Unusual Way: DeGarmo Was Effie and d'Arcy James Was Eponine Among Mismatches in Miscast
By Ernio Hernandez
Diana DeGarmo as Dreamgirls's Effie? Brian d'Arcy James as Les Misérables' Eponine? Deborah Gibson and Eden Espinosa as Grease's Sandy and Danny?
Those were just some of the out-of-character casting of the stars for MCC Theatre's Miscast benefit March at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Phil Reno (The Drowsy Chaperone) served as musical director for the evening.
As usual (or unusual), Miscast features Broadway performers singing popular Broadway show tunes — for roles in which they would never be cast. This year's celebs included Assassins co-stars Mario Cantone (Laugh Whore) and Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd), "American Idol" diva Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray), Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Brooklyn), Felicia Fields (The Color Purple), Ana Gasteyer (The Threepenny Opera), Deborah Gibson (Cabaret), Brian d'Arcy James (The Sweet Smell of Success), Matthew Morrison (Hairspray) and cast members of Broadway's upcoming musical The Wedding Singer.
Among the featured mismatched performances were:
The evening, which honored producer Carole Shorenstein Hays, was supported in part by Kenneth Cole New York. Proceeds from the benefit go toward MCC's programs.
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