Ashmanskas, Pasquale and Ferguson Join Cast of 24 Hour Musicals
By Ernio Hernandez
Brooks Ashmanskas, Steven Pasquale, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Bock and Joe Iconis will join the previously announced Victoria Clark, Raúl Esparza, Kerry Butler, Denis O'Hare, Cheyenne Jackson and more for the inaugural presentation of The 24 Hour Musicals.
The 24 Hour Plays company teams with the Exchange to produce the Jan. 21 benefit event at Joe's Pub. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Exchange and the Orchard Project.
"Sixteen stars. Four composers. Four directors. Two choreographers," boasts show materials. "Four brand new musicals will be written, cast, rehearsed and performed at Joe's Pub in a single day, featuring an all-new all-star line up of Broadway performers, great composers and writers, directors and to top it all off, choreographers and musical directors."
Tony winner Ted Sperling (The Light in the Piazza, Striking 12) will serve as creative director for the evening.
Scheduled to appear are Brooks Ashmanskas (The Ritz), Celia Keenan-Bolger (...Spelling Bee), Kerry Butler (Xanadu), Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty), Gavin Creel (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Raul Esparza (The Homecoming), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Spelling Bee), Cheyenne Jackson (All Shook Up), Nellie McKay (The Threepenny Opera), Denis O'Hare (Take Me Out), Steven Pasquale (The Light in the Piazza), Mo Rocca (Spelling Bee), Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde), Tracie Thoms ("Rent") and Rita Wilson (Chicago). (All artists subject to availability.)
Adam Bock (The Receptionist), Joe Iconis (The Black Suits), Jonathan Butterell (The Light in the Piazza), Chase Brock (Wonderful Town) and Warren Carlyle (Oklahoma!) are among the creatives that also include David Yazbeck (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project).
The event will include cocktails, dinner and the show at 7 PM. A VIP dessert after party will begin at 9:30 PM. For more information on tickets (starting at $250) and tables, call (646) 502-7453 or visit exchangenyc.org.
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