The bohemians are breaking out of the hit Broadway staging of La Bohème for a one-night-only affair.
Members of the cast of Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème on Broadway will perform at a gala to raise funds for the National Music Theatre Network and the Broadway Theater Institute's Musical Mondays Theatre Lab, two groups committed to new musicals.
The evening of show tunes, pop songs and opera pieces will be held at the duplex apartment of actress and producer Mary Ellen Ashley. Ashley is active with both the not-for-profit organizations.
Tim Jerome, who heads the National Musical Theatre Network, is in the cast of the lavish Broadway production of Puccini's La Bohème. Jerome will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening. His credits range from playing one of the original Broadway Rothschild brothers in The Rothschilds to Belle's father in Beauty and the Beast.
Jerome plans further charitable events for the group of singers whom he dubs "The Bohemians." The group is made up of leads as well as ensemble players from the Broadway company. The revival the Puccini opera, in Italian with English surtitles, was embraced by critics after its Dec. 8 opening at the Broadway Theatre. Among those expected to perform are Eugene Branconveanu (Marcello), Jessica Comeau (Musetta), David Miller (Rodolfo), Daniel Okulitch (Schaunard), Christina Arand (Musetta U/S), Janinah Burnett (Mimi U/S), Marcus Nance (ensemble), Daniel Neer (ensemble), Laurice Lanier (ensemble), Vanessa Conlin (ensemble).
At press time, the following repertoire from both musical theatre and opera was scheduled:
Lawrence Craig & David Miller: duet from Bizet's Pearlfishers. Tickets for the event are $95. The cost is tax deductible. Reservations can be made by calling Bick Goss at Musical Mondays at (212) 956-5481.