The Platform, Celebrating New Talent, Will Debut in December; Special Guests Include Lilli Cooper, Ben Fankhauser, Blake Daniel
By Andrew Gans
The Platform, a new concert series created by composer Drew Gasparini to give new writers, singers and artists a platform to showcase their work, will kickoff Dec. 2 at The Flute in Gramercy.
Gasparini will also host the evening, which will feature the talents of Monet Sabel, Keith White, Alexander Boikai, Justin Luciano and Emily Kay Shrader, who will be singing the material of new composers Zack Zadek, Alexander Sage Oyen, Rob DelGaudio, Benjamin Velez, and Shapiro & Christensen.
The evening, which begins at 8 PM, will also include special appearances by Jonathan Reid Gealt and Joey Contreras with special performances by Broadway’s Lilli Cooper, Ben Fankhauser and Blake Daniel.
In a statement Gasparini said, "After Monday Nights New Voices ended last year, there hasn’t been a whole lot of concerts that showcase the new people in New York City. I think it’s important to give them the support it takes to feel noticed out here, especially because there is so much great talent. So this is my little spin on a ‘new voices’ kind of concert series."
Gasparini is currently in the midst of recording his first musical theatre compilation album featuring some of Broadway's greatest talents. His songs will also be featured on the second season of NBC's "Smash."
The Flute Theatre is located at 40 East 20th Street. There is a $10 cover and a two-drink minimum (18+); for reservations call (212) 529-2870 or visit www.FluteBar.com.
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