Mizrahi, Butz, Krakowski, Esparza and More Stars Are Miscast for MCC Benefit

News   Mizrahi, Butz, Krakowski, Esparza and More Stars Are Miscast for MCC Benefit Isaac Mizrahi hosts MCC Theatre's annual Miscast benefit March 12. Norbert Leo Butz, Jane Krakowski, LaChanze, Raúl Esparza, Ana Gasteyer and more defy typecasting by singing show tunes they wouldn't ordinarily have the chance to perform.
Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski is Miscast March 12.
Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski is Miscast March 12. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Miscast 2007 is being presented at The Hammerstein Ballroom, located at 311 West 34th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue). MCC artistic directors Bernie Telsey and Robert LuPone direct with musical direction by Phil Reno.

As usual (or unusual), 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 includes 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").

Fashion designer Mizrahi has lent his talents to director Scott Elliott's Broadway stagings of Barefoot in the Park, Threepenny Opera and The Women.

The evening will also honor 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 in 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." Past performances have included Kristin Chenoweth and Harvey Fierstein playing husband and wife, respectively, in the Fiddler on the Roof duet "Do You Love Me?"; Rent's Daphne Rubin-Vega singing "Climb Every Mountain" from The Sound of Music; Amy Spanger bellowing Show Boat's "Ol' Man River"; and original Mamma Mia! star Louise Pitre performing "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha.

Miscast begins with 6:30 PM cocktails and a silent auction. At 7:30 PM the dinner and award presentation will begin followed by dessert and an 8:45 PM performance. Tickets range from $350-$2,500. Tables of ten are available for $7,500- $25,000. Reservations can be made by calling (212) 727-7722, ext. 239.

Show-only tickets are also now available for $50 each. For more information on MCC visit www.mcctheater.com.

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