ALL-STAR LINEUP SET FOR MCC THEATER’S ANNUAL GALA MISCAST 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
ALL-STAR LINEUP SET FOR
ANNALEIGH ASHFORD, GAVIN CREEL, BETH LEAVEL, KELLI O’HARA, KAREN OLIVO, BILLY PORTER, STEPHANIE J. BLOCK, JOSHUA HENRY, ANDY KARL, TAYLOR LAUDERMAN, ORFEH, ASHLEY PARK, JENNIFER NETTLES, KATE ROCKWELL AND BARRETT WILBERT WEED
HONORING MCC ALUM & STAGE AND SCREEN ICON
MCC BOARD MEMBERS
MARIANNE MILLS & HAROLD NEWMAN
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019
AT THE MANHATTAN CENTER’S HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM
New York, NY (February 7, 2019) – MCC Theater (Bob LuPone, Bernie Telsey and Will Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce the all-star lineup of performers set for their annual Miscast gala.
The performers include: Tony Award ® winners Annaleigh Ashford, Gavin Creel, Beth Leavel, Kelli O’Hara, Karen Olivo, and Billy Porter, Tony Award nominees Stephanie J. Block, Joshua Henry, Andy Karl, Taylor Lauderman, Orfeh, and Ashley Park; as well as Grammy Award ® winner Jennifer Nettles, Kate Rockwell, and Barrett Wilbert Weed. Additional names will be announced shortly.
As previously announced, this year’s Miscast gala, an annual showstopper of the theater season, will honor three-time Academy Award® nominee, two-time Golden Globe Award® winner, four-time Emmy Award® winner, and four-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney. MCC Theater will also pay tribute to longtime Board members Marianne Mills and Harold Newman, for their invaluable contributions to the institution Additionally, MCC Theater will honor performer and playwright Ren Santiago with the 2018 MCC Theater Youth Company Alumni Award. Miscast 2019 will be held Monday, April 1, 2019 at The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center (311 West 34th Street).
Show-only mezzanine level tickets are on sale to the general public beginning today, February 6th, at noon, and are available online at https://mcctheater.org/tix/miscast-2019. To purchase gala tickets, please contact Nick Vermane at (212) 727-7722, ext. 232 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, please visit https://mcctheater.org/tix/miscast-2019
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.
“The year’s funniest revue!” – The Huffington Post
“One of The Year’s Most Galvanizing Theater Moments!” – The New York Times
Proceeds from Miscast 2019 will 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.
The evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and the Miscast Revue.
Last year, Miscast 2018 honored Laurie Metcalf.
Performers from past years include: Uzo Aduba, Beth Behrs, Megan Hilty, Cynthia Erivo, Raúl Esparza, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, Laura Benanti, Jesse L. Martin, Zosia Mamet, Aaron Tveit, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jane Krakowski and many others. Special guests have included, Andy Cohen, Charles Busch, Helen Mirren, Lewis Black, Chris Noth, Edward Albee, Kathleen Turner, Jerry Stiller, Mo Rocca, Isaac Mizrahi, and many more.
ABOUT MCC THEATER
MCC Theater is one of New York’s leading nonprofit Off-Broadway companies, driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would. Founded in 1986 as a collective of artists leading peer-based classes to support their own development as actors, writers and directors, the tenets of collaboration, education, and community are at the core of MCC Theater’s programming. One of the only theaters in the country led continuously by its founders, Artistic Directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, and William Cantler, MCC fulfills its mission through the production of world, American, and New York premiere plays and musicals that challenge artists and audiences to confront contemporary personal and social issues, and robust playwright development and education initiatives that foster the next generation of theater artists and students.
MCC Theater’s celebrated productions include Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play; Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike; Robert Askins’ Hand to God (Broadway transfer; five 2015 Tony Award® nominations including Best Play); John Pollono’s Small Engine Repair; Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Really Really; Sharr White’s The Other Place (Broadway transfer); Jeff Talbott’s The Submission (Laurents/Hatcher Award); Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Happy, reasons to be pretty (Broadway transfer, three 2009 Tony Award® nominations, including Best Play), Some Girl(s), Fat Pig, The Mercy Seat, and All The Ways To Say I Love You; Michael Weller’s Fifty Words; Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride; Bryony Lavery’s Frozen (Broadway transfer; four 2004 Tony Award® nominations including Best Play, Tony Award® for Best Featured Actor); Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone; Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living (2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Margaret Edson’s Wit (1999 Pulitzer Prize); and the musicals Coraline, Carrie, and Ride the Cyclone. Many plays developed and produced by MCC have gone on to productions throughout the country and around the world.
Blake West joined the company in 2006 as Executive Director. MCC will begin production in January 2019 in its new home in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, unifying the company’s activities under one roof for the first time and expanding its producing, artist development, and education programming.
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