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Laurie Beechman Theatre Announces November Line-Up

The West Bank Café has announced the November, 2006 line-up of live entertainment, to be presented in The Laurie Beechman Theatre.and 8pm.

"The Laurie Beechman Theatre has a rich tradition of presenting cutting-edge work, which has played a role in shaping American theatre and live performance. Since the 80's, the theatre has staged numerous plays and hosted a myriad of live performance events," state press notes. 

"This November, the theatre is proud to announce an exciting and eclectic line-up of performers and performances, all of which will take place in the gorgeous 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 schedule follows:

Jude Treder-Wolff
Friday, November 3 at 7pm
"Psycho Therapist performs 2-woman show."

Richard Malavert in "Forever Yours"
Friday, Nov 3 at 9:30pm
"Celebrated cabaret artist Richard Malavet takes to our stage in a brand new show featuring an eclectic mix of standard (Kern, Loesser) and contemporary music (Ahrens and Flaherty) and even a few Spanish boleros thrown in! Ross Patterson at the piano, and featuring a stellar instrumental quartet."

The After Party
Every Friday from 10:30pm to 2am
No cover, no minimum
"We continue our weekly open-mic schmoozefest for the theatrically inclined, hosted by iron-lunged Brandon Cutrell and Alysha Umphress, with Ray Fellman at the keys. Come hang and belt out a showtune or two. No cover, no minimum."

Darrian Ford
Sun, Nov 5 at 4pm
Mon, Nov 6 at 9:30pm
"A concert preview of Darrian's original musical, You Send Me, a portrait of legendary singer Sam Cooke. His best loved hits and some lesser known gems performed stylistically authentic, just the way you remember "Mr. Soul". Also in the cast: Sinclair Mitchell, Elizabeth Priestly and Jason Veasey."

"Marcus Simeone: My Romance"
Sunday, Nov 5 at 7pm
"After debuting this show with musical director Tracy Strak on our stage as part of our popular brunch series, Marcus returns for an encore performance. Featuring the music of a myriad of classic and contemporary composers, including Stark herself."

"Lisa Asher: Stranded in the Moonlight"
Mondays, Nov 6, 13, 20 at 7pm
"Lisa Asher returns to our stage for an extended run of her smash-hit show, Stranded in the Moonlight, a celebration of the music of Chicago-based composer Michael Peter Smith. NOT to be missed."

"Jasper Kump: Starfish & Coffee"
Friday, November 10 @ 7pm
"'Starfish and Coffee' is a super-eclectic, soulful selection of songs that span 50 years of music. Inspired by Jasper's habit of playing songs from his favorite artists and CDs for friends – for hours on end – this is music that entertains, inspires and arouses! From Sylvia Syms to The Smiths and from Mr. Rogers to Jill Scott."

"Angelo Scollo: My Heart Stood Still"
Friday, Nov 10 at 9:30pm
Fri, Nov 17 at 9:30pm
"With her signature ability to bring a fresh sound to both traditional musical theatre and newer, more obscure material, Angela Scollo's 'My Heart Stood Still' explores the absurdity, humor and humanity of the five stages of grief by way of such varied songwriters as Stephen Sondheim, Comden and Green, Noel Coward, Alanis Morrisette, Michael John La Chiusa and Rufus Wainwright. Directed by Stephen Bel-Davies with musical direction and arrangements by Lisa DeSpain and Taylor Hollyer on bass."

"New Faces of '06"
Monday, Nov 13 at 9:30pm
"A new series at the Beechman, we'll be introducing new faces to the cabaret scene. This inaugural show kicks things off with three thrilling vocalists, each making their cabaret debuts: Alvin Crawford (Broadway's The Lion King), Katie Klaus (Broadway's Times They Are a Changin'), and Courter Simmons (Regional: Singin' in the Rain)."

"Marianne Challis: Confessions of a Middle-Aged Party Girl… Time to Start Livin'"
Wed, Nov 15 at 7pm
Fri, Nov 17 at 7pm
Marianne Challis brings her irreverent and refreshing take on the lives of the baby-boomer generation to the cabaret stage with a winning combination of sophisticated songstress and rib-tickling comedienne.  With illustrious musical director, Christopher Marlowe, at the piano, and Dick Sarpola on bass, Challis performs an eclectic mix of musical favorites by such writers as Irving Berlin, Julle Styne, Lyle Lovett, Rodgers & Hart and Gian Carlo Menotti.  Directed by MAC award winner, Scott Barnes." 

Jon Weber
Sun, Nov 26 at 4pm
$45 with brunch included, $20 show only
"The celebrated jazz pianist makes his Beechman debut as part of our poplar brunch series." 

"Jean Brassard: The Kid from Paris"
Sun, Nov 26 at 7pm
Tue, Nov 28 at 7pm
"Jean Brassard sings Yves Montand"

"Scott Nevins: Celeb-u-Taunt: Don't You Know Who I Think I Am?"
Mon, Nov 27 @ 7pm
"Award winning host, comedian, and TV/radio personality Scott Nevins debuts his first solo show 'Celeb-u-Taunt: Don't You Know Who I Think I Am?' at The Laurie Beechman Theater. A comedic, multimedia experience,e Scott salutes Hollywood, Broadway, his family and anyone else who bottlenecks his trip down the red carpet!"

Uptown Express
Wed, Nov 29 at 8pm (with special guest, Karen Mason)
Thur, Nov 30 at 8pm (with special guest, Richard Skipper as Carol Channing)
"Uptown Express rings in the season with terrific pops standards in new arrangements, holiday tunes and special guests. With staging by Mark Martino, James Followell at the piano and Mary Rodriguez on drums, this will be the show to get your holidays off to a swingin' start."

The West Bank Café is located at 407 West 42nd. St., at Ninth Avenue. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm.

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