Original Cast Performances from LENNON, SEUSSICAL, LUCKY STIFF and MORE to be Featured in
FLOPZ n' CUTZ 3
A Celebration of the Egregiously Overlooked Showtune
On Sunday, July 30th, Producer/Director Jamie McGonnigal and Music Director Michael Lavine will team up once again with some of Broadway's best to present an evening of some of the hidden gems from the darkest corners of the musical theatre vault. Flopz n' Cutz 3 will be performed at 9:30PM at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St.).
The previous sold-out incarnations of the Flopz n' Cutz concerts took place earlier this year and in the summer of 2005 at Joe's Pub and featured music from such notorious shows as Grind, Rags, Bring Back Birdie, Bright Lights Big City, Lunch, Annie Warbucks, Faust, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Urban Cowboy, King of Hearts, Annie Warbucks, Carrie, and original performances from Frogs and Dance of the Vampires. The Cutz portion of the evening has featured numbers cut from such hits as Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Spelling Bee, Sweet Charity, ...Forum, and many more.
Joining the previously announced performers scheduled to appear in the upcoming FLOPZ n' CUTZ 3 Concert are 2-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin (Chicago, Seussical), Marcy Harriell (Lennon, Rent) and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Seussical, Beauty & The Beast). They will join 2-time Tony Nominee Mary Testa (42nd Street, First Lady's Suite), Tony Nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), Stacia Fernandez (Drowsy Chaperone, Swing!), Farah Alvin (Nine, I Love You Because), Todd Buonopane (...Spelling Bee), Jennifer Collela (Urban Cowboy, upcoming High Fidelity), Barrett Foa (Avenue Q, ...Spelling Bee), Mandy Gonzalez (Dance of the Vampires, Lennon), Christopher Jackson (The Lion King, upcoming In The Heights), Meredith Patterson (Irving Berlin's White Christmas, 42nd Street), Clarke Thorell (Hairspray, Titanic), and Shonn Wiley (42nd Street, Dracula).
The third incarnation of the concert series will feature performances of songs by original cast members of Seussical, Lucky Stiff, Lennon and The Green Heart. Other scores being highlighted include Urban Cowboy, Whistle Down the Wind, The Act, Flora the Red Menace, and many more.
The Flopz and now Cutz series aim to acquaint theatre enthusiasts with shows and songs that, while not quite successful in their original incarnations, still have merits that can be showcased in a concert setting. The Cutz concert will feature some of the songs that didn't make it into some of today's favorite Broadway musicals. The Flopz n' Cutz series has featured performers including two-time Tony-nominee Laura Benanti, Christopher Hanke, Tony-nominee John Cariani, Lisa Howard, Steve Ross, Alexander Gemignan, Max von Essen, Leo Ash Evens, Lauren Molina, Donna Lynn Champlin, Natascia Diaz, Marty Thomas, Natalie Joy Johnson, Adam Fleming, D.B. Bonds, Rashad Naylor, Nick Cearley, Eric Michael Gillett, Tom DeGrezia, Matt Cavenaugh, Danny Gurwin, Leslie Kritzer, Deborah S. Craig, Tony-Nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger, Tracy Jai Edwards, Jenn Gambatese, Sara Gettelfinger, Tyler Haynes, and Tony Award-Winner Cady Huffman.
All seats for Flopz n' Cutz are $20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation and CAMP TLC. Tickets available at The Public Theater box office or through Telecharge: www.telecharge.com or 212.239.6200.
The Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation and Camp TLC (Teens Living with a Challenge), a residential summer camp program for teens living with HIV/AIDS. JDAF was created in 1996 by Carol DiPaolo and her son Joey, when Joey was four (1984) he was infected with the HIV virus from a blood transfusion during open-heart surgery. At age ten Joey and family attended Camp Sunburst in California. Empowered and motivated by the camp experience both mother and son began public speaking in 1990 bringing AIDS education to parents, faculty, and students throughout the country. After becoming national AIDS spokespersons for several AIDS organizations, Carol and Joey decided to establish The Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation (JDAF). This foundation is motivated by compassion and hope for young people who are living with HIV/AIDS. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 51% of all new HIV infections in the U.S. occur in young people under 25, with that statistic in mind, Joey and Carol have provided over 500 AIDS prevention and education programs nationwide. With AIDS a serious global issue, JDAF is extending their Camp TLC program to positive teens living outside the US, in countries devastated by the AIDS pandemic. For more information about JDAF/Camp TLC visit www.jdaf.org.