Lark Theatre Benefit Feb. 10 to Include Schwartz, Callaway and Letters to God

News   Lark Theatre Benefit Feb. 10 to Include Schwartz, Callaway and Letters to God Stephen Schwartz and Liz Callaway will take part in the Feb. 10 benefit for the Lark Theatre Company. Composer Schwartz will host the evening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, which includes the New York premiere of the new musical Children's Letters to God.

Callaway, who will return to Broadway this spring in the Burt Bacharach revue The Look of Love, will offer a few songs at the one night-only event, including Stephen Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around" and the Big anthem, "Stop Time." She will also join Schwartz for a duet of one of his songs.

Schwartz will begin the evening's entertainment with "The Wizard and I," a tune from his newest musical Wicked, which will open on Broadway next season starring Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. No theatre has been announced, but sources point to the Gershwin as a likely home. The three-time Oscar-winning composer will also offer a number from his 1991 musical Children of Eden.

Children's Letters to God, based on the best-selling book of the same name, was written by Stuart Hample, David Evans and Douglas J. Cohen and concerns a group of children who write to God to try to understand the world around them. The evening, which begins at 7 PM, will benefit the Lark Theatre's play and musical development programs.

Stephen Schwartz has written such musicals as Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, Working, Rags, The Baker's Wife and Children of Eden. He has also contributed lyrics for the film musicals "Pocahontas" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," and songs for "The Prince of Egypt" and the TV musical "Geppetto."

Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and she also took part in the recent anniversary concert of that musical. For her work in the musical Baby, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and her other Broadway credits include The Three Musketeers, Miss Saigon and Cats. With her sister Ann Hampton Callaway, she created "Sibling Revelry," an acclaimed cabaret act that the duo continue to showcase around the country. Her solo recordings are numerous and include "The Beat Goes On," "Anywhere I Wander: Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser" and "The Story Goes On." The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located in New York's Greenwich Village at 121 Christopher Street. Tickets are priced at $75 for adults and $35 for children under 16. Special benefit tickets, ranging from $150 to $500, include the post-show party at NYC Restaurant (75 Greenwich Street). To purchase tickets, call (212) 246-2676.