If you haven’t heard, Broadway is almost back — and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is ready to celebrate.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month that Broadway could return to business as usual in September, and many major shows — including Hamilton, Lion King and Wicked — already have tickets on sale for the fall. On Tuesday night’s (June 8) Tonight Show, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon will welcome back the Great White Way by re-creating some of Broadway’s most iconic moments in a musical number.
And they won’t be alone: As you can see from the photo above, Billboard can exclusively reveal that Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked), Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Phylicia Rashad (August: Osage County), Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and In the Heights film stars Jimmy Smits and Olga Merediz will also be part of the segment.
The Broadway celebration will include music from The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, West Side Story, The Lion King, Book of Mormon, Wicked and many more classic shows — including, of course, Miranda’s blockbuster hit Hamilton.
Also along for the ride for the first time this week is a packed studio audience inside 30 Rock, after a year-plus of remote shows followed by audience-free tapings in the studio.
Another Miranda production, In the Heights, is hitting the big screen this weekend, starring Anthony Ramos as Usnavi de la Vega, the role originated by Miranda himself on Broadway in 2008.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
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