Chase, Pasquale, Cavenaugh and More Join All-Star Secret Garden Benefit Concert

News   Chase, Pasquale, Cavenaugh and More Join All-Star Secret Garden Benefit Concert
Additional casting has been announced for the Dec. 5 concert of the musical The Secret Garden, which will benefit The Joey DePaolo AIDS Foundation and Camp TLC.

New cast members include Steven Pasquale as Archibald Craven, Will Chase as Dr. Neville Craven (Chase replaces the previously announced Terrence Mann), Jenny Powers as Claire, Deborah S. Craig as Alice, Matt Cavenaugh as Lieutenant Shaw, Ben Magnuson as Major Holmes, Shonn Wiley as Lieutenant Wright, Barbara Rosenblat as Mrs. Medlock, Reshma Shetty as the Ayah, Nehal Joshi as the Fakir, Struan Erlenborn as Colin Craven and Jaclyn Neidenthal as Mary Lennox. These actors join the previously announced Michael Arden as Dickon, Laura Benanti as Lily, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Martha, David Canary as Ben, Sara Gettelfinger as Rose and Max Von Essen as Albert.

The Third Annual World AIDS Day Benefit Concert will be directed by Stafford Arima and will feature a 70-person choir, a 35-piece orchestra and a children's choir. The latter will include youngsters from Rosie's Broadway Kids.

Artistic producer Jamie McGonnigal and producers Brad Bauner, Adam Caldwell, Josh Fiedler, Ryan Hill and Erica Lynn Schwartz, in association with The Storm Theatre, present the star-studded, one-night-only benefit concert. The performance will play 7 PM Dec. 5 at Manhattan Center Studios Grand Ballroom, 311 W. 34th Street.

The Secret Garden opened at the St. James Theatre in April 1991, playing 709 performances before closing in January 1993. The musical, based on the famed novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, features a book and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon. The original Broadway cast featured Alison Fraser, Howard McGillin, Rebecca Luker, Robert Westenberg, John Cameron Mitchell and Daisy Eagan, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Mary Lennox.

The creative team for the benefit concert includes musical direction by Michael Kosarin (Little Shop of Horrors), orchestrations by William David Brohn (Wicked, Ragtime), set consultation by Lauren Helpern (Underneath the Lintel) and lighting design by Traci Klainer (MTC's Four). Stephen DeAngelis is the casting director. Proceeds from the concert presentation will benefit The Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation and Camp TLC (Teens Living with a Challenge).

Tickets are scaled from $50-$150 and are now available by calling at (212) 279-4200, or in person at the Ticket Central offices, located at 416 West 42nd Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues), daily between noon and 8 PM.


To inquire about special donor seating (Prime and Rear Orchestra seats for donations of $1,000 and $500 respectively), call (212) 769-7930. A production team member will contact you shortly to confirm and review your order. Tickets purchased at the $500 and $1,000 levels will include passes to the exclusive post-show party with the cast and creative team.

For information concerning available corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Josh Fiedler or Erica Schwartz at (212) 769-7930. All ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-show Silent Auction. The auction will begin at 6:30 PM in the Grand Ballroom. If you are interested in providing an item to be auctioned, please contact Erica Lynn Schwartz at


The World AIDS Day Concerts were founded in 2003 by Kate Shindle and Jamie McGonnigal "to help raise awareness of the health holiday and to celebrate the lives of those lost and those still fighting the ever-present disease." The inaugural concert, the New York Professional Premiere of Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden, sold-out the majestic Riverside Cathedral on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The 2004 sold-out concert presentation of Pippin featured performances from Rosie O'Donnell, and a return to his Tony-Award Winning role by Ben Vereen.

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