Benanti, Thomas and Johnson to Be Part of Connected Benefit

News   Benanti, Thomas and Johnson to Be Part of Connected Benefit Nine's Laura Benanti, Wicked's Marty Thomas and Bare's Natalie Joy Johnson will all be part of the upcoming concerts to benefit 4X (for-by), a new theatre community for emerging artists.

The June 19 and 20 evenings at the Arthur Seelen Theatre will feature the work of such contemporary composers as Brian Lowdermilk, Lance Horne and Jason Robert Brown. The Broadway performers will be joined by 4X company members Robyn Clark, Julie Garnye, Erin Granfield, Gwen Hollander, Kristian Lazzaro, Jen Malenke, Mark Bradley Miller, Kate Pazakis, Todd Phillips, Sheri Sanders, Josh Scheer and Rochelle Zimmerman. Noel Carmichael directs with musical direction by Brian Nash; show time is 7 PM.

The New York and Chicago chapters of 4X were launched in fall 2004 by actresses Jen Malenke and Johanna McKenzie-Miller. The theatre company "strives to nurture and support emerging artists in the city as they muddle through the ins and outs of a career in the theatre" by creating a "safe environment for artists by artists."

Laura Benanti most recently portrayed Claudia in the Tony-winning revival of Maury Yeston’s Nine. She received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Swing! and the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She was also seen in The Sound of Music, Time and Again and the City Center Encores! mounting of Wonderful Town. Benanti’s regional credits include roles in A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha and A Winter’s Tale.

Marty Thomas is currently appearing in the ensemble of Broadway's Wicked. A Grammy-nominated recording artist, he also appeared on Broadway in Rent and was a 1992 Ed McMahon "Star Search" champion.

Natalie Joy Johnson was seen in Bare: A Pop Opera. She starred in the 2001 national tour of Godspell as well as the New York Fringe Festival production of Slut, the Actors' Fund benefit concert of Chess and the Pippin benefit concert. She also recently appeared in the workshop of the new play Joy. The Arthur Seelen Theatre is located in Manhattan at 250 West 40th Street. Tickets, priced at $25, are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com.