Well, hello, Carol!. Or, at least, hello Carol Channing as performed by Richard Skipper, emcee for Pulse Ensemble Theatre's benefit "Broadway Bonanza," set for 7 PM March 12 at Off-Broadway's Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. Miss Saigon's Will Chase and The Lion King's Bill Bowers will also perform. Skipper, a MAC winner for his cabaret act as unique theatrical legend Channing, hosts the event, which hopes to raise $25,000 for Pulse's upcoming season. The company has assembled several performers including Chase, who closed Saigon as Chris, Bowers, currently Zazu in The Lion King, Patrick Ryan Sullivan (Gaston in Beauty and the Beast), Helen Hayes nominee Susan Tilson and Mana Allen of the original Broadway companies of Merrily We Roll Along and Smile. These actors from the Great White Way will be joined by cabaret artists Joan Crowe and Heather Gilchriest, as well as Dan Snow, presenting from his piece W.E.B. Dubois: Prophet in Limbo.
Tickets to the benefit are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. The Douglas Fairbanks Theatre is located at 432 West 42nd Street. For reservations, call (212) 695-1596. Pulse Theatre Ensemble is on the web at http://pulseensembletheatre.org.
Now in its 12th year, Pulse Ensemble Theatre presents four seasons a year - Classics, Mainstage productions, Studio productions and OPAL, a monthy one-act festival. In 2001's season, the Off-off-Broadway company plans to stage both William Shakespeare's King Lear and the new musical Another Kind of Hero about Swedish businessman Raoul Wallenber, who was instrumental in saving the lives of 100,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.