Carnegie Hall has never seen such a star-studded lineup as it did last night. It was the New York Pops 31st Birthday Gala, and everyone was out to celebrate the orchestra, and the musical honorees, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.. The theme this year was “make it big,” and that they did.
Martin Short, Christian Borle, Patti LuPone, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Aaron Tveit, Laura Bell Bundy, Andrea Martin, Jane Krakowski. And that’s just the beginning.
One of my favorite moments of the evening was Good Morning, Baltimore, from Hairspray. Here’s what made it so special: the song opened with Marissa Jaret Winokur reprising her role from Broadway; then at the top of the second verse, Nikki Blonsky entered, reprising her role from the 2007 film; then lo and behold, enter Ricki Lake, reprising her role from the 1988 film. Tracy, Tracy, and Tracy were in the house and in full voice. My picture of the three of them with John Waters is one of my all-time favorites.
My other favorite moment was getting to tell Capathia Jenkins how I’ve admired her for years, and listed everything I’ve ever seen her in. And when I told her how much I loved “Kiss and Make Up,” she said “I wasn’t in that one.” When I started singing the song that she sang to effectively stop the show, titled “God and Pills.” a lightbulb turned on and she said “The fringe show? You saw that.” Oh yeah. Twice.
And my final favorite moment (so many, I know) came when I had the chance to chat with Montego Glover. Not only did I adore her in Memphis, but I am hopelessly addicted to The Following. And while I tried my best to get her to spill some secrets, her lips were sealed. So if anyone from Fox is reading this, your secrets are safe with her!
If you want to see the photos I took from the step and repeat as well as the dinner dance, you can see them on my photography blog here!