The original cast members of Broadway’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will reunite to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Tony-winning musical in a benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at Town Hall.
The “Spelling Bee” cast includes “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, three-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (“The Glass Menagerie,” “Peter and the Starcatcher”), “It Shoulda Been You” star Lisa Howard and Dan Fogler, who won a Tony for his role in the 2005 show.
Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss and Sarah Saltzberg make up the rest of the nine-person cast. James Lapine and Darren Katz, the Broadway production’s Director and Resident Director, will direct the benefit concert.
Celebrity guest spellers will also be on hand to try their best at the bee.
“I’m very close with all my former Spelling Bee classmates,” Ferguson told NBC New York at the Lucille Lortel Awards. “We’ll be getting together real soon,” he added, hinting at the reunion.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” tells the tale of a bundle of socially awkward youngsters, as they find joy, heartache and purpose by competing at a regional spelling bee. Based on an original play by The Farm called “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E,” the musical features a score by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, as well as additional material by Jay Reiss.
“Spelling Bee” first premiered off Broadway, with sold-out runs at the Barrington Stage Company and the Second Stage Theatre. The show opened on Broadway on May 2, 2005, and closed after 1,136 performances on Jan. 20, 2008. It was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
All proceeds from the reunion concert will go on to benefit The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. The one-night only event is being presented in memory of “Spelling Bee” production stage manager Andrea “Spook” Testani Gordon, who died, following a battle with cancer, on November 30, 2014.
Tickets, priced from $50 to $500 premium seating (which includes an invitation to the private post-performance reception with the cast and creative team), are available at Ticketmaster.com.