Halston, Glover, Herdlicka And More Honor Michael Kuchwara At Birdland 2/28


Michael Kuchwara, the beloved Associated Press theater reporter and critic for over 25 years, devoted his life to the theater. In May of 2010, following a brief illness, Kuchwara's untimely passing was linked to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). In his honor and to increase awareness of this fatal disease, his friends are putting on a show just for him.

The event will be held on Monday, February 28, 2011 (what would be Kuchwara's 64th birthday) and will be held at Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th St.). Doors open at 5:30pm and the show will start promptly at 7:00pm. Limited tickets ($100, $75, $50) are available. All proceeds will go to The Michael Kuchwara Fund benefiting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Using his writings over the last 25 years, some of his favorite stars have been invited to perform songs from his some of his favorite shows. Julie Halston, currently featured in the Off-Broadway hit The Divine Sister will host the evening featuring Marc Kudisch, Kevin Chamberlin, Alison Fraser, Montego Glover, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Ralph Howard, Leslie Kritzer, Sally Mayes, Michael McCormick, Lindsay Mendez, Noah Racey, Sherie Rene Scott, Mary Testa, Betsy Wolfe, and surprise guests. The benefit is directed by Carl Andress with musical direction by Patrick Vaccariello, musical preparation by Ed Windels, and written by D. Michael Dvorchak and Julie Halston. Accompaniment is provided by Jim Laev (piano), William Sloat (bass) and Eric Poland (drums).

Email kuchwaraevent@gmail.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
Donations are tax deductible (minus the $25 per ticket estimated fair market value). Individual tickets do NOT include a $10 food/drink minimum.

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