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Miscast 2022: What Role Would Lea Michele, Kelli O’Hara, J. Harrison Ghee, and More Miscast Themselves In?

Streaming Miscast 2022: What Role Would Lea Michele, Kelli O’Hara, J. Harrison Ghee, and More Miscast Themselves In?

The star-studded concert gala streams over a three-day event launching May 22.

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Did you miss MCC Theater’s Miscast 2022? This year, theatre fans do not have to fret. The annual gala, which took place in person April 4 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom,  will be available for streaming beginning May 22 at 7 PM ET for three days only. This year’s concert features Broadway favorites Lea Michele, Anika Noni Rose, Audra McDonald, Joshua Henry, Aaron Tveit, and more performing songs from roles in which they would not traditionally be cast.

At what other event can one watch Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson belt “Listen” from Dream Girls(below) and Hadestown’s Eva Nobelzada sing “Go The Distance” From Hercules? Or Company’s Katrina Lenk perform “If I Were A Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof while accompanying herself on the viola?  

This year’s gala honored Emmy and Tony Award winner Christine Baranski, MCC Board Chair Susan Raanan, and MCC Youth Company Alum Alexander Lambie. Under the musical direction of Will Van Dyke, the concert also includes 2022 Tony nominees Shoshana Bean, Jennifer SimardUzo Aduba, and Myles Frost; Tony winners Andrea Martin and Kelli O’Hara; J. Harrison Ghee, Steven Pasquale, Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza, Tamika Lawrence, and Skye Dakota Turner.

Playbill asked a few of this gala singers what role they would most like to miscast themselves in. Read their answers below.

Myles Frost
If I could miscast myself into any musical, it would be The Tina Turner Musical. Tina and Mike [Michael Jackson] had very similar work ethics and I’m curious as to how that would translate before a Broadway audience.

Lea Michele
That is such a tough question because there are so many roles that would be fun to play! I would have to say Aaron Burr in Hamilton. Leslie Odom is so incredible and his voice is out of this world. I would love to sing “Wait For It.” And I sing “Dear Theodosia” to my son all the time; it is one of my all-time favorite musical theater songs. His character has some of the best moments in the show and it would be so much fun to play!

Kelli O’Hara
For years, I have had a group of songs in my concert set that I call “my man songs.” These are songs that were written for men to sing in shows written about a man’s perspective on life. One of the greatest of these songs, and, more importantly, one that holds the most identifiable perspective for me, is “Finishing the Hat” from Sunday in the Park with George. I have always posited that a man is not the only one who struggles with the balance of creating their art and living their life. In some ways, I would argue that a woman struggles even more because of what I feel is an innate sense of maternal responsibility and instinct pulling me, joyfully, to one side. When I performed Dot in this show, it was the role of George, obsessively stuck inside his art, seeing life “from a window”’ that intrigued me the most. It would be a miscast to the status quo, but it would be a perspective worth representing.

Andrea Martin
Lola in Damn Yankees because “whatever Lola wants, Lola gets!”

J. Harrison Ghee
If I could miscast myself, it would be to play the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone. That was the first show I saw on Broadway when I moved to New York to study musical theater, and Beth Leavel is an inspiration in every way. I would have so much fun playing that role.

Steven Pasquale
Mama Rose, of course, is the correct answer.

Tamika Lawrence
If I could play any character, I would play Sweeney Todd. I love watching crime documentaries and am fascinated with crimes of passion that turn into serial crimes and why. It would be interesting to play someone who does something heinous without judging them. There is a challenge in that.

For information on the stream, visit MCCTheatre.org.

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See Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, Myles Frost, Lea Michele, More Perform At Miscast 2022

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: MJ’s Christopher Wheeldon

The countdown to the Tony Awards has a officially begun On June 12, the brightest stars of the 2021-22 season will shine even brighter as they gather at the iconic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Broadway’s biggest night. Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we’re studying up on Christopher Wheeldon

World Premiere of Marthe Rachel Gold’s War Stories Opens May 21 at Off-Broadway’s The Tank

Off-Broadway News World Premiere of Marthe Rachel Gold’s War Stories Opens May 21 at Off-Broadway’s The Tank

Christina Roussos directs the coming-of-age story.

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Following a May 20 preview performance, the world premiere of Marthe Rachel Gold’s War Stories officially opens May 21 at Off-Broadway’s The Tank. Performances of the world premiere are scheduled through June 12 at The Tank’s Proscenium Theater.

Set in New York City during World War II, the new drama presents the coming-of-age story of Ruth, a young, pro-war musician from a working-class, immigrant family whose perspective is challenged by Nat, who holds anti-war views and comes from a wealthy, industrial Jewish family. 

Featured in the cast are Sophia DeLeo (Sleepy Hollow), Jorge Sánchez Díaz (The Skin of Our Teeth), Lenny Grossman (Blackbird), Maia Karo (Anarchy), Max Katz (the devil smokes American Spirits), Arlene A. McGruder (Elizabeth’s Precious Kitty), J. Ryan (Harmony in A Flat), and Kaya Simmons (Two-Fifths).

READ: The Tank to Bring Italian Theatre to New York With Two Winners of the Mario Fratti Award

Christina Roussos directs War Stories, which features scenic design by Maryam Khosravi, costume design by Lui Konno, lighting design by Jon DeGaetano, sound design by Hannah Birch Carl, projection design by Lacey Erb, props design by Sean Devare, hair design by Skipper Silberberg-Edwards, and compositions by Zach Catron. The stage manager is TaTyana Smith, and the line producer is Frank Nicholas Poon.

Talkbacks will follow performances May 26, featuring Gold and Greg Neumann, who are both children of conscientious objectors; and June 2, featuring Professor Ruth Milkman from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and CUNY Graduate Center who will speak about U.S. women workers in the 1930s and 1940s.

Visit TheTankNYC.org.

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: A STRANGE LOOP’s Jaquel Spivey

The countdown to the Tony Awards has a officially begun On June 12, the brightest stars of the 2021-22 season will shine even brighter as they gather at the iconic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Broadway’s biggest night. Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we’re studying up on Jaquel Spivey

Lawryn LaCroix and Andi Villa Stover’s New Play Gummies Announces Industry Reading

Readings and Workshops Lawryn LaCroix and Andi Villa Stover’s New Play Gummies Announces Industry Reading

The reading will star Ebony Marshall Oliver and SAG winner Alysia Reiner.

An invite-only industry reading of Lawryn LaCroix and Andi Villa Stover’s new play Gummies will be held May 20 at 6 PM at Open Jar Studios.

The work follows a group of multi-racial sisters-in-laws in New Jersey and is told though a series of vignettes spurring from a drunken night where they accidentally eat an entire roll of THC gummy tape. The play is described as a comedy and explores the often unsaid experiences of motherhood.

The reading will star Ebony Marshall Oliver (Chicken & Biscuits) as Cheryl, SAG winner Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) as Monica, Samantha Morales as Paula, Sanda Bauleo as Nancy, and Sophia Lucia as Cathy. Casting is by Victor Vasquez.

The work is in development with The Shubert Organization’s Artistic Circle.