The Amas Musical Theatre will present "Quel Fromage," an evening of celebration, entertainment and homage on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 PM.
The performance was originally scheduled to be a 50th birthday celebration for lyricist-librettist Michael Colby (Charlotte Sweet, North Atlantic), but has transformed into a benefit to help those affected by the tragedy of Sept. 11. Proceeds will go to the Amas Musical Theatre education programs and The Actors Fund.
The evening will still feature the songs of Colby, featuring music by composers Andrea Colby, Douglas Colby, James Fradrich, Paul Katz, Gerald Jay Markoe, Peter Millrose, Steven Silverstein and Joseph Thalken, with musical direction by Michael Lavine.
Performers scheduled to appear are Stephen Berger (A New Brain), Susan Bigelow (Footloose), Klea Blackhurst, Alan Brasington, Meg Bussert, Diana Canova (Company), Kristin Chenoweth (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Marie Danvers, Lynn Eldredge, Donna English, Louisa Flaningam, Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden), Rob Gallagher (Reefer Madness), Jill Geddes, David Gurland, Jonathan Hadley (A Class Act), Colleen Hawks (The Wild Party), Anita Hollander, Ernestine Jackson (Joe Turner's Come and Gone), Eddie Korbich (Seussical), Nicole Leach, Merle Louise (Company), Mark Manley, Sean McDermott (Miss Saigon), Michael McElroy (Rent), Janet Metz (Marie Christine), Debra Moreno, Evan Pappas (Parade), Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway), Polly Pen, Stephanie Pope, Julie Price, Ken Prymus (Cats), Erin Quill, Ron Raines, Scott Sowinski, Julie Wilson, Darius deHaas, Klea Blackhurst, Audrey Lavine and Toby Foster.
The evening will also feature the premiere performance of "9/11/01" by Steven Silverstein and michael Colby, reflecting on the tragedy and triumphs since the 11th. A reception will follow the performance. Tickets for "Quel Fromage" are $30 (tax deductible) and can be purchased by calling Amas at (212) 563 2565.
— Steve Luber