Jordan Gelber, Paul Castree, Michael Mindlin, Ryan Watkinson Will Join Ann Harada for Benefit

News   Jordan Gelber, Paul Castree, Michael Mindlin, Ryan Watkinson Will Join Ann Harada for Benefit Ann Harada, who created the role of Christmas Eve in the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, will once again revisit that part in a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Jordan Gelber
Jordan Gelber

Entitled Christmas Eve With Christmas Eve, the event will be held Nov. 29 at The Midtown Theater at 7 PM.

Harada will be joined on stage by the previously reported special guests John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), Jason Tam (A Chorus Line), Stephen Bogardus (Falsettos), Marc Kudisch (9 to 5), Christopher Sieber (Spamalot), Willy Falk (Miss Saigon), Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera) and Jose Llana (Spelling Bee).

Final additions to the evening include Jordan Gelber (Avenue Q), Paul Castree (Saturday Night Fever), Michael Mindlin (9 to 5) and Ryan Watkinson (Promises, Promises).

"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 will be directed by Muraoka with choreography by Michael Mindlin and musical direction by Adler.

The Midtown Theater is located in Manhattan at 163 West 46th Street. Tickets, priced $25-$75, are available by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268.

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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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