Roundabout’s Benefit Readings are a special one-night-only performance of timeless plays and musicals led by star-studded casts.
On December 12, 2016, Roundabout Theatre Company presented a one-night-only Benefit Reading starring Kelli O'Hara (The King and I) and Will Chase (Something Rotten) of Cole Porter's sparkling 1948 classic about warring exes who clash onstage and off while putting on musical version of Taming of the Shrew. Scott Ellis (She Loves Me) directed the unforgettable evening. More information.
Previous benefit readings include a 2016 50th Anniversary reunion of The Man Who Came To Dinner,
starring Nathan Lane, Jean Smart and Harriet Harris. In 2011, we presented She Loves Me
with Kelli O’Hara and Josh Radnor, as a celebration of Roundabout's 20th anniversary of producing on Broadway, including its rich tradition of staging classic musicals, which began with She Loves Me
. And on December 3, 2012, Roundabout presented a benefit reading of Sondheim's Assassins,
which reunited the original cast of our 2004 Tony Award–winning production.
On June 15, 2014, Roundabout presented a one-night-only benefit reading of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel,
starring Viola Davis, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
On December 1, 2014, Roundabout welcomed Jim Parsons back to Studio 54 for a starry reading of Merton of the Movies
by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly. Jim was joined by Jane Krakowski, Richard Kind, John Cullum, Kate Finneran, Randy Graff, Daniel Davis and more.
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The funds raised from the concert readings allow Roundabout to continue to bring great works of theatre to the stage and help develop the next generation of classic musicals.
Previous BENEFIT Readings
Photo credit (top): Peter Lau