Brian Charles Rooney, Brandon Ruckdashel, Karmine Alers Set for Broadway Can! Benefit Concert

News   Brian Charles Rooney, Brandon Ruckdashel, Karmine Alers Set for Broadway Can! Benefit Concert
The second annual Broadway Can!, a concert for Citymeals-on-Wheels and City Harvest, will be presented Nov. 14 at Don't Tell Mama.

The 8 PM concert, featuring the songs of composer/lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh, will boast the talents of Karmine Alers (Rent), Jessica Leigh Brown (Nine), Lanene Charters (Mamma Mia!), Brian Childers (Danny and Sylvia), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Kimberly Faye Greenberg (Danny and Sylvia), Madison James, Rori Nogee (Pinkalicious), Jessica Lea Patty (The Addams Family), Arbender Robinson (Hair), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Brandon Ruckdashel ("Co-Ed Confidential"), Brian Shaw, Betsy Struxness (Memphis), Shelley Thomas (Brooklyn), Alena Watters (The Addams Family), Correy West (South Pacific) and Kristen Beth Williams (Promises, Promises).

The concert will be directed by Laura Pestronk, choreographed by Erin Porvaznika, stage managed by Livia Hill with Emma Peele coordinating production.

Attendees can expect to hear songs from Bisen-Hersh's Love Quirks: a song cycle of unconventional devotion, More to Love and The Spickner Spin as well as a world premiere from his new musical, What If...?

Proceeds will benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels, which "raises private funds to ensure no homebound elderly New Yorker will ever go a day without food or human company." The canned goods will be donated to City Harvest, which has "served New York City for more than 25 years" as a "food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women, and children."

Don't Tell Mama is located in Manhattan at 343 W. 46th St. There is a $22 cover charge and a two-drink minimum (cash only; $2 off with the donation of a canned good). For reservations call (212) 757-0788 or visit For more information or to donate to the charities visit, broadwaycan, or

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