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Rosie O’Donnell Saves Broadway

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Feb. 5 2009, Published 10:11 a.m. ET

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Rosie O’Donnell struts into Madame Tussaud’s New York determined to save the day during the kickoff for the annual Kids’ Night on Broadway held Tuesday.

The kind-hearted former View host arrives at 2:50 p.m., and the talented teens break into their rendition of Chicago’s Broadway Baby.

“If you get kids to a Broadway show before they hit puberty, you’ve got them for life,” the mom of four, 46, says. “Afterwards, they’re a little jaded.”

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The Kids’ Advisory Board gets private time with Ms. O’Donnell, and they brainstorm about how to fill the seats. With this program, youngsters ages 6-18 get to see Broadway shows for free with each full-price adult admission on March 3-4.

“We had an amazing lunch and they gave me great ideas about how to improve the theater-going experience for children,” Rosie continues. “One of the ideas I thought was funny was to get the choreographer of each musical at each intermission to teach the kids in the audience the dances from the show.”

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For her finale, she prances around with a huge Playbill.

Playbill’s an amazing, amazing organization,” she says. “You get a free one every time you see a show!”  

Before heading upstairs, she talks about her style inspirations. “I wish I had a fashion look for you,” she yuks. “I have so many gay male friends I should have a fashion look.”

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