Panaro, Jacobs and Snow Join Leading Men Concert

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Lestat's Hugh Panaro, Les Misérables' Adam Jacobs and The Pirates of Penzance's Jason Michael Snow have joined the starry line-up of artists taking part in the Leading Men II benefit concert at Birdland.

Hugh Panaro
Hugh Panaro Photo by Ben Strothmann

John Tartaglia, the Tony-nominated star of Avenue Q who recently returned to Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, will host the Feb. 5 concert, which will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Produced by Wayman Wong — who penned the column "The Leading Men" for four years — the evening will also feature the previously announced Matt Cavenaugh (Grey Gardens), Telly Leung (Rent), Norm Lewis (Les Misérables), Perry Ojeda (On the Town), Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys) and Jim Walton (Merrily We Roll Along) as well as cabaret stars Tom Andersen, Jim Caruso, Tim Di Pasqua and David Gurland and "Playbill Yearbook" photographer Ben Strothmann. Show time is 7 PM.

Jonathan Groff, Christopher Sieber and John Lloyd Young, who were originally announced for the concert, have withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts.

Alan Muraoka will direct the one-night-only event with musical direction by Seth Rudetsky.

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 $100 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. For more information visit

Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. For tickets, priced $50 (general admission) and $75 (VIP), visit


The Leading Men II concert has been sold out for weeks, but depending on space, there might be a limited number of $50 bar seats sold at the door.

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