A Motley Chorus Line Sings Miscast Showtunes at March 14 MCC Benefit

News   A Motley Chorus Line Sings Miscast Showtunes at March 14 MCC Benefit
 
MCC Theatre's starry Miscast benefit was filled with too-young Chorus Liners, awkward ballerinas, manly Dreamgirls, Oklahoma cowboys in love and more.

The celebrated signature musical revue directed by Scott Wittman (Hairspray) performed at this year's annual benefit for the company at New York's Roseland. Miscast features Broadway performers singing popular Broadway showtunes — but the catch is for roles in which they would never be cast. Among the evening's mismatched lineup:

  • A group of Broadway kids singing "I Hope I Get It" from the sometimes bawdy musical A Chorus Line
  • Hairspray's Bruce Vilanch woeful of his "tits and ass" in the same show's Dance Ten Looks Three
  • Broadway vets Jackie Hoffman, Ana Gasteyer and Marc Kudisch offered their rendition of the musical's "At the Ballet"
  • Smokey Joe's Cafe star Billy Porter took a turn as Mama Rose in Gypsy's "Some People"
  • Gunslingers Michael Cerveris (Assassins) and Tom Wopat (Annie Get Your Gun) harmonized the Oklahoma! ballad "People Will Say We’re in Love"
  • Broadway's Gavin Creel (...Millie), Paul Castree (All Shook Up) and Jose Llana (...Spelling Bee) became the soul-sister trio of Dreamgirls
  • A Man of No Importance star Steven Pasquale became Big River's Jim for "Free at Last"
  • Creel and Castree returned as Side Show's conjoined sisters for "Who Will Love Me As I Am?"
  • Lypsinka sang her own telephone "medley"
  • The entire cast ended the performance with A Chorus Line's "What I Did for Love" The evening, which honored Shubert Organization Chairman Gerald Schoenfeld, also saw special guests: The Pillowman stars Billy Crudup and Jeff Goldblum along with MCC vets Julianna Margulies (Intrigue With Faye), Brian F. O'Byrne and Laila Robbins (both of Frozen).

    Proceeds from the benefit go towards MCC's programs. For more information on MCC, visit www.mcctheater.com.

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