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Two-Time MAC Award Nominee Stearns Matthews in

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING STEARNSEST

Stearns Matthews will present his newest solo show, The Importance of Being Stearnsest, on Tuesday, November 6 at 8:30pm, Monday, November 19 at 7:00pm, and Sunday, December 16 a 6:00pm. The evening will feature direction by multiple award winner Lennie Watts and music direction by James Kenon Mitchell.

The Importance of Being Stearnsest is a study in trying to “keep on keepin’ on” in a world where it seems like there are naysayers at every turn – and the conclusion that at the end of the day, what matters is being the strongest version of oneself. The show will feature music by Noel Coward, Joe Raposo, Stephen Sondheim, Brian Lasser, Jerry Herman
and Chuck Berry, to name a few.


Stearns was a MAC Award nominee in 2009 for Best Male Debut and in 2011 for Best Male Vocalist. He was the first-ever first runner-up in the Metropolitan Room’s MetroStar competition in 2008 and appeared at the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Convention at Lincoln Center in 2010. For more information on Stearns as well as performance samples, visit www.stearnsmatthews.com.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING STEARNSEST
Directed by Lennie Watts
Music Direction by James Kenon Mitchell

Tuesday, November 6 at 8:30pm
Monday, November 19 at 7:00pm
Sunday, December 16 at 6:00pm

Don’t Tell Mama
343 West 46th Street (Restaurant Row)

$15 cover plus a two-drink minimum
($10 cover for MAC members)

For reservations: call (212) 757-0788 or visit www.donttellmamanyc.com.

 

Hello Gorgeous! A Salute to the Streisand Songbook (benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)
KAYE PLAYHOUSE @ HUNTER COLLEGE
New York, NY
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As New York City celebrates the return of everyone's favorite Funny Girl as she delivers two sold-out concerts in Brooklyn, the worlds of Broadway, TV, cabaret and the recording industry will come together to salute the Streisand Songbook at this one-night-only concert to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on Friday, October 12th, (the night in between her shows) at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Acclaimed singer/actress LORNA LUFT and multi-award winning singer/songwriter ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY lead the impressive list of performers which includes Drama Desk Award nominee ASHLEY BROWN (Mary Poppins), TITUSS BURGESS (30 Rock, The Little Mermaid), NICK ADAMS (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert), VON SMITH (Opening Act on E!), SAYCON SENGBLOH (Wicked, The Color Purple), MARTY THOMAS (Xanadu, Wicked), ERIN QUILL (Avenue Q), NATALIE TORO (A Tale of Two Cities), KRISTY CATES (Wicked), NATALIE JOY JOHNSON (Legally Blonde), JIM CARUSO ("Cast Party" at Birdland), STEVEN BRINBERG (Simply Barbra) and recording artist KELLY KING. The evening will be hosted by award-winning TV personality SCOTT NEVINS (from truTV's hit show The World's Dumbest) with  BRAD GARDNER as music director.

VIP ticket (includes premium seating & VIP After-Party): $125    
Orchestra: $65
Balcony:    $25

Brian Stokes Mitchell

 

TONY AWARD-WINNER BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL

PRESENTS

THE BROADWAY CLASSICS IN SECOND SOLO ALBUM, SIMPLY BROADWAY,
AND HEADLINES A SERIES OF CHARITABLE CONCERTS

TO BENEFIT THE PERFORMING ARTS

Oct. 5: Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell today announced the release of his second self-produced solo album SIMPLY BROADWAY, and, to inaugurate his 2012-2013 concert year, a five city charitable tour. Demonstrating his love and dedication to the performing arts, Stokes, who is Chairman of the Board of The Actors Fund, is choosing five non-profit theatres across the country to perform in concert with at least 50% of the proceeds to be shared between The Actors Fund and each theatre. Each performance is designed to promote cooperation and giving, emphasizing the importance of the arts in the lives of people everywhere. Stokes intends for this series to encourage people in all occupations and professions to partner in this manner to help sustain the national philanthropic spirit. SIMPLY BROADWAY will be available as of October 30th, 2012 on Amazon.com and iTunes through CD Baby where pre-orders will be available starting in mid-October. The five city tour will commence at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 31st.


SIMPLY BROADWAY is the album that Brian Stokes Mitchell fans have been anticipating to follow-up
Stokes’ 2006 debut solo album Brian Stokes Mitchell. A recording of Broadway classics, SIMPLY BROADWAY was originally inspired by the legendary duo album by Tony Bennett and Bill Evans performing standards from the American Songbook. Respecting the simplicity of the music by using the model of recordings from the mid-20th century, SIMPLY BROADWAY was created without the benefit of overdubs or audio separation—Stokes and his pianist in the same room at the same time. The songs are performed in the tone and spirit of the original versions, but are unique thanks to the exciting new arrangements and the live interaction with Stokes and his remarkable pianist of five years, Tedd Firth. Songs were chosen from Broadway hits including: Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Company, Sunday in the Park with George and Les Misé rables, among others.


In the concert series, audiences can expect an imaginative, unusual performance, displaying Stokes’ own remarkable Broadway baritone style and only a piano on stage. Stokes creates characters from various shows with simple movement, evocative lighting and a few ambient sound effects setting the stage – keeping it – simply Broadway. At every performance throughout the tour, in addition to entertaining, Stokes will pay homage to all who carry the message of caring for one another in the arts and every other area of endeavor.

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a successful career that spans Broadway, television, film and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He has received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performances on Broadway in shows such as Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II and Ragtime. Other notable Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam, and most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. His television and film credits include: Trapper John M.D., Frasier, Glee, PBS’ Great Performances and Jumping the Broom, among others. Brian Stokes Mitchell is represented by Paradigm.

For additional information on the album SIMPLY BROADWAY, please visit Brian Stokes Mitchell’s website at: www.brianstokes.com, follow him @bstokesmitchell, or “like” his Facebook page at Facebook.com/bstokesmitchell.

For tickets and information on the October 31st concert at Lincoln Center, visit www.actorsfund.org. Concert dates for the remainder of the tour will be announced soon.

About The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund is the national human services organization that helps everyone – performers and those behind the scenes – who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,800 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance. The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has – for 130 years –been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. For more information, please visit: www.actorsfund.org.

Lampkin Music Group presents the NY Solo Debut of

Laury Shelley


Laury Shelley

 

"My Time With Legrand"

 

Music Director: Russ Kassoff.

 

Very Special Guest: Marcus Simeone.

Two Shows Only!

Monday & Wednesday, October 8th and 10th at @ 9:30 pm

Metropolitan Room

Lampkin Music Group is proud to present the New York solo debut of singer, Laury Shelley, for two shows only; on Monday and Wednesday October 8th and 10th at 9:30 pm
With this tribute to her mentor, Laury Shelley says “thank you” to the maestro, Michel Legrand,now celebrating his 80th birthday.

Concentrating on songs performed with Legrand and some obscure selections, Laury will bring, to quote noted critic/writer, Mort Goode, “... her passionate instrument” to the Metropolitan stage. Laury will share her favorite stories of this time, but mostly the music, of Michel Legrand.

Laury Shelley began her career as vocal soloist with Michel Legrand touring in the U.S.A. During these amazing years, Laury made her debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, while also appearing at The Sahara Hotel in Vegas, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Miami’s Stars Under The Stars Concert Series at Marine Stadium and The Westbury Theatre in New York. Laury has shared stages with Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth while also performing and recording with Phil Woods, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Randy Brecker, Marvin Strum and Joe Beck. Other performances include: Jazz Showcase, Katerina's, Coq d'Or & Palm Court at The Drake Hotel, Maxim's in Chicago, The Cinegrill in LA, Iridium Jazz Club in NY, Summerfest in Milwaukee, Chicago Jazz Festival and the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis with Legrand. Laury can also be heard singing her Grammy nominated duet with Michel Legrand of the Academy Award nominated song Pieces of Dreams on the recordings "Michel Legrand and Friends" and also on the CD "Michel Legrand The RCA Years", that includes musical luminaries Lena Horne and Jack Jones. Laury's EP "Pieces of Dreams" is available at CDbaby.com.

What the Critics Have Said:
"Amazing vocals"
Loni Taylor - WLFM/Chicago's Smooth 87.7 DJ

"Very special...she is the real deal"
Rick Kogan - WGN AM 720 Chicago

"Laury brings passion to everything she sings"
Kevin Moore - WSBC AM-1240 Access Radio Chicago

"A brilliant singer"
Russ Davis - Owner of MOJA Internet Radio - New York
The All New Music Revue

"The possessor of an incredible vocal instrument"
Mort Goode - Noted music critic and author

"Singer/songwriter Laury Shelley is a talented singer with a passion for writing good pop songs with a good message. Listen and share in the joy of her voice as she shares her stories. Enjoy!."
Michael Orland, Musical Director/Vocal Coach, American Idol...

Russ Kassoff is an accomplished jazz pianist, conductor, composer, orchestrator, and arranger, whose varied talents are much valued and on display in the music world. In the words of the Chairman of the Board, "You are the best." Frank Sinatra, 1987. In 2007, Russ appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR as a result of the release of his critically acclaimed CD “SOMEWHERE”. In addition to being music director of numerous events, leading his own big band, he has accompanied Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Charles Aznavour, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Vic Damone, Carly Simon, Luciano Pavarotti, and Debbie Gravitte in a lifetime career of spectacular concerts, to name a few. In the jazz world he has enjoyed a nearly 30 year association with Bucky Pizzarelli and has recorded with the likes of Red Norvo, Chris Connor and Sylvia Syms. He currently can be heard several times a year at the Knickerbocker in NYC with various personnel and leads his own big band - The RKBB - in concert twice a year at the John Birks Gillespie auditorium in the Bahai Center - also in NYC. His current CD "BIRD FLY BY" was in the top 10 for 52 weeks and achieved #1 status in 2010 on the Jazz channel of Music Choice.

Marcus Simeone   Since his sensational debut in January 2000, Marcus has emerged as one of the most celebrated singers to grace the stages of Manhattan's nightclubs since the days of Streisand at the legendary Bon Soir. After having staged nearly a dozen distinct shows, Marcus received multiple awards from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC,) Theaterscene.net and Back Stage among his many accolades. He has also been invited to perform at the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention numerous times.

Simeone's eagerly awaited studio CD, Haunted was released in January of 2012. The album showcases the various musical styles he has perfected including several cuts with the original songwriters accompanying him such as John Bucchino and Heather Sullivan. His multi-octave voice soars with ease through some classic and rarely heard tunes that includes the original title track (co-written with Tracy Stark) which was honored by MAC as Song of the Year as well as Sade's Soldier Of Love, Rupert Holmes's My Father's Song, Make The World Go Away (Cochran) and Cyndi Lauper's Hatfull Of Stars. All the electricity of these demanding songs has been captured on his first studio release which has been met with unanimous acclaim. He is currently in the studio recording his fourth album for Miranda to be released in the early spring (2013.)

Do not miss the opportunity to share with Laury Shelley her unique Memories of Michel Legrand........
October 8th and 10th at 9:30 pm at Metropolitan Room 0 34 West 22nd Street.
Reservations: (212) 206 0440

 

Andrea Martin

FOR THE FIRST TIME, TONY AWARD WINNER

ANDREA MARTIN


WITH SIRIUS XM HOST SETH RUDETSKY

BACK AT 54 BELOW

October 9, 10 & 11 AT 7PM. 

54 BELOW, is proud to announce that Tony Award winner Andrea Martin will play a three-night engagement of her show “Andrea Martin: Laughing Matters” at 54 Below October 9, 10 and 11 at 7PM. (Originally scheduled to appear at the venue last June, Martin was forced to postpone her engagement due to a bronchial infection.)

Seth Rudetsky (Sirius XM Satellite Radio, The Ritz) will join Andrea at the piano. Comic icon Andrea Martin stars in an outrageous evening of comedy and music as only the incomparable Emmy and Tony-winning comedienne can. Broadway tunes from her brilliant career upon the Great White Way, which has included, among others, My Favorite Year, Candide, Young Frankenstein and Exit the King, are intermingled with her memorable SCTV characters and tales of her life & career. Seth Rudetsky, Sirius XM host and all around hero of Broadway, co-pilots the show from the piano with able direction from Peter Flynn. “I am so excited,” say Martin. “Seth and I will blow the roof off the basement of Studio 54. Songs, stories, sketches and hilarity will ensue.”
To purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. Doors open for dinner at 5:30PM. $30-40 cover charge. $25 food & beverage minimum

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 Tony Award Nominee Liz Larsen,
KT Sullivan, Chris Hoch, Michael Mastro and More
Join the Cast of UnsungMusicalsCo.’s

AT HOME ABROAD
Returning to the stage for the first time in over 70 years!

Featuring a Cast of 30 Including Bruce Vilanch, Julie Halston,
Christine Pedi, Noah Racey and Margaret Colin

New York, Oct. 2: Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen (The Most Happy Fella), KT Sullivan (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Chris Hoch (La Cage Aux Folles, Shrek The Musical), Michael Mastro (Twelve Angry Men), Pilin Anice (Junie B. Jones), Cicily Daniels (The Little Mermaid), Tim Falter (Some Like It Hot), Nadine Isenegger (42nd Street), Matthew LaBanca (Young Frankenstein), Drama Desk Award nominee Garrett Long (South Pacific, The Spitfire Grill), Kristin Maloney (The Talk of the Town), Brent McBeth (White Christmas), Jim Middleton (Goodspeed’s 1776), Kevin Vortmann (A Little Night Music) and Tiffany Westlie (The Truth About Jane) have joined the cast of UnsungMusicalsCo.’s October 15, 2012 benefit concert presentation of the legendary 1935 musical revue At Home Abroad.

They join the previously-announced Bruce Vilanch (Hairspray, "Hollywood Squares"), Julie Halston (Anything Goes, The Divine Sister), Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway), Noah Racey (Curtains, Never Gonna Dance) Margaret Colin (The Columnist, Defiance, Arcadia), Fred Berman (The Lion King), Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me If You Can), Amy Hohn (November), Catherine LeFrere (The Judy Holliday Story), Greg Roderick (South Pacific ), Tony Award nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q, Once on This Island, Rent) and Laura Woyasz (Wicked).

The concert will be presented at the Peter Norton Symphony Space located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Tickets, priced $20 - $40, are available by visiting www.SymphonySpace.org or calling (212) 864-5400.

Captained by a terrifically tactless American tourist, At Home Abroad is a wonderfully satirical musical cruise assaulting every port from the French Riviera to the islands of Japan. This stylish entertainment sets sail for hilarity with such standards as "What a Wonderful World", "Love is a Dancing Thing" and "Got a Bran' New Suit".

UMC’s concert event is conceived and staged as a live broadcast of a 1930s radio special, complete with a live jazz trio and a series of tap dance specialties. The UMC production is the first time the revue will be seen in over 70 years.

Written by Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz (The Band Wagon, "That's Entertainment!") and newly restored and adapted from the original manuscripts, At Home Abroad is directed by UMC artistic director Ben West (Make Mine Manhattan, Gatsby: The Songs in Concert) with tap choreography by Rommy Sandhu (Make Mine Manhattan, Encores! Bells Are Ringing associate), musical direction and arrangements by Fran Minarik (Make Mine Manhattan, Gatsby: The Songs in Concert) and lighting design by Joe Hodge (Perfect Crime, Make Mine Manhattan).

Special patron seating is available by e-mailing Mark Jason Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The previously-announced Donna Bullock and Drew Gehling will not appear in the production due to scheduling conflicts.
For more information visit www.UnsungMusicals.org.

About UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC)

UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. (Ben West, Artistic Director) is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to the preservation of musical theater through the restoration and presentation of obscure but artistically sound works. Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age, UMC treats each property as a new musical thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past. Past productions include Make Mine Manhattan, Gatsby: The Songs in Concert, Nothing is Forever, Platinum and How Now, Dow Jones.

UMC is also devoted to researching, assembling and restoring the material from unpublished and out-of-print musical shows. To further the mission of preserving these historic works for future generations, UMC's material is receiving its own collection in the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. For more information visit www.UnsungMusicals.org.

UnsungMusicalsCo.’s 2013 Season

At Home Abroad will be followed by a fully-staged new production of the 1969 musical comedy The Fig Leaves Are Falling by Grammy Award winner Allan Sherman and Tony Award winner Albert Hague. The newly-revised production will begin performances January 10, 2013 at the Connelly Theatre. UMC previously held an exploratory reading of this new version of the musical in July 2011.

The 2013 season will continue with a new production of the Tony Award-winning 1948 musical revue Lend An Ear with sketches, lyrics and music by Charles Gaynor; a world premiere concert of Caesar's Wife by Grammy Award nominee Lee Pockriss and Tony Award nominee Carolyn Leigh, originally written circa 1969; and an exploratory reading of the hit 1945 musical comedy Are You With It? featuring a book by Emmy Award winners George Balzer and Sam Perrin, music by Harry Revel and lyrics by Arnold B. Horwitt.

Additional casting, schedules and venues will be announced soon.

Linda Eder

The Town Hall's Eighth Annual Broadway Cabaret Ferstival 
Kicks Off With

LINDA EDER’s A NEW LIFE

Saturday, October 13 at 8:00PM

with special guests
Robert  Cuccioli and Christiane  NOll 


Also
BROADWAY ORIGINALS! SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 3PM

And

THE BEST OF BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 8PM
STARRING
CHRISTINE ANDREAS,MATT CAVENAUGH, SCOTT COULTER, STEPHEN DEROSA, TOVAH FELDSHUH, MANDY GONZALEZ, JASON GRAAE, CHAD KIMBALL, BETH LEAVEL, KERRY O'MALLEY, LAURA OSNES, NOAH RACEY, ALICE RIPLEY, BARBARA WALSH, LARI WHITE and KAREN ZIEMBA

Oct. 2: Linda Eder will kick off The Town Hall’s (123 West 43rd Street) Eighth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival on Saturday, October 13th at 8PM, with her new show A New Life. In this special evening, Miss Eder will reunite with her Jekyll and Hyde co-stars Robert Cuccioli and Christiane Noll. Taking place over a three consecutive weeks in October, The Broadway Cabaret Festival, will also include Broadway Originals! on Sunday, October 21st at 3pm and The Best of Broadway By The Year on Friday, October 26th at 8PM. The Broadway Cabaret Festival is written and hosted by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall. Tickets for all three performances are $55, $50, and $45. Tickets are available now through TicketMaster, (800) 982-2787 www.ticketmaster.com, or at The Town Hall Box Office (123 West 43d Street) between noon and 6pm (except Sundays) at 212-840-2824 beginning September 4th.

On Saturday, October 13th at 8pm, Linda Eder returns to the Town Hall with a new concert, A New Life. Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, this concert brings the singer’s musical life full circle. Her performance begins with a tribute to the “songbirds” who have greatly influenced her and continues with songs from some of her favorite contemporary artists. In A New Life, Linda will also pay homage to artists who have greatly influenced her and will sing some of her favorite songs. Linda will be joined by special guests Robert Cuccioli and Christiane Noll to share selections from Jekyll & Hyde, the musical that will forever link her to Broadway’s leading ladies.

On Sunday, October 21st at 3pm, Broadway Originals! features an afternoon of songs and memories with Broadway stars reprising songs they introduced either in the original Broadway production or the original Broadway cast revival. Current stars include Chad Kimball (Tony Nominated Star of Memphis), Alice Ripley (Tony Award Winner for Next to Normal/Tony Nominated for Sideshow), in Laura Osnes (Tony nominee, Bonnie & Clyde and upcoming star of Cinderella) Karen Ziemba (Tony Award Winner for Contact ), Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story), Tovah Feldshuh (Tony Nominated for Sarava), Barbara Walsh (Company) and Mandy Gonzalez (Drama Desk Award Winner for In The Heights).

On Friday, October 26th at 8PM, Beth Leavel (Tony Award/The Drowsy Chaperone), Kerry O'Malley (On A Clear Day, Drama Desk Award/Into The Woods), Lari White (Three Grammy Awards), Christine Andreas (Tony Nominations/On Your Toes and Oklahoma), Christina Bianco (Drama Desk Nominee/Forbidden Broadway), Carole J. Bufford (Bistro Award Winner), Jeffry Denman (Drama Desk Nominee/Yank), Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray), Jason Graae (A Grand Night For Singing), Scott Coulter (Award Winning Vocalist) and Noah Racey (Curtains) will be among the performers featured in The Best of Broadway by The Year®. After a total of more than 50 critically acclaimed concerts over a dozen years, The Town Hall's signature series will feature its greatest showstoppers culled from over 1,000 past performances!

For more information, visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.

Michael John LaChiusa

CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS SALUTES MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA IN SEASON FINALE "A GIANT, WILD PARTY" OCTOBER 3

LACHIUSA MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE WITH GUEST STARS D.C. ANDERSON, LEAH HOCKING, KT SULLIVAN, AND KATIE THOMPSON

HOST RAISSA KATONA BENNETT WELCOMES SERIES REGULARS TERESE GENECCO AND BILL ZEFFIRO; INSTRUMENTALISTS JEFF CUBETA, MARK JANAS AND MATT SCHARFGLASS, AND SPECIAL GUESTS INLAND TRAVELER

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Sept. 24: The Concerts for City Greens, the free outdoor series that brings the sounds of music to the heart of Midtown, hosts "A Giant, Wild Party," a musical tribute to the celebrated composer/lyricist/librettist Michael John LaChiusa, on Wednesday October 3 at 6:30pm at Tudor City Greens. (Rain date: Thursday October 4 at 6:30pm.) Fêting the 2-time Emmy winner and 5-time Tony nominee, whose new musical "Giant," opens at the Public Theater this fall, will be the Broadway veterans D.C. Anderson ("Queen of the Mist," "Rebecca," "Phantom") and Leah Hocking ("Wild Party," "Billy Elliott," "Mama Mia," "Hairspray"); the cabaret legend and Broadway star KT Sullivan"; and the singer/songwriter and actress Katie Thompson (who is featured in LaChiusa's "Giant"). "A Giant, Wild Party" brings to a close The Concerts for City Greens' fifth annual season of free outdoor summer concerts.

An innovative opera and musical theater composer, lyricist and librettist, LaChiusa is best known for "Hello Again," "Marie Christine," "The Wild Party," "See What I Wanna See," and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold." The Public's upcoming production of "Giant" stars Brian d'Arcy James and Kate Baldwin.

A Broadway veteran (Christine in "Phantom of the Opera") and Bistro & MAC award-winning cabaret artist, Raissa Katona Bennett is the evening's creator host and producer. Returning as series regulars are Bennett's side-kicking drummer -- multiple MAC and Bistro award-winning little big band innovator Terese Genecco, and the MAC Award-winning composer-pianist Bill Zeffiro. The concert's featured instrumentalists are Jeff Cubeta and Mark Janas on piano, and Matt Scharfglass on bass.

Making special guest appearances to premiere two of the eight semifinalist songs competing in the Concerts for City Greens song contest are KT Sullivan, who introduces Larry Kerchner's "Winter in Manhattan," and the Brooklyn-based songwriting collective Inland Traveler (consisting of Katie Locke, Lucas Madrazo and Gerald Edward), who will debut their entry "City Wild."

The semifinalist tunes -- all of which celebrate the different roles green spaces play in the lives of New Yorkers -- were performed throughout the summer by prominent guest artists from the worlds of Broadway, jazz, cabaret and classical music. Three songs, chosen through a combination of online and jury voting, will move forward to the final round in a benefit concert at Feinstein's at Loews Regency at the end of the year. (TBA). Online voting begins after October 6. To listen to the eight semi-finalist songs and participate in audience voting, visit www.raissakatonabennett.com

Conceived and developed by Raissa Katona Bennett, Concerts for The City Greens is dedicated to exposing diverse audiences of all ages to free, professional live music in city settings, while linking with other community groups and organizations to promote effective dedication to the "greening" of cities. Bennett won the 2010 Bistro and 2011 MAC Award for hosting the concerts

Four of this summer's five concerts have been dedicated to the musical output of these illustrious jury members: Amanda McBroom (May 30), Neil Sedaka (August 1), Ann Hampton Callaway (September 12) and Michael John LaChiusa (October 3). (The contest's other judges are the quadruple-platinum songwriter and Today Show regular David Friedman, and the two-time Emmy Award-winning MTV executive Matthew Parillo). For information visit www.raissakatonabennett.com

The concerts take place at the South Park of Tudor City Greens Park (between 41st & 42nd Streets, and 1st & 2nd Avenues)

Coco Peru

 

 

GLAAD, MAC & Bistro Award Winner Premieres New Show
MISS COCO PERU: SHE'S GOT BALLS


Limited Engagement Begins October 18



“One of the last great storytellers" -- Lily Tomlin

“Coco is a heavenly hoot.” --Los Angeles Times

“It's not often a drag queen scares you with her intellect, but Miss Coco Peru isn't just any drag queen. Hers is a deep, dark drag performance... Don't miss it.” -- The Stranger, Seattle

 

Sept. 21: MAC, Back Stage Bistro and GLAAD Media Award-winning drag sensation Coco Peru returns to NYC with the New York Premiere of MISS COCO PERU: SHE'S GOT BALLS. Written and performed by Clinton Leupp, performances run October 18 - 21, Thursday - Sunday at 7:30pm the Laurie Beechman Theatre (inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street -- at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3 trains at 42nd Street). Tickets are $22 with a $15 food/drink minimum per person, available at www.SpinCycleNYC.com or by calling 212-352-3101.

In MISS COCO PERU: SHE'S GOT BALLS, drag sensation Coco Peru reflects on her early childhood dreams of being a stripper, why she left her beloved hometown of NYC, and her summers spent on a clothing-optional beach with her husband, Rafael (he’s from Spain). Inspired by her mother Helen’s advice to have the balls to say whatever the hell she feels like saying, Coco is on a quest to do just that and, in the process, make the world just a little more beautiful.

Storyteller/monologist Miss Coco Peru aka Clinton Leupp grew up in the Bronx on City Island and got his/her start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of NYC after he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first show “Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret” in the early 90’s. On screen, Miss Coco is best known for her roles in Jim Fall's trick (Sundance 1999) and Richard Day's comedy Girls Will Be Girls. Other film appearances include To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar and Straight-Jacket. Coco can be heard in the Disney animated feature, The Wild as Mamma Hippo! Coco has appeared on TV in How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Twins, Will and Grace, Bravo’s Boy Meets Boy, Bravo’s Sexiest Moments in Film, Bravo’s Welcome to the Parker, and in an Orbitz commercial that was nominated for a 2005 GLAAD Media Award. On MTV’s Gay network, LOGO, Coco can currently be seen in her very own half-hour comedy special taped as part of the “Wisecrack” series and as well as the special “One Night Stand-Up – Drag Queens”.

Coco’s live one-person shows include: “Miss Coco Peru: A Legend in Progress” (’92 MAC and Bistro Award), “Miss Coco Peru at the Westbeth Theatre” (’95 MAC Nomination), “Miss Coco Peru's Liquid Universe”(‘98 NY GLAAD Nomination), “Miss Coco Peru's Universe” (’99 LA GLAAD Nomination), “Miss Coco Peru’s Glorious Wounds…She’s Damaged” (’01 LA GLAAD Nomination) “Miss Coco Peru is Undaunted” (’04 LA GLAAD Award Winner, Ovation Nomination), and “Ugly Coco.” These shows, and others, have been performed to sold out audiences in theatres, clubs, restaurants, ballrooms, yachts, living rooms, clothing-optional camps and cabarets throughout the US and abroad.

Betty Buckley

 

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY

PRESENTS THE RETURN OF

TONY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS AND SINGER

BETTY BUCKLEY

October 2 - 27

WITH HER NEW SHOW

THE OTHER WOMAN: THE VIXENS OF BROADWAY

HER NEW CD “AH MEN! THE BOYS OF BROADWAY” IS NOW AVAILABLE

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post will continue its Fall 2012 season with the return engagement of Tony Award-winning actress and singer BETTY BUCKLEY. In an exclusive four-week run, Ms. Buckley will premiere her new collection of songsThe Other Women: The Vixens of Broadway.She will perform highlights from some of Broadways most popular shows, but will celebrate the second female leads, who have introduced classics like “When You're Good to Mama(Chicago), Another Suitcase In Another Hall (Evita),I Know Things Now (Into the Woods),Ribbons Down My Back(Hello, Dolly!), “Whatever Lola Wants(Damn Yankees) and “The Millers Son(A Little Night Music). Ms. Buckley – who will be joined by Christian Jacob on piano, Tony Marino on bass, Vic Juris on guitar and Todd Isler on drums – will also feature a selection from her new CD Ah Men! The Boys of Broadway, from Palmetto Records, which is based on last year’s acclaimed Feinstein’s show.The Other Woman: The Vixens of Broadway” will run from October 227 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

BETTY BUCKLEY won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph Of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song And Dance, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and Carrie. Off-Broadway credits include Lincoln Center's Elegies, the original NYSF production of Edwin Drood, White’s Lies, The Eros Trilogy and Juno Swans. Regional credits include Gypsy, Threepenny Opera, Camino Real and Buffalo Gal. She starred in the London production of Promises, Promises.

Ms. Buckley has recorded sixteen of her own CDs and has received two Grammy Award nominations. She currently has a recurring role on ABC Family’sPretty Little Liars.She appeared in the HBO mini-seriesThe Pacificproduced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in 2010. She also starred for three seasons in the HBO series "Oz" and as Abby Bradford in the hit series "Eight Is Enough." She has appeared as a guest star in numerous television series. She co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's film The Happening. Other films include Brian de Palma's screen version of Stephen King's Carrie, Bruce Beresford's Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski's Frantic, Woody Allen's Another Woman and Lawrence Kasden's Wyatt Earp.

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present BETTY BUCKLEY from October 2 through October 27 with the following schedule: Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM with additional 10:30 PM shows on Friday and Saturday. All shows have a $40.00 cover with $60.00 premium seats and $75.00 up-front seats available. In addition, there is a $40.00 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.

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 FRI SEPT 14 at 11:30PM
LATE-NIGHT FRIDAY STRIPTEASE! NEW YORK'S MOST TALKED-ABOUT BURLESQUE REVUES! "THE SOPHISTICATES" PLAYS EVERY 2ND AND 4TH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH - The Metropolitan Room adds a daring ingredient to its programming mix when it introduces one of Gotham's most talked-about burlesque revues, the sly and spry "The Sophisticates." Starring master of ceremonies BASTARD KEITH and burlesque headliner MADAME ROSEBUD, and featuring a rotating constellation of guest stars, the 11:30pm late shows play the second and fourth Friday of the month. "The Sophisticates" has the distinction of being the only show to have been evicted from the Plaza Hotel. Specializing in classic burlesque, "The Sophisticates," is a retroglam ride into a thrilling nightclub reality that nods to the past while winking to the present.
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O Sole Trio
O Sole Trio

FRIDAY SEPT 14 at 7pm
O SOLE TRIO is a new, vibrant musical ensemble featuring the rich and versatile voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, along with the amazingly virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin. Their shows feature a blend of some of the most popular Italian opera, Neapolitan and classic jazz standards, with a concentration on the Italian language. From Louis Prima to Puccini, there's something to please the Italian in everyone. http://metropolitanroom.com/show_right.cfm?id=80726&cart

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SEPT 26 & 27 at 7PM
SHARÓN CLARK - One of today's most innovative jazz vocalists re-imagines seminal songs of the 60s and 70s. Discover the widely acclaimed DC sensation, and see why JazzTimes calls Sharón Clark "a revelation." Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent release, "Do it Again - My Tribute to Shirley Horn," is on its third printing, and she grabs top honors wherever she goes. Ms. Clark won the Gold Medal and $10,000 top prize at the Savannah Music Festival's American Traditions Competition. She then took first place in the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, which offers a $2,500 prize along with a featured appearance with the Baltimore Symphony. Ms. Clark has headlined the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival on the National Mall and the historic Lincoln Theater. The Cape May Jazz Festival has hosted Ms. Clark three times by popular demand. She has toured Russia multiple times, as well as Europe, and will make her debut in Israel in 2013. Both the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and The Ludacris Foundation chose Ms. Clark to perform for their separate tributes to Quincy Jones. http://metropolitanroom.com/show_right.cfm?id=81466&cart

Sean Harkness

Sean Harkness

OCT 4 at 9:30PM
SEAN HARKNESS - DUOS - is all about the human play between two artists. Each show will feature Harkness with two illustrious guests. Each guest will perform duest and converse with Sean, and field questions from the audience. The guests will be top performers from a vast array of musical genres from Classical to Jazz, Folk to Theatre, and Pop to New Age. The intimate, exposed atmosphere of the duo is Sean's favorite way to explore the boundless musical possibilities within each of us. Sean is a musical Artist and guitarist-for-hire living in New York City. He composes music for solo guitar and for small ensembles, and he supports many singers, musicians, and theatrical productions. This is how Mr. Harkness makes his living. It is a fascinating process how this unfolds from day to day, filling in the little squares in his datebook in order that he and his wife may eat and pay bills. There are many characters, scenes, plots, and sub-plots that keep this story alive. Stay tuned… http://metropolitanroom.com/show_right.cfm?id=80721&cart

Annie Ross
Annie Ross

EVERY TUESDAY at 9:30 PM
THE LEGENDARY JAZZ SINGER ANNIE ROSS - "Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down......Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you...." ~ Rex Reed Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. The following are some highlights of what has been a long and illustrious career in jazz: Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", quot;Jackie" and many others. A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. "Twisted" has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross toured in the 50's with the extraordinary Lionel Hampton band that included Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, and Quincy Jones. Ms. Ross has recorded with James Moody, Kenny Clarke, Milt Jackson, Harry Sweets Edison, the Count Basie band, Louis Armstrong, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Chet Baker and many more. In this variety of settings, she became known as a great jazz singer, masterful at ballads and up tempos, with the ability to swing hard, improvise and make every lyric meaningful and revealing. http://metropolitanroom.com/show_right.cfm?id=81724&cart


SEPT 21 at 11:30PM
JAZZ NIGHT AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM - Stix Bones hosts Jazz Night at the Metropolitan Room - a live video recording introducing the new Jazz Night at the Metropolitan Room, a spectacular performance that takes you on a musical journey from Swing to Smooth Jazz and showcases the musical prowess of Jazz Artist/Drummer Stix Bones. Hailing from the borough of Brooklyn, the host of Jazz Night Stix Bones received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from Purchase College, State University of New York. It was there he was given the name BONE because to his band mates he showed himself to be a Brother of Noble Excellence. Stix independently released his first full-length Smooth Jazz album entitled "Groove Like This". The album has graced the airwaves of more than 40 jazz radio stations in the US, Jazz internet and satellite stations across the globe. It has charted in the top 10 on the digital jazz charts and made it to the top 20 jazz charts in France. Stix Bones whose musical influences are a mix of Hip Hop and Jazz has built a respectable name amongst Jazz & Hip Hop artist and is credited as truly a Brother of Noble Excellence. http://metropolitanroom.com/show_right.cfm?id=80730&cart

Linda Purl

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY

SINGER AND BROADWAY & TV STAR OF

“TRUE BLOOD,” “HOMELAND” AND “THE OFFICE”

LINDA PURL

IN HER NEW SHOW

“MIDNIGHT CARAVAN”

TRAVELS THROUGH THE GREAT NEW YORK CLUBS

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST STAR DESI ARNAZ, JR.

TWO NIGHTS ONLY, SEPTEMBER 30 AND OCTOBER 1

Sept. 12: FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post will continue its Fall 2012 season with the return of singer and television star LINDA PURL, in her new show “Midnight Caravan : Travels through the Great New York Clubs.” Recapturing the glamour of New York's swank hotspots like The Copacabana and The Blue Angel, Purl invokes the smoky, after-hours world of the 1940s and 50s. With musical direction by Tedd Firth, “Midnight Caravan” includes songs such as “Easy Living,” “I Thought About You,” and “My Romance,” to name just a few. Desi Arnaz, Jr. – the actor and musician known for TV appearances with his parents Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on “I Love Lucy” and “Here’s Lucy,” movies such as The Mambo Kings and his band Ricci, Desi & Billy – will be the show’s special guest artist. “Midnight Caravan” will be performed on Sunday, September 30 and Monday, October 1 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street). Partial proceeds from the September 30 show will benefit The Actors Fund.

LINDA PURL is an actress, singer, dancer and a mainstay of television. She has starred in over 40 television Movies of the Week, and currently is seen in the HBO series “True Blood. ” Other recent TV series roles have included Elizabeth Gaines in the Golden Globe winning runaway hit “Homeland” and Helene Beesley on “ The Office,” as well as “Lie to Me.” She is probably best known as Charlene Matlock from the series “Matlock” and as Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s fiancée, from “Happy Days.” Highlights of her Movies of the Week have been “Born Free,” “The Last Days of Pompeii” (with Sir Laurence Olivier), “The Manions of America” (with Pierce Brosnan), “Like Normal People” the award winning docu-drama about a mentally retarded couple co-starring Shaun Cassidy. Linda's feature film credits include Disney's Mighty Joe Young, The Walking Major (with Toshiro Mifune), Crazy Mama (directed by Jonathan Demme) and Leo and Loree (produced by Ron Howard).

Stage credits include Broadway’s Tony Award nominated The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Getting and Spending ; Off Broadway: The Baby Dance ; Hallelujah, Hallelujah!. Regional work: the original production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Dinner With Friends (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville ); Getting and Spending (Old Globe Theatre); The Road To Mecca (with Miss Julie Harris); John Brown’s Body (Lobero Theatre); Nora (with Michael York), All the Way Home (with Miss Kim Hunter), The Three Penny Opera (with Miss Betty Buckley) and six seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Linda tours with her solo concert “Come Rain or Come Shine” nationally and internationally. Additionally she is currently touring in “A Night to Remember” with Broadway and television veteran Gregory Harrison. Linda's recordings include solo cuts on George and Ira Gershwin: A Musical Celebration; Cole Porter: A Musical Toast; Adler, Bock, Coleman; A Hollywood Christmas. Her solo albums are Alone Together and Out of this World Live (with special g uest artist Desi Arnaz, Jr.) She is Founding Festival Director of the California International Theatre Festival.

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present LINDA PURL on Sunday, September 30 and Monday, October 1 at 8:00 PM. All shows have a $25.00 cover with $50.00 premium seats and $60 up-front seats. In addition, there is a $25.00 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.

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Spider Man Star ROBERT CUCCIOLI
Performs "A Standard Love" at Birdland
Monday, October 8 at 7pm

Sept. 13: The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Robert Cuccioli will be celebrating the release of his debut solo album, "The Look Of Love," by performing his concert, "A Standard Love" on Monday, October 8 at 7pm.

Cuccioli leads the audience in a touching, warm, uplifting and humorous personal journey through his loves and losses using lyrics from musical standards of the 30's and 40's. Included are such classics as: "Ain't That A Kick In The Head," "All Of You," "Love Is Here To Stay," "A Fine Romance," "I Wanna Be Around," "Once Upon A Time," "Witchcraft," "All I Need Now Is The Girl," and many more. Of course, Robert will include as an encore, his signature song from Jekyll & Hyde, "This Is The Moment."

Robert Cuccioli is currently performing in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark as Dr. Norman Osborn and The Green Goblin. Robert made his Broadway debut as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, and, is best known for his critically acclaimed performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit Jekyll & Hyde, for which he received a Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, FANY Award and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award. Off-Broadway credits include Temporary Help, Enter The Guardsman, And The World Goes 'Round (1991 Outer Critics Circle Award), Gigi, The Rothschilds, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris and Dietrich & Chevalier. Equally respected for his work in the Classics and Contemporary Plays as well as Musicals, Robert has performed at such notable Regional Theatres as The Guthrie (Antony & Cleopatra), Paper Mill Playhouse (1776, Oklahoma, Lend Me A Tenor, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound Of Music), The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (Amadeus, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Carnival, Othello), The Shakespeare Theatre of DC (Hamlet, Lorenzzaccio 2006 Helen Hayes Award Nomination), the McCarter Theatre (Fiction, The School for Scandal), George Street Playhouse (The Seafarer, A Moon To Dance By with Jane Alexander) and most recently at the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC (1776). Television: White Collar, Sliders, Baywatch, The Guiding Light. Film: Woody Allen's "Celebrity," and the independent film "The Stranger." Robert is featured on the original cast recordings of Jekyll & Hyde (Atlantic), And The World Goes 'Round (RCA Victor), Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (Ghostlight), and The New Picasso (Black Forest Productions).

Robert Cuccioli in "A Standard Love"
Monday, October 8 at 7pm
Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
212-581-3080 or www.BirdlandJazz.com
$25 and $35 cover charge, $10 food/drink minimum

THE PUBLIC THEATER ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CASTING FOR

Michael John LaChiusa's

GIANT

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Kate Baldwin     Brian d'Arcy James

Directed by Michael Greif 

Music and Lyrics by Michael john LaChiusa

Book by Sybille Pearson
Based on the Novel by Edna Ferber

Begins Previews on Friday, October 26

Revitalized Astor Place Home
To Be Unveiled in October,
Increasing Access for Audiences, Artists and the Community

September 10:  The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Patrick Willingham) announced complete casting today for the New York premiere of GIANT, an epic love story with book by Sybille Pearson and music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa. Directed by Michael Greif, GIANT begins previews on Friday, October 26 in The Public's Newman Theater at its Astor Place home and will run through Sunday, December 2, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 13. Single tickets, beginning at $75, are on sale now.

The complete cast of GIANT features Enrique Acevedo (Ensemble); Raul Aranas (Polo); Mary Bacon (Adarene, Mrs. Lynnton); Kate Baldwin (Leslie); Miguel Cervantes (Angel); Natalie Cortez (Juana); Rocio Del Mar Valles (Analita); John Dossett (Bawley); Jon Fletcher (Bobby Jr., Bobby Sr.); P.J. Griffith (Jett); Michael Halling (Lord Karfrey, Lynnton); Brian d'Arcy James (Bick); Mackenzie Mauzy (Lil Luz); Doreen Montalvo (Lupe); Michele Pawk (Luz); Allison Rogers (Heidi, Lady Karfrey); Isabel Santiago (Ensemble); Martin Sola (DiModeo); Bobby Steggert (Jordy Jr.); Matthew Stocke (Mike); Katie Thompson (Vashti); and William Youmans (Pinkie).

Based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, GIANT is a new American musical that spans generations in an epic chronicle of the state that's like no place else on earth: Texas. Amid a turbulent culture of greed, bigotry and money, a powerful cattleman, his new East Coast bride, their family and friends - not to mention their enemies - embrace and confront the joys and sorrows that loom as large as the state they call home. With a book by Sybille Pearson (the Tony-nominated author of Baby), music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa (the five-time Tony-nominated composer of The Wild Party and Hello Again) and direction by Michael Greif (the three-time Tony-nominated director of Rent and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...), GIANT will come to life in an appropriately huge production with a company of 22 actors and a 17-piece orchestra. GIANT is a co-production with Dallas Theater Center and continues The Public's tradition of partnering with non-profit theaters around the country.

The Public Theater has a long history of producing new musicals, and is the only theater in New York City that presents Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, new works, and experimental theater in equal measure.

GIANT features scenic design by Allan Moyer; costume design by Jeff Mahshie; lighting design by Ken Posner; sound design by Brian Ronan; musical direction by Chris Fenwick; and choreography by Alex Sanchez.

SYBILLE PEARSON (Book) wrote the book for Baby on Broadway for which she received a Tony nomination. Her Off-Broadway credits include True History and Real Adventures; Unfinished Stories; and Sally and Marsha. Pearson's additional plays include Watching the Dog, Be Bold, and Promise Me. She is a recipient of the Berrilla Kerr Award, the Darryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, Rockefeller Playwrights Fellowship, and was an Artistic Resident at the Vineyard Theater in NYC. She is on the faculty for The Graduate Program for Musical Theatre Writing at New York University.

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Michael John LaCuisa

MICHAEL JOHN LACHIUSA (Music and Lyrics). His works for The Public include See What I Wanna See (2006 Lortel Award Nomination, Outstanding Musical); The Petrified Prince; First Lady Suite; and The Wild Party. He was also The Public's artist-in-residence during the 1997-98 season. His Broadway credits include The Wild Party, which received a Tony nomination for Best Score and Book; Marie Christine; and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Musical, and Best Book, with Graciela Daniele and Jim Lewis. His additional Off-Broadway credits include Queen of the Mist, Bernarda Alba, Little Fish, Hello Again, among others. He has also written the libretti to operas composted by Robert Moran and Anthony Davis and was the Resident Composer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago 1998-99.

MICHAEL GREIF (Director). For The Public, he has recently directed The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures; The Winter's Tale; Romeo and Juliet; Diana Son's Satellites; the launch performance of Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days / 365 Plays; Fucking A; Dogeaters (Obie); Marisol; Pericles; Casanova; A Bright Room Called Day; and Machinal (Obie). For Signature Theatre Company, he directed Angels In America, John Guare's A Few Stout Individuals and Landscape of the Body. Greif's Broadway credits include Jonathan Larson's Rent (Obie Award, Tony nomination), Grey Gardens (Tony nomination) and Next to Normal (Tony nomination). He is an Artistic Associate at New York Theatre Workshop, where his credits include Cavedweller; Bright Lights, Big City; and Rent. His other Off-Broadway credits include Boy's Life (Second Stage), Neil LaBute's The Distance from Here and A Very Common Procedure (MCC), Neal Bell's Spatter Pattern (Playwrights Horizons), Beauty of the Father (MTC), Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout), Betty Rules (Zipper), and Bell's Monster (CSC). Greif has a longstanding association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival where his credits include The Cherry Orchard; The Three Sisters; The Seagull; Street Scene; Tonight At 8:30; and Once in a Lifetime. He was Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse from 1995-99 where he directed Our Town, Sweet Bird of Youth, Diana Son's Boy, Randy Newman's Faust (also Goodman), Kushner's Slavs (also Taper), and Thérèse Raquin.

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ENRIQUE ACEVEDO (Ensemble) has toured nationally in The King and I, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, West Side Story, and Bombay Dreams. His regional credits include Giant, Paint Your Wagon, The King and I, Grease, Camelot, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, Possibilities, and Man of La Mancha.


RAUL ARANAS (Polo) has appeared at The Public in Mother Courage and Her Children, Dogeaters, and In the Jungle of Cities. His Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, The King and I, and Flower Drum Song. He has also been seen Off-Broadway in Beast. His film and television credits include BuzzKill; Burn After Reading; JFK; "Blue Bloods;" "Law & Order;" and "Oz."

MARY BACON (Adarene, Mrs. Lynnton) has appeared on Broadway in Arcadia and Rock n' Roll. Her Off-Broadway credits include Harrison, TX; Motherhood Out Loud; Happy Now?; an oak tree; and Treason. Her television credits include "Mildred Pierce;" "The Good Wife;" "Law & Order;" "Law & Order: Criminal Intent;" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

KATE BALDWIN (Leslie) has appeared on Broadway in Finian's Rainbow, for which she received a Tony nomination; Wonderful Town; Thoroughly Modern Millie; and The Full Monty. Her television credits include "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Live from Lincoln Center."

MIGUEL CERVANTES (Angel) has appeared on Broadway in American Idiot. His Off-Broadway credits include Happiness, Cam Jansen, and Wish You Were Here.

NATALIE CORTEZ (Juana) has appeared on Broadway in West Side Story and A Chorus Line. She has appeared Off-Broadway in Sidd: A New Musical. Her film credits include Falling Awake and Meet Dave.

ROCIO DEL MAR VALLES (Analita) has appeared in New York in Alice: A New Musical. She has been seen regionally in Sunfish, Pal Joey, Children of Eden, Man of La Mancha, The Life, Assassins, and Rent, among others.

JOHN DOSSETT (Bawley) has appeared on Broadway in Newsies: The Musical; The Constant Wife; Democracy; Gypsy; Dinner at Eight; An Almost Holy Picture; Mamma Mia!; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Ragtime; Prelude to a Kiss; Mastergate; Fifth of July; and King of Schnorrers. His select Off-Broadway credits include Saved, The Clean House, Trudy Blue, Moonshot and Cosmos, Hello Again, Down the Road, Empty Hearts, Sunshine and Reckless. His select film and television credits include Man on a Ledge, "Blue Bloods," "The Good Wife," "John Adams," "Gossip Girl," and "Sex and the City."

JON FLETCHER (Bobby Jr., Bobby Sr.) recently appeared on Broadway in Bonnie and Clyde. His Off-Broadway credits include A Child's Christmas in Wales, Wife to James Whelan, and The $trip. He has appeared regionally in The Who's Tommy, Blood Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar, and West Side Story, among others. His television credits include "The Good Wife" and "Pan Am."

P.J. GRIFFITH (Jett) has toured nationally with Mamma Mia! and appeared regionally in American Idiot, But I'm a Cheerleader, Tommy, The Flunky, Spirits, and Town Without Pity, among others. His film and television credits include Across The Universe; The Weathered Underground; September 12th; "House M.D.;" "Without A Trace;" and "Days of Our Lives."

MICHAEL HALLING (Lord Karfrey, Lynnton) has appeared on Broadway in The Pajama Game, In My Life, The Boy from Oz, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. His Off-Broadway credits include The Streets of New York. Halling also toured nationally with The Fully Monty.

BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES (Bick) has appeared on Broadway in Next to Normal, Shrek The Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Smell of Success, Titanic, Carousel, Blood Brothers, Time Stands Still, The Apple Tree, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. His Off-Broadway credits include Port Authority, Next to Normal, Flight, The Wild Party, Floyd Collins, Public Enemy, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. His select film and television credits include Friends with Kids, Ghost Town, "Smash," "The Big C," and "Rescue Me."

MACKENZIE MAUZY (Lil Luz) has appeared on Broadway in A Tale of Two Cities. Her television credits include "Bones;" "NCIS: Los Angeles;" "Drop Dead Diva;" "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation;" "Cold Case;" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."

DOREEN MONTALVO (Lupe) has appeared on Broadway and Off-Broadway in In the Heights. Her television credits include "Smash;" "The Good Wife;" "One Life to Live;" and "Law & Order."

MICHELE PAWK (Luz) has appeared on Broadway in Losing Louie; Democracy; Hollywood Arms; Hairspray; Mamma Mia!; Seussical; Cabaret; Triumph of Love; Chicago; Crazy For You; and Mail. Her Off-Broadway credits include A Small Fire; The Paris Letter; Reefer Madness; After the Fair; john & jen; Merrily We Roll Along; and Hello Again. Her select film and television credits include Anastasia; "Law & Order;" "Law & Order: Criminal Intent;" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

ALLISON ROGERS (Heidi, Lady Karfrey) has appeared regionally in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Crazy For You, A Christmas Carol, Camelot, Singin' in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, and The Women, among others.

ISABEL SANTIAGO (Ensemble) has toured nationally with In the Heights. Her New York theater credits include Intervention, All Her Faces, and Wake Her Up. She has appeared on television in "A Gifted Man," "So You Think You Can Dance," and "The George Lopez Show."

MARTIN SOLA (DiModeo) has appeared on Broadway in Coram Boy, La Boheme, and The King and I. His film credits include Sabado Morning.

BOBBY STEGGERT (Jordy Jr.) has appeared on Broadway in Ragtime; 110 in the Shade; and "Master Harold...and the Boys." His Off-Broadway credits include Assistance; A Minister's Wife; The Grand Manner; Yank! A WWII Love Story; The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (or the Friends of Dr. Rushower); columbinus; and The Music Theater. His select film and television credits include The Namesake, For Richer or Poorer, "The Good Wife," and "All My Children."

MATTHEW STOCKE (Mike) has appeared at The Public in Road Show. His Broadway credits include Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer, The Boy From Oz, The Full Monty, and Titanic. His television credits include "30 Rock;" "The Sopranos;" "Conviction;" "Law & Order;" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

KATIE THOMPSON (Vashti) has appeared regionally in Giant; RRRED, a New Musical; Stand Up Shakespeare; The Forgotten Carols; The Ark; Royal Gambit; Top Girls; and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

WILLIAM YOUMANS (Pinkie) has appeared at The Public in Road Show and Henry V. His Broadway credits include Finian's Rainbow; Billy Elliot: The Musical; The Farnsworth Invention; The Pirate Queen; Wicked; La Boheme; Titanic; Big River; and The Little Foxes. His additional Off-Broadway credits include Coraline, Miracle Brothers, Weird Romance, One Two Three Four Five, and The Widow Claire. His select film and television credits include Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; Fresh Horses; "Law & Order;" "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit;" and "NYPD Blue."


ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER'S DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION

The revitalization of The Public Theater's downtown home this October will physically manifest the Company's core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences by dramatically opening up its landmark building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. Designed by Ennead Architects, the project encompasses enhancements to the building's interior and exterior while preserving the historic structure. Key elements of the design include infrastructure updates to the 158-year old building, as well as construction of new exterior entry stair and glass canopy; installation of ramps for improved accessibility; an expanded and refurbished lobby; the addition of a mezzanine level with a new lounge, designed by the Rockwell Group; expansion and remodeling of restroom facilities; and comprehensive exterior restoration, ensuring stability of the landmark façade.

ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER
The only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to the beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. www.publictheater.org

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