Andrea McArdle, Sam Harris, Loni Ackerman and Mark Linn-Baker are scheduled to pay tribute to actress/cabaret singer Laurie Beechman April 6 at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre. Shubert Organization Chairman Gerald Schoenfeld will also speak at the memorial for the late star of Joseph, Cats and Les Miserables as well as other friends and family.
Beechman died Mar. 8 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
The memorial is being organized by Richard Jay Alexander, a close friend of Beechman's who also directed her in Les Miserables and many of her night-club acts. The tribute is free to the public, and doors will open at 2:30 PM for the 3 PM tribute at the Winter Garden, where Beechman touched audiences for years portraying Grizabella, the faded Glamour Cat. Those in attendance will receive a six-page PLAYBILL filled with pictures of Laurie onstage and with her friends and family.
Beechman made her Broadway debut in April 1977 in the original production of Annie, where she soloed in the song "N.Y.C." She then won a Theatre World Award as the Narrator in Broadway's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, portrayed Fantine in Les Miserables and played Grizabella in Broadway's Cats more times than any other actress.
Beechman also performed regularly in cabarets and nightclubs, and recorded several CDs, including "Listen to My Heart" and "The Andrew Lloyd Webber Album."