Following acclaimed concert presentations of Dreamgirls, Chess, Funny Girl, Hair and On the Twentieth Century, the Actors' Fund of America presented its sixth annual benefit concert Oct. 16 at the August Wilson Theatre. Side Show's Emily Skinner and Beauty and the Beast's Terrence Mann co-starred as respectively, Mona Stangley and Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd. The event also boasted Harry Groener as the Governor, Andrea McArdle as Doatsy Mae, Felicia Finley as Angel, Mary Faber as Shy, Richard Kind as Senator Wingwoah, Jennifer Hudson as Jewel, "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis as an Aggie soloist, Bob Martin as Melvin P. Thorpe and the cast of [title of show] as The Melvin P. Thorpe Singers as well as Daniel Richard, Peter Gregus, Matt Scott and Tony Award winner Christian Hoff.
The ensemble comprised Roxane Barlow, Ed Carlo, Jen Cody, Amber Efe, Phil Fabry, Rick Faugno, Sue Goodman, Justin Greer, Nina Hennessey, MaryAnn Hu, Trent Armand Kendall, Michelle Kittrell, Jeff Lewis, J. Elaine Marcos, Val Moranto, Naomi Naughton, Darius Nicols, Christina Norrup, Kate Pazakis, Rachelle Rak, Matt Rossoff, Jason Patrick Sands, Charlie Schwartz, Angie Schworer, Bret Shuford, Giovanni Stella, Dennis Stowe and Will Taylor.
At Left (From Top): Missy Goldberg, Donna McKechnie and artistic producer/music director Seth Rudetsky; Choreographer Denis Jones and Harry Groener; Brian Stokes Mitchell; Jenn Cody and husband Hunter Foster; Catherine Hickland and Jennifer Hudson; Sally Struthers; Felicia Finley and Andrea McArdle; Bob Martin and Barrett Foa.
Below: The cast of Whorehouse and artistic producer/music director Seth Rudetsky take their bows.
photos by Aubrey Reuben