THE AMANDA MCBROOM PROJECT to Play the Laurie Beechman, 3/8-16
The theatre is located at 407 W. 42 Street (Between 9 and 10 Avenues). Reservations: 212.695.6909. Music charge $20. Food/drink minimum $15.
On four magical nights, 30 incredible women will pay tribute to one great songwriter in The Amanda McBroom project, directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with musical direction by Jeff Cubeta. The Laurie Beechman Theatre will host a rotating cast of phenomenal theatrical and cabaret talent as they join together to sing the songs of Amanda McBroom in four unique evenings celebrating the career and music of one of the country's best-loved artists. From "The Rose" and "The Portrait" to "Ship in a Bottle" and "Erroll Flynn," Ms. McBroom's songs have thrilled audiences for decades. Now, hear them as never before, as well as little-known gems from her vast catalogue.
Raissa Katona Bennett
Erin Wegner Brooks
Danielle Erin Rhodes
Amanda McBroom has been called "the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match." Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler's version of Amanda's song "The Rose" hit number one all over the world. But it was Amanda's performance of her own songs on the Golden Globes, the Grammy awards, and the Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as a songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, The Manhattan Transfer, and Donny Osmond.
Her love of and background in musical theater (she starred in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and European productions of "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," on Broadway in "Seesaw," and in "Sweeney Todd," "A Little Night Music" and "Mame") compelled her to create a musical based on her songs. "Heartbeats" made its debut in Los Angeles and the play has enjoyed over 15 regional Theater Productions around the U.S.
Now, the bright new production of the Amanda McBroom Project, created by Eric Michael Gillett, brings 30 leading ladies of both cabaret and theater to interpret her exquisite songs over a run of four nights. Each evening is uniquely structured and cast from this amazing ensemble of women. (Biographies of the cast will be handed out each evening.)
The show has been directed by Eric Michael Gillett, known as an actor, singer, and director. He has recently performed his own show, "Careless Rhapsody: The Lyrics of Lorenz Hart," at 54 Below to great acclaim. www.ericmichaelgillett.com
Musical director Jeff Cubeta is a vocalist, songwriter, and pianist. He has musical directed numerous shows for Eric Michael Gillett. Watch for the announcement of a solo show of all his original music. www.jeffcubeta.com