Must See! Spelling Bee Cast Members Share Rarely-Seen Backstage, Candid and Personal Pics

Photos   Must See! Spelling Bee Cast Members Share Rarely-Seen Backstage, Candid and Personal Pics Original cast members of the hit Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will reunite for a special one-night-only ten-year anniversary concert July 6 at 7:30 PM at Town Hall Theatre in New York. In anticipation of the big night, we asked them to share some photos from their time at Second Stage, on Broadway and in Los Angeles. Special thanks to Jose Llana, Lisa Howard and Sarah Saltzberg.


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Scheduled to perform are Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Jenni Barber, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg. The evening will also feature celebrity guest spellers, who will attempt to beat Putnam County’s spelling legends, including Chip Tolentino, William Barfee and Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre.

James Lapine and Darren Katz will direct the concert, which will have musical direction Vadim Feichtner and Carmel Dean. The Actors Fund is producing with Natalie Gershtein as line producer.

The evening will benefit the Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and is being held in memory of Andrea “Spook” Testani Gordon, the production stage manager of the original Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, who passed away Nov. 30, 2014, following a battle with cancer.

Spelling Bee features book by Rachel Sheinkin, music and lyrics by William Finn and original direction by Lapine. Based on “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E,” an original play by The Farm, the production was conceived by Rebecca Feldman and featured additional material by Jay Reiss. It premiered on Broadway May 2, 2005, following sold-out runs at Second Stage Theatre and the Barrington Stage Company.

The musical was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and won two: Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler). The production ran for nearly three years closing Jan. 20, 2008, after playing 1,136 performances.

Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street. Benefit tickets, priced $50, $100, $150, $250, and $500 are available at Ticketmaster.com.

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