Gleason and Dale Will Sing a "Dysfunctional Duet"; Brown, Somers and Spring Cast Join Drama League Line-Up | Playbill

News Gleason and Dale Will Sing a "Dysfunctional Duet"; Brown, Somers and Spring Cast Join Drama League Line-Up
Mary Poppins star Ashley Brown, Grey Gardens' Asa Somers and the cast of the new Broadway musical Spring Awakening have joined the starry list of performers taking part in When Hollywood Met Broadway: Great Songs From Stage and Screen, the 22nd Annual Gala Benefit Concert for The Drama League.

The Feb. 5 concert will be held at the Rainbow Room high atop Rockefeller Plaza. Hosted by Joanna Gleason and Jim Dale, the evening will feature the talents of the previously announced Rita Moreno, Beth Leavel, Ruthie Henshall, Melissa Errico, Josh Strickland, Heather Mac Rae, Noah Racey, Steven Brinberg, Megan Sikora, Donna Vivino, Jill Abramowitz, Jared Bradshaw, Michael West and Marilyn Michaels. Show time is 7:30 PM.

Matt August will direct the concert, which will feature musical direction by Matthew Ward and choreography by Dan Knechtges.

After the Fair's Stephen Cole is writing the benefit, and he and composer Matthew Ward have penned a new song to be performed by co-hosts Gleason and Dale. Entitled "Dysfunctional Duet," the song, according to lyricist Cole, "gives each of them the opposing point of view that Broadway or Hollywood musicals couldn't do without each other. The number will be a multimedia number that will include film clip montages designed by Harry Arends."

The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction and raffle. A seated dinner and the performance will follow.

Founded in 1916, the Drama League is an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to "encouraging the finest in professional theatre and has since then developed into the theatre’s premiere service organization." Tickets for When Hollywood Met Broadway are priced $600-$2,500, which includes the concert, pre-gala reception and dinner. For more information call Derek Travis Collard at (212) 244-9494, ext. 5 or visit

The Rainbow Room is located in Manhattan at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the 65th floor.

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