Friday, April 16, 2010

Broadway Recycled Fundraiser For At Hand Theatre Company This Sunday

By Byrne Harrison

Sunday April 18, 2010 at 7pm

BROADWAY RECYCLED will showcase Broadway stars performing cut songs from musicals – songs that shouldn't go to waste! Expect to hear numbers that were cut from Next To Normal, 9 to 5, Title of Show, A Little Night Music, High Fidelity, Yank!, Altar Boyz, Ordinary Days, Once on this Island, Taboo, and more!

The evening will feature performances by the cast of [title of show] – Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen, and Larry Pressgrove – as well as Tim Anderson (9 to 5), Annaleigh Ashford (Hair), Jennifer Balagna (9 to 5), Mario Cantone (Assassins), Paul Castree (9 to 5), Erin Davie (Grey Gardens), Jeffry Denman (White Christmas), Jerry Dixon (Once on This Island), Kathy Fitzgerald (9 to 5), Gaelen Gilliland (Legally Blonde), Josh Grisetti (Enter Laughing), Aaron Simon Gross (13 the Musical), Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Van Hughes (American Idiot), Tyler Maynard (Altar Boyz), Euan Morton (Taboo), Kerry O'Malley (Into The Woods), Charlie Pollock (9 to 5), Tory Ross (Cry-Baby), Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific), Bobby Steggert (Yank!, Ragtime), Joseph Zellnik (Yank!), and Anthony Rapp (RENT). The concert, benefiting the Broadway Green Alliance and At Hand Theatre Company, will be directed by Dave Solomon with musical direction by Julie McBride.

Tickets are only $30, available online at $35 tickets will available at the door on the day of the show. Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

Dan Horrigan, Artistic Director of At Hand Theatre Company, has taken a few moments to answer some questions about the event.

How did you come up with the idea of an Earth Day concert?

It was a pretty "organic" decision. We're a green theatre company and that's a big part of our mission statement so we knew we wanted to do something centered around Earth Day. We partnered with the Broadway Green Alliance (an organization committed to "greening" the New York theatrical community) and took it from there.

What inspired you to use songs cut from popular musicals?

At Hand has a history of only producing "new work". The director of the evening, Dave Solomon came up with the idea of using trunk songs as it tied into that aspect of who we are and because it would make the evening all that more original.

There are some amazing people performing. Do you think that's because it's an opportunity to perform lesser known songs?

Not only is it an opportunity to perform lesser know songs but many of these numbers are being sung by the performers who were meant to have originally performed them! So, many of these performers have personal attachments to these numbers that never made it on stage. This just makes the whole evening that much more personal and exciting!

What's coming up for At Hand Theatre Company?

We have been having a very busy spring. Broadway Recycled happens on the 18th and in less than two weeks (oy!) our next show opens. Letters To The End of the World by Anton Dudley opens on April 29th. This lovely and often very funny play takes place in both New York City and Zambia. The story unfolds against the backdrop of the African AIDS crisis but it is actually a play about the universal human experience and what really connects us all. We're so honored and so proud to be producing this new play by such a gifted writer.

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