Joan Rivers, Len Cariou, Telly Leung, Mary Testa and More to Play Laurie Beechman Theatre in October

News   Joan Rivers, Len Cariou, Telly Leung, Mary Testa and More to Play Laurie Beechman Theatre in October
Many New York stage and cabaret veterans will play The Laurie Beechman Theatre throughout the month of October.

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers

The theatre's hit series, Sondheim Unplugged, will continue Oct. 1 at 7 PM with a seventh evening of performances of Stephen Sondheim's work, featuring the regular cast as well as four special guests who originated roles in Sondheim musicals: Tony Award winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music), Annie Golden (Assassins), Victoria Mallory (A Little Night Music) and Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd).

Telly Leung (Rent, Pacific Overtures) will take the Beechman stage Oct. 7 at 7 PM with Who Loves 'Ya, Baby?, a journey through his parents' vinyl record collection from the 70's, when they first immigrated to America from China.

Tony Award-nominated actress Mary Testa (Xanadu, On the Town) and Tony-winning orchestrator Michael Starobin (Sunday in the Park…, Next to Normal) will team up Oct. 11 and 16 at 9:30 PM for Classically Speaking, "covering music from all genres which they consider classic," according to Beechman notes.

Carole Demas, known for originating the role of Sandy in Grease and appearing on television in "The Magic Garden," will return to the Beechman Oct. 13 and 27 at 7 PM. Her show will be directed by Charles Repole with musical direction by Ian Herman.

The monthly benefit series Cabaret Cares will continue Oct. 18 at 7 PM. The best of the Broadway and cabaret communities will join together to raise funds for Help Is On the Way Today, an organization benefiting youth dealing with HIV/AIDS. Pamela Winslow-Kashani, who originated the role of Rapunzel in Into the Woods and recently appeared in London in Paradise Found, will bring Change Happens to the Beechman Oct. 20 at 7 PM. The inspirational evening will cover the ups and downs of her career on Broadway and in Hollywood and her quest for spiritual truth. "Her autobiography is just an example of a life - please insert yours."

Tony-nominated comedienne and actress Joan Rivers will return to the Beechman Oct. 20, 21 and 26 at 9 PM with her latest stand-up act. A full dinner menu and bar will be available, with pianist Lance Cruce playing from the time doors open until Rivers' entrance. Proceeds will benefit the charities God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

New musical theatre writers will debut their latest work in Songs You've Never Heard & Shows You've Never Heard Of Oct. 25 at 9:30 PM. Broadway performers will be announced at a later date.

Edie Beale Live at Reno Sweeney, a re-creation of the essence of the legendary cabaret act the "Grey Gardens" doyenne performed during New Year's Week 1978, will be presented by Edie's original producer, Gerald Duval, Oct. 31 at 5 PM.

Drama Desk Award nominee Joe Iconis "and his terrifying coven of musical theater monsters are back" for another Halloween concert Oct. 31 at 9 PM. The evening is billed as "a horrifying rock concert featuring songs by Mr. Iconis, a bunch of Halloween covers, and even a showtune or two from classic 'scary' musicals. … In addition to some old favorites, Iconis will premiere some brand new songs for this, the latest stop on his 'Death To The Bloodless' Tour 2010."

The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located in the West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd St. There is a $15 food/beverage minimum for each event; cover charges vary. For reservations, call (212) 695-6909.

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