Composer Menken also made an appearance, performing "Sheridan Square," a song he wrote with Ashman about the AIDS crisis. Ashman passed away from AIDS in 1991 at the age of 40.
Watch the emotional performance below.
Performing songs from Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and more at 54 Below were Tony nominee Melissa Errico (Amour), Hadestown's Alex Lugo, John Yi (KPOP), Jana Djenne Jackson (Almost Famous), Cameron Loyal (Bad Cinderella), Nic Mains (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Audrey Belle Adams (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Juwan Crawley (Aladdin), Chiubeze Ihuoma (Hadestown), Katherine D'Souza, Tymothee Harrell (DUDE at 54 Below), Ali Regan (Grand Ole Country), Gryphyn Karimloo, Tristan David Caldwell, Nadia Duncan, Rachel Lloyd (DUDE at 54 Below), and Leslie-Payton Alston.
Nadia Duncan played the role of Sylvia from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater at the July 2 performance, while Ali Regan played the part at the July 3 performance.
Theatre historian and Playbill writer Margaret Hall produced and directed the concerts. Musical director and pianist Ben Covello led a band that also featured Ben Nate Repasz on drums, Jennifer Giammanco on bass, Eitan Prouser on guitar, and Ben Golder-Novick on saxophone/clarinet.
The concert’s assistant music arranger was Matthew Nassida. Madie Winningham served as stage manager.
Check out photos from the concerts below: