Photo Coverage: Vegas in Gotham Benefit

Vegas came to Gotham when Gotham Stage Company and MS Hope for a Cure, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, co-hosted the benefit evening "Vegas in Gotham - Playing for Hope," April 10 at The Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South). 

The event was an evening of casino gaming for prizes accompanied by cabaret performances by "The Women of Gotham" benefiting two charitable organizations.  The "Women of Gotham" included: Bridget Everett (At Least It's Pink); Julie Haubner Smith (Les Miserables); Betsy Werbel (Les Miserables), and Kimberly Stern (Becoming Adele).

Michael Barra, Producing Artistic Director of Gotham Stage Company offers, "Gotham is proud to team up with MS Hope for a Cure for this co-benefit.  It's not every day that you can serve such a broad and diverse segment of the community in one night.  With EJ Levy's long and successful history raising funds and awareness for MS we wanted to show our appreciation and support for her on behalf of the Off-Broadway community."

For tickets and more information on Gotham Stage Company, please visit www.GothamStage.org.  Visit www.hopeforacure.org for more on Hope for a Cure.

 
Lauren Moore, Nicole Silva, Amy Youhas and Marsha Lewis


Margarita Rosario and Blutarco Garcia


"Casino" players


Judd Levy, Blutarco Garcia, Lisa Risi and Ruth Brenner


Michael Barra and EJ Levy


Some of the prizes


Zach Shaffer and Bridget Everett


Maria Marchetti and Woody Woodstock


Brian Bustos and Shane Marshall Brown


Kimberly Stern, Julia Haubner Smith and Kathy Haubner


Greg Giancola, Francis Cannon, Randy Rains, Liz Kepniss and John Marshall, Frank Schultz, Christine Burke and Michele Manfreda


Kimberly Stern


Peter Smith, Arnie Mazer, Julia Haubner Smith, Carl SmithHaan, Kimberly Stern, Cat McKenzie, and Matt Alago


Vinny Paolozzi, Michael Barra and Katie Dietz


Julie Haubner Smith


Julie Haubner Smith


Betsy Werbel


Bridget Everett


Bridget Everett


Bridget Everett


Bridget Everett


Cat McKenzie, Katie Dietz, Nathan Jackson, Michael Barra and Darlene Jackson


Marsha Lewis and Nicole Silva


Judd Levy and Shane Marshall Brown


Mariq Martinez, Gary Williams and Sharon Dorsey


Katie Dietz


Cole Haan and Vin Paolazzi (Gotham Stage Company Board Chairman)


Magical Matt


Joe Trentacosta


Shane Marshall Brown, Magical Matt and Derek Spisak


Derek Spisak


Bridget Everett


Bridget Everett


Kimberly Stern


Betsy Werbel


Betsy Werbel


Betsy Werbel


Betsy Werbel


Michael Barra with benefit participants


Michael Barra, benefit participants and David Shih


Shirley Rodeiguez, Debra McBride and Paul Ness


Michael Barra and Katie Dietz


Bottom row left to right: Kimberly Stern, Stacy Pershep, Julia Haubner Smith, Peter Smith, Betsy Werbel; Middle Row: Michael Barra, Katie Dietz, Cat McKenzie; Top Row: Zach Shaffer, Vin Paolozzi, EJ Levy and Bridget Everett

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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.