By Andrew Gans
18 Jul 2011
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Produced by Dennis Fowler and directed by Laura Pestronk, the evening features songs by composer/lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh.
Bisen-Hersh is joined onstage by Lanene Charters (Mamma Mia!), Brian Childers (Danny and Sylvia), Sean Patrick Doyle (La Cage aux Folles), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Gaelen Gillilan (9 to 5), Kimberly Faye Greenberg (One Night with Fanny Brice), Lara Janine (Rock of Ages), Stephanie Klemons (Bring It On), Ryan Link (Wonderland), Garrett Long (South Pacific), Olivia Oguma (Les Miserables), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Mackenzie Thomas (Mamma Mia!), Kristen Beth Williams (Anything Goes) and Elisa Winter (Sweeney Todd).
The concert also features a preview of Bisen-Hersh's upcoming Off-Broadway musical, Love Quirks, featuring its original cast: Crystal Davidson, Nathan Freeman, Rori Nogee and Brian Shaw.
All proceeds for the evening go to the Humane Society of New York, which has "cared for animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes" for over 100 years. The Humane Society saved Bisen-Hersh's cat, Smee, in 2009, and this annual benefit is his way of saying thanks.
Don't Tell Mama is located at 343 W. 46th St. There is a $20 cover charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 757-0788 after 4 PM or visit donttellmamanyc.com.