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Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway

Over 1,000 kids flocked to Madame Tussauds New York for the annual "Kids' Night on Broadway" Pre-Theater Bash on Tuesday, January 31st from 2:30PM at 6PM at Madame Tussauds New York (234 West 42nd Street).

Once inside, the kids enjoyed a free performance from the cast of Altar Boyz and intermingled with performers such as Kate Wetherhead and Todd Buonopane of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. They had their faces painted by the original makeup artist from The Phantom of the Opera,  and went on a scavenger hunt among the famed wax statues.
John O'Hurley (ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," Chicago) was also there to sign autographs.

This marks the 10th annual "Kids' Night on Broadway," a program of the League of American Theatres and Producers that allows young people attend the theatre free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult. "Madame Tussauds New York is an interactive 'must do' attraction that provides guests with unique opportunities to create memories with some of the world's biggest icons," state press notes.

Visit www.madametussauds.com for more information.


Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
The Altar Boyz--from clockwise, James Royce Edwards, Clyde Alves, Tyler Maynard, Dennis Moench and Scott Porter-- rehearsing a number



Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
James Royce Edwards

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
The Altar Boyz rehearsing a number

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
At the beginning of the event, the kids line up

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
The event kicks off with a special performance by the Altar Boyz

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
James Royce Edwards and Tyler Maynard

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
The Altar Boyz

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
The Altar Boyz



Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
The kids are let in...

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
...and ascend the stairs...

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
...where first, they follow a scavenger hunt along the statues

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
Hairspray's Abdul Latif teaches the kids a dance number from the show


Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
Dennis Moench, Tyler Maynard and Clyde Alves with "Simon Cowell"


Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
John O'Hurley posing for fans

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
James Royce Edwards and Scott Porter

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
A make-up artist from The Phantom of the Opera

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
Spelling Bee contestants

Photo Coverage: Kids' Night on Broadway
Young contestant Colby McDonnell with Kate Wetherhead and Todd Buonopane

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.