Laurie Beechman Theater at the West Bank

Todays Date: 12/03/22
Last Update: 06/18/15 07:02:31 AM
Address: 407 W. 42nd St
New York, NY    10036

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Finally, theater for men who hate theater. Get real and get ready for an original adult musical comedy about real men behaving like...well...REAL MEN. It's a madcap, musical romp through manhood, shared with women, children, and yes, even puppets. REAL MEN, who make a habit of juggling their balls every day: fatherhood, mid-life crisis, dating, marriage, potency, sexuality...and the lack of it. REAL MEN answers the one pertinent question on everyone's mind, "Do real men sing and play with puppets?" Get real! You'd better believe they do.

With book, music and lyrics by Paul Louis and Nick Santa Maria, David Arisco directs a cast of three, including Paul Louis (Regional: Little Shop; Spamalot), Nick Santa Maria (Bway: Grease, The Producers) and Stephen G. Anthony (Bway: Hank Williams, Lost Highway).

Livewire: An Evening Of New Short Plays  | Open: 01/25/15 Close: 01/25/15
Stable Cable Lab Co. presents the second annual LiveWire: An Evening of New Short Plays at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, NYC on Sunday, January 25. Doors will open at 5:30pm for food and drinks and the performance will begin at 7pm.


The evening will feature five world premieres of ten-minute plays by Nat Cassidy, Breanna Foister, Stephen Gracia, Collin McConnell, and Christopher Gabriel Núñez, and will take you from the 1960s through the 2000s, with live music by YouTube sensation, Taylor Fererra.


Dressing up in attire from your favorite decade is encouraged (but not required) and tickets can be purchased for $15 at, with a $20 food and drink minimum.


The second annual LiveWire: An Evening of New Short Plays will launch and serve as a fundraiser for Stable Cable's 2015 Season, featuring new works by Max Baker, Ken Urban, Arethusa Speaks, and more. Details on the company's upcoming season can be found at

Der Gelbe Stern (the Yellow Star)  | Open: 07/14/14 Close: 07/21/14
It is 1933 in divinely decadent Berlin. Alexis Fishman is Erika Stern, darling of the Weimar Cabaret scene whose show embodies the excess and daring of her time. But as the Nazi’s rise to power, tonight’s performance will be her last. The lights go down, and the audience holds their breath.

Der Gelbe Stern tells the story of Erika Stern, a fictional Jewish chanteuse living and performing in pre-war Berlin as the Nazis begin their rise to power. Erika is provocative, sassy, feisty and above all determined to give a magnificent performance to her loyal audience while acknowledging her fate closing in on her. Using German, British and American cabaret music of the 1920’s and 30’s, Der Gelbe Stern is a cabaret within a play, offering audiences a glimpse into the final days of the Weimar Republic.

Gravy (a Passive Aggressive Italian American Comedy)  | Open: 04/25/13 Close: 04/28/13
 Gravy, written and directed by Dana Tarantino, was presented in early March at the Here Performing Arts Center where it was selected as a finalist in the 11th Annual Downtown Urban Festival.  Gravy will also have a limited engagement at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Midtown on April 25, 26, 27 and 28. 

Subtitled “A Passive-Aggressive Italian American Comedy,” Gravy revolves around a day in the life of Angela, an Italian American housewife. With no family members around to help her prepare dinner, Angela invites the audience to keep her company while she prepares dinner, generously sharing her recipes of gravy and meatballs and revealing the secrets of what makes her version of this classic dish so special. As she demonstrates each step of the recipe, Angela shares family secrets and explains the significance of various Italian customs for everything from the intricacies of preparing for Christmas Eve to which saints to ask for favors and, very importantly, how to thwart someone who’s cursed you with the “evil eye."  

Dana Tarantino is a recipient of the Madolin Cervantes Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation at Lincoln Center. Among her many New York directing credits are The Swede, Hamlet, Cabaret, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Chiaroscuro, Vanities, Sweeney Todd, the off Broadway comedy Lady L, and the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. Her musical staging has been featured for the Coca Cola concert series at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, Westbury Music Fair and Town Hall. Her playwriting credits includeChiaroscuro, Renata, and Lady L (published 2012 by Bechavn Press). Her one act play, Gravy, was also written as a potential pilot for a cable network series. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from NYU and is a member of the Dramatists Guild (DG), and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC). 

 Gravy stars Marianne Ferrari as "Angela."  Ms. Ferrari  has appeared in God of Carnage (Annette Raleigh) at Theatre By The Sea, Into The Woods (Jack's Mother) at the Twin Tiers Theater Festival.  Off Broadway:  Guido Girl (her solo play) at Emerging Artists Theatre and at The Prospect Theater Company, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Mrs. Warren) at 78 Street Theatre Lab.  Marianne has appeared in numerous productions in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally including  the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Most recent film credit:  Stage II directed by Lara Gallagher. Most recent TV:  Without a Trace. 

Gravy can be seen at the Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 407 West 42nd Street on April 25, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 PM. The running time is 75 minutes.  
Sue Berch is the first to admit that what's normal for her is unconventional for the rest of you. But that's ok, because your "real" world scares the daylights out of her. Here's your chance to visit Planet Sue. No visas required; shots are optional.

Matt Castle, Musical Director
Frank Galgano, Director
Andrew Bryne, Vocal Coach

Note: There's a $15 food and/or beverage minimum plus tax and service.
(It's cabaret, after all!)


In My World I'm Perfectly Normal  | Open: 05/06/12 Close: 05/06/12
Sue Berch is the first to admit that what's normal for her is unconventional for most of the rest of the world. But that's ok, because the "real" world scares the daylights out of her. Here's your chance to visit Planet Sue. No visas required; shots are optional. (Oh...and, shhh! It's her birthday.)