Casts Set for VILLAIN: DeBLANKS This Fall at The Green Room 42
Upcoming casting has been announced for Brenda Braxton presents Billy Mitchell's Villain: DeBlanks, the uproarious improvisational comedy playing weekly at The Green Room 42 where "Clue" meets adult "Mad Libs" and audiences never see the same show twice.
Every Wednesday night, join Tony Award nominees, downtown darlings, soon-to-be-stars, and industry insiders for 90 minutes of uncensored, unrehearsed laughs. At Villain: DeBlanks, the audience provides nouns, adjectives, and verbs - the wilder, the better - and the actors provide the hysterics as they enact the story of Philip DeBlanks' untimely demise.
Best of all, a portion of proceeds from each show benefit a different charitable organization every month. A portion of proceeds from the summer shows will benefit Lambda Legal. September will benefit the Animal Welfare Institute, October will support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, November shows will celebrate the efforts of the Food Bank for New York City, and December shows will give to Advocates for Children of New York.
Villain: DeBlanks plays each Wednesday from 8:30-10:00pm at The Green Room 42 (570 10th Avenue at 42nd Street - 4th floor of Yotel Hotel). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through www.villaindeblanks.com/schedule. Full restaurant and bar available. There is no food or beverage minimum.
Next week, Villain: DeBlanks will also make its long-awaited London debut with a special performance on Sunday, September 3 at Live at Zédel, with a portion of proceeds benefitting TheatreMAD.
The upcoming performance schedule features:
· Wednesday, August 23 - First-Ever All-Female Cast! - Benefitting Lambda Legal
Starring Tony Award nominee Brenda Braxton (Chicago, Smokey Joe's Cafe), Molly Pope (FOUND, A Star is Born), Julie Kavanagh (Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone), Marissa Rosen (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, My Big Gay Italian Wedding), Laura Yoder Witt (Good Catch Comedy, 50 Shades! the musical parody), and Courtney Kochuba (manager at Samuel French; Bartholomew Fair, NJ; The Importance of Being Earnest).
· Wednesday, August 30 - Benefitting Lambda Legal
Starring Tony Award nominee Brenda Braxton (Chicago, Smokey Joe's Cafe), Billy Stritch (Steppin' Out At Radio City, 42nd Street), Tony Award nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q, Sesame Street), Todd Buonopane (Cinderella, The New Yorkers at Encores!), Zonya Love Johnson (This One Girl's Story, Dreamgirls), and Ari McKay Wilford (Once, Fox's "Gotham").
· *Sunday, September 3 - Special Performance Marks Villain: DeBlanks' London Debut - Benefitting TheatreMAD*
Starring Glynis Barber (Beautiful in the West End, "Eastenders"), two-time Olivier Award winner David Bedella (In The Heights in the West End, Jerry Springer - The Opera), Harriet Thorpe (Wicked on the West End, Calendar Girls), Don Gallagher (Aladdin and The Producers in the West End), Cherrelle Skeete (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), and Leon Lopez (RSC's 30th Anniversary of the Swan Theatre, "Eastenders").
At London's Live at Zédel (20 Sherwood Street London W1F 7ED). Tickets available at www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/villain-deblanks/88803941.
This benefit performance is brought to you by the West End Cabaret Company in association with M.A.D. Trust, and is made possible through a grant from AE Ventures Foundation. All proceeds benefit TheatreMAD.
· Wednesday, September 6 - Benefitting the Animal Welfare Institute
Starring David Gazzo ("Blood Feuds"), Justin "Squigs" Robertson (acclaimed illustrator and caricaturist for Broadway.com and "The Lights of Broadway" show cards), Austin Miller (Trip of Love), Ryann Redmond (Bring It On, Escape to Margaritaville) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sweet Charity, "The Ensemblist").
· Wednesday, September 13 - Benefitting the Animal Welfare Institute
Starring Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Jim Caruso (Jim Caruso's Cast Party), Robert Gonzalez Jr. (Crossing Paths in Washington Square and Women of the Wind at Theater for the New City), Lacretta Nicole (Disaster! The Musical), Maureen Toomey (Pounds New York, Don't Tell Mama) and Elizabeth Findlay (Director of Client Services at AKA New York; Story Pirates, The Pit).
· Wednesday, September 20 - Benefitting the Animal Welfare Institute
Starring Todd Buonopane (Cinderella, Grease, Chicago), Andrew Gelles (Underwater, "My Life as a Video Game"), Adrian Rifat (Seussical at The Gallery Players), Lauren Elder (Hair, Side Show), Jeanne Montano (Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!, national tour of Cats), and Catriona Rubenis-Stevens (Little Shop of Horrors at New Jersey's West Side Theater).
All casting is subject to change.
You'll laugh your __[BODY PART]__ off! A Time Out New York Critics' Pick written by Billy Mitchell, Villain: DeBlanks is the uproarious improvisational comedy where the audience provides nouns, verbs, adjectives, desserts and body parts, and the actors provide the laughs - uncensored and unrehearsed - as they enact the story of Philip DeBlanks' untimely demise using the words put in their mouths. Never the same show twice, it's "Clue" meets adult "Mad Libs" performed by some of the funniest people in show biz.
Like a ride to summer camp in the back of a station wagon, each hilarious performance is ridiculously one-of-a-kind, and, best of all, proceeds benefit some of THE best-loved charitable organizations, including BC/EFA, ASPCA, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, TheatreMAD, and more.
Learn how to Villain: DeBlanks in the video below!
Participants in Villain: DeBlanks' three-year history include Annaleigh Ashford, John Bolton, Laura Bell Bundy, Geneva Carr, Jen Cody, Bobby Cronin, Daisy Eagan, Adam Feldman, Barrett Foa, Hunter Foster, Justin Guarini, Lena Hall, Ann Harada, Cady Huffman, Marc Kudisch, LaChanze, Beth Leavel, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lesli Margherita, Jan Maxwell, Bebe Neuwirth, Nancy Opel, Christine Pedi, Michael Riedel, Jordan Roth, Tony Sheldon, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber, Amy Spanger, Kathleen Turner, Bruce Vilanch, and many, many more.