Lauren Kennedy, Liz Larsen & Scott Alan Guest at Lauren Thomas Concert at Duplex 1/17
According to press notes,"A Way Back to Then" takes the audience through Ms. Thomas' younger years, from community theater to summer camp at Stagedoor Manor, all the way to her struggles to become a successful actress in Manhattan. "
Thomas will be joined by some very special guest performers, include Broadway veterans Lauren Kennedy and Liz Larsen as well as composer/lyricist Scott Alan, who will accompany Thomas on a selection from his songbook.
The 7pm concert will be musically directed and arranged by Michael Larsen.
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at 61 Christopher Street. There is a $10 music charge and a two-drink minimum; for reservations call (212) 255-5438 or visit theduplex.com.
Lauren Thomas - Lauren is a local New York actress who has appeared in regional productions of "Les Miserables," "My Fair Lady," and "West Side Story." A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she was most recently seen at Birdland, performing in composers Scott Alan's concert.
Lauren Kennedy - Broadway: The Lady of the Lake in Monty Python's Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Side Show as Daisy Hilton, and Les Misérables as Fantine. Also, Cinderella at The New York City Opera. London: Trevor Nunn's revival of South Pacific as Nellie Forbush at The Royal National Theatre. Lauren starred opposite Val Kilmer in The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Most recently she starred in pre-Broadway productions of Vanitites at The Pasadena Playhouse and Lone Star Love with The Red Clay Ramblers. Other new works and premieres:, Zelda Fitzgerald in Frank Wildhorn's Waiting For The Moon (Lenape, Barrymore Award Nom. for Best Actress), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award Nom. for Best Actress), White Christmas, Breakfast At Tiffany's (St. Louis MUNY), Hot Shoe Shuffle (TUTS), The Trumpet of the Swan (The Kennedy Center), and The Last Five Years (Northlight). National Tour: Sunset Boulevard as Betty Schaefer. Both her new album Here And Now and her debut album Lauren Kennedy: Songs Of Jason Robert Brown have both received rave reviews and are available on PS Classics. She is also an Artistic Advisor at Farmer's Alley Theatre and Hot Summer Night's At The Kennedy.
Liz Larsen - Broadway: HAIRSPRAY, ROCKY HORROR SHOW, THE SMELL OF THE KILL, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA* (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations, LA Dramalogue Award Best Featured Actress) DAMN YANKEES, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, STARMITES*, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, ANNIE, DUBARRY WAS A LADY (City Center) Other New York shows: SUCH GOOD FRIENDS (NYMF - Outstanding Performance Award), A NEW BRAIN*, BINGO*, HIM AND HER (Fringe excellence award- performance), NEW YORKERS, LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC, PERSONALS, LITTLE BY LITTLE*. Road: SUNDAY IN THE PARK (Helen Hayes Award Lead Actress), BABY (Helen Hayes Award nomination Featured Actress) FALSETTOS, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE VALUE OF NAMES (with Jack Klugman) ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, EVITA, JOESEPH....DREAMCOAT. TV: Series Regular: MY GUYS. Recurring roles on: LAW AND ORDER, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, THIRD WATCH. Guest star: SOPRANOS, SEX AND THE CITY, CRIMINAL INTENT, CONVICTION, DEADLINE, THE STREET, EXILED (M.O.W.) Concerts and recordings: 20 different compilation recordings on the Varese Sarabande label, Oh! Kay, Broadway 1960, and Symphonic Pops Concerts all over the world from the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall to the Gothenberg Symphony, Sweden. *Original Cast Recordings
Scott Alan - Scott wrote the book, music and lyrics for the musical Detour in Los Angeles. Since returning to New York City five years ago, many of Broadway's elite have sung his music, including Liz Callaway, Shoshana Bean, Adriane Lenox, Stephanie J. Block, Cheyenne Jackson, Eden Espinosa and more, all of which can be found featured on his debut CD Dreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott Alan now available on his website and iTunes. He has sold out concerts of his music in New York City at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and Birdland and his forthcoming sold out concert in London's West End's The Duchess Theatre. In October 2008, Alan released the follow up CD, Keys, which features more of Broadway and West End elite singing his work, including Sutton Foster, Norm Lewis, Kerry Ellis, Randy Graff, Megan Hilty, Hadley Fraser, Julia Murney and many more. His current Theatre Projects include 'Piece,' which was featured at the 2003 Palo Alto TheatreWorks festival, 2005 NAMT festival and 2006 Seattle Theatre Festival and 'The Warmth of the Womb,' a new song cycle.His love for new talent helped conceive and produce the acclaimed monthly series, 'Monday Nights, New Voices' at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre, which is now heading into this fifth year. The series honors and celebrates new vocalists and new writers in the theatre community. Alan also produced and directed the Neo2 Benefit Concert at the York Theatre in 2006 featuring some of todays brightest up and coming composers and lyricists, sung by some of Broadways greatest performers. www.scottalan.net