Joanna Gleason and Marc Shaiman Join Best in Shows Salute to Seth Rudetsky

Cabaret & Concert News   Joanna Gleason and Marc Shaiman Join Best in Shows Salute to Seth Rudetsky
The evening to benefit the Humane Society of New York will also feature Ana Gasteyer, Lindsay Mendez, Andy Karl, Orfeh, and more.
Joanna Gleason
Joanna Gleason Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Tony winners Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Smash) have joined the lineup for the 2018 Best in Shows cabaret evening at Feinstein's/54 Below, benefiting the Humane Society of New York.

They are the latest additions for the October 15 salute to SiriusXM radio host and Playbill contributor Seth Rudetsky, who will receive the society's Sandy Fund Award in recognition of his concern and support of the needs of rescued animals.

In addition to Gleason and Shaiman, the evening will also feature performances by the previously announced Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock), Ana Gasteyer (Wicked, Saturday Night Live), Adam Kantor (The Band’s Visit, Fiddler on the Roof), Andy Karl (Pretty Woman, Groundhog Day), Tony winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Significant Other), Orfeh (Pretty Woman, Legally Blonde), Hugh Panaro (The Phantom of the Opera, Lestat), Christine Pedi (Sirius XM Radio, Spamilton), Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls), Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, The Last Five Years), and Tony winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Bullets Over Broadway) with special guest appearances by two and four-legged friends.

Seth Rudetsky with his three rescue dogs.
Seth Rudetsky with his three rescue dogs.

The 7 PM concert is presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni. There will be a post-performance reception with cast members for premium ticket buyers.

Rudetsky is also set to host and music direct the evening.

Tickets for the benefit include an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. For further information, visit

Rudetsky, Mendez, Boggess, and Pedi have been special guest performers on Playbill's Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the Rhône River 2 cruise April 7–14, 2019, featuring Melissa Errico, Rebecca Luker, Marc Kudisch, and Rudetsky, and Broadway in Bordeaux With Michael Feinstein September 1–9, 2019, with other celebrity guests to be announced! Call Playbill Travel for tickets at 866-455-6789 or visit

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