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Photo Coverage: Encompass New Opera Honors John Kander

May 21
8:40 PM 2005
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.

Debra Monk, Joe Stein, John Kander and Albert Stephenson

Stephen Sondheim and Roger Berlind

Jamie DeRoy and Steven Ernst

Sheldon Harnick, Nancy Rhodes, Hal Prince and Joe Stein

Rose Billings, Robert Goulet and Vera Goulet

Harriet Slaughter, Shari Upbin, Joan Fisher and Hal Prince

Shari Upbin, and Nancy Rhodes

Robert Goulet, Nancy Rhodes, and Jeff Saver

James Naughton, Shari Upbin, and Richard Thomas

David Loud, and Karen Ziemba

Bruce Saver, Jeff Saver and Chita Rivera

Hal Prince

Karen Ziemba sings "Willing to Ride" from Steel Pier

Richard Thomas sings "She's a Woman" from Kiss of the Spider Woman

Debra Monk sings "Everybody's Girl" from Steel Pier

James Naughton sings "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago

 Marin Mazzie launches into "Ring Them Bells" from Liza with a Z

Jason Danieley takes his responsibility as 'Bell Ringer' very seriously!

Daniely sings "The Only One" from The Visit

Nancy Rhodes

The Encompass Singers

Harriet Slaughter

Robert Goulet

The one and only Chita Rivera!

Rivera shows her love for John Kander

Kander is honored.

Bruce Saver, John Kander, Robert Goulet

Nancy Rhodes, Jeff Saver, Chita Rivera, Harriet Slaughter

Husband and wife Daniely and Mazzie.

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 ( 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 for more info.

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