Irwin, de Shields, McRae, and HAIR Perform at Workshop Theater Benefit

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In honor of WorkShop Theater Company's 15th Anniversary Season, Tony Award winner Bill Irwin,  members of both the Original and Broadway-Bound casts of HAIR - including two-time Tony Award nominee André De Shields, Heather MacRae, - along with New York's finest new vaudeville and burlesque acts and WorkShop Company artists, will perform live to benefit WorkShop Theater on Monday, October 27, 7:00 PM at the Zipper Factory.

Stars of stage and screen will be participating in an evening of songs, scenes and vaudeville in a Very Special Edition of Vaudeville Nouveau, the WorkShop's successful late-night variety show, now it's its second year, which will live up to its subtitle," An Extravaganza of Burlesque Proportions." In addition to the headliners, producer/creators Richard Kent Green and Nelson Lugo will also host Vaudeville Nouveau's own stars, beautiful burlesquer Rubie Fizz, Ravi The Scorpion Mystic and master juggler Sean Blue, along with the singing talents of WorkShop Company Artists Annie Chadwick, Gerrianne Raphael and Joanie Schumacher and WorkShop Theater Company actors performing scenes from  new plays of the WorkShop's 2008/2009 15th Anniversary Main Stage Season, in a fast-paced 90 minute show, all in the unique 250-seat Zipper Factory Theater.  Pre-Show entertainment will be provided by the "Rare and Ridiculous" Annie Lebeaux.  Also from HAIR – Debbie Andrews, Joe Butler, Robert Camuto, Zenobia Conkerite, Kathy Nixon, Bruce Eyster, JoAnn Harris, Ula Hedwig, Marjorie LiPari, Natalie Mosco, Robert I. Rubinsky, Mary Seymour Williams, Lady Helena Walquer. All performers are subject to availability.

About the WorkShop Theater Company - Founded in 1994 as The 42nd Street Workshop, the WorkShop Theater Company is home to 160 professional member playwrights, actors and directors. The WorkShop Theater Company's mission is to provide a creative home where playwrights, directors and actors can develop their projects with a supportive community of peers, from inspiration to finished production. WorkShop writer/actor Natalie Mosco (HAIR original cast) wrote and stars in A BRUSH WITH GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, which is currently playing off-Broadway; in the past 18 months, two other productions, originally developed at the WorkShop, went on to off-Broadway runs: THE JAZZ AGE, by Alan Knee and THE DEVIL & BILLY MARKHAM, by Shel Silverstein. The WorkShop also originally developed the play which became the film FINDING NEVERLAND. 

WorkShop Theater Company's 15th Anniversary Gala performance and after party is open to the public.  Ticket prices from $100 - $350 with packages which include the benefit performance and an after party dinner at the Zipper Tavern, with special appearance by the Broken Pockets Band (The Devil & Billy Markham). For further information and to purchase tickets, please log-on to or call 866-811-4111.  The Zipper Factory is located at 336 West 37 Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in New York City.

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