Ann Harada Is Christmas Eve Dec. 12; Special Guests Include Patrick Page, Telly Leung, Marc Kudisch

News   Ann Harada Is Christmas Eve Dec. 12; Special Guests Include Patrick Page, Telly Leung, Marc Kudisch Ann Harada, who created the role of Christmas Eve in the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, revisits that part in a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Dec. 12.

Ann Harada in Avenue Q
photo by Carol Rosegg

Entitled Christmas Eve With Christmas Eve, the evening at The Midtown Theater begins at 7 PM.

Harada will be joined by special guests Al Blackstone (Wicked), Adam Fleming (Wicked, Hairspray), Jordan Gelber (Avenue Q), Daniel Jenkins (Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Big River), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies, Mary Poppins), Marc Kudisch (The Blue Flower, 9 to 5), Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes, Mamma Mia!), Telly Leung (Godspell, Rent), Jose Llana (Wonderland, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Austin Miller (Hairspray, "Grease: You’re the One That I Want"), Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) and Howie Michael Smith (Avenue Q).

"Christmas Eve, the beloved, opinionated, heavily-accented therapist from Avenue Q," press notes state, "makes her holiday fantasies come true in this evening of song and comedy that both skewers and pays tribute to the great romantic duets and iconic moments of Broadway. No lyricist will be spared as she re-interprets the modern songbook with the help of some of Broadway’s most talented, hilarious and gorgeous leading men."

Conceived and written by Gary Adler, Harada and Alan Muraoka, the evening features direction by Muraoka with choreography by Mark Myars and musical direction by Adler. Harada originated the role of Christmas Eve in both the Broadway and London productions of the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q. Her other Broadway credits include 9 to 5, Les Miserables, Seussical The Musical and M. Butterfly. She recently appeared in the Off-Broadway hit Love, Loss and What I Wore and in George Street Playhouse’s production of God of Carnage.

The Midtown Theater is located in Manhattan at 163 West 46th Street. Tickets, priced $30-$75, are available by calling (212) 840-0770 ext. 229.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.  By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $175 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. 

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