Photo Coverage: A Night in Gotham Benefit

Kevin Cahoon, Megan Lawrence, Constantine Maroulis, Catherine Brunell and other stars performed in the Gotham Stage Company's (GSC) first annual benefit performance, A Night in Gotham, which took place on October 9th at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Veterans from both Broadway and Off-Broadway performed Gotham-inspired songs and scenes.   Jason Eagan directed.  Performers included: Maroulis, Cahoon (The Wedding Singer), Lawrence (Tony-nominee – The Pajama Game), Kevin Kern (The Wedding Singer), Brunell  (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Zach Shaffer (The Man Who Came to Dinner, A View from the Bridge), Kimberly Stern (GSC's upcoming Becoming Adele), and Bridget Everett (Off-Broadway's At Least It's Pink), among others.

"Gotham Stage Company was formed in 2005 as a not-for-profit theater. Founded by Michael Barra, Peter Smith, Julia Haubner Smith, and Katie Dietz, GSC was created to allow the founders, and their contemporaries, the opportunity to gain and share experiences, hone their crafts, display their wares, and to produce and perform the types of work that they found lacking in the commercial theatre. Gotham Stage Company officially arrived in the Spring of 2006 with its world premiere production of Randall David Cook's Sake with the Haiku Geisha at The Perry Street Theater. Gotham Stage has since received international exposure and has grown to its current 14 members," state press notes.

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Zach Shaffer

Zach Shaffer

Zach Shaffer, Sharon Michaels, Katie Dietz, Angela Lin and Arnie Mazer

Zach Shaffer, Sharon Michaels, Katie Dietz, Angela Lin and Arnie Mazer

Zach Shaffer, Sharon Michaels, Katie Dietz, Angela Lin and Arnie Mazer

Katie Dietz, Angela Lin and Zach Shaffer

Sharon Michaels

Betsy Werbel singing "Meadowlark"

Angela Lin, Katie Dietz and Sharon Michaels

Arnie Mazer and Zach Shaffer

Zach Shaffer and Arnie Mazer

Kevin Cahoon

Kevin Cahoon

Kevin Cahoon

Angela Lin

Bridget Everett

Catherine Brunell sings "Gimme Gimme"

Catherine Brunell

Angela Lin and Sharon Michaels

Zach Shaffer, Katie Dietz and Arnie Mazer

Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis

Constantine Maroulis and Jim Boggia

Kevin Kern sings "What I Did for Love"

Sharon Michaels

Arnie Mazer and Sharon Michaels

Kimberly Stern singing "Confessions of a New Yorker"

Sharon Michaels and Katie Dietz

Zach Shaffer and Sharon Michaels

Zach Shaffer, Sharon Michaels and Katie Dietz

Megan Lawrence

Megan Lawrence

Megan Lawrence

Katie Dietz

Julia Haubner Smith singing "New York State of Mind"

Arnie Mazer, Sharon Michaels, Katie Dietz, Angela Lin, Zach Shaffer, Julia Haubner Smith, Kimberly Stern, Betsy Werbel, Catherine Brunell, Megan Lawrence, Bridget Everett, Constantine Maroulis, Jim Boggia, and Kevin Kern

Michael H. Barra and Arnie Mazer

Victor Maog, Kimberly Stern and Eric Houston

Peter Smith, Julia Haubner Smith, Katie Dietz, and Michael Barra

Constantine Maroulis and Julia Haubner Smith

Constantine Maroulis and Jim Boggia

Gwyneth Leech (Perfect Families) and Joyce Pommer (Franklin 54 Gallery)

Peter Smith and Cat McKenzie

Jason Eagan, Arnie Mazer, Zach Shaffer, and Randall David Cook

Constantine Maroulis and Jill Marie Gulseth (Miss Illinois USA)

Gary Kosar, Jenn Kosar, Kerry Thomson-Reed, Paul Dumond; (back) Juho Lahdenpera and Mark Thomson-Reed

James Fama, Paul Marcarelli (Verizon Wireless guy), Jayson Eagan, Sharon Michaels and Matthew Michaels

Dave Clemente, Shane Marshall Brown, Frank Boccia and Jason Drew

Alex Lippard, Alison DeSantis, Randall David Cook, Michael Barra and Katie Dietz

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