PHOTO CALL: Laura Benanti, Derrick Baskin, Tovah Feldshuh, Jordan Gelber, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and More Take Part in Don't Quit Your Night Job

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23 Dec 2013

Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!") and four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh were among the artists performing in the Dec. 19 installment of Don't Quit Your Night Job, the popular variety show series of comedy, music and offbeat performances, at 54 Below.



The series, which has returned to New York City for a three-month engagement, offers 11:30 PM shows Dec. 19 and Jan. 16, 2014. The first show was held Nov. 21.



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Laura Benanti
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Hosted by Steve Rosen, Sarah Saltzberg and music director Dan Lipton — with a visit from David Rossmer, plus DJs Andrew and Andrew — Don't Quit promised an "array of special guests each month" where "Broadway and improv meet… and make out!"

Also joining Rosen, Saltzberg and Lipton at the Dec. 19 installment were Derrick Baskin (Memphis), Benanti (Gypsy), Feldshuh (Pippin, Golda's Balcony), Jordan Gelber (Elf), Jeff Hiller (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Jason Kravits (Relatively Speaking), Maurice Murphy (Motown), David Rasche (Little Miss Sunshine), Deborah S. Craig ("The Blacklist") and Evan Ruggiero ("The Ellen Show").

Sean McDaniel was featured on drums, and Rachel Maier stage managed.

Proceeds from the shows — presented with Shoshana Feinstein — benefit Open Doors, TDF's theatre arts mentoring program for high school students.

Don't Quit Your Night Job began in 2006 at Joe's Pub. The one-off benefit grew into a ten-month, sold-out run, and a commercial Off-Broadway production followed in 2007. Subsequently, Don't Quit Your Night Job has played the Zipper Factory, The Julia Miles Theater and (le) Poisson Rouge.

Don't Quit guests have included Huey Lewis, Hank Azaria, Julianna Margulies, Michael McKean, Marc Shaiman, Alicia Witt, Marvin Hamlisch, Anthony Rapp, Sara Ramirez, George Wendt, Bebe Neuwirth, David Hyde Pierce, Julie White, Patrick Wilson, Andrea Martin, Kelli O’Hara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mo Rocca and Josh Gad.