Seth Rudetsky, Alex Gemignani, Debra Monk Join NYC Loves Vermont 9/26
The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company may be located in Vermont, but its heart and soul are in the New York theater community. Evidence of this is the growing list of Broadway regulars who are donating their performances next Monday in New York City Loves Vermont, Broadway Floods the Weston Playhouse With Love: A Benefit Concert.
The producers of the event have announced that Alex Gemignani, Heather MacRae, Debra Monk, Seth Rudetsky, Roger Seyer, Dorothy Stanley, the cast of [title of show], and Lillias White will appear with the previously announced Adam Guettel, Sally Ann Howes, Christopher Lloyd, Cass Morgan, Kelli O'Hara, and Emily Skinner in a one-night-only event at New World Stages on Monday, September 26th.
"The support has been overwhelming," says David Bonanno, who is slated to co-host the event with his wife Charma Bonanno, both Weston Playhouse regulars. "When people heard The Playhouse needed help, the calls and emails started flooding in." Bonanno, who appeared in the Broadway cast of The Light in the Piazza, began by calling his former cast members. "My first call was to Kelli O'Hara, and she said she would do everything she could to help," recalls Bonanno.
The Weston Playhouse, perched picturesquely alongside Vermont's West River, suffered well over $300,000 in damages from Tropical Storm Irene when the river overflowed its banks. The disaster garnered attention from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and inspired a group of Weston alumni to create this benefit concert.
In addition to the performances, there will be a raffle with an array of valuable prizes, from Broadway theatre tickets, to salon services, to unique items available nowhere else. In keeping with the Vermont theme, the first 100 people to arrive at the event will get a sample of genuine Vermont maple syrup from The Brown Family Farm.
ABOUT: New York City Loves Vermont, Broadway Floods the Weston Playhouse with Love: A Benefit Concert will be an evening of entertainment by Broadway artists to raise money for Vermont's Weston Playhouse Theatre Company.
WHERE: New World Stages, 340 West 50th St, between 8th and 9th Avenues at World Wide Plaza.
WHEN: Monday, September 26, 2011. One night only!
6:00 PM doors open, the first 100 people to arrive will get a sample of Vermont maple syrup
7:00 PM performance
WHO: Co-Producers: Gretchen Margaroli and Sharon Wheatley; Director: Frances Limoncelli; Musical Supervisor: Rob Meffe; Assistant Musical Supervisor: Daniel Feyer; Guest Musical Directors: Matt Castle, Darius Frowner, Michael Hicks, Jack Lee, Eric Svejcar; Stage Managers: Lloyd Davis, Jr, Emily Levin, Phill Madore, Melissa Spengler; Sound Design: Kim Carbone; Lighting Design: Travis McHale; Projection Design: Brad Peterson; Video Design: Randy Blair and Diana Glazer; Raffle Coordinator: Piper Goodeve. Hosts: Charma and David Bonanno. Appearances by: David Benoit, Charma Bonanno, David Bonanno, The Broadway Boys, Teddy Eck, Alex Gemignani, Piper Goodeve, Adam Guettel, Susan Haefner, Sally Ann Howes, Joe Iconis and Family, Jack Lee, Christopher Lloyd, Mingo Long, Heather MacRae, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, Marcus Neville, Kelli O'Hara, Georga Osborne, Seth Rudetsky, Roger Seyer, Emily Skinner, Dorothy Stanley, Susan Terry, the cast of [title of show], Amy Van Nostrand, Sharon Wheatley, Lillias White, and a host of other Broadway and Weston Playhouse performers.
TICKETS: Advance tickets are $101.50, call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com
On the day of the performance $36.50 tickets will be available at the box office to Weston alumni and artists with a union card or a picture/resume.
DONATE: Those who can't attend the benefit can donate online: https://www.westonplayhouse.org/donate.php
Photo Credit: Walter McBride/WM Photos