Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 03/18/12 11:57:00 AM
Address: 407 W 42nd at 9th Ave.
New York, NY   

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Trail of Cheers  | Open: 03/20/12 Close: 04/11/12
Tom Vaughn debuts at the Laurie Beechman Theatre after debuting “Trail of Cheers”  at the Metropolitan Room in January 2012. Joe Regan Jr. of the Times Square Chronicles said:  “Tom Vaughn has a powerful legitimate voice ...this show was a celebration that I hope will be repeated soon.”  The evening features arrangements of standards and Broadway classics, folk -pop ballads and Tom’s original music.  Joining Tom is special guest, B’way actress and MAC and Bistro Award winner, Raissa Katona Bennett.  Musical Direction is by Jeff Cubeta, associated with the critically acclaimed Cast of Thousands, The Songs of Craig Carnelia.  The band also features guitarist Chris Conly, Jacob Silver on bass and Mary Rodriguez on drums. 

Tom most recently portrayed the roles of “Sister Hubert” in NUNSENSE AMEN and “Miles Gloriosus” in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, produced by Fire Island Pines Arts Project.  Additional regional credits include, Kiss me Kate, Rigoletto, and On the 20th Century. Tom’s background vocals can also be heard on the Lucie Arnaz CD “Latin Roots” musically produced by Ron Abel and Lucie Arnaz.


Tuesday, March 20 – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 30 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 11 – 7:00 pm


The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Located within West Bank Café

407 West 42nd St. NYC 10036

$25 cover - $15 food/ drink minimum

Featuring:  Tom Vaughn


  • Jeff Cubeta - Piano
  • Chris Conly - guitar
  • Jacob Silver - bass
  • Mary Rodriguez - Drums
  • ...and special guest MAC, Bistro Award winner and B'way actress, Raissa Katona Bennett 

"Cabaret act featuring original music and lyrics by Tom Vaughn"

Showstoppers  | Open: 03/05/12 Close: 03/05/12
SINGERS FORUM is pleased to announce the production of SHOWSTOPPERS, directed and hosted by Eric Michael Gillett. The event is a benefit for the Singers Forum Actors Equity Scholarship Program, which offers members of Actors Equity Association affordable vocal lessons. 

The evening will celebrate the many successes of the Singers Forum Actors Equity Scholarship Program during this past year. Since its inception, the Scholarship Program has offered heavily subsidized vocal technique lessons to members of Actors Equity Association. The goal of the program has been to provide affordable vocal technique to those who often need it most and can least afford it. The program has expanded from the initial 12 scholarships in its first semester to a fund that supports 60 ongoing scholarships. The instructors in the program are all Broadway veterans and include Melanie Vaughan (Sunday in the Park With George, Parade, et. al.), Bradley Dean (A Little Night Music, Spamalot), Teri Ralston (Company, A Little Night Music), John Capes (Les Miserables), and Eric Michael Gillett (Sweet Smell of Success, The Frogs, Kiss Me Kate). Musical director for the event is widely respected accompanist and arranger, Jeff Cubeta, who is currently musical director for Nothing To Lose But Your Heart/The Songs of Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty for La Tanya Hall and Eric Michael Gillett at Feinstein's at Loews Regency.

The AEA Scholarship Program is especially proud of Kaitlyn Davidson, who is currently in rehearsals for her Broadway debut in the new Gershwin musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Broderick.

SHOWSTOPPERS features Kevin Early (Death Takes a Holiday, Seven Deadly Sins, A Tale of Two Cities, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Miserables) and stars the Broadway-bound 
Kaitlyn Davidson (Nice Work if You Can Get it) plus Paul Binotto (Currently starring in Ionescapade off-Broadway at the York Theatre, Broadway's Starlight Express, Dreamgirls, et. al.)Stephen Mitchell Brown (currently starring as 'Rochester' in the regional premiere ofJane Eyre), Julia Cook (National Tour Mama Mia)Venessa Diaz, Chris J. Handley, Danielle Herbert (Recently starred in Walnut Street Theatre's Aspects of Love)Eva Kantor (Hairspray, Anne of Green Gables), Jeremy Lawrence (Upcoming Baltimore Center Theatre's Into the Woods)Daniel Marconi (Mary Poppins), Matthew McGloin, Jose Restrepo (Grease), Lynn Ross (OBR: The Sick Boy, The Midnight Zone, The Glass House), James Seol (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way), Stephanie SummervilleMaxine Stewart (North Shore's King and I),Sally Swallow (OBR: Joseph...Technicolor Dreamcoat), Scott Tucker (National Theatre of Great Britain: The Light Princess), 

About the Company: Singers Forum

Located in the historic Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, Singers Forum is a non-profit musical oasis committed to providing the highest quality vocal training for New York City residents. Our continuing mission is to engage a diverse student body of singers in an situation dedicated to the development and appreciation of the vocal arts. With a strong emphasis on vocal technique, combined with numerous performance opportunities in a safe and supportive environment, Singers Forum strives to offer a full array of private instruction and group classes for both professional and personal growth. Utilizing a roster of dynamic and successful teaching artists who each have their own professional singing and musical backgrounds and successful careers in the arts, we have developed our students’ performance skills in a wide variety of vocal styles and genres that range from opera to cabaret, musical theatre to jazz, folk to pop and all genres i n between!

Crab House: A New Musical  | Open: 10/20/11 Close: 10/26/11
Grab a table and take a look at today’s unusual specials at the Crab House, a new musical, previously entitled “The Wharf,” destined to please diners and show-goers alike and leave them hungry for more! 

Crab House explores the hospitality industry, highlighting the routine nature of working tables and the drive people have toward their own success. The musical centers on failed restaurant owners Tim and Ruth and satirically explores human greed and the relentlessness of the service industry. 

The young creative team of this dark comedy, augmented by the direction of Keith Gildea, features a contemporary score by Joe Kiely and a reimagined book by Zachary Drummer and Joe Kiely. Michael Livingston and Courtney Powell play Tim and Ruth, supported by an eclectic wait staff portrayed by Linnea Larsdotter, Seth Grugle, Alisa Murray andSean Brewer



Side By Side By Sondheim  | Open: 09/13/11 Close: 09/15/11

Broadway stars Sally Wilfert* (Assassins, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), Kate Wetherhead* (Legally Blonde, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Paul Anthony Stewart* (The People in the Picture, Cyrano: The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof; TV: The Guiding Light, Loving), and Barbara Walsh* (Company, Nine, Falsettos) as the Narratormake up the cast of Side By Side By Sondheim,a musical revue of works from the legendary Stephen Sondheim’s musicals. Directed by Artist Director Richard Biever.  Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne.

Tickets are $20 with a $15 food/beverage minimum and can be purchased by calling 212-695-6909.  *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.  AEA Showcase.


Singing OnStage Productions(SOS) is a new musical theatre production company located in the heart of New York City’s theatre district.  SOS is committed to developing new musicals and new talent by providing audition classes, showcase classes taught by industry leaders and producing showcase productions, all of which give participants the opportunity to hone their craft and to be seen by casting directors, directors, agents and other industry.  In addition, SOS’s unique Music Director Training Program is a rare opportunity for talented musicians to develop their works and to learn from industry leaders the various skills necessary to be a successful music director.

Artistic Director Richard Biever is the founder of Singing OnStage Productions in New York City. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Richard received a degree in voice and choral conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, developing a long career as a music director, conducting shows around the U.S. and around the world. At Indiana University, he worked with alum Howard Ashman to produce the first college production of Little Shop of Horrors.  Richard conducted the National and European tours of Little Shop and conducted a leg of the smash West Side Story European tour. Soon after, Richard began directing and received a MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre Stage from Penn State University, under the tutelage of Tony-nominated director Susan H. Schulman. While at Penn State, he directed productions of Fat Pig, Romance, Romance, and Sunday in the Park with George, among others. In 2003, Richard and his wife Heidi opened Singing OnStage Studios, a musical theatre training school for children in State College, PA. In the fall of 2010, Richard founded Singing OnStage Productions in New York City, directing readings of Smile and Harmony, Kansas.

For more information on Singing OnStage Productions, visit:

About the Company: Singing OnStage Productions

Singing On Stage Productions is a new musical theatre production company located in the heart of the theatre district in New York City. Our goal is to seek out and find the best new musicals and bring back neglected or forgotten shows from the past. We’re always looking for the best, most compelling new shows from writers who are willing to come develop their shows with us. We are also interested in working with writers to develop shows from scratch.

The Entropy Songs  | Open: 05/04/11 Close: 05/08/11
 Libra Theater Company presents The Entropy Songs, a song cycle written by 2011 Jonathan Larson Grant-winner Joshua H. Cohen. The production will play three performances at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on May 4 at 7:00 pm, May 5 at 9:30 pm, and May 8 at 4:00 pm. 


In Entropy, eighteen songs take a closer look at relationships in various states of decay and the valiant (and sometimes not-so-valiant) efforts of lovers (and not-quite-lovers) to start a fire or keep one burning. See why love is against the laws of nature... and why most of us do it anyway.

The Entropy Songs received its world premiere at Abingdon Theatre Company in 2006, where it inaugurated the company's new cabaret space. This marks its second full production.

The cast includes Maddy Clapps, Jennie McGuinness, Jeff Raab, and Ashley Sweetman.

For more details about the show, visit The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located in the West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street. Tickets are $8 with a $15 food or drink minimum. Email for reservations. For more about Joshua H. Cohen, visit


Joan Rivers Live In Times Square!  | Open: 07/07/10 Close: 11/17/10
After selling out two Gay Pride shows at The Gramercy Theater, legendary comedian JOAN RIVERS returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in Times Square. Rivers will present an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, and award show fashions at The Laurie Beechman Theatre inside the West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue). Tickets are $30 with a portion of the proceeds going to Joan Rivers’ favorite charities: God’s Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. There is also a $15 per person food or drink minimum. For reservations call 212-352-3101 or visit

Described as a post-menopausal Lenny Bruce, JOAN RIVERS delivers a raunchy, politically incorrect evening of stand-up comedy. One of the hardest working women in show business, she is a best-selling author, Tony-nominated actress, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, Emmy Award-winning television talk-show host, jewelry designer, business woman and mother to "what's-her-name" Melissa. She is on the board of God's Love We Deliver, National Chairwoman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and gives lectures around the world on suicide prevention and survival. With her trademark mix of outspoken wit, savvy and compassion, she continues to be one of America's most admired first ladies of comedy.

Confessions Of A Prarie Bitch  | Open: 06/17/10 Close: 06/19/10
Best known as acid-tongued, pre-Midol meanie Nellie Oleson from "Little House on the Prairie", Alison Arngrim presents an uproarious evening of storytelling, stand-up, and multi media about life as everyone's favorite toxic pre-teen brat, complete with petticoats and ringlets.

Never afraid to dish the dirt on TV land, she let all the secrets loose of "Little House on the Prairie", Hollywood and much. Recalling her life and career as bitchy Nellie Oleson, Arngrim startles audiences internationally with off-color jokes about child stars and TV icons of the 1970’s and 80s.

CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH premiered at Fez in 2002, has now become a worldwide phenomenon. It has been performed to packed houses in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Maui and an extended run in France, where Alison performed entirely in French to a standing room only crowd at the "Palais des Congres." The all-French version is titled: "Confessions d’une Garce de La Prairie."

The Jackie Look  | Open: 01/23/10 Close: 02/27/10
In THE JACKIE LOOK, Karen Finley brings icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis back to life in this unique look at history, style, trauma, femininity and the demands of being the First Lady. Using the structure of a lecture set in the present day, Jackie, one of the most photographed woman of her day, contemplates her life in pictures.

Jackie also makes use of You Tube and views online homages to her and her family. Along the way Jackie ruminates on Michelle Obama, Marilyn Monroe, Caroline’s run for Senate, the art world, Michael Jackson, and the lasting impact of that fateful day on the grassy knoll in Dallas.

Fat Bitch!  | Open: 02/11/10 Close: 02/25/10
FAT BITCH! is a funny, provocative glimpse at the American “fat and sassy” black woman stereotype. Plus-sized performer Erica Watson explores society’s obsession with weight, race and class and how black women’s bodies have always been subjected to both admiration and ridicule. Drawing upon iconic images including “Mammy” and “Hottentot Venus,” Watson illustrates how media images have impacted her self-esteem as she touches on PETA’s “Save the Whales” campaign aimed at overweight women, the “war on obesity,” and the controversy surrounding President Obama’s nomination of a plus-sized black woman for Surgeon General.

Born and raised in Chicago, Erica Watson is an actor, stand-up comedian, and film/television director. Currently, she can be seen in the Oprah Winfrey/Lee Daniels film "Precious." She has also starred in the feature film "Dirty Laundry." Watson is currently featured in two Gracie Award-winning commercials for the Oxygen Network called "Tresstify" and "Kiss & Tell,” as well as the March Madness Comedy special on MSG-TV. She has appeared on NBC's "Last Comic Standing,"
and was a commentator and pundit for five BET specials including “Top12 BET Award Show Moments,” “Countdown to 2009: BET Year in Review,”“The Evolution of Mary J. Blige,” and “The Evolution of Jay-Z”.

Additionally, Watson is a recurring politics and pop culture panelist on the BETJ talk show "My Two Cents,” director of the reality TV Series "My Model Looks Better Than Your Model" on the BETJ Network and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Fat Man Tapping: The Biggest Show Under One Roof  | Open: 07/11/09 Close: 07/11/09
Fat Man Tapping is the story of a fat man and his magic tap shoes; a bawdy, vaudevillian romp, incorporating some of the most iconic and recognizable show tunes of all time! Come take a journey with Jason Sofge as he explores the dilemmas one faces when attempting to write the perfect one man show. Need another reason to come? Ever see a fat man tap dance? Believe me... It promises to be "ground breaking".

What's The Point?!  | Open: 11/14/08 Close: 11/21/08
"THIS IS A MUST SEE SHOW!" - Cabaret Hotline "FRESH, FAST, FUN AND FUNNY!" - Cabaret Scenes From the multiple award winning writer of What's Your Problem?!, WHAT'S THE POINT?! is a loving throwback to the irreverent West Village revues of the late 1950's and 1960's, which took pointed shots at the conditions of society and commented on popular trends. Like its predecessor, this revue was crafted from a slightly-gay perspective, but the truths are all universal. Featuring songs like "How Can I Miss You (If You Wont Go Away)", "A Baby Like That", "A Real Straight Guy" and "That's Why We Love the Zoo", the show pokes fun at cell phone junkies, Upper West Side parenting, air travel, Disney's "The Little Mermaid", on-line dating, Hillary Clinton, among a myriad of other topics. WHAT'S THE POINT?! recently completed runs in Cincinnati and Montreal and now returns to NYC!

Wendy's Words  | Open: 01/24/07 Close: 01/28/07
A world premiere adaptation from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein's essays, WENDY'S WORDS gives a portrait of the woman behind her plays. It offers Ms. Wasserstein's distinctive and often comedic observations on the obstacles faced by empowered women in securing love, respect and security in modern day New York City.
I Hate Men: Songs for the Scorned  | Open: 10/06/06 Close: 10/13/06
The title says it all
The Terrorist  | Open: 06/08/06 Close: 06/24/06
A dark comedy about a man who must outwit and outmaneuver a government
agent bent on labeling him as a terrorist. In this timely satire,
directed by Dramalogue Award winner David Paul Willinger, who has been
called "a master of farce," Fulbright Scholar and award winning playwright Pflanzer imagines a world where
the politics of fear threaten to chip away at civil liberties
Valiant  | Open: 02/24/06 Close: 03/11/06
Valiant is a multi-media docudrama featuring thirteen women's word-for-word accounts of their courageous, devastating and sometimes humorous experiences of war. From victim to perpetrator to peacemaker, these women from all over the world have fought, struggled and survived. Their stories are chronicled in this eye-opening and heartbreaking show.
Separating the Men from the Bull  | Open: 01/28/06 Close: 02/19/06
The Unofficial New York Yale Cabaret, one of's "People of the Year 2005", presents the NY Premiere of a hilarious tour-de-force original play about the trials and tribulations of male friendships. Created in workshops guided by Tony Award winning Director John Rando (Urinetown) and featuring Tony Award nominated actor Daniel Jenkins (Big River, Angels in America, Big) and co-author Neal Lerner (A Mother, a Daughter and a Gun, Julius Caesar, And the Band Played On). You don't want to miss this. Eight performances only! Food and Drink served with no minimums (come early enough before curtain to place your order, or have dinner upstairs before the show). "I laughed out loud and held my breath at tender moments. It's so original, you couldn't make it up if you tried; yet it rings true" For more information: