Max von Essen, who portrayed Alfred in the short-lived musical Dance of the Vampires, will take centerstage at the Ars Nova Theater next month. According to the actor's official website, von Essen will go it solo Jan. 5, 2004, at 8 PM. Past participants in the series include Les Miz’s Lauren Kennedy, Hairspray's Shoshana Bean, Into the Woods' Chad Kimball, Aida's Felicia Finley, former Rent ers Anthony Rapp and Idina Menzel and Funny Girl's Leslie Kritzer. Max von Essen recently appeared in the York Theatre's all-star benefit concert of Children of Eden. On Broadway the actor has been seen in Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Misérables; his Off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks and John & Paul. Von Essen's regional credits are numerous and include My Fair Lady, Hair, Blood Brothers and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The Ars Nova Theater is located in Manhattan at 511 West 54th Street. Tickets are priced at $12; doors open at 7:30 PM. Call (212) 868-4444 for tickets or go to www.SmartTix.com.