The Actors Fund held a benefit reading of the American classic Our Town last night, March 4, at The Gerald R. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street). Tony Winners Blythe Danner, BD Wong and two-time Tony Award nominee S. Epatha Merkerson shared the role of the Stage Manager for this one night benefit.
The star studded cast included Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Emily Webb, three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker (Mary Poppins, The Music Man) as Mrs. Webb, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt, Chicago) as Mrs. Gibbs, Martin Moran (All the Rage, Spamalot) as of Simon Stimson, Julia Murney (Falling, Wicked) as Mrs. Soames and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Smash, Leap of Faith) as George Gibbs, two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin (Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Mr. Webb, Jerry Dixon (Once on This Island) as Dr. Gibbs, Wally Dunn (Gypsy w/ Bernadette Peters, Spamalot) as Professor Willard/Joe Stoddard, Philip Hoffman (Into the Woods, A Catered Affair) as Constable Warren, Daniel Jenkins (Golden Boy, Big River) as Howie Newsome, Jose Llana (...Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as Sam Craig, Wolfgang Scheitinger as Wally Webb and Tyrah Skye Odoms (Annie) as Rebecca Gibbs.
BroadwayWorld was three for the special reading and you can check out complete photo coverage below!
This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become an undisputed stage classic. Our Town is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone - performers and those behind the scenes - who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,000 peopledirectly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund's programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has - for nearly 130 years - been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski
BD Wong, Ade Otukoya
Rebecca Luker, Howard McGillin
Jose Llana, Celia Keenan-Bolger, BD Wong
Rebecca Luker, Celia Keenan-Bolger
Leslie Odom, Jr, Celia Keenan-Bolger
Leslie Odom, Jr., Celia Keenan-Bolger, Julia Murney
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Tyrah Skye Odoms, Wolfgang Scheitinger
Leslie Odom, Jr, Tyrah Skye Odoms
Jerry Dixon, Mario Cantone