PHOTO CALL: Miscast Benefit

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MCC Theatre's annual Miscast benefit concert was held at The Hammerstein Ballroom March 12. LaChanze as Judas from Superstar, Norbert Leo Butz and Josh Strickland as Side Show twins, Nicole Parker as the Phantom and Jane Krakowski as Lion King's Nala were among the crazy combinations that were presented during the evening.

Isaac Mizrahi hosted the benefit. MCC artistic directors Bernie Telsey and Robert LuPone directed with musical direction by Phil Reno.

Miscast features Broadway performers singing popular Broadway show tunes — but for roles in which they would never be cast. This year's roster of stars included Tony Award winners Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Jane Krakowski (Nine, "30 Rock") and LaChanze (The Color Purple) as well as Raúl Esparza (Company), Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Brooks Ashmanskas (The Producers, Gypsy) and Nicole Parker (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, "Mad TV").

The evening also honored producers Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller (Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights) "for their commitment to producing new and innovative work and reaching new audiences both on and Off-Broadway." Proceeds from the benefit go towards MCC's programs.


At left (from top): Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller; host Isaac Mizrahi; director Robert LuPone; Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren; Walter Bobbie; Nicole Parker and LaChanze; Jessica Molaskey and Penny Lynnette; Billy Baldwin; Raúl Esparza and Jane Krakowski; Jerry Mitchell and Jack O'Brien.

Below: Josh Strickland, Brooks Ashmanskas and Norbert Leo Butz.

photos by Aubrey Reuben
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