We Are the Song, Featuring LaChanze, Sheik, Kitt and More, Presented Aug. 31

News   We Are the Song, Featuring LaChanze, Sheik, Kitt and More, Presented Aug. 31 We Are the Song: After the Storm, a benefit for the North Rampart Community Center in New Orleans, will be presented at Joe's Pub Aug. 31.
LaChanze
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The 7 PM evening is inspired by the "After the Storm" documentary, which traces a New Orleans production of the Ahrens and Flaherty musical Once On This Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Randy Redd produces the evening that boasts songs by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), Chris Miller, Sam Willmott, Rob Rokicki, Bill Schermerhorn and Doug Katsaros, Craig Fols and Fred Thaler, Michael Cooper and Hyeyoung Kim, Michael Walker and Kyle Ewalt, Kevin Hammonds, Lance Horne and Debra Barsha, Barbara Anselmi, Zach Zadek and Ken Clifton.

Songwriters scheduled to perform include Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), Jenny Giering and Wesley Whatley with singers Cole Burden (Applause), Anderson Davis (Les Miserables), Kathy Deitch (Wicked), Matt Doyle (Spring Awakening, Bye Bye Birdie), Julie Foldesi (South Pacific), Aaron Simon Gross (13), Jeremy Hays (Les Miserables), Rachel Bay Jones, Fabio Monteiro, Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Wild Party, Parade), Jill Paice (The 39 Steps, Curtains, The Woman In White), Megan Reinking (Hair), Rashidra Scott (Avenue Q, Finian’s Rainbow), Antonique Smith, Robin Skye (Parade, Cyrano), Ali Stroker, Michael Winther (33 Variations, Mamma Mia, 1776) and LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once On This Island).

Musical director Aaron Jodoin leads a seven-piece band with singers Brandon Michael Arrington, Molly Hager, Justin Lopez and Mary Catherine McDonald.

The title of this concert event is taken from "After The Storm," the new song written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty for the aforementioned film. For tickets to the concert, priced $20, visit www.joespub.com or call (212) 967-7555. Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

Visit www.afterthestormfoundation.org for more information.

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The After the Storm Foundation was established to offer assistance and support not only to North Rampart Street Community Center but to other already existing relief organizations currently serving the youth of New Orleans.

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