The Laurie Beechman Theatre is pleased to announce the return of the new talk/variety evening, Saturday Night Underground. The evening will be a casual variety show, featuring interviews and performances from some of New York's most intriguing personalities. And the fun doesn't stop there, audience members are encouraged to get up on stage and sing a song or tell a joke, recommend a great restaurant or complain about a bad date. Host Ben Rimalower will mingle with the crowd, inviting people to join the show. From 11pm til 2am, join host Ben Rimalower (director of The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero, Joy and Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches), the fabulous Dreams (Larry Hamilton, Rob Tucker and Jamaal Wilson) and pianist Mark Hartman (Avenue Q) for this regular event in the theatre district.
For the next show (Saturday March 22), the guests are Tony nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Johnny and the Sprites) and Liz McCartney (Taboo).
The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located downstairs, within The West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd St., @ 9th Avenue.) There is a full bar menu available, and reservations are not necessary for this event. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, and priority may be given to those who wish to order from the bar menu. There is no cover charge.
Ben Rimalower directed The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (DR2 Theatre), Joy (Actors' Playhouse, Out Magazine: "Top Ten Theatre 2005" & HX Award nomination), Snoopy! (starring Sutton Foster), And/or (Dixon Place) and Sodom the Musical (Kraine Theatre) as well as staged readings for Second Stage, The York and EST. He conceived and directed Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out New York Award) in addition to a slew of solo shows including Lindsey Alley's Look Ma, No Ears, Our Lady J and the Pink Champagne Orchestra at the Zipper Factory, Scott Nevins' Celebutant (MAC nomination), John Hill's Skinny Corpse, Kate Pazakis' The Sexless Years (MAC nomination), Lance Horne's How Love Goes and multiple incarnations of Natalie Joy Johnson.
Mark Hartman is currently the Associate Conductor of Avenue Q on Broadway. Other B'way: 1776 (Roundabout), Miss Saigon. Off-B'way/Regional: Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Old Globe), The Fantasticks (Sullivan St. and Snapple Theater), Joy (dir. Ben Rimalower), Avenue Q (Vineyard), The Baker's Wife (Goodspeed, dir. Gordon Greenberg ), Pippin (Goodspeed, dir. Gabriel Barre, also Nat'l Tour). Irish Rep: Gaslight aka Angel Street, After The Ball (dir. Tony Walton ), Finian's Rainbow (also Westport), The Streets of New York, The Hostage, The Irish… (also Nat'l Tour). York Theater: The Baker's Wife (dir. Gordon Greenberg), Bajour (dir. Stuart Ross), Greenwillow (dir. Michael Montel ), NEO I. Goodspeed: Concerts: Rags (20th Anniversary), Pippin (w/ Rosie O'Donnell, Ben Vereen ), Children of Eden (NYC premiere). Cast albums: After The Ball, Finian's Rainbow, Avenue Q, NEO, Watch Your Step!, That's The Ticket!, Look Ma I'm Dancin'. Cabaret: Natalie Douglas , Gay Marshall , Emily Skinner , John Tartaglia , many others. Mark is the recipient of two MAC Awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction.