On Monday, December 16, cast members of Baz Luhrmann's hit Broadway production of Puccini's will participate in a gala event to raise money for the National Music Theatre Network and the Broadway Theater Institute's "Musical Mondays Theatre Lab."
Tim Jerome, who is the head of the NMTN and is in the cast of La Bohème, will host the benefit. Performers scheduled to appear include leads Eugene Branconveanu (Marcello), Jessica Comeau (Musetta), David Miller (Rodolfo), and Daniel Okulitch (Schaunard), as well as ensemble members and understudies Christina Arand, Janinah Burnett, Marcus Nance, Daniel Neer, Laurice Lanier, and Vanessa Conlin. The program will include selections from Lost in the Stars, City of Dreams, The Merry Widow, Show Boat, Faust, and other operas and musicals.
The event will be held at apartment of actress and producer Mary Ellen Ashley. Tickets are $95 (fully tax-deductible) and reservations may be made by phoning Bick Goss at 212-956-5481 or by sending a check or money order to MMTL, 210 West 50th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10019.