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Lia Chang: Garth Kravits, Suzzanne Douglas, Erin Dilly, Gavin Lee and More Set for “From Carousel to Kinky Boots”, Bickford Theatre Guild’s Annual Fundraiser on April 26

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

“From Carousel to Kinky Boots”, Bickford Theatre Guild’s annual fundraiser at the Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd in Morristown, NJ., will feature an evening of cabaret songs spanning from classical musical theatre and jazz, to contemporary musicals and the hottest new composers, with award winning talent from the world of Broadway, Film & Television and London’s West End, on Saturday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Peter Filichia; theatre columnist, author, and former theatre critic for the Newark Star Ledger, the evening is directed by Thom Christopher Warren, longtime cast member of Disney’s THE LION KING, and director of the Bickford’s production of CROSSING DELANCEY in 2010. Musical Direction is by Peter Candela; Broadway keyboardist and musical director for dozens of professional theatres across the tri-state area. The evening kicks off with a pre-show champagne reception where guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the artists. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a cabaret of timeless, musical classics from the golden age through modern day. A post-show reception will follow and feature a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and a cork pull. The doors open at 6:30pm.

Suzzanne Douglas. Photo by Dennis Kwan

Suzzanne Douglas. Photo by Dennis Kwan

Performers include Garth Kravits (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE on Broadway and star of Bickford’s CROSSING DELANCEY), Suzzanne Douglas (NAACP Award winner and star of the Bickford’s LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL), Gavin Lee (Drama Desk winner and TONY Award nominee for the role of Bert in both Broadway and the West End productions of MARY POPPINS), Erin Dilly (TONY nominee for her role in Broadway’s CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and most recently seen in the Broadway production of the holiday hit, A CHRISTMAS STORY), Stephen Buntrock (Curly in OKLAHOMA, and most recently opposite Bernadette Peters in the Broadway revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC), Graham Rowat (Broadway’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, GUYS AND DOLLS, MAMMA MIA), Marni Raab (Christine in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), Loni Ackerman (original companies of CATS, EVITA, and STARTING HERE STARTING NOW), and Bickford favorite Susie Speidel.

Other performers include Adam Williams, Max Clayton, Kate Johannigman, Kate McMillan, Cassie Levine, Greg Kamp (Barry Manilow’s HARMONY), Rose Pedone and the cast of the Bickford’s upcoming production of FOREVER PLAID.

Proceeds from the benefit provide support for future programming at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. One of New Jersey’s premier professional theatres, the Bickford produces and presents year-round entertainment including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase, and Blues at the Bickford. The theatre is a Senior Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theaters throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). From its beginnings in 1994 to the present, tens of thousands of theater-goers from across the tri-state area have enjoyed the Bickford Theatre’s many entertaining and diversified offerings in theatre, music and dance.

Tickets

$250 – Pre-show “Mingle with the Stars” Champagne Reception, priority seating and post show reception
$100 – Show and Post Show Reception
$65 – Show Only

Tickets may be purchased by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday, through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

About the Morris Museum
Celebrating 100 years, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. Every second and third Thursday of the month between 4:00 and 8:00pm, the Museum offers visitors the opportunity to Pay What You Wish. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

Other articles on “From Carousel to Kinky Boots”:
Playbill: From Carousel to Kinky Boots: A Cabaret of Broadway’s Best Will Feature Erin Dilly, Stephen Buntrock and Gavin Lee
Broadwayworld.com: Erin Dilly, Marni Raab & More Set for Bickford Theatre Guild’s ‘FROM CAROUSEL TO KINKY BOOTS’ Fundraiser, 4/26

Other articles on Garth Kravits:
Q & A with Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play’s Garth Kravits
Dec. 4 – 29: Garth Kravits Returns to Bucks County Playhouse for Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play
centraljersey.com: Clang Clang Clang!’Meet Me in St. Louis’ in Bucks County
BWW Interviews: Garth Kravits Talks about Bucks County Playhouse’s MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: A RADIO PLAY
nj.com: Jersey actor Garth Kravits sings the praises of appearing on Broadway and closer to home

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Late Night with Holy Land’s Jojo Gonzalez
Photos: André Braugher, Ami Brabson, Christine Toy Johnson, Antoinette LaVecchia, Richard Topol, Victor Williams, Nikkole Salter, Elizabeth Van Dyke at Oni Faida Lampley’s Tough Titty at the Paradise Factory
Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang Receives $275,000 Doris Duke Artist Award
Kerry Butler, Edward James Hyland, Matt Walton, Megan Sikora and More in Previews of Off-Broadway Production of Under My Skin at The Little Shubert Theatre
Apr. 22 – May 18: Working Theater Presents The off-Broadway Premiere of James McManus’ CHERRY SMOKE at Urban Stages
André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Among 4 Elliot Norton Award Nominations for Huntington’s World Premiere of The Jungle Book, a co-production with The Goodman
Photos: AALDEF Honors Mari Matsuda, Aasif Mandvi, and John Chou in 2014 at 40th Anniversary Celebration
Apr. 17-May 18: Tonya Pinkins and Roscoe Orman Lead the Cast of New Federal Theatre’s Off-Broadway Production of The Fabulous Miss Marie
Apr. 18-20: Pacific Arts Movement and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company present the San Diego premiere of 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
Apr. 23-27: Joel de la Fuente Stars in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths at PlayMaker’s Repertory Company
Jun. 22 – July 27: Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly Set for Old Globe Debut in OTHELLO
Photos: Backstage and Opening Night of Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu
Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz Presents “LADY” Featuring Lia Chang, Monica Garrido, Carolyn Holmes, Noel Simon’ Wippler, Linda Hudson, Adi Meyerson and Kathleen Doran
Photos: Harriet Harris, John Tartaglia, Christine Toy Johnson, Alan Muraoka, James Saito and More celebrate Ann Harada’s Debut at Lincoln Center in the American Songbook Series
Photos: Steve Rosen, David Rossmer, Hannah Elless, Vadim Feichtner, Cathryn Salamone, Ken Triwush and Kate Wetherhead Celebrate The Other Josh Cohen Opening Night
Q & A with Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play’s Garth Kravits
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards 
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72 
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2014 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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