The Public Theater has announced additional casting for this year’s gala. Titled Hair to Hamilton: 50 Years of Revolutionary Musicals, the evening will celebrate some of the theatre’s most beloved and groundbreaking musicals of the last 50 years.
The annual gala, which will feature a 90-minute concert of songs, will be held June 5 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The concert will feature songs from Hamilton, Hair, A Chorus Line, Fun Home, Runaways, The Pirates of Penzance, and more.
Among the performers will be Brooks Ashmanskas, Nathaniel Claridad, Natalie Cortez, Matt Deangelis, Joshua Dela Cruz, Brandon Victor Dixon, Claybourne Elder, Kristian Espiritu, Justin Keyes, Omar Lopez-Cepero, John Lithgow, Anastaćia McCleskēy, Leslie McDonel, Ruthie Ann Miles, Kevin Moon Loh, Mary Kate Morrissey, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Brandon Pearson, Diane Phelan, Paris Remillard, Anika Noni Rose, George Salazar, Jennifer Sanchez, Kacie Sheik, Eric Lajuan Summers, Will Swenson, Kirstin Villanueva, and Dan’yelle Williamson.
They join the previously annoucned original Off-Broadway Hamilton stars Brian d’Arcy James, Christopher Jackson, and Phillipa Soo. As well as Nikki M. James, Sasha Allen, Sydney Lucas, Kevin Mambo, Britton Smith, Mary Testa, Akron Watson, and Juson Williams.
The evening will be directed by Daniel Sullivan, with musical direction by Rob Fisher.
Julia Pershan and Julio Peterson will serve as gala co-chairs for the event, which will honor LuEsther T. Mertz for her contributions to The Public Theater.