Watch: Gorgeous Gala Celebration ‘MisCast21’

Logo image for MisCast21

Logo image for MisCast21

Michael and I loved this year’s installment of MisCast, the annual fundraiser for MCC Theater (Manhattan Class Company).

The annual gala celebration features artists performing songs from roles in which they wouldn’t traditionally be cast.

Performances in MisCast21 in order of appearance:

RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY performing THOSE MAGIC CHANGES from GREASE
MELISSA BARRERA and LESLIE GRACE performing WHAT YOU OWN from RENT
CHEYENNE JACKSON performing IF I WERE A BELL from GUYS AND DOLLS
JAI’LEN JOSEY performing OUT THERE from THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
ROBIN DE JESÚS performing NOTHING from A CHORUS LINE
PATRICK WILSON performing THINK OF ME from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
LACHANZE performing WAIT FOR IT from HAMILTON
ANNALEIGH ASHFORD performing MISTER MISTOFFELEES from CATS
KELLY MARIE TRAN performing YOU AND ME (BUT MOSTLY ME) from THE BOOK OF MORMON
BILLY PORTER performing DIVA’S LAMENT from SPAMALOT
AARON TVEIT and GAVIN CREEL performing IN HIS EYES from JEKYLL AND HYDE
KELLI O’HARA performing BEAUTIFUL CITY from GODSPELL
IDINA MENZEL performing MORNING GLOW from PIPPIN

Broadway stars Billy Porter, Kelli O'Hara and Robin DeJesus
Broadway stars Billy Porter, Kelli O’Hara and Robin DeJesus

Funds raised from Miscast21 help MCC Theater produce new work Off-Broadway and support its Youth Company and in-school partnerships that serve New York City public high school students as well as MCC’s literary development work with emerging playwrights.

Hit the play button and enjoy. One thing I’ll say about the pandemic – it’s really helped artists to get really skilled at sharing their gifts in these virtual galas.

Lincoln Center: Kelli O’Hara Sings Gorgeous #MemorialForUsAll Tribute

Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara

Join Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara for this fourth Memorial For Us All tribute from Lincoln Center, singing works by Sondheim, McLean, and more to honor those we’ve lost.

From Lincoln Center: We offer #MemorialForUsAll to provide unity, comfort, and healing. This Memorial Day weekend, as we honor those who have left us too soon during this pandemic, we also extend our debt of gratitude to those who have lost their lives in service.

I was lucky to work with Kelli in the 2001 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s FOLLIES. She was as exquisite then as she is today.

Three songs, beautifully performed.

Award-Winning 2015 Production of ‘The King And I’ Streaming Free Tonight

Lincoln Center Theatre will stream (for free!) it’s Tony Award-winning 2015 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I (2015) tonight, May 8, at 8PM ET on BroadwayHD.

Directed by Bartlett Sher, starring Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe, and Ruthie Ann Miles, the production was honored with 4 Tony Awards including Best Revival.

If you can’t make it tonight, don’t worry – the show will be available to stream for free for 48 hours following the viewing party.

If you like to do the Twitter participation thing, use the hashtag #RNHMovieNight to watch along with other Broadway fans.

This screening is being presented in support of The Actors Fund, an organization near and dear to my heart 🙂

To donate, visit: ActorsFund.org/TheKingAndI

Broadway: Kelli O’Hara sings “To Build A Home” from The Bridges of Madison County

From the New York Times “In Performance” series, five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara sings “To Build A Home” from this season’s new musical “The Bridges of Madison County.”

The voice is clearly perfection. And the skill Kelli demonstrates here is jaw dropping.

I worked with Kelli some years in the first Broadway revival of Sondheim’s “Follies,” and we knew then what audiences would soon find out about Kelli.

I’m sorry to hear “Bridges” closed prematurely. All my friends on Broadway lament it’s passing saying it was true artistry on display. Hit the video below and enjoy real talent.

(via New York Times)