Barbara Maier Gustern will produce a cabaret benefit June 27 at Pangea in New York City in memory of her husband, actor Joe Gustern, who passed away April 28. Mr. Gustern, who performed numerous classical and musical theatre roles in a 50-year stage career, spent over eight of those years in the touring and Broadway companies of The Phantom of the Opera. He retired in 2000.
The evening, which will benefit the animal rescue shelter farm Spring Farm CARES, will feature the talents of Tammy-Faye Starlite, Barbara Bleier, Austin Pendleton, Suzanne Mack, Nancy Magarill, Jenny Lee Mitchell, Gay Marshall, Rachelle Garnier, Jan Horvath, Eric Schmalenberger, Kimalee Bryant, AJ Gustern, Hector Uberry, Pamela Winslow Kashani, Suzanne Hwang, Bess Morrison, Carol Scarimbas, Sophia Rei, Jill Cohen, Betsyann Faiella, and Beth Black Robinson. Pianist Maria deSenna will accompany. Show time is 7 PM.
Highlights of Mr. Gustern's career include opera performances with the Metropolitan Opera Studio, Chicago Lyric, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh Operas. Favorite roles include Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro and the title roles in Don Pasquale and The Flying Dutchman.
Advance tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com for $20. Tickets will also be sold for $25 at the door (cash only for this cover) with a $20 food/drink minimum. Tickets are tax-deductible.