The Laurie Beechman Theatre, located
within The West Bank Café (407 West 42nd St.),
is pleased to continue our Friday night soiree, "The After Party." Now going
strong it's second year, "The After Party" is billed as "a
weekly schmoozefest for the theatrically inclined." Every Friday from 10:30PM
until the wee hours, pros from Broadway and aspiring stars alike belt it out on
the stage of The Laurie Beechman Theatre.
Join hosts Brandon Cutrell (MAC & Bistro Award winner) and Alysha
Umphress (XL Star), Ray Fellman (Captain Louie) at the piano and Lisa Asher (Nightlife Award Winner)
for this weekly party in the theatre district. There is no cover charge for this
event. Come and sing yourself as
the mic is always open, or sit back and enjoy a cocktail with friends. Located
just blocks from the Great White
Way, you never know who might drop in.
Friday, December 7, "The After Party"
welcomes Obie Award-winner Darius de Haas, who will perform a few numbers as only he can.
Darius de Haas
has appeared in the Broadway productions of Kiss of the Spiderwoman,
Carousel, Rent, The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm, Marie
Christine, Hair and Dreamgirls (the 20th Anniversary
performance for the Actors Fund). His Off-Broadway credits include the
title role in Music-Theater Group's Running Man, for which he won the
Obie award, Saturn Returns (Public Theater), and Gregory in The
Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Playwrights Horizons).
Darius has performed regionally and internationally in Children of Eden
(Cain/Japheth, Papermill Playhouse), Cry The Beloved Country (Absalom,
Goodman Theater, dir. by Frank Galati),
Once On This Island (Daniel, 1st National Tour) and I Was Looking At The
Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (David, dir. by Peter Sellars). His film work includes the features
Anastasia, Malcolm X, Martin and Orloff, and Chicago (soundtrack). TV
appearances include "Fire at Keaton's Bar & Grill" (BBC), "My Favorite
Broadway – The Love Songs," and "Only Heaven." Darius has been a featured
soloist at Carnegie Hall (Cincinnati Pops w/ Erich Kunzel), London's Royal Festival Hall, Lincoln Center,
National Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic w/ Marvin Hamlisch, Orchestra of St. Lukes, The New York Festival of
Song, Disney Concert Hall (w/ The Los Angeles Master Chorale) and with The
Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV). He was a special guest and opening
act for Vanessa Williams on her
recent tour around the country as well as in Egypt
Songbook Series, Darius created two widely acclaimed solo concerts celebrating
the music of composer Billy Strayhorn
and Stevie Wonder. He is
featured on several recordings including his award winning solo debut CD, Darius
de Haas: Day Dream, Variations on Strayhorn is on PS Classics. Darius
will perform his show, "Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder" on Monday, December
10, at New York's
Birdland. Please visit his website, www.dariusdehaas.com.
The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located downstairs, within The West Bank
Café, 407 West 42nd St.
at 9th Avenue.
There is a full bar and bar menu available, and
reservations are not necessary for this event. "The After Party" highly recommends audience
members arrive early. Seating is first come, first serve. Priority
seating may be given to those who wish to order from the menu and/or the bar.
Photo: Darius de Haas