A plethora of cabaret and theatre stars will all be on-hand for a special benefit, Nov. 3, termed an "Inaugural Celebration" for a new charity, the "Life Enhancement Foundation."
Founded this year by Catholic priest and psychologist, John Kamas, the Life Enhancement Foundation is a non-sectarian organization to assist "persons at risk," especially adolescents from difficult family backgrounds, the homeless and the elderly who have little or now family help. Foundation programs address "the physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual and psychological development of the whole person."
Event co-producer (with Erv Raible) Robert Levulis told Playbill On-Line, "The focus of the Foundation is to help their whole life, not just a piece of it. For example with the homeless, we don't just them. We educate them and help them find careers. Plus they come to us after rehabilitation, so there's no alcohol or substance abuse."
Hosting the Nov. 3, 7:30 PM concert are Tovah Feldshuh (Sarava!, Tovah! Out Of Her Mind) and Charles Busch (Queen Amarantha, You Should Be So Lucky), with guest performers including Kelly Cole and Hugh Panaro (Side Show), Jay Rogers (formerly of When Pigs Fly), Robert DuSold (Jekyll & Hyde), John Herrera (1776), Marc Jacoby (Ragtime), Norm Lewis (Miss Saigon), Kim Lindsay & J. Mark McVey (Les Miserables), Christopher Sieber (Triumph Of Love) and Jerry Tellier (Smokey Joe's Cafe).
Among the cabaret performers expected to participate are Angela LaGreca, Tom Postilio, Elena Bennett and Terri White. With Rohn Seykell directing and Mark Janas serving as musical director, the "Inaugural Celebration" will feature choreography by Paul Cole.
For tickets ($75-$100) and information on the benefit and subsequent reception, call (212) 288-9438. Because the Foundation is located in offices next to the DiCapo Opera Theatre, the benefit will take place at that venue, 184 East 76th St., between Third & Lexington. For more information about the Foundation itself, call (212) 570-2473.
--By David Lefkowitz