Russell directs the 8 PM concert that also promises guest appearances by Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show) and Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd). still bill promises songs from Russell's musicals including Side Show; Kept; Fourtune; Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens; Last Smoker in America; Up in the Air; Patter for the Floating Lady; Unexpected Joy; and A Bad Spell.
Next to Normal Tony winner Ripley, who earned her first Tony nomination for starring as Siamese twin Violet Hilton in Side Show, will perform with Cearley and Molina. As a special presentation, Cearley and Molina are slated to debut an original song set to one of Russell's poems.
Backing the performers are Ripley's husband Shannon Ford, Christian Imboden and Chris Schelling.
Cearley previously appeared under Russell's direction in Pageant and participated in workshops of his musicals The Last Smoker in America and A Bad Spell. He has appeared in the national tour of All Shook Up and regional productions of Altar Boyz and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. He will also appear in Diary of a Dabbler at Luna Stage. For tickets, priced $20, phone (212) 941-8100 or visit CanalRoom. The Canal Room is located in Manhattan at 285 West Broadway.