Directed by Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz, Carrie, Bare, Allegiance), guests include Frenie Acoba (Matilda), Jenn Colella (If/Then, Chaplin, High Fidelity), Elizabeth Judd (Spider-Man, Bare), Derek Klena (Wicked, The Bridges Of Madison County, Dogfight), Alice Lee (Heathers, Bare, ABC's "Rising Star"), Telly Leung (Allegiance, Godspell, Wicked, "Glee"), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Dogfight, Godspell), Kenita Miller (The Color Purple, Xanadu), Ryann Redmond (If/Then, Bring It On), James Snyder (If/Then, Cry-Baby), Taylor Trensch (The Curious Incident…, Matilda, Bare) and Noah Zachary (Dear Edwina, Poster Boy) as well as students from the Broadway Dreams Foundation.
At the 11:30 PM concert, according to press notes, "Shankel will be joined onstage by some of New York's finest talent for a fun-filled set of her blend of pop, R&B, swing and musical theatre. Shanktunes will feature songs written for the 2012 Off-Broadway production of bare: the musical as well as premieres of brand new songs. The concert will feature lyrics by Shankel, Jon Hartmere and David Goldsmith."
Shankel (on piano) is joined by musicians Joe Mowatt (drums), Ben Campbell (bass) and Peter Calo (guitars).
Shankel is known as an arranger, orchestrator and music supervisor. She has written arrangements for dozens of artists including Lea Salonga, Chita Rivera, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, Telly Leung, Lindsay Mendez and Chester Gregory. Orchestrations/arrangements of shows include Altar Boyz, Allegiance, Bare, Beaches, Cry-Baby, Chasing The Song, The Memory Show, Once On This Island (Paper Mill), Summer Of '42 and Vanities.