Beth Leavel, Robin de Jesus, Alysha Umphress, Austin Miller Set for Friends With Benefits

News   Beth Leavel, Robin de Jesus, Alysha Umphress, Austin Miller Set for Friends With Benefits
 
Tony Award winner Beth Leavel and two-time Tony nominee Robin de Jesus will sing as part of the 12th installment of Friends With Benefits. The cabaret fundraiser will take place Jan. 17, 2011, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Alysha Umphress
Alysha Umphress

In addition to Leavel (Elf, The Drowsy Chaperone) and de Jesus (La Cage aux Folles, In the Heights), the concert will feature Alysha Umphress (American Idiot), Nikka Lanzarone (Women on the Verge), Sami Gayle (Gypsy), Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Tommar Wilson (The Book of Mormon), Austin Miller ("Grease! You're The One What I Want"), T. Oliver Reid (Mary Poppins), A.J. Shively (La Cage aux Folles) and Tom Souhrada (Mary Poppins).

Additional performers will be announced shortly. Nate Buccieri will serve as musical director.

Mamma Mia! cast member Gerard Salvador and MAC Award winner Amy Wolk created and co-host the semi-annual concert. Show time is 7 PM.

There is a $20 cover charge and a $15 food/drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 695-6909 or visit BeechmanTheatre.

The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located within the West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street.

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