Actors-singers-performers Christine Toy Johnson and Ann Harada were last seen in the Alan Muraoka-directed version of Falsettoland, which was produced last year by the National Asian American Theatre Company at the Dimson Theatre in NYC. On Oct. 3, the trio reunites in a benefit tribute that casts both performers in a recreation of the famed 1962 Carnegie Hall concert performed by Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett.
In their tribute, which will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Johnson and Harada play understudies who must perform as Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett, respectively, so that the historic Carnegie Hall show can go on.
"We pretty much recreate their show song for song," Harada told Playbill On-Line. "We use their material, but we've dropped a few things -- like the numbers with the Ernest Slatt Dancers -- because we just couldn't do them." Harada said that she and Johnson have added a few things to the program, such as a bit that Carol Burnett did on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1959.
Originally broadcast by CBS, "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall" was a highlight in both stars' careers. The October tribute with Johnson and Harada also features Bruce Alan Johnson, as well as musical direction by John O'Neill. It will be performed at 8:00 PM, Oct. 3 at The Triad, 158 West 72 Street, NYC. Cover charge is $15, with a $10 food/drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 362-2590.
-- By Murdoch McBride