|The Kong Show: March Madness
| Open: 03/23/09 Close: 03/23/09
Monday, March 23: The LionHearted Players Present: “The Kong Show”
The Biggest Little Vaudeville-Style Variety Show in Times Square
Join Powella Productions and the LionHearted Players as they present their latest comedy variety show “The Kong Show: March Madness” on Monday, March 23rd at 7pm, right in the heart of Times Square, at the Sage Theater, located at 711 7th Avenue (between 47th & 48th Street). Join Powell Leonard (as “Chuck E. Baby”) and Miss Ella and as they host “The Kong Show: March Madness” for an evening of big-time laughs with the lion kings of sketch-comedy the LionHearted Players featuring Andrew Cordle and Cathy Schramm; the sketch comedy antics of the critically acclaimed Punch59; the amazing close-up magic of magician Dave Cremin; and special guests comedian Ben Lerman and comedienne Margot Leitman; for a night of big-time entertainment that would make the great ape, King Kong, himself proud. “The Kong Show” is vaudeville for the 21st Century live on stage. It’s more than just sketch, it’s more than just stand up, it’s more than you can imagine!
Arrive early at 6:30pm for an after-work special. Treat yourself to a drink in the Sage Theater lounge and enjoy a pre-show mini-concert by the international award-winning soloist, Andrew Cordle.
Tickets: $15 at door day of the show/ $12 in advance. Call Powella Productions: 718-482-8790
Advance Tickets available on-line at: http://thekongshowmarchmadness.eventbrite.com
Directions: SUBWAY: N/R to 49th St., 1/9 to 50th St., F/V or B/D to 47th-50th St.
“Suffering from a case of the Mondays? Laugh your blues away at the Sage Theater featuring a slew of hip vaudeville and variety acts sure to keep you in stitches. Don't miss the LionHearted Players best known for their sold-out variety spoof "American Midol," (now presenting Powell Leonard as Chuck E. Baby in “The Kong Show”) . . . as well as the sketch comic troupe PUNCH 59 and Magician Dave Cremin.”
~ Daily News
THE LIONHEARTED PLAYERS is a Queens-based comedy troupe that began as an actor’s workshop in the Lower East Side’s Planet One Café in 2001. Since then, producers (and spouses) Powell Leonard and Miss Ella have produced variety, music, and comedy shows featuring some of New York's most talented singers and comedians. Powella Productions' The LionHearted Players have performed to packed houses all over New York City including Don't Tell Mama's, Danny's Skylight, the Broadway Comedy Club, and the Undercroft Performance Space.
ANDREW CORDLE has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. He has won many prizes and awards internationally, for which he has received the highest critical acclaim. After an absence of many seasons from the stage as an actor, Mr. Cordle performed with STAR, the Senior Theatre Acting Repertory in 2008 as Willie in Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys.” He is the LionHearted Player’s newest member being featured as both a musician and actor.
CATHY SCHRAMM is appearing once again with the LionHearted Players. In her debut performance she was a pill popping, hard drinking, chain smoking, cheerleader mom. And now, she has once again been type cast, this time she is appearing as the mischievous, the insane, Alice Osborne a.k.a. the Devil!
MAGICIAN DAVE CREMIN puts a twisted spin on old tricks, combining stand-up with magic, illusion, and sleight of hand. You may want to leave the kids - and your larger bills - at home. This ain't your kids' birthday party magic show! Dave Cremin has performed professionally in the magic arena for more than 15 years. Skilled with a diverse array of presentations, his magic is suitable, not only for private parties and weddings, but also trade shows and sales seminars, and pretty much anything else in between. Dave's recipe is simple--combine magic and comedy, add a generous helping of charm and personality, give it a good stir, and you've got an act that's sure to please. Past performances include, Don't Tell Mama, The Broadway Comedy Club, The Sage Theatre, and PA TV along with several independent film productions. Dave's love for magic dates back to his teen years but, only when he came to New York in the mid eighties, did he realize that he had an aptitude and a passion for performing the art. Always striving for perfection, Dave polishes new material several nights a week as a Magical Bartender at Cronin and Phelan's Bar & Restaurant in Astoria, Queens. www.outofthisworldmagic.com
PUNCH 59 Sketch Comedy has performed at the Broadway Comedy Club, Under St. Marks, Gene Frankel Underground, Laugh Factory, and of course, at the Sage with the "KONG SHOW". They take pride in staging irreverent, intelligent sketch comedy in the grand tradition of those who came before (SNL, Kids In The Hall). PUNCH 59 (along with Jen Ryan and Rik Sansone as the Rev. Bill and Betty Holland) are always performing live in NYC and posting original sketches on their website --- visit punch59comedy.com for upcoming show dates and more!
BEN LERMAN is a NYC singer-songwriter and comedian making his TV debut in March on HereTV. Ben has toured nationally, is a regular guest on the Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius Radio, and hosts a monthly live version of the Match Game at the Bowery Poetry Club. He founded the band the Isotoners in 2003, and the band played the gay comedy rock circuit until 2005 when they discovered that there was no gay comedy rock band circuit. Ben has been playing solo in rock and comedy clubs, theaters, and festivals since 2006.
MARGOT LEITMAN Standing 5ft 6 by fourth grade, Margot developed a thick skin and a sharp sense of humor instead of learning how to play basketball. Measuring 5ft10 today, Margot’s off beat, brutally honest, fearless comedy has earned her two ECNY “Best Female Stand Up” nominations and the “Joke of the Week” in Time Out New York. Margot appeared as various characters on "Late Night With Conan O' Brien," in addition to appearances on VH1's "Best Week Ever," ESPN's "Cheap Seats," AMC, the Style Network, E!, Comedy Central, MTV and NBC Broadband. Most recently she can be heard as the voice of "Fox" on the new Spike TV cartoon "The Team," as a featured comedian on Comedy Central.com’s “Weekly Evil,” and dancing in the current Mohegan Sun ad campaign. Every month she and Giulia Rozzi co-host the wildly popular, storytelling show "Stripped Stories". Margot has been featured in Glamour Magazine, and the books “Fifty Dates Worse Than Yours" and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes." She has written online for the Lifetime Network, College Humor.com, EHow.com and in print for Playgirl Magazine. Her stories will appear in three different anthologies slated for publication in 2008/2009. She currently teaches storytelling through the UCB Theatre.