The Beechman will kick off the month March 1 at 9:30 PM with Rock-away Beech: An evening of original theatre rock in which Andrew Heyman and Tyler Phillips perform their own music with the help of additional singers and "a truly rockin' band."
A special "March is Cabaret Month" Gala will take place March 2 at 7 PM to benefit Stu Hamstra's Cabaret Hotline Online. The concert will salute "The Composers of Cabaret," and featured performers will include Tony winner Faith Prince, Tony nominees Liz Callaway and Brian Lane Green, Jenny Powers, Becca Johnson Southworth and Raissa Katona Bennett. Songwriters who will perform include John Bucchino, David Friedman, Amanda McBroom and Alex Rybeck, who will also serve as the event's music director.
Sarah Rice, the original Johanna in Sweeney Todd, will return to the Beechman with Screen Gems: Songs of Old Hollywood March 5 at 8 PM, March 7 at 5 PM and April 2 at 7 PM.
On March 8 at 6 PM, the Beechman will present a concert reading of the new musical The Last Word, described as "a variation on the story of Cain and Abel set in jazz-era Los Angeles with music by Kevin Ray."
Chasin' the Blues Away, a special benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be presented March 11 at 7 PM. Hosted by Marianna Challis, the evening will feature Kevin Dozier, Reagan Stone and Lisa Viggiano. Scott Barnes will direct. The monthly benefit series Cabaret Cares returns March 22 with a performance from cast members of the Tony Award-winning In the Heights. Proceeds will benefit Help Is On the Way Today, which provides assistance to youth dealing with HIV/AIDS.
Northwestern 2010 Songwriter's Showcase, March 23 at 10:30 PM, will feature Dan Green and Will Buck, who are on the faculty of Northwestern University's musical theatre department.
Ann Harada, Christine Toy Johnson and Jose Llana will perform songs from the 1946-47 Broadway season in You Can't Get a Man With a Gun, March 28 at 9:30 PM. The evening will be directed by Tony winner Michele Pawk.
And, veteran entertainer Joan Rivers, who was Tony-nominated for Sally Marr and Her Escorts, will offer evenings of standup March 9, 10, 16, 23, 24 and 31 at 8 PM. Rivers' opening act will be pianist Lance Cruce, and proceeds will go to the charities God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The Laurie Beechman is located in the West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd Street. Cover charges vary for each event, but there is a $15 food and/or drink minimum at each performance. For tickets, call (212) 695-6909.