NEW YORK (Reuters): It may not be the lights of Broadway but subway stations aren’t a bad gig either, according to scores of musicians who auditioned on Tuesday to play in New York City’s bustling underground terminals. The auditions, attracting players of classical music, cabaret, opera, blues, reggae and even cartoon tunes, are hosted by the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to select performers allowed to play, or busk, in subway stations from Times Square to Yankee Stadium.

The conditions may be raw and the acoustics tricky, but the underground venue is like no other, the striving musicians said.