Joan Rivers, Daisy Eagan, "The Muppet Show" Screenings Set for March at Laurie Beechman Theatre

News   Joan Rivers, Daisy Eagan, "The Muppet Show" Screenings Set for March at Laurie Beechman Theatre
The Laurie Beechman Theatre has announced its performance lineup for March, which will feature many theatre and cabaret regulars.

Shannon Darin will kick off the month with The REAL Sex & the City March 1. Darin (The Porker Sisters) will reveal "the truth of what it’s like to date in NYC and every possible way to do it," according to press notes. "It’s dirty, its raw, but most importantly, it's down right hysterical."

Australia's Kim Smith will offer Misfit March 2, 9 and 16 at 7 PM. The evening of songs from the Weimar era and contemporary times will feature works by Friedrich Hollaender, Björk, the Supremes, Kylie Minogue and Hanns Eisler. Christian Coulson will direct the evenings with piano accompaniment by Jerry Steichen.

Tony Award-nominated comedienne and actress Joan Rivers will bring her stand-up act back to the Beechman March 3, 8, 23 and 30 at 8 PM. Pianist Lance Cruce will play from the time doors open until Rivers' entrance. A full menu and bar will be available for the evening, with proceeds benefiting God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Manhattan Cabaret Arts: Love, Life & What I Sang, "featuring songs about relationships from the Great American Songbook," will be presented March 6 and 12 at 4 PM. Performers at the March 6 show will include Donna Elliott, Lois Goldrich, Roberta Klein, Marcia Roney, Barbara Rubio and Bob Wiener. Performers set for March 12 include Monique Brown, Jane Deeken, Donna Hayes, Magee Hickey, Dale Rutkin and Jeremy Sussman. Collette Black will direct with Norma Jeanne Curley on piano.

Sweet and Tart Productions will  offer Next! March 6 and 10. The show will feature perpetually un-cast or typed-out performers casting themselves in the parts they never get to play: "The right people for the wrong parts, and the wrong people for the right parts." Christian Ardito, Michael Beatty, Brad Caswell, Lori Eure, Katie Fabel, Aaron Fuksa, Erin Krom, Gary Lizardo, India McDonald, Jimmy Moon, Terry Olear, Nikki Van Cassele, Alyssa Van Gorder and Joshua Warr will  perform; Julie McBride will provide musical direction. Inappropriate for the Office: Songs By Keith Varney, a one-night-only fundraiser March 7 at 7 PM, will feature songs from I Got Fired; Elway, the Musical; and Joshua, the Musical. Devon Goffman, Kate Weatherhead, Matt Lutz and more will perform Varney's songs.

Steven Fales (Confessions of a Mormon Boy) will present When All Else Fales … Comedy and Songs by Steven Fales March 11 at 9:30 PM and March 12 at 7 PM. In this show, Fales "is crossing over from all that Mormon humor to find he’s really just a garden-variety human being!"

Muppet Sundays,  scheduled for March 13 and 27 at 7 PM, will offer screenings of episodes of the beloved variety series "The Muppet Show." Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters and Lynn Redgrave are featured in the March 13 episodes, with the March 27 episodes featuring Sylvester Stallone, Diana Ross and Elton John. There is no cover charge for these screenings.

Proud to Know You: A Celebration of Doric Wilson's 50 Years as a Playwright will take place March 16 at 9:30 PM. Joanne Beretta, Charles Busch, Alex Bond, Christopher Borg, Lodi Carr, K.T. Sullivan and more are set to appear. Mark Finley will direct, with Steve Ross providing musical direction.

The popular cabaret benefit series Cabaret Cares will continue March 20 at 7 PM. The best of the Broadway and cabaret communities will come together to perform, with proceeds benefiting Help Is On the Way Today, an organization benefiting HIV/AIDS-affected youth.

Singing actress and puppeteer Alissa Hunnicutt will perform the multi-media evening The Kid Inside March 24 and 31 at 7 PM. Hunnicutt will be joined by puppeteers Z. Briggs, Chad Williams and Honey Goodenough for the show, which will feature direction by Warren Kelley and musical direction by Steven Katz.

The Beechman's acclaimed series, Sondheim Unplugged, will return March 28 at 7 PM, with a variety of Broadway and cabaret veterans celebrating Stephen Sondheim's work, accompanied by piano only.

Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden) will bring her one-woman show, Still Daisy After All These Years, to the Beechman March 28 at 7 PM. "Promising 'everything you ever wanted to know about Daisy Eagan but were afraid to ask,' the show takes the audience on a tour of her life and career, starting with her illustrious debut as a bag of wool in a pre-school production of Baa Baa Black Sheep, through the ups and downs of her life onstage and off," according to press notes.

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

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