Saturday, June 11, 2016

Two Philanthropic Broadway Traditions

One tradition is MiscastMiscast is an annual fundraising event for MCC, a Manhattan-based off-Broadway theatre company that champions young American playwrights and performers—especially singers. The Miscast galas allow performers to do things they would never get to do onstage normally, so here you will see Broadway Boys Luca Padovan (School of Rock), Joshua Colley (Les Miserables) and Douglas Baldeo (Kinky Boots) doing their rendition of The Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton and featuring Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!) at MCC's annual Miscast '16 gala.

Broadway Backwards, the once-a-year celebration of the LGBT community, brought down the house March 18, 2013, while raising a record-setting $347,060 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Centre.

The 2013 gala included a roof-raising rendition of And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going, performed by Tituss Burgess. To set up this iconic song, made famous onstage by Jennifer Holiday and on film by Jennifer Hudson, Burgess was joined by Jamie Cepero, Steven Cutts, Miles Johnson, Rashad Naylor, Brandon Pearson and Dennis Stowe as Lorelle, James Thunder Earley, Curtis, Michelle, CC and Deena, respectively.

Tomorrow night, The Tony's; I can hardly wait.

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