Beth Leavel and More to Perform in BPCMT Benefit Concert at the Laurie Beechman, 1/26
Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel (Drowsy Chaperone; Baby It's You) will be performing in a benefit concert along with other Broadway performers Sunday, at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street on Sunday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and drinks.
Beth and others will sing songs that harken back to their community/youth theater days in a special show designed to support the ongoing work of Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theater (BPCMT). Rachel Bay-Jones (Pippin, HAIR, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Scandalous), Betsy Morgan (The Little Mermaid, A Little Night Music, 25th Anniversary Tour/Broadway Les Miserables), Briana Carlson-Goodman (HAIR, 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserables, Nerds), Liz Byrne (Baby It's You), and Max Quinlan (25th Anniversary Tour/Broadway Les Miserables, Light In The Piazza, Jesus Christ Superstar) join Beth for this unique performance celebrating their community theater roots. A sneak preview from BPCMT's up-coming spring production of Fiddler On The Roof directed by Broadway Veteran Valerie Wright will also be performed.
Longtime Brooklyn children's theater producer and director Corinne Goodman started BPCMT in the fall of 2010. Goodman founded BPCMT to create a home for diverse casts of older teens and adults who love theater and love performing in musical Theater Productions. As Rachel James writes on CrazyTownblog.com about BPCMT's 2013 production of Once On This Island, "Working in New York theatre, you sometimes forget that not everyone wants to do it professionally. Sometimes people do theatre because they love to do theatre. Sometimes people want to try something new. These and other reasons are why it's important to support our local community productions. Because this is how we pass on the story. This is how we continue the fun." Goodman is thrilled to welcome Broadway veteran Valerie Wright as the director of BPCMT's spring 2014 production.
Casts of BPCMT shows have included first time actors, actors from competitive training programs, long dormant actors, seasoned actors looking for a change of atmosphere, dancers looking for more acting experience, and actors who rarely sing and dance. BPCMT sets high standards for its actors and is committed to creating a group of collaborators to produce a show that is better than anyone imagined. At BPCMT, non-traditionally cast performers with a wide range of experience, skill and background support each other, grow as performers, and collaborate in a creative process that is sure to please audiences all around. Come out and support local artists and passionate people who are willing to take risks and work for free!