Present and past performers in Broadway's Miss Saigon gather with others in the Broadway community for a for a one-night benefit concert, Broadway Gets Into the Loop, 8 PM Oct. 8 at Manhattan's Westbeth Theatre.
The event's proceeds will go to the S.L.E. Foundation for Lupus Research. The program of original material by performers and new music by Joshua Rosenblum is inspired by Miss Saigon violinist Marilyn Gibson and her book, "Hanging by a String," which recounts her experience with lupus, an autoimmune disease. Gibson is a substitute violinist who plays for Broadway's Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.
Johanna Tacadena, a former Miss Saigon performer and one of the concert's coordinators, also has lupus. She told Playbill On-Line there are 17 acts in the concert and most of the pieces are original.David Perry directs.
Miss Saigon performers at the Westbeth Theatre will include Francis Cruz, Tom Kouo, Ming Lee, Edmund Nalzaro (the current Thuy), Julie Danao, Christine Ablaza, Roxanne Taga and Jenni Padua, plus four actresses who have played Kim in the 10-year-old Broadway staging: Rona Figueroa, Deedee Lynn Magno, Alex Lee Tano and Chloe Stewart.
Performers from Rent, Les Miz and Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk (Bakaari Wilder) are also part of the concert, as are Martha Hawley (The Music Man) and Lynn Pinto (The Sound of Music). The event is produced by former Miss Saigon company members Gibson, Tacadena and Zoie Lam.
Doors open at 7 PM. Westbeth is at 151 Bank Street in Manhattan. There will be a full cash bar, a silent auction and a chance to win prizes in a raffle. Tickets can be purchased in advance ($20) or at the door ($25).
Call (212) 229-7559 for information or reservations.
Miss Saigon, the pop musical inspired by Madama Butterfly, ends its nine-year Broadway run Dec. 31, 2000.