Rita Gardner Will Be Part of Artist's Crossing Benefit Concert

News   Rita Gardner Will Be Part of Artist's Crossing Benefit Concert Rita Gardner, who created the role of Louisa in the original Off-Broadway cast of The Fantasticks, has joined the stellar line-up of artists who will be part of the upcoming concert to benefit The Artist's Crossing, the theatre company founded in 2004 by Judith Blazer, Joseph Bates and Landon Scott Heimbach.

As previously announced, the May 13 evening at the Barrow Street Theatre — entitled They Were You — will celebrate three generations of working artists. Gardner joins a roster that boasts the talents of George S. Irving, Tom Jones, Yolande Bevan, Judith Blazer, Sherry Boone, Darius de Haas, Malcolm Gets, Ann Harada, Jose Llana, Daniel Reichard and cabaret veteran Julie Wilson. Show time is 7 PM.

Jack Cummings III, the artistic director of The Transport Group, will direct the benefit. Musical direction and arrangements will be provided by Joseph Thalken and Steve Marzullo.

The Artist's Crossing, press notes state, is dedicated to "promoting, cultivating and fostering young talent by bringing together a diverse group of seasoned artists to mentor and guide them through workshops, the creation of new works and productions of existing repertoire." Proceeds from the evening will help fund upcoming master classes, intensives and performances. For more information visit www.ArtistsCrossing.com.

Tickets, priced $150 (performance and party) and $50 (performance only), are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. A limited number of $25 tickets are also now available for the concert (mention code TWYSTUDENT) by calling the same number.

The Barrow Street Theatre is located in Manhattan at 27 Barrow Street.