Theater Resources Unlimited's (TRU) second annual benefit to support new works for theatre, the TRU Love Cabaret Benefit, takes place March 6 at 7 PM at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City.
Dedicated to creating a network of commercial and nonprofit organizations that will produce theatre, exchange ideas and share resources, TRU's honorary benefit committee comprises theater notables Zoe Caldwell and Robert Whitehead, Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley, Cy Coleman, James Freydberg, Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Daryl Roth, Julian Schlossberg and Jane Summerhays.
"TRU is about creating a spirit of community in the theater by bringing people together and helping them to find the resources they need to achieve their goals," said TRU president Bob Ost.
Scheduled to perform at the benefit are Broadway performers Roger Bart (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Rob Evan (Jekyll & Hyde), Luba Mason (Jekyll & Hyde) Barbara Walsh (Falsettoes, Big), Everett Bradley (Swing!), B.J. Crosby (Smokey Joe’s Cafe), Matt Bogart (Smokey Joe’s Café, Civil War), Ken Prymus (Cats), Dan Jenkins (Big, Wrong Mountain), Heather MacRae (Falsettoes) and Sean Martin Hingston (Contact). Also scheduled to join the performance roster are Angela LaGreca, Barbara Lea, Joan Crowe, Margaret Wakeley Harris and Maureen Kelley Stewart.
The show will be directed by Tom Mullen and produced by Nancy Valerie Kahn. TRU's production notes indicate that new or unknown songs by Cy Coleman, David Zippel, Alan Mencken, Sheldon Harnick, Frank Wildhorn, and certain TRU members are expected to be performed.
At the TRU benefit, a buffet will be followed by a raffle and silent auction. Prizes include dinners for two, tickets to The Public Theater’s The Wild Party as well as Broadway’s Amadeus, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago and Jekyll & Hyde. Other Broadway and off-Broadway show tickets will be awarded from Wit, Bombitty of Errors, Our Sinatra and Forbidden Broadway.
Proceeds from the auction of these and other prizes go to support both TRU’s New Plays series and its New Musicals Reading Series.
The advance donation for tickets to the benefit is $35 for TRU members, $50 for non-members. At the door, the donations are $45 for members and $60 for non-members. The TRU benefit will be held at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City, 619 Lexington Avenue (entrance on 54th Street). For further information about TRU call (212) 714-7628.
-- By Murdoch McBride