The annual MCC Theatre Company MisCast gala was held Monday, April 3 at the Manhattan Center in New York City. The event is one of the most popular events of the year, as many of Broadway’s biggest stars hit the stage to portray characters that they would never be cast.
Essentially, the show consists of gender bent covers of songs from shows that have run on Broadway.
It’s a great night for actors to perform in dream roles that they’ll never have the opportunity to portray, and many of them point this out before their performances.
Source: Theatre Life
The line up changes every year,and usually features a few performers from the more popular shows running on Broadway. This year’s MisCast cast included Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In the Heights), Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen, The Book of Mormon), Jordan Fisher (Grease Live!, Hamilton), Brian D’Arcy James (Something Rotten!, Hamilton previews) and more.
I’m a huge fan of Ben Platt, so I was very excited to watch the video of his performance.
He’s such a wonderful talent and he’s only 23, which makes me feel much less accomplished in comparison. Platt’s cover of Judy Garland’s “The Man That Got Away” was well-received.
Jordan Fisher performed a cover of “Waiting for Life” from Once on this Island.
Like Platt, Fisher’s voice also makes my heart melt, and apparently he feels the same about the night.
With such an animated and soul-filled performance (as usual), it’s no surprise that he was also well-received.
This was my favorite performance of the night. Fisher has been popping up all over the musical world since his fantastic performance in Grease Live!, and I hope too see even more of him in the future.
There was one performance that I expected to be fantastic, but I was greatly disappointed. Mandy Gonzalez, who was brilliant in In the Heights and is not starring in Hamilton, performed a cover of “Waving Through a Window” from Dear Evan Hansen, which is currently my favorite show on Broadway (sorry, Lin).
A bit of a belter, I was expecting Gonzalez to add a lot of soul to the song. I was right about her belting, but I struggled to listen to the entire song.
She swallows all of the song’s lyrics, and the result doesn’t sound pretty. It makes me wonder how long she rehearsed the song before performing. This particular performance has received mixed reviews. Some loved it, others thought it was terrible. I’m on the side of the latter.
She was great when I saw her in Hamilton last December, so I’m very disappointed to see such a poor performance from her.
And, because we won’t see the last Hamilton parody or cover for a very long time, here’s Carmen Cusack performing “You’ll Be Back.” It’s such a fun performance that she could rock that crown eight shows a week.
Despite Gonzalez’ disappointing performance, the show was fun over all, and I’m looking forward to the next.