Isaac Mizrahi hosted the March 12 benefit presented at The Hammerstein Ballroom. MCC artistic directors Bernie Telsey and Robert LuPone directed with musical direction by Phil Reno.
Miscast features Broadway performers singing popular Broadway show tunes — but for roles in which they would never be cast. This year's roster of stars included Tony Award winners Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Jane Krakowski (Nine, "30 Rock") and LaChanze (The Color Purple) as well as Raúl Esparza (Company), Ana Gasteyer (Wicked), Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Brooks Ashmanskas (The Producers, Gypsy) and Nicole Parker (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, "Mad TV").
The song list performed follows:
Strickland as Capathia: "Stop the Show" from Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me The evening also honored producers Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller (Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights) "for their commitment to producing new and innovative work and reaching new audiences both on and Off-Broadway." Proceeds from the benefit go towards MCC's programs.
Last year's audience was treated to such mismatched performances as Hairspray star Diana DeGarmo belting "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls, Sweeney Todd's Michael Cerveris tackling Nine's "Unusual Way", Felicia P. Fields (The Color Purple) swooning The Sound of Music's "Sixteen Going On Seventeen" and pop singer-turned Broadway diva Deborah Gibson rocking out on Rent's "One Song Glory."
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