It's for You: White, Benanti, Walsh and Hoty Appear in Broadway Sings the Phone Book Nov. 12

By Adam Hetrick
November 12, 2007

While many theatregoers will be unable to see their favorite performers due to the stagehands strike, numerous Broadway stars will take to the Studio 54 stage Nov. 12 in Broadway Sing the Phone Book, a benefit fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Tony Award-winning actress Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) serves as the host for the gala event, which begins at 7 PM.

Three-time Tony nominee Dee Hoty (Mamma Mia!), Grey Gardens and Glorious Ones star Erin Davie, Laura Benanti (Gypsy, The Wedding Singer), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Blvd.), Kate Rockwell (Phantom, "Grease: You're the One that I Want"), Barbara Walsh (Company), Alan Campbell (Sunset Blvd.), Legally Blonde's Kate Shindle, Brooke Sunny Moriber (Follies, The Wild Party), Brian Charles Rooney (Threepenny Opera), Janet Carroll (Little Women), Mara Davie (Drowsy Chaperone), Sarah Jane Everman (The Apple Tree), Austin Miller ("Grease: You're the One that I Want"), Heather Friedman, Kevin Reade and Kate Pazakis (Back in the Day, Newsical) will all take part in the evening of improvised song.

Inspired by the sentiment that fans would listen to their favorite stars "sing the phone book," the gala concert evening will feature Broadway talent performing some of their favorite and signature tunes "with the lyrics replaced either mad lib style or with names from pages ripped randomly from the phone book. A third performance option includes a variation of the title where performances are crafted with words from pages ripped from a dictionary," according to press notes.

The funds generated by Broadway Sings the Phone Book will assist the Make-A-Wish foundation in fulfilling wishes of the children involved in the charity. "While many of the wish children who come to experience New York will see a Broadway show and several to specifically see and meet the cast of particular shows, we currently have three 'Broadway' wishes pending," states Metro New York Wish Assists Manager Shawn Kursuk. "One to perform cello in a Broadway orchestra, one to meet the cast of Grease, and one to be an extra in a Broadway play."

Broadway Sings the Phone Book was created by a trio of young producers Sarah Melissa Rotker, Joe Tropia and Jonathan Tessero who explain, "In the beginning, we were met with tremendous trepidation, however once we were able to convince everyone that the objective wasn't to deliver a polished, coherent replacement set of lyrics, but rather a platform where the magic of spontaneous, live theatre could give rise to once-in-a-lifetime performances that evoke nothing but laughter and joy, our jobs got much easier and the evening began to take a truly enchanting shape."

Individual tickets, ranging from $40-$110, are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or by visiting www.cultureverb.com.

The Metro New York chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which serves Manhattan's five boroughs, has granted more than 6,400 wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions since its founding in 1983.