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JCC’s ‘Big Night In’ next Sat., Nov. 14 features Broadway, local stars

It’s time for the JCC’s annual fundraiser and because of the ongoing pandemic, it will be a virtual affair. But that doesn’t mean attendees will have to suffer through inferior entertainment.

Bryan Batt’s caricature at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York. (Photo by Alan Smason)

Instead of black tie, pajamas or sweats may be the ticket as supporters of the JCC will be treated to the “Celebration 2020: JCC’s Big Night In” on Saturday, November 14 and the entertainment includes major Broadway stars and top-notch local music celebrities.

Event tickets and patron sponsorships directly support the JCC, which has been particularly challenged due to the COVID-19 crisis and restrictions against public gatherings. 

The cast of entertainers is headed up by native New Orleanian, Bryan Batt, a Broadway star and cabaret performer. He will be joined by Anika Larsen, who last appeared in the original cast of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” in her Tony-nominated role of Jewish songwriter Cynthia Weil. Her other Broadway credits include “Xanadu,” “All Shook Up” and the revival of “Rent.”

Also on hand will be Batt’s friend and fellow Broadway veteran Leslie Castay, who has made New Orleans her home since retiring from the Great White Way.

Grammy Award nominee Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank and the Bangas will be on hand to get the crowd energized as well as trumpeter and vocalist James Andrews.

Cantor Azi Schwartz, the senior cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, will also be on hand to make certain the night has the right amount of Yiddishkeit. Israeli and Ladino music will be provided by Dganit Daddo, a noted Israeli performer.

Tickets start at $36.00 for individuals and $72.00 for individuals and can be purchased here.


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