The tribute to the late actress, whose Broadway credits include Annie, Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, will be presented July 9 and 16 at 7 PM. The concerts will feature songs that were performed and recorded by Beechman during her award-winning career. Those scheduled to take part in the evenings include Lisa Asher, Becca Ayers, Nick Cearley, Donna Lynne Champlin, Brandon Cutrell, Sarajean Devenport, Natalie Douglas, Henry Krieger, Liz McCartney, Lanny Meyers, Kate Pazakis, Jana Robbins, Julie Reyburn, Ric Ryder, Kate Shindle and Gabrielle Stravelli.
Laurie Beechman made her Broadway debut as Star to Be in the original production of Annie. She played the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a role that earned her a Theatre World Award as well as Tony and Drama Desk nominations. Her other Broadway credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Cats and Les Misérables. Beechman also performed in cabaret and concert halls throughout the country and recorded several solo CDs, including "Listen to My Heart," "Time Between the Time," "The Andrew Lloyd Webber Album" and "No One Is Alone." Beechman died of cancer in March 1998.
The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue. There is a $16 cover charge and a $15 food/drink minimum. Call (212) 695-6909 for reservations between the hours of noon and 8 PM.