Photo Coverage: Don't Quit Your Night Job Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

June 30
1:24 PM 2008

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 Times Square.By 2008, the show was firmly planted at The Zipper Factory, playing to oversold houses for six months straight. All along, DON'T QUIT has contributed a percentage of its profits to Open Doors, raising over $20,000 for TDF's program over the course of the show's 2-year run.

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:

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


David Rossmer, Sarah Saltzberg, and Steve Rosen wax nostalgic about the last 2 years of 'Don't Quit Your Night Job'

Waiters bring our heros some birthday cake....

...and an epic opening number!

Julia Murney offers up some 'Defying Gravity'

Julia Murney

Julia Murney

Asmeret Ghebremichael,Derrick Baskin, and Maurice Murphy sing their birthday wishes

Jason Kravits breaks out the musical saw and puppy dog eyes

David Rossmer, Sarah Saltzberg, and Steve Rosen

Epic Birthday

Maurice Murphy, Asmeret Ghebremichael, and Derrick Baskin

The Opening Dance Sequence

David Rossmer

Here to announce the life time achievement award...Mandy Patinkin

...That's not Mandy Patinkin!

Director Danny Goldstein moves Alexander Gemignani

Alexander Gemignani,Danny Goldstein, and Sarah Saltzberg

Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca

Kelli O'Hara

Kelli O'Hara

Kelli O'Hara

Kelli O'Hara

Tara Copeland

Steve Rosen

John Ellison Conlee, Sarah Saltzberg, and David Rossmer

John Ellison Conlee and Sarah Saltzberg

Lea Delaria

Lea Delaria

David Rossmer and Steve Rosen on NY2

Asmeret Ghebremichael takes flight

Ashley Morris and Jason Kravits

Jason Kravits,John Ellison Conlee, Asmeret Ghebremichael,Sarah Saltzberg, and Tara Copeland

John Ellison Conlee, Asmeret Ghebremichael, and Sarah Saltzberg

Jason Kravits and Ashley Morris

Ashley Morris and Jason Kravits

Alexander Gemignani

Sarah Saltzberg marks her territory on Alexander Gemignani

Tara Copeland and Jason Kravits

Tara Copeland and Jason Kravits

Tara Copeland,Sarah Saltzberg, and Jason Kravits

Ashley Morris,Asmeret Ghebremichael, and Sarah Saltzberg

David Rossmer sets up Musical Mad Libs

Musical Mab Libs Guest Ashley Brown is taken aback by what she'll have to sing

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown

Dan Lipton prepares The Broadway Symphony

Dan Lipton and the cast

The Broadway Symphony with guest conductor Ted Sperling

Curtain Call

The End

Kelli O'Hara

Ashley Brown

Alexander Gemignani

Julia Murney

Mo Rocca

Noah Galvin and Trevor Braun

Rachel Maier and Ashley Morris

Julia Murney and John Ellison Conlee

Tony Yazbeck

Dan Lipton and Damien Bassman

Julia Murney, Asmeret Ghebremichael,Maurice Murphy, and Derrick Baskin

The Cast of 'Don't Quit Your Night Job' for June 26th, 2008

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