Photo Coverage: Larry O'Keefe's 'Rites Of Spring' Concert

By: Apr. 26, 2005
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The New Season, a series of concerts at Birdland featuring top Broadway performers and composers, continued on Monday, April 25th with Laurence O'Keefe the award-winning composer/lyricist of Bat Boy: The Musical and the upcoming Legally Blonde.

The show featured O'Keefe's smart, savvy and often hilarious songs sung by a cast which included Jill Abramovitz (Suddenly Hope), Kerry Butler (Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Bat Boy), Joe Cassidy (Les Miserables), Julie Garnye (Hair concert), Deven May (Bat Boy, NYC and UK), Kevin Pariseau (I Love You, You're Perfect…), Mo Rocca ("The Daily Show"), Sara Chase (Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown), and Emma Williams (Bat Boy UK and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK).

Performances will include "Mine All Mine," a new song written for the UK production of Bat Boy: The Musical, "Sensitive Song" from Cops: The Musical, songs from Sarah, Plain and Tall and Cam Jansen along with premiere performances of songs from Legally Blonde.

Larry at the piano

Kerry Butler (as Elle Woods) with "Sorority Sisters"
Jill Abramovitz, Julie Garnye, Sara Chase and
Emma Williams sing a song from Legally Blonde

Sarah Chase with Deven May, Julie Garnye and Joe Cassidy

Deven May, Julie Garnye and Joe Cassidy

Kevin Pariseau sings "Blood in the Water" - a song teaching law
students what it takes to be a lawyer from the upcoming
"Legally Blonde"

Emma Williams and Joe Cassidy sing "The Magic Futon"

The uber-talented Emma Williams who flew in from England to sing
at Larry's concert (and catch some Broadway shows, of course)

Reprising their UK Bat Boy roles, Emma Williams (Shelley Parker)
and Deven May (Bat Boy) sing "Mine All Mine" - a song that had
its American debut at BroadwayWorld's Standing Ovations 2

Deven May and Sara Chase peform "You Drive Me To Drink"

Special guest, Mo Rocca sings a hilarious song from Cam Jamsen

Mo joined by the company of "Rites of Spring"

A very happy Larry O'Keefe

Natascia Diaz and Julie Garnye

Bat Boy Deven May surrounded three "Shelley's"
Emma Williams (UK) Kerry Butler (Off-Broadway) and
Sara Chase (Boston)

Jonathan Sandler, Lance Horn, Natasha Diaz and Cast Party
Host Jim Caruso

A parting shot of the talented cast and band of "Rites of Spring"

The New Season at Birdland is presented by Jim Caruso, in association with, and will also include songwriter Victoria Shaw (May 16), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (May 23), Toxic Audio (May 30), Christine Andreas (June 6), Malcolm Gets (June 13), Max von Essen (July 18) and Christine Ebersole (July 15).