DIVA TALK: LaMott's Legacy Plus a Chat with Little Shop's Kerry Butler

By Andrew Gans
22 Aug 2003

IN OTHER DIVA NEWS OF THE WEEK: Jodi Benson and Joey McIntyre will replace the previously announced Rachel York and Neil Patrick Harris in the upcoming Reprise! concert of Babes in Arms. Featuring direction by Glenn Casale and choreography by Dan Mojica, the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart classic will play UCLA's Freud Playhouse Sept. 9-21 with an official opening set for Wednesday, Sept. 10. Gerald Sternbach is musical director for the production, which features such classic tunes as “Where or When,” “Babes in Arms,” “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Johnny One Note” and “The Lady Is a Tramp.” The Babes in Arms cast also features Ruta Lee, Tom Beyer, Richard Bulda, Beth Curry, Jenna Leigh Green, Seth Hampton, Biff Ingenthorn, Christa Jackson, Beth Malone, Bets Malone, Claci Miller, Vincent Ortega, Jeffrey Schecter, Steve Vinovich, Rick Wasserman and Anna White. The UCLA Freud Playhouse is located within Macgowan Hall. Tickets, priced at $55 and $65, are available by calling the UCLA central ticket office at (310) 825-2101. Go to www.reprise.org for more information. . . . A dozen of cabaret's finest performers will offer an An Evening of American Cabaret Sept. 8 at San Francisco's Herbst Theater. Presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation in association with Bill Lanese, the 8 PM concert will boast the talents of Christine Andreas, Andrea Marcovicci, Klea Blackhurst, Wesla Whitfield (with Mike Greensill), KT Sullivan, Spencer Day, Jeff Harnar, Sidney Myer, Georga Osborne, Craig Rubano and Lumiri Tubo. Tickets for the concert are priced $25-$75 and are available at the City Box Office, 401 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, CA. For more information call (415) 392-4400 or visit www.cityboxoffice.com. . . . Academy Award-nominated director Rob Marshall will serve as Honorary Chairman for the upcoming S.T.A.G.E. Too event, Sing Happy: The Words & Music of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The Oct. 25 concert at Los Angeles' Luckman Fine Arts Complex will salute the works of Kander and Ebb, who have created such Broadway musicals as Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Act, Woman of the Year, Zorba and The Rink.The evening will include soon-to-be-announced stars of stage, screen and television and will benefit The Actors' Fund of America. David Galligan will direct the 8 PM concert, which will feature musical direction by Ben Lanzarone. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — executive producers of the Miramax's Oscar-winning "Chicago" — will be on hand to receive the Nedda Harrigan Logan Award. The Luckman Fine Arts Complex is located on the campus of California State University at 5151 State University Drive. Tickets range from $40-$250, and sponsorships are available for $2,500-$25,000. Advance priority ticket orders can be placed by calling (323) 933-9266, ext. 54. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information. . . . Although rehearsals have yet to begin for the new Off-Broadway revue, Listen to My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman, a cast recording has already been announced. Midder Music, the label Friedman started for the late Nancy LaMott, will record the evening of song Oct. 25. Friedman — whose songs have been recorded by Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Petula Clark and LaMott — confirmed the news to Playbill On-Line, adding, "We're going to record it live — we'll record two performance on the 25th. They'll be special performances that people can come to and watch the recording of the album." The revue will play Upstairs at Studio 54 beginning Oct. 9 with an official opening set for Oct. 23. The cast includes The Wild Party's Alix Korey, Victor/Victoria's Anne Runolfsson, Show Boat's Joe Cassidy with Friedman at the piano. Two additional cast members will be announced shortly; Mark Waldrop — of When Pigs Fly fame — will direct. Upstairs at Studio 54 is located in Manhattan at 254 West 54th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. The revue will play Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturdays at 7 and 10 PM with matinees on Wednesdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets — priced $60-$65 — are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit http://ListenToMyHeartSite.com. . . . And, finally, don't forget that the Tony-nominated star of Mamma Mia!, Louise Pitre, will make her Joe's Pub concert debut this Monday, Aug. 25 at 7 and 9:30 PM. Accompanied by musical director Diane Leah, Pitre will perform an eclectic mix of tunes, featuring songs by or associated with Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Al Jolson and Bonnie Raitt. Tickets for Pitre's Joe's Pub concerts are priced at $25 (in advance) and $30 (at the door). Call (212) 239-6200 for tickets; those wishing to dine before the show should make reservations by calling (212) 539-8778. Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street.



Liz Callaway in Concert:
Aug. 29-30 at the Stockbridge Cabaret in Stockbridge, MA
Oct. 11 with the Binghamton Philharmonic Pops in Binghamton, NY
Oct. 20 at the 14th Annual New York Cabaret Convention in New York, NY
Jan. 31, 2004 in Sibling Revelry in Boston, MA
Feb. 8, 2004 in Sibling Revelry in Riverfront, IL
May 1, 2004 in Sibling Revelry in Orono, ME
May 8, 2004 in Sibling Revelry in Purchase, NY


Barbara Cook in Concert:

Sept. 7-8 at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, IL
Sept. 13 at the Tulsa Opera House in Tulsa, OK
Sept. 20 in Bethlehem, PA; concert with Marilyn Horne
Oct. 3 at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA; concert with Marilyn Horne
Nov. 22 at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY


Patti LuPone in Concert:

Aug. 22-23 in Passion at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL
Oct. 25 at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA (“Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda”)
Nov. 7-9 with the Houston Symphony ("Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda")
Jan. 23, 2004 at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Jan. 24, 2004 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL
Feb. 27-29, 2004 at the Myerhoff Hall in Baltimore, MD
March 12, 2004 at the New Jersey PAC in Newark, NJ
March 13 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ


Karen Mason in Concert:

Aug. 18 at the King Kong Room in New York, NY
Oct. 4 with the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL
Oct. 18 at the Emelin Theater in NY
Nov. 15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ

Christiane Noll in Concert

Aug. 28 San Diego, CA with San Diego Symphony
Aug. 29 San Diego, CA with San Diego Symphony
Aug. 30 San Diego, CA with San Diego Symphony
Oct. 11 Chattanooga, TN with Don Pippin
Dec. 31 Des Moines, IA with Des Moines Symphony & Brad Little


Well, that’s all for now. Happy diva-watching!