Andrew Rannells Will Celebrate Lysistrata Jones Composer

Cabaret & Concert News   Andrew Rannells Will Celebrate Lysistrata Jones Composer The concert will include a preview of the new musical Hood, debuting this summer.
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Having wrapped his six season run as Elijah on the TV series Girls, Andrew Rannells is planning his return to the New York stage May 4 as part of the cast of The Songs of Lewis Flinn, a pair of concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below honoring the composer of the 2011 Broadway musical Lysistrata Jones.

Rannells, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Elder Price in the original cast of The Book of Mormon, was seen on Broadway earlier this season in a revival of Falsettos. He appeared on Girls 2012–2017, and his character Elijah concluded by getting cast in a fictional Broadway musical based on the film White Men Can’t Jump.

Rannells will perform in the May 4 concerts alongside Broadway stars Santino Fontana (Cinderella), Alysha Umphress (On the Town), Ashley Park (Sunday in the Park With George), Nick Bailey (Casa Valentina), and Metropolitan Opera singer Susanna Phillips, plus members of the original Broadway cast of Lysistrata Jones: Patti Murin (who will next be see on Broadway in Disney’s Frozen), Katie Boren, Kat Nejat, and Biti Strauchn. Lysistrata Jones lasted 30 performances in its original Broadway run.

The concert will include songs from that show, plus a preview of Flinn’s upcoming musical Hood (also with a book by with Douglas Carter Beane), which begins June 29 at the Dallas Theater Center. Additional songs in the Feinstein’s/54 Below concert will be drawn from Flinn’s collaborations with Steven Sater and Charles Busch, as well as new songs written especially for this concert.

The two performances are scheduled at 7 and 9:30 PM. Tickets cost $30–$80 plus a $35 food/beverage minimum. Click here to order tickets.

Fontana and Beane have been special guest performers on three of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Playbill’s inaugural river cruise along the Rhône River in May 2017 is sold out, but cabins are available for the Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Fontana, Seth Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, and Charlotte d’Amboise. Playbill Travel is now also booking Broadway on the Danube River for November 2017, with celebrity guests to be announced. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.

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