THE AFTER PARTY Welcomes The Cast Of ENTER LAUGHING
The Laurie Beechman Theatre, located within The West Bank Café (407 West 42nd St.), is pleased to continue our Friday night soiree, THE AFTER PARTY. Now going strong it's third, THE AFTER PARTY is billed as "a weekly schmoozefest for the theatrically inclined." Every Friday from 10:30 pm until the wee hours, pros from Broadway and aspiring stars alike belt it out on the stage of The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Join hosts Brandon Cutrell (Bistor, MAC and Nightlife Award winner) and Alysha Umphress (Make Me A Song) with Ray Fellman (Bistro Award winner) at the piano for this weekly party in the theatre district. There is no cover charge for this event. Come and sing yourself as the mic is always open, or sit back and enjoy a cocktail with friends. Located just blocks from the Great White Way, you never know who might drop in.Friday, January 30th, we're pleased to to welcome the cast of The York Theatre's Enter Laughing, including Golden Globe Award winner, two-time Obie Award winner and five-time Emmy Award nominee Jill Eickenberry, two-time Golden Globe Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award nominee Michael Tucker, Ray DeMattis, and Emily Shoolin. Songwriter Scott Alan will also appear. All will be on hand to greet fans and perform a few numbers as only they can. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located downstairs, within The West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd St. at 9th Avenue . There is a full bar and bar menu available, and reservations are not necessary for this event. THE AFTER PARTY highly recommends audience members arrive early. Seating is first come, first serve. Priority seating may be given to those who wish to order from the menu and/or the bar.Jill Eikenberry starred in Broadway productions of Moonchildren, Watch on the Rhine, Summer Brave, Onward Victoria, and All Over Town. Most recently she was seen in A Picasso at the Manhattan Theatre Club. A graduate of Yale Drama School, she appeared Off-Broadway in Uncommon Women and Others, Eccentricities of a Nightingale, and won an Obie award for her performances in Lemon Sky and Life Under Water. She earned a Golden Globe Award and five Emmy nominations as Ann Kelsey on NBC-TVs "L.A. Law." Films: Between the Lines, Butch and Sundance: The Early Years, Arthur, Hide in Plain Sight and The Manhattan Project. She received the Humanitas Award for Destined to Live, a breast cancer documentary she co-produced and hosted on NBC. Jill and Mike have created a show of their own entitled Duet, in which they tell the story of their 35 year relationship with the help of 13 songs and clips from TV and film. They have been performing throughout the country. Michael Tucker is perhaps best known for his role as Stuart Markowitz in the hit series "L.A. Law" (three Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations). He also starred in dozens of films for TV, including the Emmy-Award-winning Day One and Concealed Enemies. In the theater, Michael starred in Based on a Totally True Story at Manhattan Theatre Club. He has also appeared at The Roundabout Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Second Stage, The Phoenix Theater, Lincoln Center, Shakespeare in the Park, as well as on and Off-Broadway. Michael's film credits include Radio Days, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Diner, Tin Men, An Unmarried Woman, A Night Full of Rain, The Eyes of Laura Mars, Network, Checking Out, For Love or Money, Mighty Ducks II and Till There Was You. His first book I Never Forget a Meal: An Indulgent Reminiscence is part memoir, part cookbook. His second book, Living in a Foreign Language (GroveAtlantic) chronicles the Tuckerberry's newest chapter as homeowners in the Italian countryside was recently published and is currently available in bookstores.
Ray DeMattis' Broadway credits include the original Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, City of Angels, Zoya's Apartment. Off-Broadway: Talk Radio, Flora the Red Menace, Streets of New York, Polish Joke. Film: It Runs in the Family, Fatherhood, Family Business, Brewster's Millions. Television: "The Sopranos," the "Law and Order" shows (8 appearances), the three "Cosby" series, "Everwood." National Tours: Beauty and the Beast, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Fiddler on the Roof. Regional Theater Affiliations: Ford's Theatre, Long Wharf, Geva, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Penn Centre Stage and Goodspeed. Founding Artistic Director of The National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, for which he received the Argyle Award.
Emily Shoolin has appeared in the York's Enter Laughing as Wanda and Minnie's Boys as Ms. Murdock. She has also been seen as the headgear-toting Myrtle in Nerds://A Musical Software Satire at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Elsewhere her credits range from Maud Dunlop in The Music Man (Sacramento Music Circus), Anyone Can Whistle at the Chicago Ravinia Music Festival (with Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald), Fools and Lovers (Connelly Theatre), and Suicide/Joke (NY Fringe Festival).
Scott Alan wrote the book, music and lyrics for the musical Detour, which enjoyed a run in Los Angeles. His songs have been recorded by Liz Callaway, Shoshana Bean, Adriane Lenox, Stephanie J. Block, Cheyenne Jackson, Eden Espinosa and more, all of which can be found featured on his debut cd, "Dreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott Alan." In October 2008, Alan released his second cd, "Keys," which features his songs recorded by Sutton Foster, Norm Lewis, Kerry Ellis, Randy Graff, Megan Hilty, Hadley Fraser, Julia Murney and many more. His current projects include Piece, which was featured at the 2003 Palo Alto TheatreWorks festival, 2005 NAMT festival and 2006 Seattle Theatre Festival and "The Warmth of the Womb," a new song cycle. He also produces the acclaimed monthly series, Monday Nights, New Voices, at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre, which is now heading into this fifth year. Please visit www.scottalan.net.Brandon Cutrell is a Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and two-time MAC Award winner. New York credits: Broadway By The Year at Town Hall, The 2nd Annual Broadway Unplugged at Town Hall, Pippin (with Ben Vereen and Rosie O'Donnell), La Gioconda at TheatreSource, David Friedman's King Island Christmas, and Liz Swados' Waiting For Lefty. National: Theatre of the Stars, Goodspeed Musicals, the Human Race Theatre and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. For nearly two years, Brandon was the original host of the MAC Award nominated show, Mostly Sondheim. In December of 2005, Brandon made his debut in the world-famous Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel. In June of 2006, Brandon made his solo debut at Feinstein's, New York's legendary nightclub on Park Avenue. Currently, Brandon can be seen every Friday night at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street as the host of The After Party, a weekly open-mic, musical theatre soiree. Brandon's self-titled debut cd was released on June 4th, 2007 at Feinstein's and is now available on iTunes and at www.BrandonCutrell.com. Alysha Umphress, a graduate of The Boston Conservatory, most recently appeared in the Off-Broadway's Make Me A Song. Upon her arrival to New York, Alysha made a splash at the Chelsea bar, XL, winning their American Idol-type competition, XL Star. She has opened for Diana Krall at the Fujitsu Jazz Festival, soloed along side Carlos Santana at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium and performed with the Boston Pops. Regional roles include the Witch in Into the Woods, Trina in Falsettos and Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress. Alysha is the recipient of two Bay Area Theatre Critics Awards for her work in Rags and FAB! She has belted out the National Anthem for The Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and San Jose Sharks.Bistro Award winner Ray Fellman recently made his Off-Broadway debut when he was handpicked by Stephen Schwartz to musical direct his off-Broadway musical, Captain Louie. Other Musical Director credits include The Tutor by Wood/Gerle (59 E. 59th), Reluctant Pilgrim (The Barrow Group), Blood Drive: A Musical Triptych by Sheinkin/Derfner (workshop at the O'Neill Theater Center) and Amahl and the Night Visitors (national tour directed by David Aiken). Ray has been seen behind the piano in The Storefront Theatre's New Mondays (with Bill Russell and Emily Skinner), No Reservations (starring Brandon Cutrell with special guests Karen Mason and Shoshana Bean), Broadway Downtown (with Kristy Cates) and We Miss Nancy: The Storefront Sings Lamott (with Liz McCartney). He has also served as accompanist for Utah Festival Opera Company, The Opera Company of Brooklyn , Mid America Productions at Carnegie Hall (with John Rutter) and A Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony starring Judy Kaye. As a singer, Ray has sung with some of the finest opera companies in the country, including Florida Grand, Glimmerglass and New Orleans operas. Ray holds degrees in piano and voice from the Indiana University School of Music.