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The Laurie Beechman Theatre Presents Joan Rivers, Joe Iconis, et al. in August

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Since the 80's, The Laurie Beechman Theatre has staged numerous plays and hosted a myriad of live performance events. This August, the theatre will present an eclectic line-up of performers and performances, all of which will take place in the 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.

The Chalks: Live & In Person
Mon, Aug 1 @ 7pm
Mon, Aug 15 @ 7pm
Mon, Aug 29 @ 9:30pm
$10 cover
After a brief "creative hiatus" The Chalks are allowed to cross state lines again, so they'll be back at the Beechman "telling their truth" which may or may not be a pack of lies. Come decide for yourself. One thing's always for sure though - they have their hearts in Nashville, their tongues in their cheeks and their finger on the pulse of America.

Ravi Roth: Moments with Ravi
Monday, August 1 @ 9:30pm
$10 cover
A comedic journey through the lavish life of Ravi Roth from PA to MA to NYC! This evening promises to be full of goats, Broadway, tapping, rapping, Tovah and Slim Goodbody.

Eric Michael Gillett: Cast of Thousands
Tue, Aug 2 @ 7pm
Tue, Aug 23 @ 7pm
$20 cover
MAC Award-winning vocalist and Broadway performer Eric Michael Gillett is considered by many to be the foremost interpreter of this Broadway and cabaret composer's intricate and moving portraits of contemporary life. Cast of Thousands weaves a rich tapestry of song, as Gillett enacts the lives of the thousands of people with whom we interact every day, but may never come to know. Now, 15 years after it was first performed, Gillett returns to the material that inspired his first songbook collaboration, in an evening that explores not only songs from the original production, but also new material written by Carnelia in the intervening years. The show incorporates songs from the acclaimed scores Is There Life After High School, Working and Three Postcards, as well as contemporary cabaret classics such as Flight and Life on Earth, and new material from Actor, Lawyer, Indian Chief. The New York Times calls Gillett "An idiosyncratic, fearlessly emotive baritone. His lack of conventional defenses allows him to have a vulnerability that most male singers prefer to conceal."

Emerging Young Artists Series featuring Liz Olanoff
Tue, Aug 2 @ 9:30pm
$10 cover
A debut concert featuring singer/songwriter Liz Olanoff, a recent Northwestern graduate. Her songs (coming soon to iTunes) have been featured in four Waa-Mu shows at NU, as well as in the Northwestern Songwriting Showcase here at the Beechman this past spring.

Joan Rivers
Wed, Aug 3 @ 8pm
Thur, Aug 11 @ 9:30pm
Thur, Aug 18 @ 9pm
Tickets, $40: or 212 352 3101
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 $40 with net proceeds going to Rivers' favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Thursday, Aug 4 @ 7:30pm: Who's Wig is It, Anyway?
Thursday, Aug 11 @ 7pm: Dog Sees God
Covers vary, visit for more info.
The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest multi-arts festival in North America, will celebrate its 15th anniversary in August. Since the opening of the very first festival in August of 1997, FringeNYC has never thrown a benefit. That is about to change as the Alumni Association of the New York International Festival presents THE FringeBENEFITS SERIES. Beginning May 5, THE FringeBENEFITS SERIES will offer a taste of 15 of the most beloved shows from the past 15 years of FringeNYC. Every Thursday for 15 weeks, The Laurie Beechman Theatre will present a different performance, concert or reading of a different work from one of the Festivals. Casting and guest hosts for the series will be announced on a show-by-show basis.

Joe Iconis & Family
Fri, Aug 5 @ 9:30pm
$10 cover
They had the itch to put on a little for show you, andddd that's exactly what they're gonna do, honey. So whattaya say? Let's make a mess together. Classic jams, new tunes, old fuzzies, special guests and so much more. Joe and The Family want to put their arms around you, hoist a glass of whiskey in the air, and sing about love and passion and all things good'n'bloody. Starring Liz Lark Brown, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Ian Kagey, MK Lawson, Eric William Morris, Jeremy Morse, Lance Rubin, Jared Weiss & Jason "Sweettooth" Williams.

Le Scandal
Sat's, Aug 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 10:30pm
$25 cover
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. For tickets, visit Smarttix: or 212 868 4444.

The Songs of Caleb Hoyer
Mon, Aug 8 @ 7pm
$10 cover
Composer/lyricist Caleb Hoyer presents an evening of his musical theatre writing.

The Students of the 92nd St. Y in Summer Fling
Tue, Aug 9 @ 7pm
$15 cover
The 92nd Street Y presents Summer Fling, an evening of songs about love performed by Kevin Burke, Michael Anthony Davis, Donna Elliott, Linda Mancini, Raleigh Mayer, Karen Steinberg, Bob Wiener and Nicole Yoskowitz. Musical direction by Norma Jeanne Curley. Directed by Nightlife Award winner Collette Black.

Simply Streisand
Wed, Aug 10 @ 7pm
Wed, Aug 24 @ 7pm
$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. Musical Direction is by Ray Fellman.

Sat, Aug 13 @ 7pm
$15 cover
Canteen parachutes you into a remote army canteen in the Bermuda Triangle where modern pop gets a swingin' big band overhaul. Go AWOL for the night at Canteen! Players: Kevin Brown is Eugene Whitherwood, Michelle Dowdy is Daisy Mae Cartwright, RJ Hunt is Captain Dick "Take 'Em Down" Jacobs, Melissa Oropesa is "Scoop" Flannigan. Music Direction/Arrangements - Dylan Glatthorn (a.k.a. Buddy "Magic Hands" Balwell).

Barely Legal: The Songs of David Alan Thorton
Sun, Aug 14 @ 7pm
$12 cover
David Alan Thornton is an up and coming musical theatre composer and a lyricist with the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Come hear an evening of songs written by David as well as other collaborators from current projects he is working on. David has also been known to take his shirt off for money.

The Big Voice: God or Merman?
Tue, Aug 16 @ 7:30pm
$25 cover
Authors Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin star in this very special, one night only revival of their hilarious, award-winning play.

Four for the Moment

Wednesday, Aug 17 @ 9:30pm

$15 cover

An evening of great songs and sheer fun featuring: Dan Cutter, Mary DeBorger, Dannny Moore & Cait Murphy under the inspired musical direction of A. Michael Tilford. Watch as this musical quartet time travel in song from Irving Berlin to Harold Arlen and beyond. Expect the unexpected!

Terri Troiano: The Best is Yet to Come
Thur, Aug 18 @ 7pm
$15 cover
A return performance of The Best Is Yet To Come starring Terri Troiano, with Robert Marks at the piano. Terri performs a selection of tunes ranging from jazz standards to musical theater classics. Once again, she brings her wit and music to The Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Comic Diversity
Fri, Aug 19 @ 7pm
$10 cover
Comic Diversity is a group of lively stand-up comedians, representing four continents, forty plus years in age difference and a whirlpool of perspectives. With a balloon artist, retired bus driver, actor, public speaker, of course a real estate broker (this is New York) and more, you won't know what's coming next!

From Brooklyn to Berklee: The Evolution of Cynthia Mothersil
Thur, Aug 25 @ 7pm
$20 cover
In a performance that is sure to minister to the soul and inspire your heart, Cynthia Mothersil sings sweet songs of a young woman's journey in claiming her divinity. Sharing the stage with artists from the Sacred Center Gospel Choir, she brings to you music that captivates the emotion and healing power behind her voice. Come and witness the talent of this native born Brooklynite as she echoes the sound of Gap Band, India Arie, Tremaine Hawkins and others to testify the power of love in transformation.

Del Shores: More Sordid Confessions
Fri, Aug 26 @ 7:30pm
$18 cover
Del Shores, creator of the cult favorite TV series Sordid Lives (starring Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan and Caroline Rhea), brings his hilarious standup back to New York City for one night only. Whether he's recalling details of his "slut" years or calling out his former co-workers, there is no subject off-limits.

Sat, Aug 27 @ 7pm
$15 cover
The growing pains of a nation are chronicled in this grand pageant of pre-World War I America, told in the exuberant words and music of the day. Directed by Louisa Jonason.

Sondheim Unplugged
Mon, Aug 29 @ 7pm
$20 cover
Following sixteen sold out shows which began in July of 2010, The Laurie Beechman Theatre will continue their hit series, SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED, for a special seventeenth installment, as we continue to celebrate the one 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.

Michael Zahler: Here I Go
Tue, Aug 30 @ 7:30pm
$10 cover
A special, encore performance of the cabaret debut of Michael Zahler (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Boy in the Bathroom) with Music Director Will Van Dyke (Wicked, Addams Family, Rent), co-constructed by Peter Duchan (Richard Rodgers Award for Dogfight).


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