Photo Coverage: Vegas in Gotham Benefit

April 13
2:32 PM 2007

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  Visit 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 ( 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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