Mason, Mayes, Porter, Pedi, Scott, Shaiman and More Set for Avenue Q Swings!

News   Mason, Mayes, Porter, Pedi, Scott, Shaiman and More Set for Avenue Q Swings!
 
A host of theatre favorites will be part of Avenue Q Swings!, the June 27 benefit for the Greenwich House Music School Piano Fund.

Mark Shaiman
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The 7:30 PM evening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre will boast the talents of Karen Mason, Sally Mayes, Christine Pedi, Billy Porter, The Q Trio, Sherie Rene Scott, Mark Shaiman, Billy Stritch, Toxic Audio and Tom Wopat. Mary Ann McSweeney, who plays bass in the Avenue Q orchestra, will be the musical director for the concert, which will feature the Tony-winning Avenue Q score performed in jazz, classical and "other surprising arrangements."

The one-night-only event will help raise funds to replace two of the well-worn Steinway grand pianos at the Greenwich House Music School. Avenue Q's Robert Lopez studied at the school for over 15 years, and he and Jeff Marx composed much of the Q score at the school where they noticed the need to replace the 50-year-old instruments.

Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx met at the BMI Workshop in 1998. Prior to Avenue Q, they collaborated on Kermit, Prince of Denmark and Theatreworks/USA's Reading Rainbow and Ferdinand the Bull. The young composers/lyricists are currently at work on a musical comedy film for Universal Pictures as well as a stage musical with "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Avenue Q, which continues to play to sold-out audiences at the Golden Theatre, will open at Wynn Las Vegas in September 2005.

The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located in Manhattan at 121 Christopher Street. Tickets, priced $75 (sold out), $150 and $250, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.com.

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Greenwich House Music School was founded in 1905 and provides affordable music lessons and musical events for all ages.

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