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--Jason Raize, New York Daily News

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Daily News (New York, NY)
B'way Takes a Times Sq. Bow
September 14, 1998

Shelly Werbell and Barbara Barash have seen "Jekyll & Hyde" more than 30 times.

But they still wanted more.

They went to Broadway on Broadway in Times Square yesterday in hopes of catching a glimpse of their favorite cast among all the others. It's their second time at the free event, and the mix of talent keeps them coming back.

"The gift these people have, it's a revue of all of Broadway, it's great," Werbell said.

The seventh annual public concert kicked off the new Broadway season with performances from 16 shows, including a preview of soon-to-open "On the Town."

"It's important because a lot of people don't know Broadway," said Robert Cuccioli, one of the stars of "Jekyll & Hyde." "They may have misconceptions about what [the shows] are, or what they're about, and this is a kind of movie trailer for Broadway."

After yesterday's performance, Karen Brandon of Westchester plans to see "Chicago" and "Rent."

"I think it's a great thing for Broadway. There are a lot of people here who will at least see one show because of this," she said.

Broadway on Broadway included hit songs from "Chicago," "The Lion King," "The Sound of Music," "Jekyll & Hyde," "Ragtime," "Rent," "Smokey Joe's Cafe," "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk," "Titanic" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel."

Jason Raize, who plays Simba in "The Lion King," said performing at Broadway on Broadway isn't comparable to being in the theater.

"Crowds like this aren't very common for Broadway folks," he said of the 50,000 fans.

Screaming their regards to Broadway and singing along, the spectators impressed "Rent" star Shelley Dickinson:

"In the theater, the audience is not exactly sure yet what they're there for, but these people just know."

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