2 days of Broadway stars, events during Times Square’s Pride

Times Square is celebrating Pride somewhere under the (augmented reality) rainbow.

The Times Square Alliance and Playbill are joining forces to kick off Pride weekend in New York City — Broadway-style. As the city gets ready for its first major, all-out Pride weekend since 2019, Pride in Times Square is welcoming members of the LGBTQ community and their friends to one of the world’s most famous intersections.

This free, two-day creativity extravaganza will take place in Duffy Square, the northern triangle of Times Square, between 45th and 47th Streets, and feature show-stopping events that will include performances by Broadway and Off-Broadway stars, sing-alongs, the Big Broadway Disco, and a virtual double rainbow connecting north and south and soaring 3,000 feet about 7th Ave — an augmented reality sculpture of a double rainbow by Latvian-British artist Kristaps Ancāns, the “Polar Rainbow.”

“Having just welcomed over 400,000 people in one day for the first time since the pandemic began, the Times Square Alliance is excited to partner with Playbill to deliver a weekend of exciting and inclusive events to celebrate Pride and invite even more to Times Square,” said Tom Harris, vice president of the Times Square Alliance, an organization that works to improve and promote the world-famous live entertainment hub.

“We look forward to welcoming LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies to the crossroads of the world for programming that supports, inspires, and represents the diverse community of New York City,” Harris added.

Several community organizations and LGBTQ nonprofits, including GLAAD, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest LGBTQ community center helping LGBTQ homeless youth, will take the main stage on Friday for Community Pride Day, when they will discuss their work, celebrate their achievements and also highlight their ongoing fight for equality and inclusion.

On Saturday, the stage will be home to Broadway Pride Day, with sing-alongs to hits such as “The Prom”, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and “Head Over Heels,” as well as a panel discussion featuring the cast of the Tony-winning musical “A Strange Loop.”

Starting at 6 pm, the Big Broadway Disco will close the event — and get the night going — with DJs and performers celebrating Pride on the dance floor, with a special performance by Off-Broadway’s “Titanique” star Courtney Bassett.

On both days, a smaller stage on the plaza between 45th and 46th streets, the playbill Pride Piano Bar, will feature more intimate concerts throughout the morning and afternoon led by top-Broadway musicians and performers.

Pride in Times Square, main stage: programming starts at noon on Friday and 10 am on Saturday; Paybill Pride Piano Bar: programming starts at 12:30 pm on Friday and 10:30 am on Saturday.

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