A benefit for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, the 7:30 PM concert will be co-directed by Jen Waldman and Steve Pacek with music direction by Rich Silverstein. Initial casting includes original stars Amanda Ryan Paige (Great American Trailer Park Musical) as Candy, Enrico Rodriguez (Rent, Big) as Mike, Robb Sapp (Wicked, Enter Laughing) as Tank and Shelley Thomas (Brooklyn) as Kate. Altar Boyz' Michael Kadin Craig will also be part of the one-night-only event.
Zanna, Don't! was penned by Tim Acito (with additional music and lyrics by Alexander Dinelaris). The 2003 Off-Broadway production won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Musical and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater Production. (Zanna premiered at Amas Musical Theatre before it moved Off-Broadway.)
Zanna, Don't is about romances in a high school where gay is the norm and where straight kids are shunned. The title character is a magical matchmaker with a wand that directs him to those who ought to be in love.
Bryan Guffey, Griffin Parsons and Mike Cruz are producing the concert; all proceeds will benefit GLSEN.
The Theatre at St. Peters Church is located in Manhattan at 619 Lexington Ave at 54th Street. Tickets, priced $50, are available by visiting www.glsenstore.org/zanna.html or by calling Solonje Burnett at (646) 388-6589.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the "leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students."