During day one of the Curtain Up Broadway Festival (sponsored by Playbill, The Broadway League, the Times Square Alliance, and Prudential), a host of Broadway stars and special guests were set to celebrate nine decades of Broadway legend Chita Rivera at a special concert in Times Square, September 8. But due to stormy weather conditions, And All That Jazz—A Celebration of Chita Rivera was cancelled.
But a little rain couldn't send these stars home—instead, several of the dancers made their way to the Playbill office for a special studio photoshoot. They included Alyssa Epstein, Connor McRory, Richard Smith, Alicia Lundgren, RJ Higton, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Ian Klein, Nicolas De La Vega, and Lloyd Culbreath. Check out their photos below.
The concert lineup would have included George Dvorsky, Andy Karl, Alexis Michelle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Bebe Neuwirth, Orfeh, John Riddle, Lisa Mordente, Alyssa Epstein, Jessica Lee Goldyn, RJ Higton, Ian Klein, Alicia Lundgren, Connor McRory, Richard Smith, Hillary Morrow, Christian Clausnitzer, Tim Kodres, Nikki Kimbrough, and Taylor Marrs.
And All That Jazz would have been presented by The Entertainment Community Fund, in association with Nouveau Productions. It was set to feature members of the American Pops Orchestra, including conductor Luke Frazier, Greg Watkins, Dilyana Tsenov, Maria Im, James Kelly, Sean Neidlinger, Chealsea Lane, Joy Hodges, Philippe Brunet, James Martin, Micheal Thomas, David Doescher, Jason Marshall, Robert Morris, Dan Berkery, and Evan Rees.
And All That Jazz dance numbers were choreographed by Lloyd Culbreath and assistant choreographer Nicolas De La Vega. Nouveau Productions team members included executive producer Robert Pullen, senior producer Hannah Gudeman, Grace Money, and Madison Russell.
The Curtain Up Broadway Festival took place September 8–10.