Wish: A Holiday CD Release Concert to Benefit Housing Works is a celebration of songwriting team Barry Anderson and Mark Petty’s second studio album Wish: The Anderson & Petty Holiday Songbook. All profits from the sales of the album will benefit Housing Works, a local organization supporting those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The concert will be held on Monday, December 4 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in The West Bank Café, 407 West 42 Street (at 9th Avenue), with two shows — at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM.
Hosted by MTV & VH1’s Amy Paffrath, the evening will feature songs from the album sung by many of the original recording artists, along with other performers from stage and screen. Scheduled to appear are (in alphabetical order): Christy Faber (Les Miserables, Kinky Boots), Katie Goffman (Ghost tour, Wisco Queens web series), Ellen Harvey (Present Laughter, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Leah Horowitz (Follies, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Natalie Joy Johnson (Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots), David LaMarr (Jersey Boys tour, La Mirada’s Dreamgirls), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory), Jonathan Rayson (Little Shop of Horrors, A Year With Frog & Toad), Brian Charles Rooney (Threepenny Opera, Bedbugs), Drew Seeley (Another Cinderella Story, The Little Mermaid), Lucia Spina (Legally Blonde, Silence! The Musical), and Allie Trimm (13, Bye Bye Birdie).
Musical direction by Cameron Moncur (Finding Neverland, Tuck Everlasting) and directed by Lucia Spina (sMOkeyTOWN, 54 Sings 1776). Tickets are $25-$40 each (plus $20 food/beverage minimum) and will include a copy of the CD Wish. A VIP Package is available which includes premium seating, bonus CDs and other goodies. Tickets can be purchased at www.westbankcafe.com/laurie-beechman-theatre.
Barry Anderson and Mark Petty are a transatlantic songwriting duo whose collaboration began in 2010. They released their debut songbook album You Are Home: The Songs of Anderson & Petty in 2013, featuring Broadway and West End notables such as Cynthia Erivo, Frances Ruffelle, Gina Beck, Coleen Sexton, Josh Franklin, Autumn Hurlbert, Kieran Brown, Lucia Spina and more. They have partnered with many charities including BC/EFA, MADTrust and Housing Works. They wrote the closing number for West End Bares in 2012 and 2013. Their single “Dignity” was recorded by Gloria Onitiri and released in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society in London. They have produced concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below and The Duplex in New York City and at The St. James Studio, The Delfont Room and The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden in London. www.andersonandpetty.com
Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Its mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain these efforts. www.housingworks.org
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