Chamberlin & More Attend Beechman Theatre's After Party
The Laurie Beechman Theatre, located within The West Bank Café (407 West 42nd St.), is pleased to continue THE AFTER PARTY, an informal social gathering for the theatrically inclined. Every Friday from 10:30pm till 2am, join hosts Brandon Cutrell (MAC & Bistro Award winner) and Alysha Umphress (XL Star), as well as Ray Fellman (Captain Louie) at the piano and SARAJEAN DEVENPORT behind the bar, for this weekly party in the theatre district. There is no cover charge and no minimum. Come and sing yourself as the mic is always open, or sit back and enjoy a cocktail with friends. Located just blocks from the Great White Way, you never know who might drop in.
On Friday, August 18, we're pleased to welcome special guest, Kevin Chamberlin, currently starring as Amos Hart in Broadway's Chicago. Kevin will be on hand to perform a few numbers and hang out with friends and fans.
The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located downstairs, within The West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd St at 9th Avenue. There is a full bar and bar menu available, and reservations are not necessary for this event.
Kevin Chamberlin most recently starred on Broadway in Seussical as Horton the Elephant (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League nominations). Also on Broadway, Kevin was nominated for a Tony and a Drama Desk for his portrayal of Charlie in Dirty Blonde at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Other Broadway credits include My Favorite Year, Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Triumph of Love. City Center Encores! Series appearances include Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 and One Touch of Venus. Off-Broadway credits include the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical workshop Wise Guys, directed by Sam Mendes at New York Theatre Workshop; Smoke on the Mountain at the Lamb's Theatre; and Juno at the Vineyard. Kevin is a member of The Drama Dept. and appeared in their production of As Thousands Cheer. Regional: Yale Rep, McCarter Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rep. Theater of St. Louis and Theaterworks/USA. Film: The upcoming The Road to Perdition, directed by Sam Mendes; Die Hard: With a Vengeance; In and Out; Trick; Letters From a Killer and Herman USA. TV: "Earthly Possessions" for HBO, directed by James Lapine; "New York News" (series regular); "Liberty;" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
Brandon Cutrell is a Bistro Award and two-time MAC Award-winner. New York credits: Broadway By The Year at Town Hall, The 2nd Annual Broadway Unplugged Concert at Town Hall, Pippin (with Ben Vereen and Rosie O'Donnell), La Gioconda at TheatreSource, David Friedman's King Island Christmas and Liz Swados' Waiting For Lefty. National: Theatre of the Stars, Goodspeed Musicals, the Human Race Theatre and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. For nearly two years, Brandon was the original host of the MAC Award nominated show, Mostly Sondheim. Last December, Brandon made his debut in the world-famous Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel. Last month, Brandon made his solo debut at Feinstein's at the Regency, New York's legendary nightclub on Park Avenue. Please visit www.BrandonCutrell.com.
Alysha Umphress, a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory, made a splash last year at the Chelsea bar, XL, winning their American Idol-type competition, XL Star. She recently opened for Diana Krall at the Fujitsu Jazz Festival, soloed along side Carlos Santana at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium and performed with the Boston Pops. Regional roles include the Witch in Into the Woods, Trina in Falsettos and Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress. Alysha is the recipient of two Bay Area Theatre Critics Awards for her work in Rags and FAB! She has belted out the National Anthem for The Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and San Jose Sharks.
Ray Fellman recently made his Off-Broadway debut when he was handpicked by Stephen Schwartz to musical direct his off-Broadway musical, Captain Louie. Other Musical Director credits include The Tutor by Wood/Gerle (59 E. 59th), Reluctant Pilgrim (The Barrow Group), Blood Drive: A Musical Triptych by Sheinkin/Derfner (workshop at the O'Neill Theater Center) and Amahl and the Night Visitors (national tour directed by David Aiken). Ray has been seen behind the piano in The Storefront Theatre's New Mondays (with Bill Russell and Emily Skinner), No Reservations (starring Brandon Cutrell with special guests Karen Mason and Shoshana Bean), Broadway Downtown (with Kristy Cates) and We Miss Nancy: The Storefront Sings Lamott (with Liz McCartney). He has also served as accompanist for Utah Festival Opera Company, The Opera Company of Brooklyn, Mid America Productions at Carnegie Hall (with John Rutter) and A Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony starring Judy Kaye. As a singer, Ray has sung with some of the finest opera companies in the country, including Florida Grand, Glimmerglass and New Orleans operas. Ray holds degrees in piano and voice from the Indiana University School of Music.
SARAJEAN DEVENPORT Raised in San Jose, California, Sarajean received her formal training at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Most recently, Sarajean was seen in the "Lost Musicals" reading of Silk Stockings at the Florence Gould Hall in NYC. Sarajean has also performed at the St. Louis Muny, Kansas City Starlight and American Musical Theatre of San Jose. Her portrayal of Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods won her the AMTSJ-Bay Area Music Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other regional credits include Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees, Oolie in City Of Angels, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, The Lead Ronette in Leader Of The Pack, Woman #1 in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Mrs. Walker in The Who's Tommy, Muriel McGillicuddy in Let's Face It and Woman #3 in Personals.
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