Broadway vocal coach and performer Michael Lavine will tell stories of his work with the stars in a July 13 New York cabaret show, Michael Lavine & Friends, with help from some of his high-profile fans, including Tony Award winners Tonya Pinkins, Daisy Eagan, and Debbie Gravitte, plus Bryan Batt and Heather MacRae.
The 7 PM performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below will highlight Lavine‘s stories about his work over the years with performers and writers including Adolph Green, Sheldon Harnick, and Hugh Martin. A portion of the proceeds from the event has been promised to the Actors Fund.
In addition to Batt (Mad Men, La Cage Aux Folles), Pinkins (Caroline, Or Change), Eagan (The Secret Garden), Gravitte (Jerome Robbins’ Broadway), and MacRae (Hair), guest performers will include Richard Kind, Christine Pedi, Mark Blowers, Steven Brinberg, Fay DeWitt, Clarke Thorell, Sarah Wadsley, Carol Weiss, Dianne Fraser, and surprise guests.
Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan. Click here to order tickets.
Lavine himself has an eclectic résumé, including conducting master classes on auditioning in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Bangkok, Australia, Singapore, Tokyo, Manila, Martha's Vineyard and other locations. He was music director of American musicals at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, and has accompanied Batt at concert in New Orleans, San Francisco, Australia, Hollywood and at 54 Below, and the Metropolitan Room in New York. At the York Theatre in Manhattan he served as music director for Billion Dollar Baby starring Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch and Debbie Gravitte; and the Burton Lane-Alan Jay Lerner musical Carmelina. His personal website is MichaelLavine.net.
Bryan Batt and Christine Pedi have been special guest performers on several of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Playbill’s Rhine River cruise in August 2017, featuring Seth Rudetsky, Andréa Burns, Faith Prince, Terrence Mann, Charlotte d’Amboise, and Santino Fontana. Playbill Travel is now also booking Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 2017, also featuring Carmen Cusack, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Brandon Uranowitz, and Rudetsky, as well as other exciting talent to be announced. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.