It happened tonight at Perfectly Marvelous, a benefit for the Public Theater at Joe’s Pub, starring Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald, and other biggies doing the naughty, bawdy songs from Cabaret.
I’ll let stylist to the stars Christian Freedom–who was there–lay it out for you:
“It was a sit-down dinner.
“Midway through dinner, the smoke alarm went off. Everyone had to go outside and wait on the sidewalk until we were allowed back in. Someone cracked, ‘This is the hottest benefit in town’.
“Back inside, Anne, Audra, and Eddie Redmayne came out and started by singing ‘Wilkommen’. At one point, Audra added in, ‘The gays are beautiful.’
“Anne mostly sang Sally Bowles’ songs, Eddie was Cliff (he has an excellent singing voice), and Fraulein Schneider, the landlady, was Linda Lavin. She did the pineapple song with Harvey Fierstein, which was hilarious.
“Audra played different roles. She sang ‘Maybe This Time’ and she brought the house down. People were crying. Anne sounded amazing. She has a lovely voice and she acted every song. She sang ‘Mein Herr’ and she sat on men’s laps and kissed people in the audience and played with this one guy’s hair. She was even stroking the mic stand like she was giving it a hand job. She said, ‘It’s so hot in here. It’s as hot as a whore in church.’
“Also, she sang ‘Married’ with Audra. Anne said she just married a great guy and Audra just did the same, so they wanted to sing ‘Married’ as a duet, but they thought they should sing it as if they were two women who got married to each other.
“So it became a piece about gay marriage. And Anne said, ‘That’s why I love being in New York because gay people can get married.’ At one point in the song, Eddie Redmayne and Bryce Pinkham sang a bit of it to each other.
“Also, Anne dressed like a monkey and really got into it during ‘If You Could See Her’.”
Clearly this was an amazing show that would rock Broadway if it ever became a full-fledged production. The person who made the “hottest benefit” crack turned out to be right on.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 24, 2012