Lee Roy Reams and Beth Fowler to Headline Randie Levine-Miller's SHOWSTOPPER Concert at The Triad
Singing impresario Randie Levine-Miller hosts a special edition of her long-running Showstopper Divas/Divos series at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, on Monday, September 18, at 7pm.
Benefiting The Actors Fund, this year's annual concert features a roof-raising line-up of entertainers singing showstopper songs from the Broadway Songbook, including the Broadway stars Beth Fowler, Lee Roy Reams, and Adam Grupper; the actress and singer Barbara Minkus; the raconteur and producer Richard Skipper, and two recent "Tomatoes Got Talent" competition winners, Susan Vardy, and Kathleen Waters. Paul Chamlin is the evening's music director on piano.
Celebrated for their mix of humor and high-octane singing, Levine-Miller's "Showstopper Divas" and "Divos" concerts have been a staple of The New York charity nightclub scene for years. "Usually I like to do male or female versions of these concerts," says Levine-Miller, a former national publicity executive who overcame paralyzing stage fright to become a singer herself. "But it's the most fun when I do a balancing act with my favorite stars and scene stealers of both sexes," says Levine-Miller, who, in addition to hosting and producing the Showstopper concerts and the Tomatoes Got Talent singing competition, is the host of the monthly Randie's Roundtable Showfolks Luncheons at Sardi's.
Leading the charge are the beloved theatre veterans and Tony Award nominees Lee Roy Reams (Tony nominee "42nd Street;" "The Producers;" "Hello Dolly!") and Beth Fowler (Tony nominee for "The Boy from Oz" with Hugh Jackman, and "Sweeney Todd" as Mrs. Lovett; as well as the original Mrs. Potts in "Beauty and the Beast," plus TV's Orange is the New Black). Joining them are Adam Grupper (veteran of 11 Broadway shows, most recently "Fiddler on the Roof" where he played the Rabbi and went on as Tevye 42 times); Barbara Minkus (most recently starred in her one-woman show "I'm Not Famous;" starred as Molly Picon in "Picon Pie," and originated the role of Lucy in the original "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" recording), and the deep-dishing Skipper - a prolific raconteur, entertainer, writer and singer - who regularly helms and hosts his own mega-watt tribute shows.
Susan Vardy, a clinical psychologist and PTA president, was the winner of the Tomatoes Got Talent competition in 2015. She toured in "Hello Dolly!" 25 years ago and was directed by Lee Roy Reams! Kathleen Waters is a legal secretary by day, and a fearless blues and R&B goddess by night, and was the winner in 2016. A contest that celebrates women over 40, "Tomatoes Got Talent" is co-produced by Cheryl Benton, editor/publisher of Thethreetomatoes.com (a Website geared to "women who aren't kids!") and Levine-Miller.
The voluble Levine-Miller has birthed over 100 star-studded musical entertainment events. Her "Showstopper Divas and Divos" brand has been presented at the Metropolitan Room, at Feinstein's, and, for many years, at the Friars Club. Her tribute events have toasted Charles Strouse, Marvin Hamlisch, Ervin Drake, Tovah Feldshuh, Jim Dale, Len Cariou, Tony Roberts & Lee Roy Reams, among others.
Randie Levine-Miller's "Showstopper Divas/Divos," the double-barreled evening blending gals and guys, performs one-night only at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, on Monday September 18, at 7pm. Tickets are $45 with a two-drink minimum. A portion of the evening's proceeds goes to The Actors Fund to support their vital social services work for those in the entertainment industry. To order in advance call 888-596-1027, or visit www.triadnyc.com.