Be a Broadway baby dancin' down the street -- it's hard to resist -- if you take either, or both, of the audio-headset tours that include belting and talking stars from shows past and present.
Walkin' Broadway offers two narrations with musical interludes on MP3 players.
The technology is easy, the narrator even tells you to look both ways before you cross the street, and the content is boffo.
On the tour to theaters north of 46th Street, Hal Prince shares backstage stories about "Sweeney Todd" while James Naughton reports on the rapport between the chorus girls and Bill Clinton the night Clinton visited "Chicago."
Kitty Carlisle Hart imparts a charming vignette about how her late husband, Moss Hart, helped Julie Andrews transform into "My Fair Lady."
And Leonard Bernstein's son, Alexander, tells how "West Side Story" started as "East Side Story."
The southern tour takes you down to 42nd Street, where several historic theaters have been renovated in recent years.
The recordings are about an hour each, though you go at your own pace and can take breaks.
They cost $12 each and leave every day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Colony Records, 1619 Broadway at the corner of 49th Street. Call 212-997-5004 or 1-866-692-2929 for more details or group rates. Scheduling tours in advance is recommended for groups.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times