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In "Carnegie Miscast", Boys Will Be Girls (& Girls Will Be Boys) for Showtune Faves

We’ve been hoping a local theater would grab an idea that’s become a huge hit with Broadway fans in New York and across the U.S. And here it is.

The Carnegie Miscast, playing for one night only at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, is a fundraiser that gives some of our best local theatre performers the chance to tackle songs they would never have the chance to sing in a show.

Justin Glaser is one of the region’s favorite leading men, after coming home to the area following national tours including the starring role in Beauty and the Beast. “The number I'm doing is, 'I Don't Know How to Love Him' from Jesus Christ Superstar. Before I knew anything about musical theater I knew this song because my mom was a big Helen Reddy fan. She played her Helen Reddy album a lot! I think it's great song, with straight forward lyrics, character, and a beautiful, catchy melody.

“Also, Jesus Christ Superstar is the show I've done the most productions of, three total, including the national tour. I never get sick of the score, or this song, but I will never be considered for the role of Mary Magdalene! Hence, I declare myself miscast when singing 'I Don't Know How to Love Him'!"

The performance list is pretty much a secret till the night of the show, but there are some hints.

The list of performers includes Helen Raymond Goers, Leslie Kelly, Kim Schroeder Long, Allen R. Middleton (and lots more).

The song list includes numbers from Broadway hits that have yet to tour to Cincinnati: “You’ll Be Back” (Hamilton), “Agony” (Into the Woods), “I Believe,” (The Book of Mormon), “For Forever” (Dear Evan Hanson) and a line-up of guys stepping in for the hot gal murderers in “Cell Block Tango” (Chicago).

The Carnegie Miscast, 8 p.m. Oct. 28. 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. Tickets $45, including two drink tickets, post-performance dessert reception and dance party featuring music from DJ Mowgli. 859.957.1940 and www.thecarenegie.com. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Written by Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts