Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christian Borle, Zosia Mamet & More Set for MCC's MISCAST 2014 Honoring Allison Janney
MCC Theater as announced the preliminary lineup of performers for the annual Miscast 2014 gala, which will feature one-night-only performances from stars of stage and screen including Zosia Mamet, Christian Borle, Anika Noni Rose, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Steven Pasquale, Jesse L. Martin, Sasha Allen, Keala Settle, and Nicole Parker. Phil Reno will serve as Musical Director. Additional performers will be announced at a later date. Miscast 2014 will be held Monday, March 31, 2014 at The Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street). The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and gala dinner followed by the Miscast performances. Show-only tickets are now on sale at www.mcctheater.org.
MCC Theater's annual Miscast gala is one of the most exciting and unique theater events in town. Broadway's hottest stars perform songs from roles in which they would never be cast. For a video recapping last year's Miscast, click here.
Miscast 2014 will feature musical performances from: Zosia Mamet, star of HBO's "Girls" and last season's hit MCC production Really Really; Tony Award winner Christian Borle, late of NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!"; Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose, soon to be seen in Broadway's A Raisin in the Sun; Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer of In the Heights; Steven Pasquale of FX's "Rescue Me" and currently starring in Broadway's The Bridges of Madison County; stage and screen star Jesse L. Martin of NBC's "Law & Order"; NBC's "The Voice" finalist and stage actress Sasha Allen; Tony Award nominee Keala Settle, next seen in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables; and "Mad TV" and Wicked star Nicole Parker.
As previously announced, this year's Miscast gala will honor award-winning actress Allison Janney.
Ms. Janney will be celebrated for her bold, daring, risk-taking spirit and for her extraordinary career on stage, in film, and on television, including memorable roles in the Oscar-winning films American Beauty, The Help, and Juno, among many others, and her unforgettable work on NBC's "The West Wing" and new hit CBS sitcom "Mom." Her history with MCC Theater dates back two decades, including a main stage appearance in Alan Ball's Five Women Wearing the Same Dress in 1993, Annie Evans' I Can't Stop Thinking Today, and MCC's early play marathons.
The evening will be hosted by theater veteran and film star Victor Garber, returning as host for the second year in a row.
Proceeds from Miscast 2014 will, as always, support MCC Theater's mission to develop and produce exciting work Off-Broadway, as well as its Youth Company and partnerships with New York City public high schools, and MCC's literary development work with emerging playwrights.
For ticket and table information, visit www.mcctheater.org/galamiscast_tickets.html. To purchase gala tickets, which begin at $600, please contact Kathryn Banas at (212) 727-7722, ext. 232 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mezzanine level show-only tickets begin at $79 and are available for purchase beginning on January 28th at 10:00a.m. via OvationTix - (212) 352-3101.
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
6:30 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Honoree Celebration
8:45 p.m. Miscast 2014 Revue
Last year, Miscast 2013 honored Tony Award winner Judith Light. Hosted by Victor Garber, the roster of performers included Tony Award winners Christian Borle, Jane Krakowski, and LaChanze; Tony Award nominees Jonathan Groff and Jeremy Jordan; and Broadway stars Sierra Boggess, Cheyenne Jackson, Michael Mandell, and Nicole Parker.
Performers from past years include: Megan Hilty, Raúl Esparza, Kelli O'Hara, Norbert Leo Butz, Brian D'Arcy James and many others. Special guests have included Julianna Margulies, Andy Cohen, Charles Busch, Helen Mirren, Lewis Black, Chris Noth, Edward Albee, Kathleen Turner, Jerry Stiller, Mo Rocca, Isaac Mizrahi, and many more.
Next up for the 2013-14 Main Stage Season of MCC Theater is the Off-Broadway premiere of Robert Askins' Hand to God, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and starring Steven Boyer, reprising his Obie Award-winning performance, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, beginning on February 19, 2014 with an official opening on March 10, 2014.
Photo by Walter McBride