Ensemble Theatre presents "Heart & Music: A Celebration of Life and Loved Ones Lost" a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in collaboration with Ensemble Theatre on Thursday, October 18th. Reception at 7pm, concert at 8pm.
"Heart & Music" is a concert event in an intimate cabaret style starring eight of Cleveland's finest performers. Audiences can expect to hear songs inspired by people who have passed away from HIV/AIDS as well as songs that celebrate the best of the human spirit, encouraging everyone to embrace the time we have together.
The evening will feature musical theatre songs by composers such as William Finn ("Falsettos"), Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked"), Bill Russell ("Dreamgirls), Adam Guettel ("Light In The Piazza"), Stephen Sondheim ("Sweeney Todd"), and others. "Heart & Music" is a companion piece to Ensemble Theatre's current production of "The Normal Heart" by Larry Kramer.
The evening's singers are local Equity actors Jessica L. Cope (Cain Park's "Pippin" and Great Lakes Theatre's "Into The Woods), Sandra Emerick (Porthouse Theatre's "Bye Bye Birdie" and The Beck Center's "Evita"), Sean Szaller (Cain Park's "Avenue Q"), and Matthew Wright (The Beck Center's "Urinetown" and Great Lakes Theatre's "The Mystery Of Edwin Drood). Non-Equity actors featured are Jason Elliott Brown (National Tours of "The Pajama Game" and "Spamalot"), Hester Lewellen (The Beck Center's "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson"), Joanna May Hunkins (Cain Park's "Avenue Q" and The Beck Center's "Jerry Springer The Opera"), and Geoff Short (Near West Theatre's "Ragtime"). Music Direction is by Sara Smith.
"Heart & Music" is a one night only event to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Ensemble Theatre on Thursday, October 18th. A reception with wine and light appetizers will begin at 7pm, followed by a full concert at 8pm. Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50. Ensemble Theatre is located at 2843 Washington Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. To reserve tickets in advance, call (216) 321-2930 or visit http://www.ensemble-theatre.com/heart.