Photo Coverage: Don't Quit Your Night Job Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
On Thursday, June 26th, DON'T QUIT proudly celebrated its 2nd
anniversary. The show began as a one-off benefit on June 26, 2006 at Joe's Pub,
which grew into 10 sellout months. In the spring of 2007, a commercial
production played off-Broadway at the HA! Comedy Club in
DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB is where Broadway goes to let its hair down. The late night happening of improv, music, sketches and stories was created by its stars: industry mainstays Steve Rosen (The Farnsworth Invention, Monty Python's Spamalot), David Rossmer (Fiddler on the Roof, Titanic), Sarah Saltzberg (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and music director Dan Lipton (Paris Commune, The Coast of Utopia).The 2nd anniversary show featured a number of returning favorites from the DON'T QUIT stable of performers. Tony nominees Kelli O'Hara and John Ellison Conlee have both appeared in many DQYNJ shows. First-time guests included Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins herself), musical guest Lea Delaria, and the Tony winning conductor of South Pacific, Ted Sperling.
DON'T QUIT YOUR NIGHT JOB has launched its official website: dontquitnyc.com.
Open Doors is the Theatre Development Fund's theatre arts mentoring program for high school students, started in 1998 by TDF with playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Its goal is to explore the relevance of theatre in the lives of today's youth. The program matches distinguished theatre and dance professionals with students who have no prior exposure to theatre for an entire school year. Mentors accompany students to performances on and off Broadway, introducing them to the artists who create and perform NYC theatre.DON'T QUIT is proud to have raised over $20,000 for Open Doors since June 2006.
Photos by Peter James Zielinski
Waiters bring our heros some birthday cake....
...and an epic opening number!
Julia Murney offers up some 'Defying Gravity'
Jason Kravits breaks out the musical saw and puppy dog eyes
The Opening Dance Sequence
Here to announce the life time achievement award...Mandy Patinkin
...That's not Mandy Patinkin!
Asmeret Ghebremichael takes flight
Musical Mab Libs Guest Ashley Brown is taken aback by what she'll have to sing
Dan Lipton and the cast
The Cast of 'Don't Quit Your Night Job' for June 26th, 2008