THE SCREENING ROOM: Jenna Leigh Green, Morgan James, Eric Michael Krop Sing 90s Music at Joe's Pub (Video)
By Michael Gioia
The TRL Generation: Broadway Sings the 90's, a one-night-only benefit concert for Broadway Impact featuring late 90s classics, was offered July 8 at Joe's Pub.
The 7 PM concert, musically directed and produced by Benjamin Rauhala, featured Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked, "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch"), Constantine Rousouli (Ghost, Wicked), Ashley Kate Adams (La Cage Aux Folles), Lucia Spina (Legally Blonde, Les Miserables), Aaron Ramey (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Tracy McDowell (Rent), Will Blum (The Book of Mormon), Tricia Burns (My Big Gay Italian Wedding), Emily McNamara (My Big Gay Italian Wedding), Lisa Mindelle (Oklahomo), Morgan James (Godspell, Wonderland), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Hannah Elless (Godspell), Corey Mach (Godspell), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Emily Afton (Hair), Garett Hawe (Newsies, Mary Poppins), Eric Hatch (Mary Poppins, West Side Story), Jeff O'Donnell, Marrick Smith, Lacey Angerosa, Jessica Waxman and Jillian Soares.
Throughout the evening, the cast sang new arrangements and medleys of music by The Spice Girls, Alanis Morrissette, The Backstreet Boys, Sixpence None The Richer, The Cranberries, Britney Spears, No Doubt, Celine Dion, Mandy Moore, *NSync, Jewel and Meatloaf, among others.
The band featured David Cinquegrana on guitar, Shannon Ford on drums, John Convertino on bass, Susan Aquila on violin and Rauhala on piano.
Constantine Rousouli, Corey Mach, Eric Michael Krop, Marrick Smith and Jeff O'Donnell performed a 90s boy-band medley, which included "Tearin' Up My Heart," "It's Gonna Be Me," "I Want It That Way," "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)," "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," "I'll Make Love To You" and "Bye Bye Bye."
Ashley Kate Adams sang a mashup of "Kiss Me," made famous by Sixpence None The Richer, and The Cranberries' "Linger."
Russell Fischer performed Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger," a song written for the 90s movie "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."
Emily Afton offered a mashup of "Sex and Candy," made famous by Marcy Playground, and "Candy," Mandy Moore's debut single.
Eric Michael Krop sang "To Love You More," made famous by Celine Dion.
Tracy McDowell performed a mashup of the No Doubt tunes "Just A Girl" and "Don't Speak."
Corey Mach performed Jewel's "Foolish Games."
Emily Afton, Lisa Mindelle, Tricia Burns, Jessica Waxman and Lacey Angerosa performed a Spice Girls medley, which featured the songs "Spice Up Your Life," "Wannabe," "Say You'll Be There," "2 Become 1" and "Stop."
Aaron Ramey and Lucia Spina performed the Meatloaf duet "I'd Do Anything For Love."
Emily McNamara sang Christina Aguilera's "Come On Over Baby," which featured background vocalists Lacey Angerosa and Jillian Soares.
Jenna Leigh Green performed Fiona Apple's "Never Is A Promise."
Constantine Rousouli performed "Smooth," made famous by Santana and Rob Thomas.
Hannah Elless sang "Stay" by Lisa Loeb and accompanied herself on harmonica.
Lucia Spina sang Cher's "Believe."
Will Blum performed Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby," which featured backup vocalists Lacey Angerosa and Jillian Soares.
Morgan James performed the Alanis Morrissette ballad "Uninvited."
Steffanie Leigh performed a Britney Spears medley, which featured backup dancers Garett Hawe and Eric Hatch.
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