The Sh-K-Boom company is based largely on the premise that inside many a musical theater performer, there's a rock star screaming -- sometimes literally! -- to get out. On Monday, July 28, the Sh-K-Boom Room closing night concert at The Zipper Theater featured turns by several such performers. Here are Adam Pascal (Rent, Aida) and Michael Cerveris (Tommy, Titanic, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) charging their way through "Under Pressure."
As Pascal took the stage, a woman in the audience said, "Now all of the teenage girls from Long Island are going to go crazy." The fellow standing next to her added, "Not to mention several middle-aged men from Manhattan!"
During his solo set, Pascal thrilled the crowd with his covers of songs by U2 and Journey. Great show, Adam, but about those pants....!
In a nice contrast to all the rockin' and rollin', singer-songwriter Jeremy Schonfeld brought the room down with a lovely, introspective song from his musical Drift.
Inspired by Liza Minnelli's recent marital problems, wild-man Mario Cantone had the audience in hysterics during his stand-up spot.
Cantone also proved his mettle as a singer in a Judy Garland/Barbra Streisand medley with Kim Cea.
Sherie René Scott (Aida, The Last 5 Years, Debbie Does Dallas) sang, of all things, a Mister Rogers medley that the crowd just loved.
The concert finale was a joyous ensemble rendition of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends."
Here are some TheaterMania video highlights of the concert. Featured in the finale is another of the evening's singers: Alice Ripley (right), who has co-starred in Side Show, Sunset Boulevard, The Rocky Horror Show, and other Broadway musicals.
After the concert, a party was held right next door at The Belt Theater. Among the revelers were Sherie René Scott and her husband, Sh-K-Boom president Kurt Deutsch.
Also on hand for the festivities was Adam Pascal, here posing with another Broadway heartthrob: Michael Riedel of the New York Post. For more information on Sh-K-Boom, visit the company's website.