On Monday night, October 16, 2005, Standing Ovations IV: From Stage to Screen and Back Again broke all previous attendance records.
The benefit for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS took place at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater.
D'Jamin Bartlett, from the original cast of A Little Night Music, singing "The Miller's Son" in the original key. She has only gotten richer and better, like a rare Bordeaux.
Lea Salonga digging into "As Long As He Needs Me" on the level of Judy, Patti and Georgia. (Wow!)
Nicolette Hart virtually reinventing the song "Tits and Ass" and the monologue that precedes it. (Cast her in the upcoming revival!)
David Burnham melting man and woman, gay and straight, with a luscious "If Ever I Would Leave You." (He made NYAdgal swoon at the party too!)
Andrea McArdle's "Maybe This Time"--and the pride with which she introduced her daughter's number.
Malcom Gets singing and accompanying himself on the piano to his own medley of "Ordinary People" and "Something Good"--very classy!
Brooks Ashmanskas being so funny as the voice of all of us who ain't "Kids" anymore.
Jennifer Rae Beck going from her tomboyish, very funny June in "If Mama Was Married" to a gorgeously simple and moving "Feed the Birds" from May Poppins.
But the highlight of the evening for me was meeting legendary BwayWorld poster Etoile. Such a sweetheart. Who knew?
Melba Moore - 'Hair' Medley
Josh Walden, Joey Dudding and Melba Moore - 'Hair' Medley
Natascia Diaz and Andrea Burns - 'A Boy Like That / I Have a Love'
Josh Walden and Joey Dudding - Our 'Save the Day' Boys
Jessica-Snow Wilson, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Sheila Kay Davis, Leilani Jones and Anthony Rapp - 'Downtown' (Skid Row)
Natalie Toro - 'Googie Gomez'
Jennifer Rae Beck - 'Feed the Birds'
Joey Dudding, Natalie Toro and Josh Walden - Googie Gomez does a Salute to Jule Styne
Eden Riegel - 'Much More'
Jaime Camil - 'Beautiful Maria'
Crista Moore - 'Dancing All the Time'
Brooks Ashmanskas - 'Kids'
Mackenzie Mauzy - 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall'
D'Jamin Bartlett - 'The Miller's Son'
Jessica-Snow Wilson - 'Over the Rainbow'
Alexis Kalehoff - 'How Lovely to Be a Woman'
Howard McGillin - 'Something's Coming'
Nicolette Hart - 'Dance Ten, Looks Three'
Jane Monheit - 'Don't Rain On My Parade'
Andrea McArdle - 'Maybe This Time'
Tony Awardee Lea Salonga - 'Where is Love? / As Long As He Needs Me'
Paul Castree and Paige Price - 'How Deep Is Your Love?'
Lea Salonga - 'Where is Love? / As Long As He Needs Me' from "Oliver"
Adam Pascal from "Rent"
Malcolm Gets - 'Ordinary Couple / Something Good'
Malcolm then helped select some volunteers from the audience...
Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp - 'What You Own' from "Rent The Movie"
Anthony Rapp from "Rent The Movie"
Catherine Hickland - 'Lovely'
David Burnham - 'If Ever I Would Leave You'
Jennifer Rae Beck and Crista Moore - 'If Momma Was Married'
Catherine Hickland and David Burnham - 'Lovely'
Sarah Uriarte Berry - 'The Sound of Music'
Rob Diamond and Eddie Varley - 'The Producers'
Michael Arden - 'Where Do You Go?'
Director Richard Jay-Alexander introduced the show, as well a new book - 'A Fine Romance: Hollywood & Broadway (The Magic. The Mayhem. The Musicals.)' by Darcie Denkert (who was in the audience), which was given as a gift to the evening's audience
Sheila Kay Davis, Leilani Jones and Jennifer Leigh Warren - 23 Years Later! - 'Little Shop of Horrors'
Felicia Finley - 'Rainbow High'