The Laurie Beechman Theatre Announces November Events

The Laurie Beechman Theatre Announces November Events

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. For reservations, please call 212.695.6909.

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.

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 one hundred seat venue.

Please note there is a $15 food and/or beverage minimum at each performance. All major credit cards are accepted, and a full dinner/bar menu is available.
Joan Rivers

Tickets, $45: only at or 212 352 3101

Please refer to for upcoming dates & availability

Legendary comedian and Celebrity Apprentice winner Joan Rivers brings her live stand-up act to Times Square's Laurie Beechman Theatre. Rivers presents an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on The Celebrity Apprentice, Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashion. A full dinner menu and bar are available, and pianist Lance Cruce plays from the time doors open until Joan takes the stage. Tickets are $45 with net proceeds going to Rivers' favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Geri Reischl: Fake Jan Sings for Real
Tues, Nov 1@ 7:30 pm
$10 cover: only at or 212 352 3101

Geri Reischl, known as Fake Jan by fans when she replaced Eve Plumb on the Brady Bunch Variety Hour, sings songs from her new CD, shows vintage TV clips, and reminisces about her year as Jan Brady on one of the strangest television shows ever produced.

Simply Streisand

Wed, Nov 2 @ 7 pm

$20 cover

The Laurie Beechman Theatre is very pleased to announce two very special performances of a brand new venture, SIMPLY STREISAND, a celebration of Ms. Barbra Streisand, her legendary career and the music she made famous. Barbra has returned to New York's cabarets! At Simply Streisand, you'll hear music that spans her legendary career, from the tunes she belted out in the small nightclubs of New York, to her 70‘s disco-infused period, straight through to the mega ballads that have come to define her work. Included in the cast of Simply Streisand is a smattering of some of Broadway and Cabaret's most exciting and seasoned talents, including Lisa Asher, Christina Bianco, Jim Brochu, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Natalie Douglas, Michelle Dowdy, Kevin Dozier, Eric Michael Gillett, Annie Golden, Larry Hamilton, Ashley Hesse, Karen Mack, Cindy Marchionda, Susie Mosher, Colleen McHugh, Mark Nadler, Christine Pedi, Miles Phillips, Julie Reyburn, Sarah Rice & Lucia Spina. Each evening is hosted by Director Phil Geoffrey Bond, who will fill the audience in on special Streisand facts, rumors, tidbits and out and out gossip.

November 3, 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm

Tickets $20 - only or 212 352 3101

Legions of Coco-philes know that Miss Peru's acclaimed solo shows fearlessly explore all facets of human nature, expertly turning darkness into illumination. "This time," explains Coco, "I've decided to do something a little different. I wanted to try something a bit lighter, a night of pure fun." Thus, MISS Coco Peru: THERE COMES A TIME begins at her friend Bea Arthur's memorial at The Majestic Theatre (Coco's Broadway debut!), segues into her turn as the HIV-positive drag queen Angel in the original backers audition of Rent, and continues on with a litany of wryly pointed observations of life as only Miss Coco Peru can deliver.

Michael Pesce Old Fashioned Piano Party

Nov 4 @ 7 pm

$12 Cover

Michael Pesce's Piano Party is an evening hosted and performed by singer and actor Michael Pesce with guest appearances by friends and students who are NYC performers from Broadway to daytime television.

Le Scandal

Sat's, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 10:30 pm

Tickets $25 - only at or 212 868 4444.

Le Scandal Cabaret is NYC's longest running burlesque variety show. In its ninth year, Le Scandal features variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. NY Magazine called Le Scandal, "the rock star of the NY burlesque scene!" And the show is a NY Times "critics pick." New performers every week! Expect sword swallowers, belly dancers, rope trick cowboys, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Sat, Nov 5 @ Noon

$5 cover

Performers from some of Broadway's biggest shows join together to perform dramatic re-interpratations of your favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons from the 80's while you brunch on some of the West Bank Cafe's tastiest items. It's a Rock'n, Roll'n, Truly Outrageous, Berry Happy Time. So grab a mimosa and have a good laugh as SMC Live re-lives and re-invents fabulous secrets that will be revealed only to YOU! Music, Videos, Give-aways, and more!

8-Track throwback - CD Release Concert with Marquee Five

Monday Nov 7 @ 7 pm

$15 Cover/ $10 for MAC, AEA, Salon

Award winning vocal group, Marquee Five, releases their debut CD, "8-Track throwback" on the Cavern record label. Come hear selections from the CD plus new arrangements!
Sandy Bainum - Great Songs Seldom Heard

Wed, Nov 9 @ 7 pm

Tues, Nov 15 @ 7 pm

$15 Cover

Songstress Sandy Bainum makes her Laurie Beechman Theatre debut with Great Songs Seldom Heard, a musical celebration of exceptional, though rarely performed, songs by legendary composers. The eclectic collection weaves together the melodies of many decades and musical genres and features tunes by Carly Simon, Ann Hampton Callaway, Stephen Sondheim, Dave Brubeck, Fiona Apple, Marcy Heisler, Zina Goldrich and many others. Joining Sandy is her award-winning musical director, Lanny Meyers.

Is There Life After Stage School

Nov 15, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

$15 Cover

Acting in NYC is just not as easy as it was in STAGE SCHOOL. As a group friends come together to share their funny realities and raise money in aid of their friend's battle against leukemia.

"Joshing Around"

Wed, Nov 9 @ 9:30 pm

Tues, Nov 22 @ 7 pm

Wed, Nov 30 @ 7 pm

Wed, Dec 21 @ 7 pm

$20 Cover

Josh Warr & Josh Desjardins with Karen Musey in a case of mistaken identity set to song.
Leslie Orofino - Affairs Of The Heart

Fri, Nov 11 @ 7 pm

$20 Cover

Affairs Of The Heart celebrates all things that make your heart beat a little faster...with comedy, jazz, rock and tender ballads...through the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Fats Waller, Alberta Hunter and many others. Ms. Orofino will be accompanied by multi award winning musicians, Daryl Kojak on piano and Boots Maleson on bass. Cabaret icon, Julie Wilson exclaimed,

"Leslie Orofino leaves you high on life and love....and this show is so much fun!"
I Remember Brooklyn

Sun, Nov 13 @ 1 pm

$20 Cover

Going home again to Brooklyn, the Pride of New York - through songs and stories from the streets of Brooklyn.
Cookie Stark - "Ready or Not"

Sun, Nov 13 @ 4:00 pm

$20 Cover ($15 for Singers Forum Faculty/Students)

$15 Food/Drink Minimum

Some people spend a lifetime singing....Others wait a lifetime to sing. Cookie Stark, who has appeared as a special guest in venues all around NYC (including the Oak Room of the Algonquin, Concerts at Tudor City Greens, Cabaret Cares Gala) and in her first full evening, "Presenting Cookie Stark" at Don't Tell Mama, now takes the stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre to debut a wealth of new material and to demonstrate once again why each person who hears her is captivated by her story-telling and the wealth of life-experience she brings to the cabaret stage. With songs ranging from Stephen Sondheim's "Children and Art" to her signature song, Rodgers & Hart's "The Lady is a Tramp," Cookie is back with some serious stuff...and some real sass. Don't miss this delightful singer/artist who waited a lifetime to sing and is making up for lost time in ways you can't begin to imagine. With special guest, Broadway's Melanie Vaughan.
ringfinger: a cabaret about equality

Sun, Nov 13 @ 7 pm

$15 Cover

In 2004, ringfinger was a call to action. Now, ringfinger celebrates how far we have come and how far we will go. This updated version of ringfinger looks at DOMA, Civil Unions, Social Incentives, Show Tunes and the facets of equality beyond marriage vows. All proceeds will benefit Queer Rising. Queer Rising is a grassroots organization that demands full equality for all LGBTQ people through nonviolent, direct action. (

Sarah Dash ~ "Sarah Dash: One Woman"

Thur, Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets are $25, and are available by calling 212-352-3101, or online

Legendary singer Sarah Dash will workshop her new cabaret show at to the Laurie Beechman Theatre for two performances (also November 17 at 7:30 PM). The show will include songs from throughout her career, as well as songs new to her repertoire, accompanied by reminiscences and anecdotes about some of the people she has worked alongside. With a career spanning almost 50 years, in her teens Sarah Dash formed the Del Capris, a vocal group which later merged with another group to form Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells, noted for hits like "I Sold My Heart to the Junk Man." The group morphed into Labelle, a futuristic trio comprised of Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah, which from 1971 to 1977 released iconic records like "Lady Marmalade." As a solo artist, Sarah Dash has had success across many genres, from disco ("Sinner Man") to inspirational/gospel (her recent album "The Seventh Child"). She has sung with some of the greatest names in pop, rock and R&B, among them The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, The Marshall Tucker Band, Laura Nyro, The O'Jays, Wilson Pickett and Bo Diddley. She has appeared on shows with hundreds of renowned recording artists - from Keith Richards to Stevie Wonder.

I Am: The Songs of Babbie Green

Fri, Nov 19 @ 7 pm

Sat, Nov 20 @ 7 pm

$25 Cover

A musical journey through the mind and heart of the incomparable Babbie Green, lauded by the L.A. Times for "breathtaking extraordinary talent...the kind of harmonic subtlety and melodic flow one only hears in the most gifted songwriters." Starring Babbie Green, with performances by Dorothy Stone and other favorite VoceDoro artists: Ezra Bershatsky, Lou Burgess, Katherine Corle, Anna Kirkland, Denis Lambert, Jonathan Monro, Sophia Munoz, MerEdith Ellis Purgason, Alan Reid and Laurance Tan.

Beth Holland - Where The Good Times Are!

Sun, Nov 20 @ 1 pm

$15 Cover

Beth Holland has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours, Radio, Television & Film - and, of course cabaret.

A Little Sondheim Music

Sun, Nov 20 @ 4:00 pm

$20 Cover

Manhattan Cabaret Arts presents A Little Sondheim Music, a fast paced musical revue featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. Performed by Kevin Burke, Michael Levi Harris, Riana Hershenfeld, Magee Hickey, Roberta Klein, Jackie Kristel, Bob Wiener with special guest Brian Farley. Multi Award winners Tracy Stark and Collette Black serve as Musical Director and Director.
"Up Close & Personal with Wilson Cruz & Scott Nevins"

Fri, Nov 26 @ 7 pm

$25 Cover

Known for his groundbreaking breakthrough performance on "My So Called Life" and "Noah's Arc" followed by an impressive career on stage and screen, Wilson Cruz joins the "hilarious hottie" from truTV's hit show "The Smoking Gun Presents" and INSTINCT Magazine cover-guy Scott Nevins who critics have described as "A young, sexy, gay-er Kathy Griffin", for a special one night only performance filled with comedy, music, scandalous and hilarious stories plus a Q&A with the audience! Don't miss this rare ONE NIGHT ONLY show!!!


Sun, Nov 27 @ 9:30 pm

Mon, Nov 28 @ 9:30 pm

Tues, Nov 29 @ 9:30 pm

Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 212-352-3101, or online

DINA MARTINA: AN EARLY HOARFROST promises to make the most wonderful time of the year even more wonder-filled. It will be a magical night of joyful song, cherished reminiscence, sparkling fashion errors, festive video and a shopping bag full of holiday gifts for lucky audience members. In shows past, Dina has blanketed NYC audiences in her tradeMark Holiday cheer with "perineum" favorites like Tracy Chapman's "Fast Sleigh", Rick Springfield's "Jesus' Girl and Alice Cooper's "Mrs. Claus She Bleeds". Talk about WOW!
Sondheim "Unplugged"

Mon, Nov 28 @ 7 pm

$20 cover charge

Following seventeen sold out shows which began in July of 2010, The Laurie Beechman Theatre will continue their hit series, SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, for a special eighteenth installment, as we continue to celebrate the one (plus) year anniversary of the series. Sondheim Unplugged features an array of Broadway and Cabaret's most dynamic performers, celebrating the work of Broadway's most beloved and prolific composer, accompanied by piano only.