On Nov. 4 a host of talent from the casts of Hairspray, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mamma Mia! and Into the Woods will take part in a benefit entitled Only Make Believe. Hosted by Hayley Mills, the evening will benefit the Only Make Believe charitable organization, which brings theatre to hospital-bound children.
Among the performers taking part in the 8 PM event at New York City's Westside Theatre are Shoshanna Bean (Hairspray), Brad Oscar (The Producers), Marc Kudisch (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!), Chad Kimball (Into the Woods) and Brian d'Arcy James (recently in Sweet Smell of Success) as well as Ann Harada, Anne Runolfsson, Janet Metz, Liz Larsen, Orfeh, Kevin Pariseau, Linda Romoff and Andrew Lippa. As of press time, the song line-up — which is still in formation — for the evening follows:
Hayley Mills: "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music
Brad Oscar: "Betrayed" from The Producers
Marc Kudisch: "Come Home" from Allegro
Louise Pitre: Abba's "Angel Passing Through My Room"
Brian D'Arcy James, Andrew Lippa and Kevin Pariseau: Maltby and Shire's "Fathers of Fathers"
Orfeh: "Piece of My Heart" from Love, Janis
Ann Harada: Marci Goldrich and Zina Heisler's "15lbs. Away from My Love"
Chad Kimball: "Lost in the Wilderness" from Children of Eden
Anne Runolfsson, Shoshanna Bean and Janet Metz: an arrangement by Andrew Lippa of "W-O-M-A-N" from Smokey Joe's Cafe
Linda Romoff: a balloon stunt from Victor/Victoria
Maureen Moore and Jill Geddes: "Children Will Listen" and "Our Children," arranged by Joel Fram
Only Make Believe was founded in October 1999 at Rusk Institute's Pediatric Unit of the NYU Hospitals Center as a project of the James and Dena Hammerstein Foundation. Since its debut, the project has already provided hundreds of workshops for children in New York City medical facilities.
The Westside Theatre is located at 407 W. 43rd Street; $50 tickets are still available by calling (646) 336-1500.