In true show business fashion, the show must go on, and that’s the way the late Barry Levitt would want it. My Ship – Songs from 1941, Dawn Derow‘s latest cabaret outing, was scheduled to debut on September 19, when music director Levitt collapsed just before the opening (at the sound check’s conclusion), and subsequently passed away. Bravely, and in Levitt’s memory, My Ship sailed on the evening of Columbus Day at 6 PM, as scheduled, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, with a new captain at the piano, music director Ian Herman. All proceeds from The Saturday, November 4th matinee (2 PM) will go to the Levitt family (wife Brenda and daughter Dori) to help with medical expenses, as was the case with the October 10 show. The week after Thanksgiving, there will be a performance, too–on the evening of Wednesday, November 29. Dawn will also participate in the program dedicated to Barry Levitt’s memory in Urban Stages’ Winter Rhythms series in December.
As Derow says, “Escape for an hour, and listen to some truly beautiful music written in 1941 when America was on the verge of entering World War II.” Jeff Harnar, who directed, adds “This project has been so joyful and become so deeply meaningful for me. Please come, both to celebrate one of Barry’s final projects and to support Dawn, whose bravery under these challenging circumstances is matched only by her magnificent talent and beautiful heart.” Tom Hubbard is on bass and Daniel Glass is on drums.
My Ship – Songs from 1941, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in the West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42 St, New York, NY, 212-695-6909. Performances November 4 (2 PM) and November 29 (7 PM). See calendar at http://www.westbankcafe.com/laurie-beechman-theatre
Artist website: http://dawnderow.com/