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Gurland, Castle, Iconis, Etc. Play The Beechman in July

 The West Bank Café has announced upcoming performances to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre. The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue.

This summer, the theatre is proud to announce a new line-up of performers and performances, all of which will take place in the eighty seat venue.

Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance, with the exception of The After Party. All major credit cards are accepted.

The After Party
Every Friday from 10:30pm to 2am
No cover, no minimum
"This weekly open-mic schmoozefest for the theatrically inclined has become the hit of midtown, hosted by iron-lunged Brandon Cutrell and Alysha Umphress, with Ray Fellman at the keys and Lisa Asher behind the bar (her pour is as ferocious as her belt). Come hang and belt out a showtune or two. No cover, no minimum. You never know who might drop by," state press notes.

"Time Flies"
Mondays, July 2 and 9 at 7pm
$20 cover
A collection of short plays by David Ives, presented by Bohemian Archaeology Productions.

Vicky Mordica
Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm
Thursday, July 5 at 7pm
$10 cover
"A young singer continues her series of successful cabaret engagements."

Jim Van Slyke
Tuesday, July 10 at 7pm
$18 cover
"Jim Van Slyke's provocative new show T'he Evolution of Me' takes a powerful look at life's many changes. Jim's dynamic vocals and sensitive interpretations are an engaging metaphor for life's ups and downs. As Music Director, Rick Leonard's exceptional arrangements showcase such renowned composers as John Bucchino, Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel, Tom Waits and William Finn to name a few."

"Shira Lissek: Home"
Wednesdays, July 11, 18 & 25 at 7pm
$20 cover
"Fresh from the role of Mimi in the Philadelphia Kimmel Center's production of La Boheme, Shira Lissek  brings you three nights of Broadway, jazz and originals. Having performed solo shows and pops concerts all over the country, Shira debuts her new show, 'Home,' finding her way back to Broadway and the music that originally inspired her to sing. Musical director Ray Fellman and percussionist Justin Hines join her to cross music industry lines to bring you an evening of fantastic music and storytelling."

David Gurland: D-GUR in Concert '07
Thursday, July 12 at 7pm
$16 cover
"David Gurland concludes his celebrated DGUR Concert Series with Girl Singers and Songwriters from the 1990's and 2000's. Musically Directed by Steven Ray Watkins. Guest starring multimple MAC and Bistro Award winners Lisa Asher, Julie Reyburn and Scott Coulter."

"Joe Iconis & Gaby Alter: Songs That Don't Suck"
Sunday, July 15 at 7pm
$7 cover
"Iconis (2007 Kleban Award; 2006 Larson Award; writer of MCC's The Black Suits) and Alter (San Fransisco Bay Area Theater Critics' Circle Award; NYC Fringe Festival Songwriting Award) are a couple of musical theater dudes who know how to bang a piano almost as well as they know how to write well-crafted and earth-shatteringly catchy songs. Bowery Bums at heart, the boys are happy to be bringing their ragtag melodies and ornery banter uptown. Come see them turn The Beechman into a raucous musical theater honky tonk, complete with special guest stars, uproarious sing-alongs and fake mustaches."

"Company's Matt Castle: Who Am I , Anyway?"
Monday, July 16 at 7pm
$20 cover
"The Beechman's celebrated Great White Way Series continues with a visit from Company's Matt Castle. Some know him as the piano guy, others know him as an actor, arranger, musical director, choral singer, teacher… come find out just exactly who this guy is in this hour of gorgeous music, accompanied by an eight person chamber orchestra. Joining him onstage are fellow Company castmates Angel Yaukey, Leenya Rideout and Fred Rose. Directed by Laura Josepher."

Cashino
Sunday, July 29 at 7pm
$20 cover
"The LA cult hit is now in New York! Comedienne Susan Mosher (Hairspray) and recording artist John Boswell star as Johnny Niagra and Pepper Cole in this multimedia musical show that combines film & live performance like never before. Where Melissa Manchester meets 'Spinal Tap,' Cashino is the multimedia event that will rock your world!"

"Divapalooza 8: DivaMadness"
Monday, July 30 at 7pm
$20 cover
"Producer Joseph Macchia continues his series of cabaret benefits to help youngsters infected with HIV make their way to summer camp. Featuring an eclectic lineup of some of theatre and cabaret's most dynamic performers."
For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm

Visit www.westbankcafe.com for more information.

Photo of Matt Castle by Ben Strothmann



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