Audiences in search of Election Day entertainment now have another option. Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley announced today their Stars in the House series is mounting a 10-hour “Vote-a-Thon” on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sean Hayes, Martin Short, Ben Stiller, Will Chase and Ingrid Michaelson, Josh Groban, Beth Malone, Michael Cerveris, Laurie Metcalf, Bellamy Young, Dana Delany, Marcia Cross, Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Jordan, Marc Shaiman, Vanessa Williams, Adam Pascal, Peri Gilpin, Anika Larsen, Judy Kuhn, Marilu Henner, Annette Bening and Kelli O’Hara are just some of the star names confirmed to appear.
Also on the celebrity guest list: Victor Garber, Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, Laura Leighton and Doug Savant, Andrea Martin, Chita Rivera and Lisa Mordente, Betty Buckley, Laura Bell Bundy, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Rosie Perez, Darius deHaas, Gavin Creel, Michael McElroy, Glenn Scarpelli, Iain Armitage, Julia Murney, Caroline Rhea, Charlotte d’Amboise, Terrence Mann, Karen Olivo, Laura Benanti, Colin Donnell and Patti Murin, Javier Colon, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway and Schele Williams.
Poll workers from Poll Hero Project will also drop by on breaks, including notable names like Elizabeth Stanley, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Lauren Patten. They’re also offering fans a chance to appear in the telecast by submitting “I voted” selfies.
“We know it is an understatement to say there’s been an uptick in anxiety over the past few weeks and we have no doubt November 3 will be a day with a lot of it,” the duo said in a statement. “We want to provide a place where people can watch something that’s election-related but purely entertaining instead of stressful.”
The “Vote-a-Thon” has partnered with #SingingOnQueue, a movement to entertain voters while they wait in queues. Conceived by Ruthie Fierberg, performers across the country visit local poll sites throughout the day and sing a live set. “Vote-a-Thon” will broadcast select performances.
Rudetsky and Wesley presented the first Stars in the House on March 16 as the COVID-19 pandemic was forcing many to stay “safer at home.” Over the past seven months, a who’s who of stage and screen performers have appeared including Jason Alexander, Wayne Brady, Lisa Kudrow, Ben Stiller, Kristin Chenoweth, Tina Fey, Judith Light, Alex Newell, Leslie Uggams, Audra McDonald, Patrick Wilson and Billy Porter.
Film and TV casts have also reunited including Night at the Museum, Melrose Place, Frasier, Fame, Glee, 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives, SCTV, White Collar, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Taxi, Star Trek: Voyager, and Broadway favorites Spring Awakening, Rent, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Urinetown, Fun Home, The Prom and The Full Monty.
Oct. 29, 6 a.m. Updated to include more stars.