PHOTO CALL: Douglas Sills, Joshua Henry, Betsy Wolfe and More in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

News   PHOTO CALL: Douglas Sills, Joshua Henry, Betsy Wolfe and More in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
 
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, a benefit concert for The Actors Fund, was held Dec. 15. Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Little Shop of Horrors) starred in the title role. Here's a look at the curtain call and after party.

This concert was held at The Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College.

Performers included Klea Blackhurst (Radio Gals), Janet Dacal (Wonderland, In the Heights), Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (Violet), Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Erik Altemus (Pippin), Tony Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz (A Class Act), John Bolton (A Christmas Story), Jennifer Cody (Shrek), Don Darryl Rivera (Aladdin), Matthew Scott (Sondheim on Sondheim), two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber (Matilda the Musical) and Betsy Wolfe (Bullets Over Broadway).

Rounding out the cast were Wendi Bergamini, Chloe Campbell, Akash Chopra, Lindsay Janisse, Roddy Kennedy, Elizabeth Ward Land, Oona Laurence, Greg Kamp, Brandon Leffler, Caleb McLaughlin, Dustienne Miller, Jen Noble, Frederic Odgaard, Kevin Santos, Kirsten Scott, Bret Shuford, Kendal Sparks, Eli Tokash, Alexandra Underwood, Zachary Unger, Jessica Vosk and Thom Christopher Warren.

Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting/Eric Woodall, CSA.

Carl Andress directed with musical direction by Grammy and Emmy Award winner John McDaniel and choreography by Marcos Santana. (Peter Flynn, who was originally announced to direct, has withdrawn from the production due to scheduling conflicts.) The production featured sets by Paul Weimer, costumes by Carol Sherry, lighting design by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter, sound design by Patrick Weaver and projections by Shawn Duan. The associate music director is Nate Patten, and Jason A. Quinn is the production stage manager.

Based on the classic story by Charles Dickens, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol features a score by Funny Girl's songwriting team, composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. Additional lyrics are by Sam Willmott. The original orchestrations are by Walter Scharf with additional orchestrations by John McDaniel. The original teleplay was by Barbara Steel. The concert adaptation is by Tim Pinckney.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps everyone in performing arts and entertainment.


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