March 27, 2018 08:49 PM

There’s an alternate universe where Glee is still airing and Wade “Unique” Adams ends a tough week at William McKinley High School by singing a powerful cover of The Greatest Showman‘s chart-topping anthem “This Is Me.”

Unfortunately, that’s just fantasy. But actor Alex Newell — who played Unique on the hit Fox show after a turn on Oxygen’s The Glee Project — gave Gleeks everywhere the next best thing on Monday when he performed the tune at MCC Theater’s Miscast gala.

The annual event — this year’s honored actress Laurie Metcalf — puts Broadway’s hottest in roles they would never be cast in. It also helps raise fund for the MCC Theater, which not only produces exciting Off-Broadway work from emerging playwrights, but also runs a Youth Company and in-school partnerships that serve New York City public high school students.

Alex Newell
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Monday’s show was packed full of talent, including (among others) Grammy nominee Sara BareillesMoana voice Auli’i CravalhoSupergirl star Jeremy Jordan, and Frozen‘s new Elsa, Caissie Levy — all of whom had the audience at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom applauding with joy.

RELATED: Watch Jeremy Jordan sing his heart out on a Waitress ballad at MCC’s Miscast

It was Newell, 25, who took it to the next level, though.

Closing out the show with the Oscar-nominated song by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — and with the backup of Krystina Alabado (American Psycho on Broadway), Marcus Paul James (Rent), Tiffany Mann (NBC’s Rise), and Ben Thompson (Waitress) — the  actor (currently starring in the acclaimed new Broadway production of Once on This Island) had the whole auditorium on its feet by song’s end.

Check out his performance above.

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