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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Theater critic Sarah Taylor Ellis shared her photos from an impromptu event in Times Square on Tuesday. Broadway cast members and fans gathered to host a showtune singalong. They wanted to cheer up the city and do something for New York visitors who couldn't see Broadway shows that were canceled due to Sandy. The event, organized by actor Jacob Brent, also raised money for storm relief via the Red Cross.
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    Here are photos from the sing along on the steps in Times Square this afternoon, which was supposed to lift people's spirits, let the sun shine in, and raise money for the Red Cross!

    I first learned about the event from a tweet by @BroadwayGirlNYC: "Broadway actors & fans will gather in Times Square at 3pm to sing uplifting showtunes - details: pic.twitter.com/uIWWXu7f (via@geridith)." Several other theater friends were soon tweeting about the event, which was organized by Jacob Brent. Songs included "New York, New York," "There's No Business Like Show Business, "Tomorrow," "Seasons of Love," "My Favorite Things," and other related (and unrelated) musical theater classics. It was more of a half hour impromptu concert than a sing along, but a total delight regardless; everyone was so glad to get out of their apartments and gather for a communal activity. The singers seemed to be collecting a fair amount of donations between songs, and the tourists and residents alike were enjoying the unexpected musical entertainment, especially since Broadway shows have been canceled the past three days.

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