Ali Stroker, Chuck Cooper, and More to Sing for the Drama Book Shop
On March 26 at 7pm, Feinstein's/54 Below will host a benefit concert for New York City's Drama Book Shop. The store suffered extensive damage on the evening of February 14 after a water pipe burst, destroying half the shop's inventory.
The lineup includes Ali Stroker (Spring Awakening), Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening), Tony winner Chuck Cooper (Amazing Grace), Bobby Cronin, David Cryer (The Phantom of the Opera), composer Nancy Ford, Tony nominee Penny Fuller (Applause), Patti Mariano (The Full Monty), Tony nominee Sally Mayes (She Loves Me), Gabrielle Ruiz (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and the Skvivies. Also featured are Phyllis Blanford, Britt Cryer, Janet Fanale, Kristen Gehling, James Horan, Polly McKie, the NYCity Slickers, Red Wine Whiskey, Paul Thomas Ryan, Crystal Skillman, Vanessa Spica, and Shawn Verrier, with Steven Carl McCasland on piano. Additional performers are yet to be announced.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has already championed the cause, launching a Twitter campaign encouraging fans to #BuyABook, which has skyrocketed the store's online sales and doubled its in-store traffic. The evening of cabaret will feature various auction and raffle items, including two tickets to Hamilton, followed by a backstage meet-and-greet with the show's director, Thomas Kail.