For the second year, the performing duo will host Brandon and Ray's Broadway at the Beach, an open-mic musical theatre party at the Ice Palace at the Grove Hotel. The summer series kicks off June 11 at 9 PM with Wicked's Kristy Cates and Kitty Hiccups, the singer dubbed "The Latin Firecracker." Both Cates and Hiccups will be on hand to greet fans and belt out several tunes. The festivities continue to 11 PM. (Brandon and Ray's Broadway at the Beach will be presented each Monday night through Aug. 27.)
Kristy Cates made her Broadway debut in the ensemble of Wicked, where she was also the standby for the role of Elphaba. She played that role for a year in the Chicago production of Wicked and also starred in the Toronto engagement of the hit musical. Off-Broadway the singer-actress was seen in Boobs! The Musical, and her regional credits include john and jen and Into the Woods. A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cates also took part in an evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Unexpected Songs at Joe's Pub.
There is no cover charge or minimum for Broadway at the Beach, and audience members are welcome to take part in the open-mic. For more information visit www.BrandonCutrell.com or www.GroveHotel.com.