In comedy as in life, it’s all in the timing. And last night some lucky audience members at the spoofy Broadway musical Disaster!, starring original Rent cast member Adam Pascal, had what you might call the best timing ever. (Superfans have probably already noted that Disaster!’s theater, the Nederlander, is also where Rent ran for 12 years.)
According to an eyewitness, “After the show, [star and co-writer] Seth Rudetsky was giving his spiel about raising money for Broadway CARES/Equity Fights AIDS—while he was talking, someone carried out a keyboard—and in addition to all the signed merch they were peddling, they were also offering a very-special concert for a high-bidder. (Disaster's fundraising goal: Beat The Book of Mormon.) They talked about how Rent had been at the Nederlander and that Daphne Rubin-Vega was there and would be coming onstage to perform a song with Adam Pascal. A woman in the audience asked, "Do you take credit?" and when Rudetsky said yes, she shouted, "$1,000." A few $500 bidders followed and then the original Mimi and Roger sang 'Will You Light My Candle' and I BASICALLY DIED."
UPDATE: The good folks at Disaster! sent us video of the event: