Hathaway, who plays Fantine in the upcoming film of Les Miserables, was joined by fellow Les Miz film cast member Redmayne, as well as Fierstein (Hairspray, La Cage), McDonald (Ragtime, Porgy and Bess), Lavin (The Lyons), Esparza (Company, Leap of Faith), Darius Nichols (Hair), Bryce Pinkham (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Noah Radcliffe (Into the Woods), Michael Winther (Mamma Mia!) and Bret Shuford (The Little Mermaid).
Hathaway, McDonald and Esparza all appeared together in the 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night.
Tony Award winner Ted Sperling (The Light in the Piazza) directed the concert that had musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Company). The one-night-only event was part of a celebration of the Public Theater's newly revitalized Lafayette Street home, which is in the final stages of a $40 million renovation.
"I am delighted to reunite with The Public for this special night to celebrate the theatre's rededication, and support its mission to spread great theatre to all the people of New York (tourists are welcome too)," Hathaway said in a previous statement.
Hathaway performed the role of Viola in the music-filled 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night. Her screen appearances include "The Dark Knight Rises," "Rachel Getting Married," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Love and Other Drugs," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Alice in Wonderland."
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