Brown, Spring Awakening Stars, Etc. Join Feb. 5 Benefit

Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Asa Somers (Grey Gardens) and the cast of Broadway's Spring Awakening have just been added to the roster of performers appearing in "When Hollywood Met Broadway: Great Songs from Stage and Screen," the 22nd annual gala benefit concert for The Drama League.

Hosted by Joanna Gleason and Jim Dale, the one-night-only event will take place on Monday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. at The Rainbow Room in New York City (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor).

Directed by Matt August (…Grinch, Henry IV), "When Hollywood Met Broadway" features musical direction by Matthew Ward and choreography by Dan Knechtges (…Spelling Bee), and will also include performances from Rita Moreno (The Ritz), Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Ruthie Henshall (Chicago), Melissa Errico (Amour), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Heather MacRae (Falsettos), Noah Racey (Curtains), Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbra), Megan Sikora (Curtains), Donna Vivino and Jill Abramowitz (Fame Becomes Me), Jared Bradshaw and Michael West (Forbidden Broadway: SVU), and Marilyn Michaels (Catskills on Broadway).

The performance is the highlight of the Drama League's annual black-tie benefit gala, which for the second time takes place at Rockefeller Center's breathtaking Rainbow Room.  The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, silent auction and raffle, where guests can mingle with the performers while taking in the awe-inspiring views of Manhattan.  The evening will continue with a seated dinner in the main dining room, followed by the performance.

All proceeds will benefit The Drama League, which, according to press notes, "was founded in 1916 as an association of theatre professionals and patrons dedicated to encouraging the finest in professional theatre and has since then developed into the theatre's premiere service organization.  The Drama League provides an unparalleled training program for emerging theatre artists through The Directors Project, which encourages and trains young talents while providing much-needed exposure and essential connections to the professional theatrical community."

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