Wicked's Cilento to Direct Showstoppers Concert

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Wayne Cilento, a recent Tony nominee for his Wicked choreography, will direct the upcoming concert, Showstoppers: A Salute to the Best of Broadway, benefiting the Gay Men's Health Crisis.
Wayne Cilento
Wayne Cilento

Cilento replaces the previously announced Graciela Daniele. Robert Billig will be the musical director for the Oct. 25 concert.

The 8 PM performance will include a host of theatre stars re-creating some of their greatest stage work. Those scheduled to perform include Baby's Liz Callaway; Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte; original Company star Pamela Myers; stage and screen star Jerry Orbach; Forbidden Broadway alum Christine Pedi; Falsettos' Michael Rupert; original Jean Valjean, Colm Wilkinson; Melissa Errico, now on Broadway in Dracula; Tony Award-winning City of Angels star Randy Graff; current Wicked Wizard George Hearn; original West Side Story singer-actress Carol Lawrence; the first Annie, Andrea McArdle; Tony-winning Purlie star Melba Moore; two-time Tony Award winner Robert (How to Succeed, Tru) Morse; Love! Valour! Compassion!'s Stephen Bogardus; and the star of the original staging and subsequent film of Little Shop of Horrors, Ellen Greene.

The evening, according to a GMHC spokesperson, will include solos, duets and group numbers. Peter Bogyo is producing the one-night-only event.

Tickets for the concert only are available through Century Charge, (212) 721-6500. Benefit level tickets, which begin at $250, are available by e mailing events@gmhc.org or by calling (212) 367-1472. Tickets priced $500 and up will include a post-concert reception at Tavern on the Green.

Avery Fisher Hall is located at the northern end of the Lincoln Center Plaza, at the corner of Columbus Avenue and 65th Street. Wayne Cilento won a Tony Award for Best Choreography for The Who's Tommy; he also choreographed the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,the Disney hit Aida and last season's Wicked. He served as both director and choreographer for the musical revue Dream and the Jerry Herman anthology, Jerry's Girls. As a performer, Cilento starred in Seesaw, A Chorus Line, The Act, Dancin' and Perfectly Frank.

GMHC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the spread of HIV disease and help those infected with the virus. Learn more about the organization by visiting www.gmhc.org.

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