Kate Wetherhead Will Host OBAMARAMA: Songs for Justice! Fundraiser Concert in NYC
By Michael Gioia
OBAMARAMA: Songs for Justice!, a fundraiser cabaret for the Obama 2012 campaign featuring original material from emerging writers, will be offered Sept. 22 at New York City's Duplex.
Kate Wetherhead ("Submissions Only") will host the 9:30 PM concert, which will feature performances from Gilbert Bailey (Scottsboro Boys, Philadelphia Theater Company), Justin Barnette (Hairspray national tour), Matthew Bauman (Encores! Pipe Dream), Christine Bokhour (Chicago), Allyson Kaye Daniel (The Color Purple national tour), Patrick Lane (Tales of the City at A.C.T.), Andrew Leggieri (Spamalot national tour), Lexi Rhoades (Sistas: The Musical) and Mike Shultz (Fiddler on the Roof national tour).
OBAMARAMA will be directed by Amy Anders Corcoran with musical direction by Rona Siddiqui.
Contributing writers — many of whom are alum from NYU's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program — include Danny Abosch, Maria Alexandra Beech, Raymond Bokhour, Thirza Defoe, John Dietrich, Dewey Fleszar, Jesse Goldman, John Grimmett, Shoshana Greenberg, Derek Hassler, Karl Michael Johnson, Sujin Kim, Laura Kleinbaum, Teresa Lotz, Daphna Maman, Sarah Rebell, Jeffrey Smith, Rona Siddiqui and Patricia Weinstein.
Special guest singer-songwriters at OBAMARAMA include Brandon Anderson, Leenya Rideout (Company), Nicole Van Giesen (Cabaret), and Emmy winner Wesley Whatley (The Muppet's "Yes Virginia" and "I Believe").
OBAMARAMA: Songs for Justice! is co-produced by Grammy Award winner Thirza Defoe, Jesse Goldman, Teresa Lotz and Sarah Rebell.
Producer Rebell added, "It is so important, as songwriters, to use our art to create a connection to and a dialogue with our community at large, to try to give back to the world around us, and help to encourage the social change we envision for this country."
The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street. There will be a $12 cover charge ($10 with NYU ID) plus a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call (212) 255-5438. Visit TheDuplex.com.
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