Broadway CaresEpisode 1 Recap: The Whale Makes a Splash in Broadway’s Masked Singer Premiere
Theatre gods, hear our prayer: please make Broadway’s Masked Singer a yearly event. The premiere episode was everything you expect from that other show of a similar name (which has no affiliation to this fundraiser for Broadway Cares): fun and silly with standout performances. The stakes are low (all proceeds go to the non-profit), but the drama is high (who is hiding beneath the mask?! Who will get eliminated?!).
The show kicked off with hosts, producers, and creators Michael Hull and Dylan Bustamante introducing the evening’s panel: Jackie Cox, Christopher Metzger-Timson, Kevin Metzger-Timson, Natalie Weiss, Abby DePhillips, Felicia Fitzpatrick, and Ben Cameron. All of them have Broadway ties, with some having appeared on the Main Stem before, and they brought their A-game with them—along with some snazzy, sparkly outfits.
The Whale sang first, crooning Sam Smith’s Oscar-winning song “The Writing’s on the Wall” from the 007 film Spectre. Guesses ranged from Jonathan Groff to Constantine Mouralis to Aaron Tveit—with a heavy emphasis on the latter. “I thought the voice was so buttery, I just wanted to spread it on a cracker,” said Cameron.
Later on in the show, The Whale’s take on Kristoff’s solo from Frozen 2 “Lost in the Woods” turned literal. The performance found the sea creature floundering on dry land. It also pretty much nixed all of the panel’s original guesses. Instead, panelists focused their attention on the boys from The Book of Mormon, throwing Grey Henson and Nic Rouleu into the mix. Whoever it turns out to be, the contestant raised over $1,500 by the end of the night and currently sits in the top spot.