Wicked's Brescia Hosts July 19 Monday Nights, New Voices Concert Saluting Heisler and Goldrich

By Andrew Gans
July 19, 2010

Lisa Brescia, who was most recently seen Off-Broadway in Ordinary Days, hosts the July 19 Monday Nights, New Voices concert at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

The evening celebrates the songs of Fred Ebb Award winners Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich. Among those scheduled to perform are Christopher Brasfield, Christina Cataldo, Cassie McIvor, Jared Picone and Chelsea Waller. Show time is 7 PM.

Goldrich will accompany each performer on selections from her and Heisler's songbook, and both will offer stories about their songs. Paul Staroba is the musical director.

The New Voices series was founded by composer Scott Alan to "showcase some of today's brightest new talent in New York." Alan's debut recording, "Dreaming Wide Awake" — which features performances by Liz Callaway, Stephanie J. Block, Eden Espinosa, Cheyenne Jackson and Jonathan Groff, among others — is available by visiting www.scottalan.net. His new CD, "Keys: The Music of Scott Alan," is also now available.

Lisa Brescia has been seen in the Broadway and Chicago productions of Wicked. Her other Broadway credits include The Times They Are A-Changin', The Woman in White and Aida. Her regional credits include leading roles in Evita, The Last 5 Years, A Little Night Music and Brigadoon.

Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler are the first women ever honored as recipients of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting. They were nominated for 2009 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics and Music for Dear Edwina and earned Lucille Lortel Award nominations for Junie B. Jones. Goldrich and Heisler have provided original songs for The Disney Channel, Disney Interactive and Feature Animation projects, Disney Theatricals, PBS and Nickelodeon. As performers, they have toured domestically and internationally. "Marcy and Zina: The Album" is available on Yellow Sound Label, and their two songbooks are available from Hal Leonard. For more information visit www.marcyandzina.com.

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at 61 Christopher Street. There is a $12 music charge and a two-drink minimum; for reservations call (212) 255-5438 or visit theduplex.com.