Ron Raines Hosts Oklahoma Rising June 23; Billy Magnussen, Taylor Louderman, Jaime Cepero Among Performers

By Michael Gioia
June 23, 2013

Tony Award nominee Billy Magnussen, who stars in the 2013 Tony-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bring It On's Taylor Louderman and "Smash" actor Jaime Cepero are among the artists taking part in Oklahoma Rising: a Cabaret to Benefit Victims of the Oklahoma Tornadoes June 23 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan.



Tony Award nominee Ron Raines (Follies) hosts the 7:30 PM concert, which benefits the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

According to press notes, "Members of the Broadway community and New York-based alumni from Oklahoma City University (OCU), the University of Oklahoma (OU), and the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) have come together to present Oklahoma Rising: a Cabaret to Benefit Victims of the Oklahoma Tornadoes," which celebrates "the true Oklahoman spirit of resilience, compassion and community."

Performers include Nikki Bohne (Bring It On), Cepero ("Smash"), Stacey Logan (Sweet Smell of Success, OCU), Louderman (Bring It On), Trevor Vaughn, Magnussen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Emily Mechler (Wicked, OU), Destan Owens (Rent, OCU), Bryce Pinkham (Ghost), Ryann Redmond (Bring It On), Christopher Rice (Book of Mormon, OU) and Jennifer Sanchez (Ghost, OCU), among others.

Music direction is by Michael Rafter (Everyday Rapture) and Drew Wutke (OCU).

The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 W. 42nd Street. For reservations, call (212) 695-6909. For more information, click here.