Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for NSMT
The stars - and a sold-out crowd of 650 loyal supporters - braved another New England winter storm to attend the North Shore Music Theatre's Save Our Theatre benefit on Tuesday, February 3 at the elegant Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Massachusetts. The evening, hosted by venerable stage veteran and NSMT crowd pleaser David Coffee, exceeded expectations, raising $45,000 for the beleaguered musical theater landmark.
Performers lending their voices to the benefit included special guest stars George Dvorsky and Dick Decareau, taking their night off from the Boston stop of the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to support one of their favorite regional theaters. Dvorsky has starred at NSMT as Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate and Harold Nichols in The Full Monty. Decareau also appeared in Kiss Me, Kate as Baptista and most recently stole audiences' hearts as Wilbur Turnblad opposite Paul Vogt as Edna in Hairspray.
Also singing a hopeful tune for the cause were local and national NSMT alums Peter S. Adams, Gordon Baird, Leigh Barrett, Maureen Brennan, Mary Callanan, Andrew Giordano, Cassandra Marsh, Robert Saoud, and Kathy St. George. The NSMT Orchestra led by Jay Daly also performed, as did the theater's Youth Performance Academy's Rising Stars David Lucey, Alexandra Nader, and Presilah M. Nunez.
Efforts to raise the $4 million needed to mount the 2009 season at the 55-year-old Beverly, Mass. theater-in-the-round continue in New York City next week with benefit concerts at Joe's Pub on February 9 and The Theatre at Saint Peters on February 10. Broadway's Aaron Lazar and Robert Newman of CBS-TV's The Guiding Light are among the many notable NSMT veterans appearing these two nights. For more information or tickets please call the NSMT Box Office at 978-232-7200 or visit www.nsmt.org.
PHOTOS by Jan Nargi
Kathy St. George sings You Made Me Love You
Peter S. Adams and Robert Saoud
Peter S. Adams sings From the Back Row
Gordon Baird comes to save the day as Lancelot
Leigh Barrett sings of Possibilities from The Navigator
Maureen Brennan kids with The Man I Can Love
Mary Callanan, Maureen Brennan and Andrew Giordano
Mary Callanan reaches for a dream
Emcee David Coffee is no Scrooge at this benefit
NMST Orchestra leader Jay Daly
Davide Fellows, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at NSMT
Dick Decareau reprising Timeless to Me
George Dvorsky signs The Full Monty poster for the live auction while former employee Mike Ceceri volunteers to lend a hand
George Dvorsky and Andrew Giordano team for Lily's Eyes
George Dvorsky shows his risque side with a song called Entering Marian
George Dvorsky with BWW's Jan Nargi
George Dvorsky singing Lily's Eyes
Andrew Giordano and George Dvorsky
Andrew Giordano delivers Yestin and Kopit's Phantom
Former Producing Artistic Director Jon Kimbell with Jay Daly
Cassandra March and Peter S. Adams relaxing backstage before the show
Pianist Cassandra Marsh singing an original composition
Robert Saoud belting out Johnny One Note