By Adam Hetrick
18 Jun 2012
|Photo by Robert Mannis|
The second annual event, a tribute to all things Judy Garland, is a benefit for the Ali Forney Center and its mission to assist LGBT homeless youth. It is a special installment of Justin Sayre's variety show, The Meeting*.
Ben Rimalower (Joy, Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches) directs the 8 PM evening of tributes, skits and signature Garland songs. Lance Horne is musical director, and Jason Wise is choreographer.
The night festures appearances and performances by Tony winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam; Caroline, or Change), Tony nominees Andrea McArdle (Annie, Beauty and the Beast), Karen Akers (Nine, Grand Hotel) and Howard McGillin (Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera), as well as Jenn Harris (Silence! The Musical), Jessica Molaskey (Parade, Songs for a New World), Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Molly Pope (Wonderful Town, Our Hit Parade), recording artist-actress Nellie McKay (Threepenny Opera), writer Michael Musto, Cole Escola ("Jeffery & Cole Casserole"), Frank DeCaro, Colleen McHugh, Bridget Everett, Flotilla DeBarge, Murray Hill, Erin Markey, Dan Fishback and Summer & Eve.
The event is produced by Adam J. Rosen and Dan Fortune.
Ticket are $25 and $60 (which includes a VIP pre-show reception at 6:30 PM). For tickets and more information, visit AliForneyCenter.org.
View Playbill.com's exclusive video of Andrea McArdle and Tonya Pinkins in rehearsal for the special night.