Hank Stampfl to Release New Single 'Gonna Get Better' at May 30 SPEAKEASY MODERNE
On Thursday, May 30 at 9pm at NYC's sexiest party Speakeasy Moderne, the show's host and producer "Official Hank" Stampfl will release his newly remixed single by DJ Mark Picchiotti (Kylie Minogue) titled "Gonna Get Better." Hank is also the owner of Feel Good Music Inc. and each month at Stage 72, Speakeasy Moderne offers an unforgettable evening featuring an intoxicating blend of Jazz Age Manhattan, vaudeville, cabaret and a touch of burlesque.
Hank's new single reveals the painful story of his difficulty dealing with harassment in middle school with the positive spin that "it does get better." Produced by Heather Holley (Christina Aguilera) and Jay Wadley (Rufus Wainwright) and promoted by Brad Labeau of Pro Motion (Michael Jackson, Beyonce), "Gonna Get Better" is an anthem of hope for those suffering from bullying, harassment or any adversity.
Broadway's Gabrielle Ruiz (Evita with Ricky Martin, In the Heights, the 1st National Tour of A Chorus Line) will guest star at the 5/30Speakeasy Moderne which plays STAGE 72 each month. With songs from the Tin Pan Alley era to the Golden Age of Broadway to today's pop charts and performances from special guest singers, dancers and burlesque stars, the show puts a modern twist on the illicit speakeasy, where high brow and low brow entertainers and audiences mingle, indulging in drink, song and dance. Additional upcoming show dates are June 20 at 9pmand July 25 at 9pm; evening and cocktail wear is encouraged and audience members are asked to dress in their best 1920's wardrobes.
The rotating cast of features Ashley Alana Kenney, Lynsey Buckelew, Dina Fanai, Monica Poulos, Kristin Ewing, Shari Katz, Jackie Washam, Tommy Scrivens and Choreographer Kimberly Schafer. The band features Matt Baker on piano, Adam Kabak on bass and Tim Lykins on drums. Makeup design by Dex Phillip of Dex New York Cosmetics.
Gabrielle Ruiz was last seen on Broadway in the revival of Evita and the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2008, In The Heights, understudying the principle roles of Vanessa, Nina and Carla and performing nightly as Ensemble. Off-Broadway, she was Rosalita for SkippyJon Jones the Musical, a Free Summer Theatre Program by Theatreworks USA. She performed all over the country with rave reviews as DiAna Morales in the 1st National Tour of A Chorus Line and she recently reprised the role of Diana at Papermill Playhouse and Pittsburgh CLO. Her television debut was as a recurring role for ABC's One Life to Live and she has also appeared on Law and Order: SVU and Sesame Street.
Master of Ceremonies "Official Hank" Stampfl has traveled regionally and nationally in the North American Broadway tour of Evita, Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, and Hello, Dolly starring Sally Struthers. He has recently released a pop/dance CD produced by Heather Holley (Christina Aguilera) featuring songs "Life On Stage," "Know Me" featuring Richie Rich, and "Feel Good."
Speakeasy Moderne will play STAGE 72 (158 West 72nd Street) each month with May's show on Thursday, May 30 at 9pm. VIP tickets are $100 each (which includes a champagne reception with the cast before the show and a front orchestra ticket), premium tickets are $50, rear orchestra tickets are $25 and balcony tickets are $15. There is also a two-drink minimum. Tickets can be purchased online atwww.SpeakeasyModerne.com.