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14May/21

MCC THEATER: MISCAST21

Who: Annaleigh Ashford, Robin de Jesús, Renée Elise Goldsberry, LaChanze, Kelli O’Hara, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Melissa Barrera, Gavin Creel, Leslie Grace, Cheyenne Jackson, Jai’Len Josey, Aaron Tveit, Kelly Marie Tran, Patrick Wilson, McKinley Belcher III, Nick Blaemire, Sandra Caldwell, Juan Castano, Trip Cullman, Hugh Dancy, Halley Feiffer, Dominique Fishback, Jennifer Garner, Paige Gilbert, Lucas Hedges, Evan Jonigkeit, Alex Lacamoire, Donja R. Love, Zosia Mamet, Laurie Metcalf, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ana Nogueira, Marisa Tomei
What: Virtual edition of MCC Theater’s annual Miscast gala
Where: MCC YouTube
When: Sunday, May 16, free (donations accepted), 8:00
Why: We’ve all been there: We’re in a theater watching a show when we realize that it’s just not going to work because of a bad casting decision. MCC Theater has been spoofing on that situation with its annual Miscast fundraising galas, in which they purposely match talented performers with the wrong song. On May 16 at 8:00, Miscast21 will go virtual, adding a geographic dimension to the wrongness. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted to help support MCC in its mission “to develop and produce exciting work Off-Broadway, as well as [its] Youth Company and partnerships with NYC public high schools, and MCC’s literary development work with emerging playwrights.”

Performing at the event, which will be broadcast on YouTube, are Annaleigh Ashford, Robin de Jesús, Renée Elise Goldsberry, LaChanze, Kelli O’Hara, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Melissa Barrera, Gavin Creel, Leslie Grace, Cheyenne Jackson, Jai’Len Josey, Aaron Tveit, and Kelly Marie Tran; among those making appearances will be Patrick Wilson, Trip Cullman, Hugh Dancy, Halley Feiffer, Dominique Fishback, Jennifer Garner, Paige Gilbert, Lucas Hedges, Donja R. Love, Zosia Mamet, Laurie Metcalf, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Marisa Tomei. Be sure to check out the online auction, where you can pick up signed Playbills, overseas trips, private coaching sessions, personalized video messages, and limited edition totes and T-shirts. You’ll also find on MCC’s YouTube page videos of pandemic performances by Heather Headley, Joshua Henry, Adrienne Warren, Rob McClure, Beanie Feldstein, Norbert Leo Butz, Phillipa Soo, Robert Fairchild, and others.

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