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Our Favorite Gender-Bending Performances From the Last 5 Years of ‘Miscast’

March 23, 2018 by Nikki Vorwerk
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MCC Theater’s annual “Miscast” gala is one of our favorite events. Some of Broadway’s best and brightest step into roles they wouldn’t traditionally be cast in, going against age, gender, and voice part to perform their favorite numbers. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching, and always thrilling.

Honoring Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf and featuring performances by Sara Bareilles, Auli’i Cravalho, Raúl Esparza, and many more, this year’s gala is sure to be a powerful one. In anticipation, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite performances from years past.

2017: Norbert Leo Butz & Miscast 2017 sing  “It’s All Over” and “And I Am Telling You” from “Dreamgirls”

Taking on the role of Effie,  Norbert Leo Butz (“My Fair Lady”) impresses by hitting some very high notes in this gender-swapped rendition.

2016: Ana Villafañe and Shanice Williams sing “I’ll Cover You” from “RENT”

Ana Villafañe (“On Your Feet!”) and Shanice Williams (“The Wiz Live!”) perfectly cover “I’ll Cover You,” a song written for two male actors.

2015: Miscast 2015 sings “Cell Block Tango” From “Chicago”

Walter Bobbie (“Saint Joan”), Christopher Fitzgerald (“Waitress”), Joshua Henry (“Carousel”), Jeremy Jordan (“Newsies”), Leslie Odom Jr (“Hamilton”), and Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen”) perform as the Six Merry Murderesses of “Chicago.” Not a bad jail cell to visit, in our opinion.

2014: Jeremy Jordan sings “Let It Go” from “Frozen”

While the cold is definitely bothering us (where are you, spring?), Jeremy Jordan’s treatment of the popular song from “Frozen” is a welcomed reprieve from the chilly temps.

2013: Jane Krakowski and Miscast 2013 sing the Opening Number from “In the Heights” 

Jane Krakowski (“She Loves Me”) takes on  Usnavi, a role originated by Lin Manuel Miranda himself, alongside members of the musical’s original Broadway cast.

Intrigued? TodayTix is offering an exclusive discount on tickets to this year’s “Miscast” (Monday, March 26 at 9 PM at Hammerstein Ballroom)! Grab them here.