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Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander

The Encompass New Opera Theatre paid tribute to composer John Kander of May 15 in a gala performance at the National Arts Club.

After a welcome by Harold Prince, a selection of Kander's songs were performed by stage vets including Chita Rivera, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, Debra Monk, James Naughton, Richard Thomas, Karen Ziemba, Peter Howard, and more. The benefit was chaired by lyricist Sheldon Harnick.

Encompass New Opera Theatre is dedicated to creating, developing and producing imaginative productions of new music theatre and contemporary
opera. Striving to discover and nurture emerging artists, premiere groundbreaking new productions, and revive important 20th century operas
by outstanding American and international composers, Encompass has produced over 46 fully-mounted operas with orchestra and staged readings
of more than 100 new works, from jazz and cabaret to musicals and opera.

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Debra Monk, Joe Stein, John Kander and Albert Stephenson

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Stephen Sondheim and Roger Berlind

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Jamie DeRoy and Steven Ernst

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Sheldon Harnick, Nancy Rhodes, Hal Prince and Joe Stein

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Rose Billings, Robert Goulet and Vera Goulet

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Harriet Slaughter, Shari Upbin, Joan Fisher and Hal Prince

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Shari Upbin, and Nancy Rhodes

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Robert Goulet, Nancy Rhodes, and Jeff Saver

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
James Naughton, Shari Upbin, and Richard Thomas

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
David Loud, and Karen Ziemba

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Bruce Saver, Jeff Saver and Chita Rivera

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Hal Prince

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Karen Ziemba sings "Willing to Ride" from Steel Pier

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Richard Thomas sings "She's a Woman" from Kiss of the Spider Woman

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Debra Monk sings "Everybody's Girl" from Steel Pier

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
James Naughton sings "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
 Marin Mazzie launches into "Ring Them Bells" from Liza with a Z

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Jason Danieley takes his responsibility as 'Bell Ringer' very seriously!

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Daniely sings "The Only One" from The Visit

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Nancy Rhodes

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
The Encompass Singers

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Harriet Slaughter

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Robert Goulet

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
The one and only Chita Rivera!

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Rivera shows her love for John Kander

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Kander is honored.

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Bruce Saver, John Kander, Robert Goulet

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Nancy Rhodes, Jeff Saver, Chita Rivera, Harriet Slaughter

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
Husband and wife Daniely and Mazzie.

Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander
John Kander and Jason Daniely

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


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