"Well, that was awesome. I can't wait to watch it obsessively on YouTube," David Alpert said following a performance during the sixth annual Living For Today concert.
The sentiment was echoed by many at the Jan. 19 concert, which was held at Joe's Pub and featured a lineup of Broadway performers who presented songs that celebrate their "favorite things."
Conceived and directed by David Alpert (If/Then, The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man), and hosted by Nicholas Kohn (Avenue Q), the evening opened with DeQuina Moore (Legally Blonde, Little Shop of Horrors) performing a sultry rendition of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music, followed by Hannah Elless (Godspell) singing "Just Around the Riverbend" from her favorite Disney movie, "Pocahontas," while accompanying herself on the guitar.
Eric Anderson (Soul Doctor, Kinky Boots) presented a jazzy rendition of "The Wiz" from his favorite childhood record. Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up), of The Skivvies, paid tribute to their favorite country by performing a mash-up of songs about America, and were later joined by Julia Murney (Wicked, The Landing), who performed a collection of songs about friendship.
Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, A Chorus Line) performed his favorite song, "Cheek to Cheek," while tap dancing, and Tony winner Alice Ripley presented her favorite song from Next to Normal, singing "I Miss the Mountains." Autumn Hurlbert (NBC's The Sound of Music Live!, Legally Blonde) and Eric William Morris (Coram Boy, Mamma Mia!) sang "Love is an Open Door" from the Disney film "Frozen," and were followed by Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid, "30 Rock) paying tribute to his favorite singer by performing "Meadowlark." Kerry Butler sang "Fly Fly Away" from Catch Me If You Can, and Tony winner LaChanze sang a jazzy rendition of "Can't Help Loving That Man of Mine."
Moore, Trisha Jeffrey and Carla J. Hargrove, the three street urchins from Little Shop of Horrors, gave an enthusiastic performance of the title song of Alpert's favorite musical, followed by a surprise appearance by Tony winner Idina Menzel, who sang "Tomorrow" from Annie, her favorite song when she was young.
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