Photo Flash: Lesli Margherita Hosts #SOBLESSED LIVE! to Support BC/EFA
Hosted by Lesli Margherita (Matilda), the late night #SOBLESSED Live! at 54 Below on February 7th featured performances by Adam Kaplan (Newsies), Joey Taranto (Kinky Boots), Michael James Scott (Something Rotten), Megan Sikora (Like a Million Broadway Shows), Mo Brady (The Addams Family), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Ellyn Marie Marsh (Kinky Boots), with special guest appearance by Julia Murney as Jeremy Jordan and musical direction by Drew Wutke. Scroll down for photos!
#SOBLESSED Live! is a review style staging of Annoying Actor Friend's best selling book, #SOBLESSED: the Annoying Actor Friend's Guide to Werking in Show Business, where performers recount their experiences from college to Broadway to unemployment, and everything in-between.
The evening benefited Broadway Cares/Equty Fights AIDS.
Lesli Margherita (Matilda) opens the show with musical director, Drew Wutke
Lesli Margherita explains how the evening will run, and the one rule: DRINK.
Joey Taranto (Kinky Boots) explains when he first new he was "soblessed" (wanted to be an actor) and sings 'I'm the Greatest Star.'
During 'I'm the Greatest Star,' Joey Taranto reenacts how he used to pretend he had long hair when he was a child.
Adam Kaplan (Newsies) sings his fairly inappropriate college audition song from when he was seventeen, 'It's Hard to Speak My Heart' from Parade.
Megan Sikora shares stories from understudying in The Nance, Promises, Promises, Dracula, and Wicked.
After explaining that she had to go on for Galinda in Wicked after a night of drinking, only to discover while up in the bubble she was still drunk, Megan Sikora reenacts her booze-brave rendition of 'Popular.'
Neither can the audience.
Representing unemployment, Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) sings 'Nothing Compares 2U' in homage to 2011, when she was gainfully employed.
Ellyn Marie Marsh recounts when her survival job was at Ellen's Star Dust Diner, by singing 'C'mon Everybody,' complete with original karaoke track. She also bussed the tables during it.
Lesli interviews Julia Murney as Jeremy Jordan. Questions included, 'What is your favorite cookie at Schmackary's?' 'How did you get your Equity card?' 'Discuss being naked in the bathtub during Bonnie & Clyde,' and 'How did you propose to Ashley Spencer?'
Julia Murney brings down the house with 'They Just Keep Moving the Line.'