On December 21st at Joe's Pub, Steve Rosen (Monty Python's Spamalot), Sarah Saltzberg (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), David Rossmer (Fiddler on the Roof), in conjunction with Joe's Pub, presented the seventh installment of "Don't Quit Your Night Job," a new monthly comedy benefit featuring a revolving cast of Broadway and Off Broadway's brightest stars performing without a net.
In addition to guest star, Huey Lewis, The following stars also appeared Derrick Baskin (Spelling Bee), John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof), Asmeret Ghebremichael (In The Heights), Kelli O'Hara (Pajama Game, Light in the Piazza), Marc Shaiman (Fame Becomes Me, Hairspray Composer), Jason Kravits (Drowsy Chaperone), Stacie Morgain Lewis (Wicked), Greg Reuter (Spamalot), director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Josh Gad (Spelling Bee).
The show is an evening of improv, music, original sketch comedy and backstage anecdotes all to benefit Wendy Wasserstein's Open Doors Initiative and features musical direction by Dan Lipton, with Sean McDaniel on drums. The show is aided and abetted by People's Improv Theatre Teachers Yang Miller and Ali Farahnakian.
"Open Doors, TDF's theatre arts mentoring program for high school students, was started in 1998 by TDF with playwright Wendy Wasserstein. It's goal is to explore the relevance of theatre in the lives of today's youth. Dedicated theatre professionals each mentor a group of eight underserved high school students, who have had no exposure to the theatre, for an entire school year. They attend six Broadway and/or Off Broadway productions, followed by a lively, 90 minute post-performance discussions. The students keep a journal to document, expand and reflect on their experiences."
John Cariani and Kelli O'Hara
Steve Rosen, David Rossmer and Sarah Saltzberg
Jason Kravits and Stacie Morgain Lewis
Sarah Saltzberg and Jason Kravits
Derrick Baskin and Josh Gad
Kelli O'Hara, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Sarah Saltzberg and Jason Kravits
Huey Lewis belts "Power of Love" - Musical Mad Lib Style!
Josh Gad and Kelli O'Hara
Steve Rosen, Huey Lewis, Jay Reiss, Sarah Saltzberg and David Rossmer
John Cariani and Jordan Gelber
Huey Lewis and David Rossmer
Steve Rosen and Josh Gad are timeless to us!
Musical Director, Dan Lipton
Marc Shaiman catches some Zzzzzz's
Steve Rosen, David Rossmer, Jason Kravits,
John Cariani, Kelli O'Hara and Josh Gad
BWW Hi-Res Gallery - Original Version
Casey Nicholaw is all smiles!
Huey Lewis and Marc Shaiman
Don't Quit Your Night Job VII - Cast Photo!