PHOTO CALL: The Leading Men III at Birdland

News   PHOTO CALL: The Leading Men III at Birdland
The Leading Men III — a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS — was presented April 21 at Birdland. John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek the Musical) served as the evening's host.

Norm Lewis
Norm Lewis Photo by Maryann Lopinto

Directed by Alan Muraoka (Pacific Overtures, Miss Saigon) with musical direction by Seth Rudetsky, the event was produced by Wayman Wong, who originated and wrote "The Leading Men" column for from 2003-2006.

The roster of leading men boasted the talents of Tom Andersen, Skylar Astin, David Burnham, Jim Caruso, Jonathan Groff, Aaron Lazar, Norm Lewis, Michael McElroy, Skie Ocasio, Aaron Ramey, Robb Sapp, Benjamin Schrader, Christopher Sieber, Marcus Simeone, Bobby Steggert and Jim Walton.

The evening featured an eclectic set list that included show tunes, cabaret standards, original songs and parodies:

"Let It Sing" from Violet- Michael McElroy
"Larger Than Life" from My Favorite Year- Bobby Steggert
"What Do I Need With Love?" from Thoroughly Modern Millie- Aaron Ramey
"Yard Sale"- an original song performed by Tom Andersen
"Coffee in a Cardboard Cup" from 70, Girls, 70- Jim Caruso
"Live Out Loud" from A Little Princess- Skie Ocasio
"Who Can I Turn To?" from Roar of the Greasepaint- Benjamin Schrader
"Try Me" from She Loves Me- Jonathan Groff
"Then Again" by Tom Andersen and Tim Di Pasqua- Marcus Simeone
"Taylor" by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich- John Tartaglia
"You Are My Bitch" from See Rock City and Other Destinations- Skylar Astin and Robb Sapp
"Younger Than Springtime" from South Pacific- Aaron Lazar
"Deconstructing"- an original by Seth Rudetsky
"Good Thing Going" and "Not a Day Goes By" from Merrily We Roll Along- Jim Walton
"That's Life" by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon- David Burnham
"One for My Baby" by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen- Christopher Sieber
"Before the Parade Passes By" from Hello, Dolly! - Norm Lewis

  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $130 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. For more information visit

Here is a look at the sold-out celebration of male singers and actors:


Michael McElroy "lets it sing..."
Jim Caruso

Jim Walton
Christopher Sieber

Bobby Steggert, Christopher Sieber and Benjamin Schrader
Jonathan Groff and David Burnham

The Leading Men

Above photos by Maryannn Lopinto


Seth Rudetsky
Skylar Astin

Norm Lewis and David Burnham

Above photos by Aubrey Reuben

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