Sam' Restaurant confirms that it will match the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) donations made by Dream Street Cabaret's Christmas on Broadway during the show's remaining run at Sam's on Dec. 16, 17, 18, 22 and 23.
As reported earlier, the restaurant and bar will not charge a cover or minimum so that patrons will instead be encouraged to make their own donations benefiting BC/EFA. Production sources say Christmas on Broadway patrons will be able to make donations at Sam's and, as a guideline, the suggested donation is $10.
A special holiday program, Christmas on Broadway, opened Dec. 15, and runs Dec. 16, 17, 18, 22 and 23 at Sam's. The restaurant is located at 263 West 45th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).
Christmas from Broadway was created by Ken Lundie & Michael Davids and will be hosted by Dale Badway of Dream Street Cabaret. Dream Street began Nov. 3 at Sam's after the historic theatre establishment completed a major renovation.
In the cabaret setting, separate from the special holiday show, Dream Street's Ken Lundie and Dale Badway feature "the best of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley." Christmas on Broadway comprises original holiday music by Rick Crom, Bob Ost and Brad Ross. Starring in the revue are Angela Covington, Anthony Galde, Doreen Montalvo, William Reinking and Sam Riegel with Bryan Gallagher, Christian Stuck and Dawn Ward. Surprise celebrity guests are planned, with such luminaries as Rick Crom, Bob Evan, Michael Kubala, Eric Michael Gillett, Douglas Ladnier, Faith Prince, Ken Prymus, Ernie Sabella and Steven Sein Granger expected to attend.
Christmas from Broadway will feature such material as "We Need a Little Christmas" from Mame, a "New Deal for Christmas" from Annie, "Hard Candy Christmas" from Best Little Whorehouse and "Sing a Little Song of Christmas" from the Radio City Music Hall "Christmas Spectacular" to name just a new. There will also be new holiday music from some of today's new theatre composers and lyricists.
An official BC/EFA event, all proceeds from the show will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Late this fall, SAM'S re-opened with a complete new renovation of the historical theatrical establishment.
For reservations call (212) 719-5416.
-- By Murdoch McBride