Public Sings! Benefit Adds Alan Cumming, Montego Glover, Kelli O'Hara and Benjamin Walker

By Adam Hetrick
February 8, 2012

Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, Montego Glover, Kelli O’Hara and Benjamin Walker have joined the line-up for the Public Theater's March 5 Public Sings! benefit concert.

Cumming (Cabaret), Glover (Memphis), O'Hara (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza) and Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson — as well as Public writers including February House composer Gabriel Kahane and Ethan Lipton (No Place to Go) — will join the previously announced Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Into the Woods, "The Playboy Club"), four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (Leap of Faith, Company, Twelfth Night), Jesse L. Martin (Rent, The Merchant of Venice), Steven Pasquale (A Man of No Importance, Reasons to Be Pretty) and David Byrne of the Talking Heads.

Daisy Prince (The Last Five Years, Songs for A New World, It's Only Life) will direct the concert at Joe's Pub, which promises songs from new musicals developed at the Public, including Hair; A Chorus Line; Caroline, or Change; the upcoming musical February House; and more. Chris Fenwick (Giant) will musical direct.

"Musicals have been central to the history of The Public Theater since we opened the doors on Astor Place in the fall of 1967 with the world premiere of Hair," artistic director Oskar Eustis said in a previous statement. "From Two Gentleman Of Verona to Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, from A Chorus Line to Passing Strange, the Public has created musicals that stretch the boundaries of the form and reflect the times we live in. Public Sings! is our celebration of that history and our preview of the future of our musical theatre."

For tickets to Public Sings! phone (212) 539-8554. Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.