Liz Larsen, Norm Lewis (A New Brain), Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues) and Marc Kudisch (The Scarlet Pimpernel) will sing to benefit Gilda's Club Dec. 12 in the Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe.
A fine starting line-up to be sure, but also joining them will be Mary Testa, Jennifer Leigh Warren and members of Marie Christine's company, Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden), Stephen Bogardus (Love! Valor! Compassion!), Beth Dunnington, Lewis Black, Eileen Fulton, Michael Leslie, Sal Viviano (The Life), Maryann Plunkett & Jay, O. Sanders, Ciaran Sheehan (The Phantom of the Opera), composer-lyricist Rusty Magee and the Broadway Gospel Choir.
Tickets are $25 and reservations can be made by calling (212) 659-6909. 100 percent of ticket sales will go to Gilda's Club. The West Bank Cafe is located at 407 West 42nd Street.
Gilda's Club, named for comedienne and former Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner, was founded in 1995 to provide a place for people with cancer and their families to meet with others in their situation. Among its free-of-charge services, the Club offers support groups, lectures, workshops and social events.
Radner succumbed to ovarian cancer May 20, 1989. Cabaret singer and Broadway performer Beechman, for whom the theatre is named, died of the same disease March 8, 1998. -- By Christine Ehren