30-Strong Chorus to Join "Queer Eye"'s Rodriguez for Xposed Benefit

News   30-Strong Chorus to Join "Queer Eye"'s Rodriguez for Xposed Benefit Dozens of singers and dancers will join Jai Rodriguez — of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" fame — for his Jan. 31 concert to benefit the Actors' Fund of America.

Entitled Xposed, the 8 PM concert will be held at the Hudson Theatre in the Millennium Hotel. In addition to Wicked's Shoshana Bean, "Queer Eye" co-stars Ted Allen and Carson Kressley, and "Boy Meets Boy" alum Wes Culwell, the evening will also feature the talents of Ben Cameron, Anthony Catala, Danielle Lee Greaves, Gregg Goodhall, Jackie Lao, Brandon Wardell, Haneefah Wood, Jahmal Adderley, Gina Bombara, Candice, Ricky Colon, David Garcia, Dana Depalo, Dontee, Hector Flores, Quisha Freeman, Asmerete Ghbrefichael, Semhar Ghebremichael, Lucia Giannetta, Nicole Guidetti, Kehau, Trent Armand Kendall, Jonathan Lee and Dorell Martin, Darius Nichols, Giovanni Perez, Dawn Noel Pignuola, Randy Reed, Shelly Thomas, Torya and Alex Quiroga.

Xposed, according to production notes, is an "autobiographical pop/rock Moulin Rouge style rendition" of Rodriguez's life. Schele Williams will direct the evening, and the show will include Rodriguez's "provocative story about a Long Island boy growing up in a conservative household and discovering the truth of his sexuality. All of his life's decisions depicted through popular songs and dance will show the audience his struggles and triumphs that has brought him to where he is today."

In a statement Rodriguez said, "It is my hope that by doing a benefit performance for the Actors' Fund of America, more entertainment professionals will be helped along their own journey towards success. I have always been thankful for the Actors' Fund in my own career."

The creative team for Xposed comprises Paul Weimer (scenic design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Cynthia Hawkins (sound design) and Scott Cady (musical direction). Tyce Keith Diorio, Nick Kenkel and Andrew Palermo are the choreographers.

Jai Rodriguez, who played the title role in Zanna, Don't!, also appeared in the all-star Children of Eden benefit concert. The actor's other theatre credits include the Broadway company of Rent and Off Broadway's Spinning Into Butter. His screen credits number "The New Guy" and "All My Children," and his first single is titled "Love Is Good." Rodriguez, however, is best known for his work as the culture guru on the hit Bravo series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." The Hudson Theatre is located within the Millennium Hotel at 145 West 44th Street. Tickets, priced $50-$500, are available by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information.