Familiar faces graced the red carpet and the stage for Classics Gone Mad!, Classic Stage Company's inaugural benefit which it held May 15 in the Lynn F. Angelson Theater. Hosted by Titaníque and RuPaul's Drag Race star Rosé, the evening featured performers putting their own spins on some of Shakespeare's famous while the audience helped decide the direction of the script for an evening that was part-show, part-party.
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Parade), Frank DiLella (NY1’s On Stage), Linedy Genao (Bad Cinderella), Julie Halston (Tootsie), Daniel K. Isaac (Once Upon a (Korean) Time), Tony winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Tony winner Celia Keenan-Bolger (To Kill a Mockingbird), and Will Roland (Be More Chill) all performed as part of the evening.
The Skivvies are also gave a special performance, and Marie’s Crisis pianist Brandon James Gwinn led a classic showtunes sing-along.
Go inside the evening with the gallery below.
CSC Associate Board Chair Cara Akselrad and member Eric Ulloa co-directed. “We want to approach the classics boldly,” said Akselrad and Ulloa in a joint statement. “We enthusiastically support CSC’s mission of reimagining the canon, and this event takes that notion in yet another direction."
All proceeds from the evening support the company’s audience development and community outreach programs.