Sutton Foster's Snoopy! Concert Raises Thousands for Children's Theatre

News   Sutton Foster's Snoopy! Concert Raises Thousands for Children's Theatre
The April 12 all-star benefit concert of Snoopy! — starring Christian Borle as the lovable canine — racked up thousands of dollars for the Pied Piper Children's Theatre of NYC.

Jamie McGonnigal, who produced the concert with Tony winner Sutton Foster, announced from the stage of Symphony Space that the evening had brought in over $70,000 for the children's theatre. The company was founded in the late nineties by its general and artistic director Reinaldo Martinez-Cubero. In the Snoopy! program, Martinez-Cubero writes, "I believe Pied Piper Children's Theatre has remained true to the commitment of providing a non threatening environment where children and adolescents can explore their creativity, learn new theatrical and musical skills, and develop a sense of leadership, community and service."

In addition to ticket sales, funds were also raised through a variety of silent auctions held on show night. Among the items auctioned were "Lunch with the Leading Ladies" (a chance to dine with Laura Benanti, Kerry Butler, Sutton Foster and Michele Pawk), "Lunch with the Leading Men" (a dining opportunity with Gavin Creel, Marc Kudisch, John Tartaglia and Max von Essen), "Bowling with the Fosters" (a bowling experience with Hunter and Sutton Foster) and "A Day at 'Sesame Street'" (an exclusive tour of "Sesame Street" studios, feathers from Big Bird and a puppeteering lesson with John Tartaglia).

Hosted by Avenue Q's Tartaglia, Rick Lyon and Jennifer Barnhart, the all-star concert featured Thoroughly Modern Millie's Christian Borle in the title role. Borle played opposite his recent Millie star, Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Peppermint Patty. Keeping it all in the family, Hunter Foster, now on Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors, was Linus, and Hunter Foster's wife, Jennifer (Taboo) Cody, was Sally. The remainder of the cast included Avenue Q's Ann Harada as Lucy, Bat Boy's Deven May as Charlie Brown and six-year-old newcomer McKinny Danger-James as Woodstock.

Ben Rimalower, who recently produced and directed the SHINE Awards in Los Angeles, directed, and Chatterbox host Seth Rudetsky was the evening's musical director and conductor. Co-producers included Linda Gabler, Jonathan Ross and Matthew Stock. The concert featured scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by David Kaley and lighting design by David Grill.

Snoopy! features music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Hal Hackady and a book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael L. Grace. The musical, with David Garrison as Snoopy, played 152 performances at Off Broadway's Lamb's Theatre in 1982.

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