Carolee Carmello, Sebastian Arcelus & More Set for William Finn Celebration Concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 2/9

Carolee Carmello, Sebastian Arcelus & More Set for William Finn Celebration Concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 2/9

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and Honorary Hosts, Betty Buckley, Andy Cohen, Carmel Dean, Harvey Fierstein, Moises Kaufman, James Lapine, Harriet Leve, Jordan Roth, Seth Rudetsky and Jeffrey Seller present a concert celebrating the music of two-time Tony Award winning Composer and Lyricist William Finn, featuring some of the most beloved songs from Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, A New Brain, Elegies, and more.

The event marks the LGBTQ congregation's 40th Anniversary and its 19th Annual Shabbat Shirah (Sabbath of Song) Concert, and stars many of the singers who originated roles in Mr. Finn's most famous works, including Mary Testa, Barbara Walsh, Stephen Bogardus, Carolee Carmello, Heather MacRae, Sally Wilfert, and Sebastian Arcelus, with additional performances by Anne L. Nathan, Taylor Trensch, Molly Hager, Amanda Savan, Michael Linden and others, along with participation from The CBST Community Chorus and CBST Music Director, Joyce Rosenzweig.

The concert is directed by Shakina Nayfack and music directed by Joshua Zecher-Ross with production management by Bruce & Babette Roberts.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street off Broadway, New York City.

Seating is limited and reserved. Tickets are available at $100 through Merkin Hall Box Office online at or call 212.501.3330.

All proceeds support Music at CBST, a 501(c)(3) religious institution. Payment above $50 per person attending may be considered a tax deductible donation.

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism. Founded in 1973, CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, queer and straight individuals and families who share common values. Passionate, provocative, and deeply Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice wherever it exists and strives for human rights for all people. For more information visit

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