MCC THEATER ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR LINEUP FOR MISCAST 2020 GALA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
ALL-STAR LINEUP SET FOR
20TH ANNUAL MISCAST GALA
PERFORMERS INCLUDE (in alphabetical order):
RAÚL ESPARZA, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY,
JOSHUA HENRY, LACHANZE, KATRINA LENK, BEN PLATT, ISAAC POWELL,
EPRHRAIM SYKES, AARON TVEIT, ADRIENNE WARREN
HONORING GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER AND MCC THEATER ALUM
MCC BOARD CHAIR
MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020
AT THE MANHATTAN CENTER’S HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM
CÉSAR ROSADO & ALEXANDER LAMBIE TO RECEIVE MCC THEATER YOUTH COMPANY ALUMNI AWARDS
GALA TICKETS AND TABLES NOW ON SALE
New York, NY (February 5, 2020)– 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 the 20th Annual Miscast Gala.
The performers include (in alphabetical order): four-time Tony Award® nominee and TV star Raúl Esparza, five-time Emmy Award® nominee and TV star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, three-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry, Tony Award winner LaChanze, Tony Award winner Katrina Lenk, Grammy Award© and Tony Award winner Ben Platt, Grammy Award nominee Isaac Powell, Tony Award nominee Ephraim Sykes, Grammy Award nominee Aaron Tveit, and Tony Award nominee Adrienne Warren.
As previously announced, this year’s Miscast gala, an annual showstopper of the theater season, will honor Golden Globe Award© winner Oscar Isaac. MCC Theater will also pay tribute to Board Chair Susan Raanan. Additionally, MCC Theater will honor Alexander Lambie & César Rosado with the 2020 MCC Theater Youth Company Alumni Awards.
Miscast 20 will be held Monday, April 6, 2020 at The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center (311 West 34th Street).
“When we held the first Miscast, we did not imagine it would grow into an annual tradition. And one that we look forward to every year as much as the fans. This year’s group of performers features many Miscast veterans and beloved MCC alumni,” says MCC Co-Artistic Director Bernie Telsey.
“As we hit this 20 year Miscast milestone, it’s fitting to honor Oscar Isaac – an incredibly exciting actor, someone who is unafraid to take risks and to the stage again and again. Oscar personifies all that is great about New York theater and theater artists. We’re thrilled to honor him as we also celebrate MCC Theater. This night of song supports our ongoing work of championing emerging playwrights and thrilling new stories that represent the diverse and varied experiences of the world we inhabit and share.”
Show-only mezzanine level tickets are on sale to the general public beginning today and are available online at mcctheater.org/miscast. To purchase gala tickets, please contact Sara Stevens at (212) 727-7722, ext. 205 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, please visit mcctheater.org.
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 not traditionally be cast.
Proceeds from Miscast 20 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’s Miscast gala honored Laura Linney.
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 Theresa Rebeck’s Seared, Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play; Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike; Robert Askins’s 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, Ride the Cyclone, Alice By Heart, and The Wrong Man. 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 opened the doors to its new home in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, on January 9, 2019, unifying the company’s activities under one roof for the first time and expanding its producing, artist development, and education programming.
ABOUT THE ROBERT W. WILSON CHARITABLE TRUST
A successful investor from the 1960s through the 1980s, Robert W. Wilson devoted his life to philanthropy after his retirement, focusing on supporting organizations on preservation and conservation initiatives worldwide. An avid New Yorker, Wilson was also deeply engaged with a number of New York’s cultural institutions. He was a major supporter of, and held leadership roles with, the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Opera, where he was a board member for many years. In addition, the Trust continues to support the New York Public Library, Central Park Conservancy, BAM, Wildlife Conservation Society, EDF, Nature Conservancy, WMF, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, organizations he championed during his lifetime. He played a leading role in transforming many of these institutions.
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