Off-Broadway Event Preview: MISCAST20 (MCC Theatre)

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by Tony Frankel on September 1, 2020

in Theater-New York,Virtual


OK, for all of you theater fans who have been grumbling you can’t get into MCC Theatre’s Miscast, this year it’s coming to you — digitally, naturally. This annual New York gala — where the biggest stars of stage and screen take the stage to sing songs from roles in which they would never be cast — is usually the hottest ticket in town. The free, 90-minute broadcast will be captioned, and will feature all new performances, special guests, some stuff from previous shows, and never-before-seen content. The September 13 Miscast20 starts with a pre-show at 7:45 pm ET, with curtain at 8 pm, and can be seen on MCC’s YouTube Channel.

And can we tawk about this year’s talent, including a reunion of members from the original Broadway cast of Hairspray?

But, wait! There’s also a free raffle (but make a donation anyway!). You can win a table for 10 in the FRONT ROW at Miscast 2021 – live and in person! – and raise a glass with the performers with an on-stage reception after the show. All entries and donations are automatically entered into the raffle, but no purchase, payment, or donation is necessary to enter.

Auction items available for online bidding this year include Bob LuPone’s “One” finale costume from the original production of A Chorus Line, an hour-long Mentor Session with multi-platinum songwriter Ross Golan, creator of MCC’s The Wrong Man, coaching sessions with Co-artistic Directors Will Cantler and Bernie Telsey, a private culinary experience, and more. Raffle entry and bids can be placed here. The raffle closes on September 17th, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET — the same time that Miscast20 stops streaming.

If you heard about this on Stage and Cinema, and win the raffle or auction, all I ask is that I be one of your 10 guests, or that I get to touch Bob LuPone’s outfit, or Bob if the outfit is already in storage.

Funds raised from Miscast20 help MCC Theater produce exciting new work Off-Broadway and support its Youth Company and in-school partnerships that serve New York City public high school students, as well as MCC’s literary development work with emerging playwrights. It will also support The Mental Health Coalition (MHC), who will receive 10% of funds raised during the broadcast. MHC is a new initiative focused on destigmatizing mental health experiences that was founded by social activist and fashion designer Kenneth Cole., who will also be making an appearance.

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