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NEW YORK — Broadway has gone on the road to show its appreciation for help it received in the aftermath of Sept. 11. And, while you're at it, please come to New York and see a Broadway show.

The thank-you is an hourlong musical revue called "New York Loves America: The Broadway Tour" and is put together by the League of American Theatres and Producers.

A group of five theater performers led by Sandy Duncan started the 14-city, 16-day tour on Jan. 19 in Tampa, Fla.

It concludes on Feb. 2 in Denver.

The tour will also include the town of Broadway, N.C. — population 1,015, according to Rand McNally.

The free show features songs from current Broadway musicals as well as numbers from productions opening later this spring, including "One Mo' Time" and "Oklahoma!"

"They are sending us to do something we couldn't be happier doing," said Duncan, best known in the theater for starring in "Peter Pan" on Broadway and on the road. "We are going to do it from the bottom of our hearts. We are going to do it with great love and great respect. And I think that we will hopefully be able to communicate that to America."

Besides Duncan, the singers include Ruthie Henshall, Michael Mulheren, Paige Price and Keith Byron Kirk, all veterans of Broadway shows.

The show, for the most part, is not being performed in theaters but rather in other prominent locations in each of the cities visited, such as Bayside Marketplace in Miami, Peachtree Center in Atlanta and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Broadway theaters were closed for two days after the September attacks, and business plummeted. Grosses gradually climbed back, although they are not quite as strong as they were a year ago. January, February and the first two weeks of March are particularly lean months for New York theater, and many shows, particularly long-running musicals such as "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Chicago," are offering discount deals.

Remaining cities and dates on the tour are: Broadway, N.C., Jan 27; Washington, Jan. 28; Baltimore, Jan. 29; San Francisco, Jan. 30; Los Angeles, Jan. 31; Phoenix, Feb. 1; Denver, Feb. 2.