Original Cast of 'GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE' to Reunite at Sands Point Preserve

By: Dec. 28, 2015
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The original stars of the Tony-winning Broadway production of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" reunite for a special cabaret evening in Hempstead House, hosted by composer Steven Lutvak.

Joining Steve are two-time Tony winner Jefferson Mays (Best Actor in "Gentleman's Guide" and "I Am My Own Wife"), Bryce Pinkham and Lisa O'Hare (Outer Critics Circle Award - Featured Actress in "Gentleman's Guide) along with Catherine Walker, who is currently starring in the show. The cast will reprise a series of completely delightful and witty songs in celebration of this extraordinary musical.

General tickets include 7 p.m. cocktails, dinner by Philip Stone, concert and dessert with the artists.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for a special 6 p.m. cocktail reception featuring a Conversation with the Artists, a moderated Q&A discussion with the cast in the magnificent Breakfast Room - rarely open to the public - followed by dinner, concert and dessert. Note: this second-floor room is accessible by the grand staircase only.

Time and Price

6 p.m. $250 VIP ticket includes cocktails and Conversation with the Artists, followed by dinner, concert and dessert

7 p.m. $125 general ticket includes cocktails, dinner, concert and dessert

The Performers

Steven Lutvak is delighted to be back at the Sands Point Preserve, whose cabaret series he curated for the last several seasons. In "The New York Times," Stephen Holden wrote "An upper-middlebrow Billy Joel crossed with a lower-highbrow Tom Lehrer with a pinch of Debussy: that's how you might place the music of the singer, songwriter, pianist and raconteur Steven Lutvak in the artistic hierarchy of contemporary songwriters." Steven made his Broadway debut as composer and co-lyricist of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," which won the Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Awards for Best Musical. He and his "Gentleman's Guide" collaborator, Robert L. Freedman, also won the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics, having earlier, together, won both the Fred Ebb and the Kleban Awards for their theater songs. Featured in "Time Magazine's" "People to Watch," Steven wrote the title track to Paramount's hit documentary, "Mad Hot Ballroom." Steven has sung his own songs at Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, and most of the major New York cabaret rooms, including The Oak Room at the Algonquin, Rainbow and Stars, and the Russian Tea Room. Other awards include two Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Awards; the first Johnny Mercer Emerging American Songwriter Award; a New American Works grant from the NEA, and the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. He is particularly proud that several of his songs are included in "Classic American Popular Song," a follow-up to Alec Wilder's classic textbook, "American Popular Song," and equally proud to be on the faculty of his alma mater, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. Steven has released two solo albums: "The Time It Takes" and "Ahead of My Heart."

Jefferson Mays is a two-time Tony winner for Best Actor ("Gentleman's Guide" and "I Am My Own Wife"). Additional Broadway credits include "The Best Man," "Pygmalion," "Journey's End," and "Of Thee I Sing." Off-Broadway, he's appeared in "Blood & Gifts" (Lincoln Center), "Measure For Measure," "Lydie Breeze," "Quills" (NYTW,) and "Orestes" (En Garde Arts). In film and television, Mays performed in "Inherent Vice," "Alfie," "Kinsey," "The Notorious Bettie Page," "Cousin Bette," "The Knick," "The Americans," "The Good Wife," "Mildred Pierce," "Detroit 1-8-7," "Lie to Me," "Fringe," "Law & Order," "Nurse Jackie," "The Closer," "Dolly Madison," and "Liberty!" His many awards include Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Obies, Outer Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, Theatre World, Drama League, Jefferson, Dramalogue and Helpmann. Mays earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from UC San Diego.

Bryce Pinkham is an American stage and screen actor. He most recently starred with

Elisabeth Moss and Jason Biggs in the Broadway revival of "The Heidi Chronicles" as Peter Patrone, for which he was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in 2015. In 2013-14 he originated the role of Monty Navarro in the Broadway production of "Gentleman's Guide," for which he was nominated for the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical as well as a Grammy. Other Broadway credits include Carl Bruner in "Ghost the Musical" and Henry Clay in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson." Bryce's television appearances include CBS' "The Goodwife" and "Person of Interest," as well as the PBS mini series, "God in America." A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Bryce was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Foundation Early Career Fellowship for 2012-2013. Since graduating, Bryce has appeared on New York area stages with Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald, Katie Finneran, Kate Burton, Kelli O'Hara, Jefferson Mays and Victor Garber. As a writer, Bryce has published articles on acting, performing and education in American Theater Magazine, Yale Alumni Magazine and others. In 2012 Bryce helped found Zara Aina, an NGO that uses the power of theatrical storytelling to empower at-risk youth. In May 2013, Bryce lead a team of American artists on Zara Aina's pilot program to Madagascar. Bryce is also a frequent collaborator with Outside the Wire, a theater company that brings social impact theater across the world, particularly to American Military audiences. His most recent international tours include Guantanamo Bay, Japan, Kuwait and Qatar. Bryce holds a BA from Boston College and an MA from the Yale School of Drama.

Lisa O'Hare originated the role of Sibella Hallward, (for which she won an Outer Critics Circle Award - Featured Actress) in "Gentleman's Guide." Additional theatre credits include Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Elliot Norton and Denver Post Ovation Award winner), Gigi in Gigi, Anything Goes, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, (LADCC Award winner), Guinevere in Camelot, Maria in The Sound of Music. Television credits include "Castle," "The Closer" and "Undercovers." Learn more at www.lisaohare.com.

Catherine Walker currently plays the role of Phoebe D'ySquith in Broadway's Tony-winning "A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder." Catherine made her Broadway debut with the original cast of Disney and Cameron McIntosh's hit musical "Mary Poppins," understudying the title role, and then starring as Broadway's second "Mary," flying over the heads, and into the hearts, of audiences for more than 100 performances. She then joined the original cast of the Broadway revival of "Ragtime."

She appeared with major symphony orchestras in tributes to Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz, performed on the 2007 Tony Awards, "The Today Show," "The View," the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Catherine received her BFA in vocal performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Learn more at www.catherinewalker.biz.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus


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