Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski and America Ferrera were among the celebrities who honored Judith Light for her screen and stage career at the MCC Theater’s annual Miscast Gala, an event where stars test themselves in “miscast” roles.
The evening at The Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan was uproarious before turning to the business of the night, honoring Light, a Tony Award winner and “Ugly Betty” star.
“They gave me a chance when few people would have,” Judith said of MCC during her acceptance speech. The event was hosted by Victor Garber, who has appeared in Broadway’s Art, Godspell and Assassins among other shows.
MCC Theater’s 2013 Miscast Gala in Photos
Among the celebrities joining Margulies at the gala were Zachary Quinto (“American Horror Story”), Krysta Rodriguez (Smash) and Jessica Hecht, who will be starring with Light in MCC’s upcoming Broadway production of The Assembled Parties).
Lily Rabe (Seminar), John Behlmann (The 39 Steps), Zosia Mamet (“Girls”) and Matt Lauria (“Friday Night Lights”) were also among the attendees.
Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher) and Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) kicked off the entertainment, playing June and Louise for Gypsy’s If Mama Were Married.
Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid) channeled Britney Spears with an impersonation for a performance of The Phantom of the Opera’s “Think of Me”. Crazy, you say?
Just imagine Borle, Garber, and Michael Mandell taking on Fiddler on the Roof’s “Matchmaker”. Nicole Parker (Wicked) donned a suit to portray Norbert Leo Butz’s Sgt. Hanraddy in Catch Me If You Can’s biggest showstopper, “Don’t Break the Rules”.
Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu) and Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), made a fun pair as the female Siamese twins in Side Show’s “Who Will Love Me As I Am?”
Groff, who stole the show last year by putting his inner Sutton Foster on display when he re-created her indomitable dance number from Anything Goes, was a treat once again. He joined Jordan for “Let Me Be Your Star,” a hit single from Jordan’s current television gig “Smash”.
However, this year Groff left the finale to Jane Krakowski (Nine), who joined cast members from In the Heights to rap her way through Usnavi’s opening number from the Tony Award-winning musical.
Other performers included LaChanze (The Color Purple) and Michael Mandell (Elf).
Proceeds from Miscast 2013 and auction support MCC Theater’s mission to develop and produce work Off-Broadway, as well as its Youth Company and partnerships with New York City public high schools. They also sustain MCC’s literary development work with emerging playwrights.
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