.

Kicking off the season on Sunday, September 13th is the annual Broadway on Broadway extravaganza, a free event in the middle of Times Square, celebrating live theater on the great stage. This year’s host is Michael McKean, star of the upcoming Tracy Letts’ play, Superior Donuts. Michael is known for a variety of roles on stage and screen.

Broadway on Broadway is part of Back to Broadway this month, with a slate of events scheduled to excite theater goers and provide them with added value events.

Broadway on Broadway begins at 11:30 and will feature numbers from some of the long running shows like Wicked, Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia! as well as upcoming musicals: Bye Bye Birdie, Memphis and Finian’s Rainbow.

For more information:

www.broadwayonbroadway.com

Just a few hours later, and a couple of blocks away, Help Is On the Way Today’s Project Backpack Designer Auction will take place at the Laurie Beechman Theater. The money raised will go to assist children living with AIDS and HIV. The event begins at 1:30 with a cocktail hour and performances by Broadway stars, followed by the backpack auction. For more information www.smarttix.com/show.aspx

Then the next day on September 14th, it’s an event to honor the late Bea Arthur, hosted by legendary actress Angela Lansbury. Numerous celebrities including Norman Lear, Rue McClanahan, Rosie O’Donnell and Chita Rivera will perform at the event, taking place at the Majestic Theater on West 44th Street. The ceremony begins at 1 and the general public will be permitted in on a first come, first served basis.

Many more events on the way as the Autumn unfolds.

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