By Michael Gioia
09 Jul 2012
The 7 PM concert, musically directed and produced by Benjamin Rauhala, featured Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked, "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch"), Constantine Rousouli (Ghost, Wicked), Ashley Kate Adams (La Cage Aux Folles), Lucia Spina (Legally Blonde, Les Miserables), Aaron Ramey (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Tracy McDowell (Rent), Will Blum (The Book of Mormon), Tricia Burns (My Big Gay Italian Wedding), Emily McNamara (My Big Gay Italian Wedding), Lisa Mindelle (Oklahomo), Morgan James (Godspell, Wonderland), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Hannah Elless (Godspell), Corey Mach (Godspell), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Emily Afton (Hair), Garett Hawe (Newsies, Mary Poppins), Eric Hatch (Mary Poppins, West Side Story), Jeff O'Donnell, Marrick Smith, Lacey Angerosa, Jessica Waxman and Jillian Soares.
Throughout the evening, the cast sang new arrangements and medleys of music by The Spice Girls, Alanis Morrissette, The Backstreet Boys, Sixpence None The Richer, The Cranberries, Britney Spears, No Doubt, Celine Dion, Mandy Moore, *NSync, Jewel and Meatloaf, among others.
The band featured David Cinquegrana on guitar, Shannon Ford on drums, John Convertino on bass, Susan Aquila on violin and Rauhala on piano.
Constantine Rousouli, Corey Mach, Eric Michael Krop, Marrick Smith and Jeff O'Donnell performed a 90s boy-band medley, which included "Tearin' Up My Heart," "It's Gonna Be Me," "I Want It That Way," "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)," "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," "I'll Make Love To You" and "Bye Bye Bye."