Photo Coverage: Pippin World AIDS Day Benefit Concert

By: Nov. 30, 2004
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On November 29th, 2004, to commemorate World AIDS Day, one of this year's most exciting theatrical events took place: a star-studded concert presentation of Stephen Schwartz's acclaimed musical, PIPPIN. The concert raised nearly $93,000 for the organization, making it a resounding success.

Rosie O'Donnell opened the concert as the first of five Leading Players. Ben Vereen, who won a Tony Award for the role in the original Broadway production, closed out the show as the final Leading Player. The other Players included Darius de Haas (Marie Christine, last year's Children of Eden Concert), Billy Porter (Grease, and the upcoming Ghetto Superstar at The Public Theatre) and Kate Shindle (Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, Miss America 1998).

Michael Arden, from the Tony-Award winning ensemble of Big River and the star of the Off-Broadway hit, BARE, portrayed the title role, with Laura Benanti (Tony-Award Nominee from the casts of Swing, Into The Woods and Nine) as Pippin's love interest, Catherine. Also in the cast as young Theo, is Caroline, or Change's Harrison Chad and Cameron Mathison of daytime's All My Children played the role of Pippin's half-witted step-brother, Lewis. Terrence Mann, who originated the role of The Beast in Disney's Beauty & The Beast played Charlemagne and in the role of Berthe (originated by The Beverly Hillbillies' Granny, Irene Ryan), was actor and playwright, Charles Busch. Julia Murney, well known from the benefit concerts of Children of Eden, Chess and Funny Girl played the role of Fastrada. Included in the ensemble was Sarah Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Adam Fleming, Sriram Ganesan, Julie Garnye, Jordan Gelber, Kearran Giovanni, Jenna Leigh Green, Colin Hanlon, Natalie Joy Johnson, Michael Longoria, Jennifer Malenke, Kate Pazakis, Erin Quill, Robb Sapp, Rebecca Soler, Aaron Staton, Pearl Sun, Marty Thomas, Caitlin van Zandt, and Josh Young.

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Michael Arden

Julie Murney and Terrence Mann

Ben Vereen

Daruis de Haas, Ben Vereen, Kate Shindle and Billy Porter

Laura Benanti and Rosie O'Donnell

Ben Vereen and Kate Shindle

Jamie McGonnigal

Photo Coverage: Pippin World AIDS Day Benefit Concert
Billy Porter, Michael Arden and Charles Busch

Laura Bell Bundy, Scott Nevins and Matt Morrison

Kelli and Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell and Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz and David Stallar

Shoshana Bean, Stephen Schwartz, David Stone and Robb Sapp

Charlie Pollock and Max von Essen

Rosie O'Donnell and Julia Murney

Julie Garnye and Natalie Joy Johnson

Laura Benanti and Chris Barron

Matt Morrison and Harris Doran

Jamie McGonnigal, Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell

Jai Rodriguez, Jenna Leigh Green and Cameron Mathison

Jenna Leigh Green and Michael Arden

Michael Arden and Cameron Mathison

Julia Murney and Michael Arden

Michael Arden and Charles Busch

Jeff Marx, Jennifer Barnhart and Leo Daignault

Cameron Mathison, John Tartaglia and Charles Busch

Jamie McGonnigal, Cameron Mathison and John Tartaglia

Jamie McGonnigal and Kate Shindle

Mamma Mia! Couple - Aaron Staton and Sara Kramer

Michael Arden and Kate Shindle

John Tartaglia and Brian Golub

Gil Hagovsky, Eddie Varley and Marty Thomas