Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: Late Night Singing with Garth Kravits at 54 Below with The Skivvies, at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland and Michael Raye’s Soul Gathering

The Skivvies at 54 Below - (L-R) Nick Cearley, Garth Kravits, Andrew Gutauskas and Lauren Molina on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

The Skivvies at 54 Below – (L-R) Nick Cearley, Garth Kravits, Andrew Gutauskas and Lauren Molina on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits with The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits with The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

It’s the first Wednesday night of June at 54 Below, and actor/singer Garth Kravits is singing and shaking his bon-bon onstage with The Skivvies, wearing nothing more than an apron and blue boxer briefs, with white stars. Award-winning singer-actors Lauren Molina (Marry Me a LittleSweeney ToddRock of Ages) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up) became YouTube sensations as The Skivvies, a “musically thrilling” undie-rock, comedy-pop duo who don’t just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments.

Soundcheck for The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014 with Andrew Gutauskas, Nick Cearley, Wesley Taylor, Garth Kravits, Lauren Molina and Shannon Ford. Photo by Lia Chang

Soundcheck for The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014 with Andrew Gutauskas, Nick Cearley, Wesley Taylor, Garth Kravits, Lauren Molina and Shannon Ford. Photo by Lia Chang

Actors Garth Kravits and Lauren Molina promote their Bucks County Playhouse Production of Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, at KYW News Radio in Philadelphia, PA on December 23, 2013. Photo by Mandee Kuenzle

Actors Garth Kravits and Lauren Molina promote their Bucks County Playhouse Production of Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, at KYW News Radio in Philadelphia, PA on December 23, 2013. Photo by Mandee Kuenzle

Nick Cearley, Garth Kravits and Lauren Molina at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Nick Cearley, Garth Kravits and Lauren Molina at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits, Tony winner Lena Hall and Wesley Taylor performed with The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits, Tony winner Lena Hall and Wesley Taylor performed with The Skivvies at 54 Below in New York on June 4, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Kravits met Lauren Molina at Radio City Music Hall in 2006, where they both performed in numbers from their Broadway shows, she was appearing in Sweeney Todd and he was in The Drowsy Chaperone. Their paths crossed again in 2012 at Bucks County Playhouse  in Bucks County, PA, where they appeared in and collaborated on numerous musical arrangements for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Last Christmas, they returned to Bucks County Playhouse to work on Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play. “The Skivvies were really blowing up and I mentioned to her that I would love to perform with them in the future,” said Kravits. Other guest stars of the night at 54 Below included newly minted Tony winner Lena Hall (Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Wesley Taylor (Rock of Ages), Jim Newman (Hands on a Hardbody) and Roe Hartrampf (Unnatural Acts). Playbill.com: Tony Nominee Lena Hall, Lesli Margherita, Wesley Taylor, Jim Newman and More Strip with The Skivvies

In 2004, Kravits was appearing in the Drama Desk winning Off-Broadway production of Toxic Audio In LoudMouth. It was at the closing night performance that Kravits met Jim Caruso, the charming and talented host of Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, an open mike celebration of the Broadway, Jazz and nightclub communities. The following Monday, Kravits began his weekly visits to sing at Cast Party, which he continued throughout his run on Broadway during The Drowsy Chaperone. In the clip below, Kravits sings You’re My Twin by Bill Larkin at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland on May 5, 2014.

broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Jim Caruso’s CAST PARTY, Including Aaron Ramey, Michele Lee, and More!

Bassist Gary Foote, drummer John Digiulio, Garth Kravits and Michael Raye at The Soul Gathering at The West End Cafe in New York on April 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Bassist Gary Foote, drummer John Digiulio, Garth Kravits and Michael Raye at The Soul Gathering at The West End Cafe in New York on April 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

One of Kravits’ oldest friends on the music scene, Michael Raye, a legendary musician, composer and music director, has hosted one of the coolest jam sessions in New York. The Soul Gathering has been a New York City institution for more than 20 years. After a brief hiatus, The Soul Gathering is back on Tuesday nights at The West End Cafe at 107th and West End Ave in New York. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g8vaJNs7Ks Kravits is also appearing in a new commercial for Captain D’s, a family restaurant chain. http://vimeo.com/94700240 Upcoming projects include private industry readings of the new Broadway-bound musical Gettin’ the Band Back Together on June 24, helmed by Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown) in New York, starring Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Jekyll & Hyde) and Marilu Henner (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife).

Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams and Garth Kravits in Gettin' The Band Back Together at George Street Playhouse in September, 2013. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams and Garth Kravits in Gettin’ The Band Back Together at George Street Playhouse in September, 2013. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Read the full article at theatermania.com: Constantine Maroulis and Marilu Henner to Star in Gettin’ the Band Back Together Industry Reading

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

From July 25-27, Kravits will be featured in the Powerhouse Theater Season workshop production of the Michael Grief helmed A Walk on the Moon, featuring music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, and book and additional lyrics by Pamela Gray. The workshop is part of the 30th year of the New York Stage and Film and Vassar College collaboration. Performances for A Walk on the Moon will take place in The Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film at Vassar College. Synopsis: “It’s the summer of 1969 in a Catskill Mountains bungalow colony. While her husband spends each week working in the city, Pearl Kantrowitz finds herself drawn toward a free-spirited traveling salesman. Her personal crisis plays out against one of America’s most tumultuous summers, as astronauts walk on the moon, the Vietnam War escalates, and Woodstock takes place right down the road. Michael Greif, the award-winning director of Rent, Grey Gardens and Next To Normal, returns to Powerhouse with this deeply romantic story of awakening, adapted from the hit film.” For more information, visit Powerhouse.Vassar.edu.

Performance Schedule:
Fri, 7/25 at 8pm
Sat, 7/26 at 8pm
Sun, 7/27 at 2pm
Sun, 7/27 at 7:30pm

Garth Kravits sings at Michael Raye's The Soul Gathering at The West End Cafe in New York on April 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits sings at Michael Raye’s The Soul Gathering at The West End Cafe in New York on April 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Other Articles on Garth Kravits:
broadwayworld.com: TUNE IN TIME, New York’s New Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Show, Returns to Stage 72, 6/25 and 7/1
Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis’ ‘it could be worse’ Series Featuring Adam Chanler-Berat, Alison Fraser, Gideon Glick and More Airs on Pivot TV in June; and on Hulu in July
June 4: Garth Kravits, Lena Hall, Lesli Margherita, Wesley Taylor and More Strip Down with The Skivvies at 54 Below
Garth Kravits, Suzzanne Douglas, Erin Dilly, Gavin Lee and More Set for “From Carousel to Kinky Boots”, Bickford Theatre Guild’s annual fundraiser
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 on Meet Me in St. Louis:
Two Delaware Valley Holiday Shows Make A National Top-10 List
Mainstreet.com names Bucks County Playhouse’s Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play as One of Ten “Top Holiday Shows”, Performances through December 29, 2013
Dec. 24: Garth Kravits and Lauren Molina, Stars of Bucks County Playhouse’s Holiday Show Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, to Appear on Good Day Philadelphia
The Reporter: Bucks County Playhouse presents a flawless, picturesque “Meet me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play”
The Morning Call: Bucks Playhouse’s ‘Meet me in St. Louis’ is delightfully nostalgic
New Hope Free Press: Review: ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ At Bucks County Playhouse
phindie.com: MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review
philly.com: Review: Meet Me in St. Louis, A Live Radio Play

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Joe Mantegna to Helm ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 10 Episode to Honor the late Meshach Taylor
Remembering Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama, 1921-2014
Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessie Mueller, Lena Hall, Sophie Okonedo, Kenny Leon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, All The Way, A Raisin in the Sun, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and More Take Home 2014 Tony Awards
Lucille Lortel Awards for Here Lies Love, Fun Home, The Open House, Good Person of Szechwan
Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Appropriate, Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, Sonya Tayeh, Emmanuel Brown, Mia Katigbak, K. Todd Freeman, John Earl Jelks Among 2014 OBIE Award Winners
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Celebrating my mom – AN ACTIVE VISION: BEVERLY UMEHARA…LABOR ACTIVIST…1945-1999
Crafting a Career
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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 starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine. 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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