Roundabout's Benefit Readings are special one-night-only performances of timeless plays and musicals led by star-studded casts.
Benefit Reading 2023: Fallen Angels
Sparkling, dizzying, and deliciously potent, Noël Coward’s Champagne-fresh comedy of bad manners shocked and delighted audiences in its 1925 premiere. In 2023, Emmy® nominee Rose Byrne and Tony® winner Kelli O’Hara headed a star-studded cast to bring Coward’s unmatched wit to life once again, for one night only, under the direction of Roundabout Interim Artistic Director Scott Ellis.
Two upper-class wives, their husbands away for the day, share a few toasts to their pre-marital dalliances—with the same man, who just may be en route from France to visit. Old rivalries and past scandals bubble to the surface in this intoxicating romp from one of theatre’s comedy masters.
November 6, 2023 - American Airlines Theatre℠
Benefit Reading 2022: The Pirates of Penzance
Scott Ellis and Warren Carlyle (She Loves Me and Kiss Me, Kate!) teamed up again to helm one of their personal favorites. This new adaptation by Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood)--with jazz, blues, ragtime, and symphonic music arrangements by Joseph Joubert and Daryl Waters--built upon fact to imagine Gilbert and Sullivan bringing their newest musical to the heart of New Orleans. Ramin Karimloo, Lilli Cooper, and David Hyde Pierce starred in the one-night-only Benefit Concert Reading, which was a very model of a modern musical evening of swashbuckling, tongue-twisting, and romantic merry-making.
October 17, 2022—American Airlines Theatre℠
Benefit Reading 2019: The Importance of Being Earnest
Angela Lansbury starred in a one-night-only Benefit Reading of Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people.”
November 18, 2019—American Airlines Theatre℠
Benefit Reading 2018: My One and Only
Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster and Tony Award winner Gavin Creel returned to Roundabout to head the cast of our benefit performance of My One and Only, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford.
November 12, 2018—Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Benefit Reading 2017: Damn Yankees
Roundabout Theatre Company was thrilled to present a Benefit Concert Reading of Damn Yankees starring Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Matthew Morrison.
December 11, 2017—Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Benefit Reading 2016: Kiss Me, Kate
Roundabout Theatre Company was thrilled to present this wonderful reading starring Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase, directed by Roundabout's Adams Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis.
December 12, 2016—Studio 54
Benefit Reading 2015: The Man Who Came to Dinner
Roundabout Theatre Company was proud to announce a 50th Anniversary Season Reunion Benefit Reading of Kaufman and Hart's The Man Who Came to Dinner starring Nathan Lane, Jean Smart, Harriet Harris and members of the original 2000 Broadway Revival Cast. The Man Who Came to Dinner was the inaugural production at The American Airlines Theatre.
December 7, 2015—Studio 54
Benefit Reading 2014: Merton of the Movies
Roundabout Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that four-time Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® winner Jim Parsons will be joined by Brooks Ashmanskas, Tracee Chimo, John Cullum, Daniel Davis, Katie Finneran, Randy Graff, Richard Kind, Jane Krakowski, Nick Mills, Rory O'Malley, Debra Jo Rupp, Peter Scolari, David Turner, Douglas Waterbury-Tieman, and Matt Harrington in a hilarious one-night-only reading of George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly's Merton of the Movies.
December 1, 2014—Studio 54
Benefit Reading 2014: Intimate Apparel
Thank you for supporting Roundabout's one-night-only Benefit Reading of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel starring Viola Davis. We were thrilled to be able to bring back the original cast and creative team for what was truly a memorable evening and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, home to the Laura Pels Theatre.
June 15, 2014—Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre
Benefit Reading 2012: Assassins
The 2004 Tony Award®-winning cast of Assassins returned to Studio 54 for a star-studded Benefit Concert Reading, under the direction of Joe Mantello and with musical direction by Paul Gemignani
December 3, 2012—Studio 54
Benefit Reading 2011: She Loves Me
Tony Award® nominee Gavin Creel, Tony Award® winner Jane Krakowski, three-time Tony Award® nominee Kelly O'Hara, Josh Radnor, Peter Bartlett, Tony Award® nominee Michael McGrath, Tony Award® nominee Rory O'Malley, and four-time Tony Award® nominee Victor Garber led an all-star cast in a one-night-only performance of Jerry Block, Sheldon Harnick, and Joe Masteroff's romantic musical comedy She Loves Me. Scott Ellis directed the evening 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.