Ahava Theatre Presents Virtual Fundraiser Featuring Music From FUNNY GIRL

Hello Gorgeous: Funny Folx in Concert will premiere on Saturday, October 17th and will be available on Youtube through Tuesday, October 20th.

By: Sep. 23, 2020

Ahava Theatre Company will present Hello Gorgeous: Funny Folx in Concert, a virtual fundraiser for International Sanctuary. International Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls and women escaping human trafficking in growing community centers across the globe. 

Streaming live on YouTube, the concert will celebrate the legacy of Fanny Brice, featuring music of "Funny Girl", "Funny Lady" and additional trunk songs made famous by Fanny herself.

Hello Gorgeous: Funny Folx in Concert will premiere on Saturday, October 17th and will be available on Youtube through Tuesday, October 20th in accordance with Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, AGMA and AGVA. The concert is dedicated to Karen Nascembeni, the general manager of North Shore Music Theater, who was directly affected by COVID-19.

Hello Gorgeous: Funny Folx in Concert was conceived by Tara Tagliaferro. The creative team includes Elyssa Nicole Trust (Producer) Samantha Joy Pearlman (Director), Emily Cohn (Music Director), Caroline Gorland (Associate Director/Producer), Kimberly O'Loughlin (Sound Designer), Amara Brady (Dramaturg), Kimberly Immanuel (Choreographer), Kristyn Pope (Choreographer), and Danielle Rogers (Video Editor). It features over 60 artists from across the country.

The cast includes: Lauren Boyd (Hamilton), L Morgan Lee (A Strange Loop), Deonte Warren (Aladdin), Aneesa Folds (Freestyle Love Supreme), Violet Tinnirello (Sesame Street), Alicia Owsley Charles (Aladdin B'Way), Michelle Beth Herman (Les Miserablés National Tour), MiMi Scardulla (Once Upon A More Time),  Samantha Joy Pearlman (Chasing Rainbows) and Tara Tagliaferro (Down The Yellow Brick Road Podcast).

More vocalists include: Ari Axelrod (A Celebration of Jewish Broadway), Emily Borromeo (School of Rock B'way), Amara Brady (Skinny and White Aren't Character Traits YouTube Series),  LaDonna Burns (APAC's Caroline, or Change), Andrea Dotto (Bandstand), Lianne Davidoff (Jane Doe), Nancy Evans (Sister Act National Tour), Emily Goglia (Grease Live!), Caroline Gorland (The Imbible, Off-Bway), Harper Grundei, Mara Jill Herman (Disney On Classic), Jillian Jarrett (Legally Blonde National Tour),  Jayson Kerr (Grinch National Tour), Hannah Kiem (The Music Man, The MUNY), Sophie Knapp (Angelyne, NBC Peacock, Once B'way)  Carly Kincannon (Spring Awakening, Phoenix TheatreBrendan Malafronte (Dusty and Dott Youtube Series), Matthew Mastronardi (Peter and the Starcatcher, Walnut St), Steve Pacek (11th Hour Theatre Co. Co-Founder), Jennifer Paldino (Magic The Play, Theatre Row), Analise Rios (In The Heights, Playhouse on Park), Patrick Roberts (A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theatre), Ian Shaw (A Christmas Story National Tour), Alyson Snyder (Sister Act, Paper Mill), Elyssa Nicole Trust (Pinocchio National Tour), Carly Valancy (Camelot, New London Barn Playhouse), Rebbekah Vega-Romero (West Side Story, 5th Ave), Nadia Vynnytsky (Bring it On! The Musical National Tour), Tatianna Wechsler (Anywhere I Wander, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene), Marcela Weltsek-Medina (Fun Home, Cardinal Stage) and Brit West (The Color Purple).

Featured dancers include: Phillip Attmore (So You Think You Can Dance, Hello! Dolly), Evan Autio (Newsies National Tour), Joseph Cullinane (Hello, Dolly! National Tour), Aniya Danée (42nd Street), Mallory Davis (42nd Street National Tour), Sarah Fagan (White Christmas National Tour), Erica Evans (42nd Street, Ordway), Annie Jo Fischer (42nd Street, Drury Lane), Curtis Holland (Shuffle Along), Ysabel Jasa (Rent National Tour), Jesse Jones (In The Heights, Sac. Music Circus), Kimberlee Murray (The Dark Star from Harlem, La Mama), Eureka Nakano, (TAIKIO Body Cell Rejuvenation Method), Kaylee Olson (Crazy for You, Lincoln Center), Allie Pizzo (Aladdin National Tour),  Sierra Schnack (42nd Street, Drury Lane), Tommy Scrivens (Encores, City Center), Allysa Shorte (High School Musical 3), Kristi Smith (Walnut Street Theatre), and Riza Takahashi (Mean Girls).

Information on how to stream the concert can be found on Ahava Theatre's website.  Donations can be made using this link.