Fans of 90’s alterna-goddess Tori Amos have often noticed that her songs, full of outrage, loneliness and all sorts of other difficult emotions have always been ripe for Broadway renditions. Now that dream is becoming a reality, with Broadway Sings Tori: A Benefit for Rainn.
I can’t find anything that says that Tori will be in attendance (which, along with my editor’s warning not to come to New York for this is the only thing keeping me away), but what fans of the flame-haired chanteuse can expect at the show (which will play April 20th at Le Poisson Rouge) is a razzle-dazzle set of their favorite songs, sung by the brightest stars of today. Tony-Award winners Laura Benanti and Lena Hall will be joined by cast members of several major Broadway shows (including Pippin, Sweeney Todd and Sideshow) to belt out the hits that made Tori great and pull out the deep cuts that only true fans (read: anyone who was 15 in the late 90s) can cry to (by law). No set list yet, but considering that the show runs two nights and features such a stellar cast, you’ll probably want to get tickets for both. Who knows? It might be a whole different program night to night. It probably will be. I can’t believe no one will fly me out there considering how close Tori Amos and I are. We’ve talked about chickens! Does that mean nothing?
The performances are a benefit for The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the “nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization” and all proceeds will go to the non-profit. Amos has long been a supporter of the efforts of RAINN.
Tickets, which will probably sell out fast, start at $50 and go all the way to $10,000 which includes not only the show but an opportunity to get on stage with the performers.
Several Jezebel staffers will be in attendance testing the very limits of their waterproof mascara.
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