Celebrating its 16th year, the MCC Theatre will hold their annual spring gala benefit at Manhattan's Supper Club, April 8. As at last year's gala, the event will gather some Broadway notables for the signature musical revue Miscast, directed by Scott Wittman.
Kristin Chenoweth (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Christine Ebersole (42nd Street), Joanna Gleason (Broadway's original Baker's Wife from Into the Woods and director of MCC's upcoming A Letter From Ethel Kennedy), Philip Seymour Hoffman (True West and director of MCC's The Glory of Living), Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy and the upcoming Hairspray), Jesse L. Martin (Rent), Simone (Aida), Norbert Leo Butz (The Last Five Years) and Saturday Night Live's Ana Gasteyer (The Rocky Horror Show) will be on hand this year to lend their voices. Miscast features Broadway's finest performers singing some of Broadway's most popular musical songs. The catch: The songs are from roles in which they would never be cast.
Last year's event saw Patti LuPone singing "Trouble (Right Here in River City)" from The Music Man, Peter Gallagher crooning "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from Evita, Taylor Dayne handled Dreamgirls' showstopper "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and Adam Pascal took on A Chorus Line's "What I Did For Love."
Also attending the evening will be the cast from the upcoming MCC production of A Letter From Ethel Kennedy. Among the cast are Bradford L. Cover (A Thousand Clowns), Anita Gillette (Brighton Beach Memoirs), Jay Goede (Angels in America), Randy Harrison (TV's "Queer As Folk") and Bernie McInerney (That Championship Season).
The evening will begin 6:30 PM with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a 7:30 PM welcome followed by a three-course dinner and the live performance at 9 PM. Tickets for the benefit range from $250-$1,000 and tables from $5,000-$10,000. For corporate underwriting, table and ticket reservations, call Steve Schaeffer, MCC Director of Development, at (212) 727-7722. — by Ernio Hernandez