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
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.
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.