Photo Coverage: Macy's Singing Contest for Tony Tickets

In honor of the Tonys, Macy's Herald Square hosted the "Sing for Your Tickets contest," a Broadway singing talent competition, on Friday, May 20. The winning participant received a Tony VIP package, including transportation, dinner, red carpet-worthy fashions and tickets to the 59th Annual Tony Award® on Sunday, June 5 at Radio City Music Hall.

The event also featured performances from Beauty and The Beast, All Shook Up and 2005 Tony Award Nominee Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Entrants were able to sing one of eight selected songs from the Tony songbook featuring standards from various Tony Award-winning musicals. They include:" "Some Enchanted Evening"" from South Pacific, "the title songs from The Sound of Music, Hello, Dolly!, and Cabaret, ""Lullaby of Broadway"" from 42nd Street, ""What I Did for Love"" from A Chorus Line, ""All I Ask of You"" from The Phantom of the Opera, "and "Sunrise, Sunset"" from Fiddler on the Roof.

The 2005 Tony Awards are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing. The Awards, which start at 8 PM, will be hosted by Hugh Jackman and broadcast on CBS, live from Radio City Music Hall.

 



Contestants lining up...





Rehearsing a number from Chitty


Chitty Understudies: Emma Wahl, Julie Barnes, and
Struan Erlenborn


Jan Svesden (League of American Theatres)


Robin Hall (Macy's)


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Bill Schermerhorn (Macy's)


Jennifer Barnhart w/ Mrs. T (they called her "Mrs. T" instead of using her full last name, as there were kids in the audience)


Meeting the judges


Karmine Alers (RENT's Mimi)


The first contest singing...


...as the judges look on...


...and give their rankings...


Bill Schermerhorn and Kimberly Weiss (one of the 5 finalists --- not yet determined at the time of this photo however...)


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The Macy's Makeup Department looking on...


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Contestants waiting their turn...


Winner, Amy K. Browne (of course, not the winner at the time this photo was taken)


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One of the five finalists, 10 year old Lindsay Maron


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Jennifer Barnhart


James Crowley (1st runner up -- and sings like the next Pavarotti!!)


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Brooke Tansley and Struan Erlenborn trying to keep a straight face...


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A look at the long line of participants and onlookers


Brooke Tansley performs a song from Beauty and the Beast


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The judges sing Happy Birthday to a contestant on her birthday


Performing from All Shook Up: Nikki M. James and Justin Bohon



The Five Finalists: Lindsay Maron, Kimberly Weiss, James Crowley (1st runner up), Amy K. Browne (winner), Happy McPartlin (2nd runner up)


The judges deliberating...



Bill Schermerhorn, Jan Svesden, and Robin Hall


Announcing the winners


The judges congratulating Amy K. Browne


The judges and finalists pose for BroadwayWorld.com
A final photo op for the event!

 

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