—- The Curtain Rises on New Musicals, Dramas and More-—

New York, NY (September 26, 2006) – No other city in the world can match the spectacular theatrical entertainment found in New York City. With 39 Broadway houses and hundreds of Off-Broadway theaters, there’s something for everyone in the Big Apple. It has been a banner year so far for the Great White Way with knockout new productions, record-breaking ticket sales and big-name stars taking the stage.

“New York City is the entertainment capital of the world, in large part due to our city’s extraordinary theatrical community,” said Cristyne L. Nicholas, President and CEO of NYC & Company. “Visitors from around the world are experiencing Broadway at record numbers, and with highly anticipated revivals and new productions preparing to take the stage in 2006, we expect this growth to continue.”

Martin Short, Nathan Lane and Usher are some of the names making noise on Broadway these days. Funnyman Martin Short stars in the new musical Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, a comedic look at the actor’s life. R&B star Usher joins the cast of Chicago as the debonair Billy Flynn, Roxy Hart’s sleazy lawyer. Broadway veteran Nathan Lane stars in the dark comedy Butley about a literary professor who loses his wife and his lover in the same day.

Disney brings another soon-to-be blockbuster to Broadway with the high-flying production of Mary Poppins. The music of rock legend Bob Dylan is showcased in the new musical The Times They Are A-Changin’ with choreography by Twyla Tharp. One of Broadway’s most beloved shows returns to the Great White Way with the revival of “em>A Chorus Line at the Schoenfeld Theater.