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Lia Chang Photos: Garth Kravits, Laura Benanti, Brian Nash, Lena Hall, Erin Davie and More in “Broadway Sings Tori” Benefit Concert for RAINN

Michael Buchanan, Garth Kravits, Julie James, Erin Davie, Scott Alan, Colleen Harris, Laura Benanti. Photo by Lia Chang

Michael Buchanan, Garth Kravits, Julie James, Erin Davie, Scott Alan, Colleen Harris, Laura Benanti. Photo by Lia Chang

Last night at (le) poisson rouge, Garth Kravits, Tony winners Laura Benanti and Lena Hall, Kyle Dean Massey, Rachel Bay Jones, Lauren Molina, Erin Davie, Michael Buchanan, Molly Pope, Natalie Joy Johnson, Stephen Bienskie, Colleen Harris, composer-lyricist Scott Alan and musical director Brian Nash performed the music of eight-time Grammy nominee Tori Amos in Broadway Sings Tori, a one-night concert benefiting RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, America’s largest anti-sexual organization.


The Tori Amos CD (pictured above), donated by @BroadwayGirlNYC and signed by the Broadway Sings Tori cast, was auctioned off for $650 for RAINN.

Michael Buchanan, Garth Kravits, Julie James, Erin Davie, Scott Alan, Colleen Harris, Laura Benanti. Photo by Lia Chang

Michael Buchanan, Garth Kravits, Julie James, Erin Davie, Scott Alan, Colleen Harris, Laura Benanti. Photo by Lia Chang

SiriusXM host Julie James emceed the intimate cabaret-style evening, and the stellar lineup of Broadway and cabaret vocalists did not disappoint the sold-out house of Tori Amos fans, killing it on the stage of (le) poisson rouge, with musical director Brian Nash on the keys, Michael Herklots on drums, Chris Biesterfeldt on guitar and Lorenzo Wolff on bass.

Musical Director Brian Nash. Photo by Lia Chang

Musical Director Brian Nash. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadway Sings Tori Set List
Brian Nash-Precious Things
Julie James-Happy Phantom
Colleen Harris-Don’t Make Me Come to Vegas
Rachel Bay Jones-Ribbons Undone


Natalie Joy Johnson & Stephen Bienskie-China


Michael Buchanan-Cool on Your Island
Lauren Molina-Cornflake Girl
Lena Hall-God
Brian Nash-Cooling


Molly Pope-Little Amsterdam
Erin Davie-Song for Eric/Here in my Head


Garth Kravits-She’s Your Cocaine

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Kravits shared, “As a singer, I have always been on the lookout for new artists to listen to so that I can continue to grow as a performing artist.  When I find an artist that I love, I listen to them over and over, trying to glean some new sound, or vocal style that I can then experiment with myself.  I think I listened to ‘Silent All These Years” about 500 times in a row when it first came out.  I heard the way her voice moved, the way she sang with such dynamic expression, how she would use every part of her range to evoke all the different emotions, and then how she played the piano.  What I have taken away from my many replays of her albums, beyond her bravery, her unabashed honesty, her power or her musicality, is her ability to tell an intensely intimate story so beautifully. I was so honored to sing this amazing event for such an important cause.”

Scott Alan-Hey Jupiter
Michael Buchanan-Fat Slut/Take to the Sky
Kyle Dean Massey-1000 Oceans


Colleen Harris-Silent All These Years


Laura Benanti-Me and a Gun

Michael Buchanan, Garth Kravits, Julie James, Erin Davie, Scott Alan, Colleen Harris, Laura Benanti. Photo by Lia Chang

Michael Buchanan, Garth Kravits, Julie James, Erin Davie, Scott Alan, Colleen Harris, Laura Benanti. Photo by Lia Chang

Laura Benanti and Company-Little Earthquakes

Guitarist Chris Biesterfeldt, drummer Michael Herklots, Garth Kravits, bassist Lorenzo Wolff and musical director Brian Nash on the keys. Photo by Lia Chang Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Guitarist Chris Biesterfeldt, drummer Michael Herklots, Garth Kravits, bassist Lorenzo Wolff and musical director Brian Nash on the keys. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

100% of proceeds from the event benefits RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization which has been named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online www.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Brian Nash. Photo by Lia Chang

Brian Nash. Photo by Lia Chang

Erin Davie, Nehal Joshi, Lia Chang, Chris Gattelli. Photo by GK

Erin Davie, Nehal Joshi, Lia Chang, Chris Gattelli. Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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