Not Since High School, With Sierra Boggess, Christine Ebersole, James Monroe Iglehart, Jessie Mueller, Presented Tonight

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24 Aug 2014

Sierra Boggess
Sierra Boggess
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Actor, musician and Playbill.com columnist Seth Rudetsky hosts and music directs Not Since High School, an Aug. 24 concert at 42West that benefits the music program at MS 245, a New York City public middle school.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 PM, showcases Broadway performers singing the roles they played as teens. Attendees can expect to hear songs performed by such Broadway characters as Sarah Brown from Guys and Dolls, Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors and Rizzo from Grease as well as roles age-inappropriate for teens, like Carlotta from Follies.

Performers include Sierra Boggess, Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, Tony winner Christine Ebersole, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, Tony winner LaChanze, Jose Llana, Jessie Mueller, Julia Murney, Emily Skinner and Keala Settle.

In an earlier statement Rudetsky said, “When I was growing up, I was able to take chorus, chorale, special chorus, band, orchestra and theater. All part of the regular school day! Now public schools have cut most of the arts and they are only available after school with an incredibly limited budget. I wound up volunteering as the chorus teacher in my kid’s middle school because they didn’t have one. I want kids growing up today to have the same opportunities my generation had, or we’ll miss out on the next generation of artistic titans. Kids won’t know if they have talent as a musician, actor, artist etc. if they don’t have the chance to try it.”

Tickets are $45 or $100 for VIP seating (with special treats). To purchase tickets got to notsincehighschool42west.eventbrite.com.

42West is located at 512 West 42nd Street.