Hanlon, Howard, Hunsaker and More Set for Falsettoland Benefit Concert

News   Hanlon, Howard, Hunsaker and More Set for Falsettoland Benefit Concert A concert of Falsettoland — the Off-Broadway William Finn-James Lapine musical that later became the second act of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Falsettos — will be presented Nov. 6 at New World Stages to benefit Miracle House.
Lisa Howard stars as Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Lisa Howard stars as Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Photo by Joan Marcus

Playbill.com has learned that the cast — directed by John Znidarsic — will feature Jill Abramovitz (Cordelia), Zachary Allen (Jason), Keith Gerchak (Mendel), Colin Hanlon (Whizzer), Lisa Howard (Trina), Michael Hunsaker (Marvin) and Leisa Mather (Charlotte). Rick Hip-Flores and Joshua Salzman will be the musical directors for the 8 PM performance. Falsettoland — the final part of Finn's Marvin trilogy (In Trousers, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland) — centers around the planning of a bar mitzvah for Marvin and Trina's son Jason, while Marvin's lover Whizzer becomes stricken with a then-mysterious, fatal disease. Song titles include "The Baseball Game," "What More Can I Say," "Something Bad Is Happening," "Unlikely Lovers," "You Gotta Die Sometime" and "What Would I Do?" The original Off-Broadway cast boasted Faith Prince, Michael Rupert, Chip Zien, Janet Metz, Heather Mac Rae and Stephen Bogardus.

Miracle House, according to press notes, was chosen to present Falsettoland to "acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic and honor our organization's history of serving caregivers of people living with HIV/AIDS. Miracle House's founding members began a legacy of hope and compassion and now our doors are open to people seeking critical medical treatment from around the world."

New World Stages, Stage 2 is located in Manhattan at 340 West 50th Street. A pre-show VIP cocktail party will precede the performance.For ticket information visit www.telecharge.com or www.miraclehouse.org.

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