On January 17th, singer/actress Lauren Thomas will take to The Duplex Cabaret Stage for her for New York City solo concert, simply titled, 'A Way Back to Then.'
According to press notes,"A Way Back to Then" takes the audience through Ms. Thomas' younger years, from community theater to summer camp at Stagedoor Manor, all the way to her struggles to become a successful actress in Manhattan. "
Thomas will be joined by some very special guest performers, include Broadway veterans Lauren Kennedy and Liz Larsen as well as composer/lyricist Scott Alan, who will accompany Thomas on a selection from his songbook.
Actors Charly Seamon and Seth Watsky will also join Thomas for the one night only show.
The 7pm concert will be musically directed and arranged by Michael Larsen.
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located in Manhattan at 61 Christopher Street. There is a $10 music charge and a two-drink minimum; for reservations call (212) 255-5438 or visit theduplex.com.
Lauren Thomas - Lauren is a local New York actress who has appeared in regional productions of "Les Miserables," "My Fair Lady," and "West Side Story." A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she was most recently seen at Birdland, performing in composers Scott Alan's concert.
Lauren Kennedy - Broadway: The Lady of the Lake in Monty Python's Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Side Show as Daisy Hilton, and Les Misérables as Fantine. Also, Cinderella at The New York City Opera. London: Trevor Nunn's revival of South Pacific as Nellie Forbush at The Royal National Theatre. Lauren starred opposite Val Kilmer in The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Most recently she starred in pre-Broadway productions of Vanitites at The Pasadena Playhouse and Lone Star Love with The Red Clay Ramblers. Other new works and premieres:, Zelda Fitzgerald in Frank Wildhorn's Waiting For The Moon (Lenape, Barrymore Award Nom. for Best Actress), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award Nom. for Best Actress), White Christmas, Breakfast At Tiffany's (St. Louis MUNY), Hot Shoe Shuffle (TUTS), The Trumpet of the Swan (The Kennedy Center), and The Last Five Years (Northlight). National Tour: Sunset Boulevard as Betty Schaefer. Both her new album Here And Now and her debut album Lauren Kennedy: Songs Of Jason Robert Brown have both received rave reviews and are available on PS Classics. She is also an Artistic Advisor at Farmer's Alley Theatre and Hot Summer Night's At The Kennedy.
Liz Larsen - Broadway: HAIRSPRAY, ROCKY HORROR SHOW, THE SMELL OF THE KILL, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA* (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations, LA Dramalogue Award Best Featured Actress) DAMN YANKEES, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, STARMITES*, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, ANNIE, DUBARRY WAS A LADY (City Center) Other New York shows: SUCH GOOD FRIENDS (NYMF - Outstanding Performance Award), A NEW BRAIN*, BINGO*, HIM AND HER (Fringe excellence award- performance), NEW YORKERS, LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC, PERSONALS, LITTLE BY LITTLE*. Road: SUNDAY IN THE PARK (Helen Hayes Award Lead Actress), BABY (Helen Hayes Award nomination Featured Actress) FALSETTOS, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE VALUE OF NAMES (with Jack Klugman) ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, EVITA, JOESEPH....DREAMCOAT. TV: Series Regular: MY GUYS. Recurring roles on: LAW AND ORDER, SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, THIRD WATCH. Guest star: SOPRANOS, SEX AND THE CITY, CRIMINAL INTENT, CONVICTION, DEADLINE, THE STREET, EXILED (M.O.W.) Concerts and recordings: 20 different compilation recordings on the Varese Sarabande label, Oh! Kay, Broadway 1960, and Symphonic Pops Concerts all over the world from the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall to the Gothenberg Symphony, Sweden. *Original Cast Recordings