Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today a theater-lovers dream week of shows, as they will reunite the casts of “Godspell,” “Annie,” and “Pageant,” and host a very special Elphabas vs. Glindas “Wicked” game night! All will benefit the Actors Fund, and several nights will include matching donations from generous supporters of the arts.
The current schedule, guests, and donations are as follows:
- Wednesday, May 19 – Off-Broadway hit musical Pageant reunion featuring John Salvatore, Randl Ask, Russell Garrett, Joe Joyce, Dick Scanlan, David Drake, Jack Plotnick, and director/choreographer Bobby Longbottom. The musical spoof of beauty contests, featuring an all-male cast of competitors, debuted in 1991, was revived in 2014 for new audiences to enjoy
- Thursday, May 20 – Wicked Game Night featuring the Glindas (Brittney Johnson, Alli Mauzey, and Patti Murin) vs. the Elphabas (Stephanie J. Block, Lilli Cooper, and honorary Elphaba Seth Rudetsky). May the most “popular” team win!
- Friday, May 21 – Leaping Lizards! An Annie reunion featuring all of the original orphans, and Annie herself. Those joining in include Andrea McArdle, Danielle Brisbois, Shelley Bruce, Diana Barrows, Robyn Finn, Donna Graham, Janine Ruane, and Sasha Charnin
- Donation match up to $3,000 from Dennis Ballard and Steven O’Neill
- Saturday, May 22 – Godspell 50th Anniversary reunion featuring Stephen Schwartz and the players who originated these iconic songs: Peggy Gordon (By My Side, which she also co-wrote), Joanne Jonas (Bless The Lord), Gilmer McCormick (Learn Your Lessons Well), Steve Nathan (who played Jesus), Mark Planner (Original New York production), and George Salazar (Broadway revival). Godspell opened in 1971 , the brainchild of then Carnegie Mellon University student John-Michael Tebelak. It was quickly swept up by commercial producers and given a score by a young Schwartz. The show and it’s songs have since gone on to international acclaim, and become a rite of passage for most aspiring young actors
- Donation match up to $3,000 from lifelong Broadway fan and longtime Actors Fund supporter Becca Rothschild
All episodes will livestream at 8pm ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel, and StarsInTheHouse.com, and fans will be able to ask questions live, and donate to The Actors Fund. And of course, there is a good chance for some live music!