By Michael Gioia
16 May 2013
Photo by Monica Simoes
"Thanks for getting me out of the house," said Cantone, who joked that he does not do New York City concerts for free and that Dogfight, his favorite musical of the season, was his only exception. ("They didn't nominate Elf!" joked Cantone.)
"That was what was so encouraging about the [Christmas Story Tony] nomination for Best Musical," Pasek told Playbill.com. "We think that one of the reasons that [A Christmas Story] worked so well is that it really is a bigger show than just about Christmas and Christmastime. It's about a family and how a family comes together."
Between the first-act and second-act numbers at the Dogfight concert, Pasek and Paul offered tunes from their other projects, including the title song from A Christmas Story, performed by the duo in the style of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson; "Rewrite This Story," a song seen on NBC's "Smash" that was performed at the concert by Ghost's Caissie Levy; and "Ready to Be Loved," from Pasek and Paul's popular song cycle Edges that was performed by sassy beltress Raena White.
As the 9:30 PM concert crowd exited Joe's Pub and flooded the lobby of The Public Theater, Pasek and Paul and the cast of Dogfight greeted their fans and prepped for the second 11:30 PM concert, which had an audience that included Tony nominee Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture), Adam Kantor (The Last Five Years), Alex Wyse (Lysistrata Jones), Adam Chanler-Berat and more. "Glee" star Darren Criss made a special guest appearance.
For Pasek and Paul, it was "Nothing Short of Wonderful."
(Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia's work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com. Follow him on Twitter at @PlaybillMichael.)
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