Stephen Colbert, Brian Cox, Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Fiona Shaw, Dan Stevens, and more to take part in Virtual Bloomsday on Broadway

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An all-day free celebration of performances and music streaming Tuesday June 16th

Stephen Colbert will kick off Symphony Space’s annual literary rite of spring, Bloomsday on Broadway, which celebrates James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses and takes place on June 16th.

Colbert will be joined by a stellar array of actors and writers including Juliana Canfield, Donna Lynne Champlin, Brian Cox, Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, Mia Dillon, Zach Grenier, Peter Francis James, Colum McCann, Malachy McCourt, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O'Hare, Fiona Shaw, Dan Stevens, and Kirsten Vangsness. With musical direction by Caitlin Warbelow (Come From Away).

Throughout the day, artists will read excerpts from all 18 episodes in the book, taking avid Joyceans on a whirlwind tour of the most famous fictional day in literature and bringing to life an enchanting world of incredible humor, satire, parody, romanticism, and pure old Irish poetry.

This event marks the 39th anniversary of Bloomsday on Broadway, a tradition that has inspired both long-standing fans and those completely new to the prose.

Virtual Bloomsday on Broadway is part of Symphony Space’s “Your Home” digital initiative that is delivering exceptional artistry, brilliant stories, and thought-provoking conversations even while its theaters are dark.

This first-ever prerecorded Bloomsday on Broadway event will be available for free throughout the day on the Symphony Space YouTube channel on Tuesday June 16 beginning at 8:00AM EDT. All information about this and other “Your Home” events can be found at

Virtual Bloomsday on Broadway follows the launch of Virtual Selected Shorts, the iconic Symphony Space series that unites great actors with extraordinary short stories and presents them to enraptured audiences.

Bloomsday on Broadway is co-presented with Irish Arts Center as part of their At Home With Irish Arts Center series of digital events.


A tradition that began in Dublin, Bloomsday is celebrated throughout the world. Bloomsday on Broadway, Symphony Space’s unique contribution to the annual tradition, has been thrilling audiences since 1981. These marathon readings of James Joyce’s masterwork take place every year on June 16—commemorating the day depicted in Ulysses—and find revelers following along in dog-eared copies of the text, glued to their chairs until long after midnight. Readings are punctuated with or followed by live, traditional Irish folk music. Over the course of its run, Symphony Space’s Bloomsday performances have attracted showbiz luminaries including Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, Gabriel Byrne, Dick Cavett, Fionnula Flanagan, Santino Fontana, Ira Glass, Frank McCourt, Cynthia Nixon, Ben Stiller, John Douglas Thompson, and Jeffrey Wright.


Symphony Space is a multi-disciplinary performing arts center where bold programming, presented in a uniquely warm and welcoming environment, forges indelible relationships between artists and audiences. Symphony Space's fundamental mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through their programs and their commitment to literacy and education through the arts. Known for an array of ground-breaking programs, including the immersive Wall to Wall concerts, the Selected Shorts literature-in-performance series, and their innovative Global Arts education program, Symphony Space presents a full slate of original, affordable (and free) programming within New York City and in communities throughout the country through tours, public radio broadcasts, and podcasts. On their stages and in the classrooms they serve, Symphony Space fosters access to the arts through all the disciplines.
Symphony Space was founded in the belief that the arts bring people together, transcend barriers, and celebrate both our similarities and differences. Through adventurous and impactful performances, commissions, and conversations, Symphony Space continues to invigorate these guiding principles, harnessing the power of the arts to engage, inspire, and build community.
For more information, visit or call 212-864-5400. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.


Irish Arts Center (IAC) brings people of all backgrounds together through the evolving arts and culture of Ireland, with emotionally engaging, dynamic experiences that meet the highest standards of artistic excellence, on an intimate scale, in an environment of Irish hospitality. Over the last decade, our programming has evolved to serve a range of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, humanities, and interdisciplinary work. We are committed to the presentation as well as the development and commissioning of new work, and the fullest possible engagement of the artist in the cultural life of New York City. Our education programs, with 40 classes and master classes in Irish language, history, music and dance, sustains and evolves Irish cultural traditions and builds community with people of all ages and backgrounds.

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