Wicked's Bean and "Queer Eye" Stars to Join Jai Rodriguez for Jan. 31 Benefit Concert

News   Wicked's Bean and "Queer Eye" Stars to Join Jai Rodriguez for Jan. 31 Benefit Concert
 
Shoshana Bean, who recently assumed the role of Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked, will be one of Jai Rodriguez's special guest stars at his Jan. 31 concert.

Entitled Xposed, the 8 PM concert will be held in the new Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Time Warner Center. The one-night-only event will benefit the Actors' Fund of America and will also feature guest appearances by "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" co-stars Ted Allen and Carson Kressley. Broadway dancers and other surprise guests will be part of Rodriguez's evening as well.

Xposed, according to production notes, is an "autobiographical pop/rock Moulin Rouge style rendition" of Rodriguez's life. Schele Williams will direct the evening, and the show will include Rodriguez's "provocative story about a Long Island boy growing up in a conservative household and discovering the truth of his sexuality. All of his life's decisions depicted through popular songs and dance will show the audience his struggles and triumphs that has brought him to where he is today."

In a statement Rodriguez said, "It is my hope that by doing a benefit performance for the Actors' Fund of America, more entertainment professionals will be helped along their own journey towards success. I have always been thankful for the Actors' Fund in my own career."

Jai Rodriguez, who played the title role in Zanna, Don't!, also appeared in the all-star Children of Eden benefit concert. The actor's other theatre credits include the Broadway company of Rent and Off-Broadway's Spinning Into Butter. His screen credits number "The New Guy" and "All My Children," and his first single is titled "Love Is Good." Rodriguez, however, is best known for his work as the culture guru on the hit Bravo series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

Tickets, priced $50-$500, are available by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information.

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