CERVERIS, SHEIK, MCKAY AND FRIENDS RAISE $6500 FOR BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
(New York, August 22, 2006) – Michael Cerveris the demon barber of Broadway traded his razor for an axe (guitar) and ventured downtown to the lower east side to headline “FLEET STREET ON THE BOWERY” a one-night-only bill of show tune free alternative music.
Joining Cerveris onstage was Nellie McKay from Roundabout’s THREEPENNY OPERA at Studio 54 and singer songwriterDuncan Sheik (whose musical SPRING AWAKENING will take up residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater after SWEENEY TODD closes early next month.) Rounding out the bill were fellow SWEENEY TODD cast members Manoel Felciano, Lauren Molina, Ben Magnuson, Donna Lynne Champlin, Mark Jacoby, Diana DeMarzio and Alexander Gemignani –who performed a mix of original songs and covers. The evening ended with a set by Cerveris’ namesake band CERVERISperforming songs from their upcoming cd – The Hinterlands EPs.
The event, produced by Meghan Ritchie raised $6,500 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Of the $6,500 raised by the event, $1,500 came from sales of posters, CERVERIS cd’s and TShirts designed by actress, singer, cellist – Lauren Molina. Molina had designed the T-Shirts as opening night gifts for the company of SWEENEY – a gift that quickly gained the attention of SWEENEY TODD’s loyal legions of fans.