Eric Michael Gillett's WE LOST IT AT THE MOVIES Series to Kick Off at the Laurie Beechman, 2/17
Eric Michael Gillett and friends will present We Lost It at the Movies, the premiere of a new bi-monthly series, beginning Sunday, February 17 at 7pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42 Street (Between 9 and 10 Avenues). Reservations: 212.695.6909. Music charge $20. Food/drink minimum $15. $5 Discount to AEA/Singers Forum/HB Studio/MAC/Cabaret Hotline.
Eric Michael Gillett and a team of talented performers will share stories about their favorite films, the songs that most influenced them, the history of the songs in the films and the people who originated them, and even gossip about Hollywood's heyday.
Eric Michael Gillett is our director and host. Jeff Cubeta will be musical director. Performers include featured guest Valerie Lemon, Sheera Ben-David, Raissa Katona Bennett, Shana Farr, Chris J. Handley, Elise Holman, Leah Jennings, Eva Kantor, Marissa Mulder, Jennifer Sheehan, Sonja Stuart, and Melanie Vaughan.
Featured guest Valerie Lemon performed across the United States for twelve years as concert soloist for Academy Award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch. She has also been the star of her own solo shows, "The Music of Marvin Hamlisch" and "With a Song in My Heart: The Songs of Jane Froman." www.valerielemon.com
Sheera Ben-David has performed cabaret at various venues in and around Manhattan, such as The Metropolitan Room, The National Arts Club, Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and many other benefits and events. She was awarded the Ira Eaker Award for Special Achievement at the Backstage Bistro Cabaret Awards in April of 2007. Her latest album, "On a Carousel," is available for purchase at www.cdbaby.com and on iTunes. www.sheerabendavid.com
Raissa Katona Bennett's Broadway performances include the lead role of Christine in "Phantom of the Opera," and "Chess" and the First National Tours of "Cats" and "Parade." She is the MAC and Bistro Award Winning host and producer of the Concerts for City Greens, and she recently launched her new CD, "Another Kind of Light" on LML Music with a critically-acclaimed week-long engagement at Feinstein's. The New York Times said she is "A tart-tongued commentator on modern life" and "Her theatrical soprano...is an effective vehicle for witty storytelling." This season, she has been nominated for four Broadway World Cabaret Awards. www.raissakatonabennett.com
Shana Farr is winner of the 2012 Julie Wilson Award from the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Out now is her debut album "Out Of The Shadows." Shana is a gifted songstress praised by critics at the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Backstage, and Cabaret Scenes, among others. www.shanafarr.com
Chris J. Handley has appeared in theater companies in Manhattan and elsewhere, in productions of "The Producers," "Singing in the Rain," "Hello Dolly," "She Loves Me," "The Pajama Game," and more. He has been featured on the web series "Empire" and has produced and written the web comedy "This Just In." Chris recently traveled and performed up and down the MIssissippi River on the American Queen steamboat. www.chrisjhandley.com