Kitt, Menzel, Streep Set for The Public Sings Benefit Concert

News   Kitt, Menzel, Streep Set for The Public Sings Benefit Concert Some boldfaced names have lined up for The Public Sings, a splashy benefit concert of highlights from musicals produced by The Public Theater.
Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Zach Braff, Betty Buckley, Lea DeLaria, Savion Glover, Eartha Kitt, Donna McKechnie, Idina Menzel, Donna Murphy, Rosie Perez, Natalie Portman, Tonya Pinkins, Billy Porter, Meryl Streep, Mary Testa, and Lillias White will all take part in the event, which James Lapine will direct. The one-night-only event — Jan. 30, 2006 — at City Center in midtown Manhattan will benefit the not-for-profit Public, a downtown institution for 50 years.

The concert will offer songs from Hair; A Chorus Line; Runaways; Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk; Caroline, or Change; and many others.

"The Public Sings will be a rare opportunity to hear legendary artists perform selections from signature Public Theater musicals that engaged the social and political issues of their times and reshaped our experience of American musical theatre," according to the announcement.

Lapine is the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning librettist whose directorial credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Passion, Amour, Falsettos, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park With George, Dirty Blonde and The Diary of Anne Frank and more.

Tickets range $20-$750 and go one sale Dec. 2. Special "Benefit Tickets" range $1000-$5000 and include premium seating, pre- and post-performance events and more. For information, call (212) 539-8633.

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