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LEAGUE OF BROADWAY SUPER FRIENDS Hosts First Benefit Jun 7

Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records Unveils
‘THE LEAGUE OF BROADWAY SUPER FRIENDS’ -
Artists Joining Together to Support Those in Need


Five-Part Harmony Singing Group, ‘Joining Forces and Voices For Good’

Debut Concert Set for June 7th, Featuring Kelli O’Hara, Greg Naughton, Sherie Rene Scott, Gavin Creel & Lindsay Mendez, to Raise Funds in the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer


Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records is proud to reveal the secret identities of THE LEAGUE OF BROADWAY SUPER FRIENDS -- a five-part harmony-singing group featuring Broadway’s brightest stars and biggest talents. Their inaugural concert will present Kelli O’Hara, Lindsay Mendez, Gavin Creel, Greg Naughton and Sherie Rene Scott, joining forces and voices for good: a June 7th benefit concert at Le Poisson Rouge, to raise funds in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. Tickets will go on-sale at 10am on Monday, May 16h. More details here: http://sh-k-boom.com/leagueofbroadwaysuperfriends/

THE LEAGUE OF BROADWAY SUPER FRIENDS
Benefit Concert to Raise Funds for Pancreatic Cancer Research
JUNE 7TH, 2011
LE POISSON ROUGE
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 505-FISH (3474)
Ticket price: $25
A limited number of $50 ‘Prime Seating’ tickets will be available as well
Music Direction and Arrangements by Marco Paguia.
Additional Arrangements by Todd Almond.

All upcoming concerts by THE LEAGUE OF BROADWAY SUPER FRIENDS will benefit a designated organization in need. Additional events and beneficiaries will be announced soon.

Since its inception, Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records has presented numerous concerts (originating as the award-winning “Sh-K-Boom Room” concert series) bringing Broadway’s top talent together for unforgettable evenings of magnificent harmony, raising money for a host of important charities.  Originating at New York City’s The Cutting Room, these concerts have found homes in venues all over town, from Joe’s Pub to The Village Theater to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theater. Now, Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight is proud to return to its roots, returning to Le Poisson Rouge (formerly The Village Theater) and bringing the inspirational power of Broadway’s best together to give something back to those in need.

More about Gavin Creel:
Two-time Tony Award nominee, Gavin Creel, independently released his new EP "Quiet" which in its first week broke onto the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. As a follow-up to his debut album, "GOODTIMENATION" Creel has written and recorded six original acoustic session songs for his new EP. This intimate collection includes fan favorite “Hot Ohio,” a song Creel describes as, “a simple ode to the kid out there with big time dreams, trapped in a small town...with no air conditioning.” Creel received his Tony® nominations for HAIR and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. He was also seen in the 2004 Broadway Revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, The Goodman Theatre/Kennedy Center production of BOUNCE, as well as HAIR and MARY POPPINS in London. Creel is also a respected advocate for the LGBT community. In the fall of 2009, he was honored as one of OUT Magazine’s OUT 100 for his work as co-founder of Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of the theatre community fighting for marriage equality. Through his advocacy, Creel has gained national attention performing and speaking at events and rallies including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) national dinner alongside Lady Gaga and keynote speaker President Obama; The Cyndi Lauper True Colors Cabaret series featuring Jason Mraz, Rufus Wainwright, and Sara Bareilles; and on the Capitol lawn at the 2009 National Equality March with such speakers as MILK screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, actress Cynthia Nixon, and organizer of the march and AIDS Memorial Quilt conceiver, Cleve Jones. http://www.gavincreel.com/

More about Lindsay Mendez:
Lindsay Mendez
was most recently seen on Broadway in Roundabout’s Tony-Nominated production of Everyday Rapture, directed by Michael Mayer. She made her Broadway debut as Jan in the 2007 revival of Grease, directed by Kathleen Marshall.  Off-Broadway: Everyday Rapture (2nd Stage Theater), The Marvelous Wonderettes (West Side Theater).  Other recent credits include: Jacques Brel… (Two Rivers Theater Company), 35MM (Urban Stages, directed by Daisy Prince), The Trouble With Doug (NAMT, directed by Victoria Clark), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Sacramento Music Circus), Band Geeks! (NAMT), Rated RSO; The Music and Lyrics of Ryan Scott Oliver (The Kennedy Center, NYMF), Footloose (Sacramento Music Circus, Kansas City Starlight), Princesses (NAMT, Goodspeed Opera House, 5th Avenue Theater), Grease, (European Tour, Fulton Opera House), Call Me Madam (Reprise!), Go the Distance, and The Lyrics of David Zippel (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kaufman Center). Recordings include: “Grease” (OCR), “New York City Christmas” (a benefit for ASTEP), and “Everyday Rapture” (OCR). Lindsay can be seen and heard all over New York City singing jazz and contemporary music with her collaborator Marco Paguia, and his jazz trio. www.LindsayMendez.net

More about Greg Naughton:
Greg Naughton’s
work as a singer and songwriter has brought him all around the world, playing rooms ranging from Germany’s grittiest, to the East Room of the White House.   He is best known for his work as 1/3 of the band, THE SWEET REMAINS, recently featured by USA Today as a “Listen-up” pick-of-the-week, and to be featured later this month on NYC’s WFUV radio (90.7fm) as part of John Platt’s “On Your Radar” series promoting noteworthy new artists.  Since releasing their debut CD “Laurel & Sunset” in 2008, The band has toured extensively throughout the united States and Europe winning the praise of critics and fans for their strong lyrical and melodic songwriting and lush 3-part harmonies that define the band’s sound.  Greg’s songs have also been covered by many other recording artists (including his Wife and fellow LBSG-member, Kelli O’Hara on her debut CD, produced by Harry Connick, JR), and will be featured on several upcoming releases this year, including a Putamayo Records “Acoustic Café” compilation that spotlights one of greg’s songs as performed by the Sweet Remains.  Before devoting himself to music, Greg began his career as an actor and Director, founding and Artistic-Directing the acclaimed Blue Light Theater Company in NY through 6 seasons and 16 productions, including the Obie-Winning “Oedipus” (starring Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup), “Waiting for Lefty” (directed by Joanne Woodward, starring Marisa Tomei), and their inaugural “Golden Boy” in which Greg also played the title role, opposite his Father, 2-time tony winner, James Naughton.    Greg still acts occasionally, most recently portraying street-singer “Jack King” in last year’s film “Clear Blue Tuesday”, and winning a NYMF “excellence” Award for his role in Paul Scott Goodman’s “Alive in the world”.    GREG and The SWEET REMAINS’ music can be found on most online outlets (and Itunes), as well as the band’s website, TheSweetRemains.com

More about Kelli O’Hara:
Kelli O'Hara is a Three-Time Tony Award nominated actress for her starring roles in the critically acclaimed productions of "South Pacific" and "The Light in the Piazza" at Lincoln Center and "The Pajama Game" opposite Harry Connick Jr. at The Roundabout Theatre Company.  Other Broadway: "The Sweet Smell of Success" opposite John Lithgow, "Sondheim's Follies," "Dracula" and "Jekyll & Hyde." Most recently, Kelli has been touring the country singing with jazz trios to symphony orchestras and making solo debuts garnering critical acclaim with the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, the NY Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, The Philly Pops, The Boston Pops, The Seattle Symphony, The NSO at The Kennedy Center and the Memorial Day Live from DC Concert which aired live on PBS.  Kelli performed at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors as part of the Barbra Streisand tribute and again at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors as part of the Jerry Herman tribute. With her band, Kelli has performed her solo show at The Cafe Carlyle, Feinsteins, The Allen Room, Joe's Pub, and Lincoln Center, among others.Upcoming engagements take her to Town Hall, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and to Washington DC for the July 4th Concert that will be televised on PBS. Kelli’s recordings include South Pacific (Sony), The Light in the Piazza (Nonesuch records; Grammy nomination), The Pajama Game (Sony; Grammy nomination), The Sweet Smell of Success (Sony), My Life with Albertine (PS Classics), Dream True (PS Classics), Jule Styne Goes Hollywood (PS Classics), and her solo debut album "Wonder in the World" on Ghostlight Records. Kelli recently recorded her second solo album entitled “Always” which will be released May 31, 2011. www.kelliohara.com

More about Sherie Rene Scott:
SHERIE RENE SCOTT
performed and co-wrote the critically acclaimed Everyday Rapture with Dick Scanlan, on Broadway at The Roundabout's American Airlines theatre (2 Tony nominations, Best Actress and Best Book of a musical, 3 Drama Desk nominations, Best Actress, Best Book, and Best Musical) and also at Second Stage Theater (Lortel nominations Best Book, Actress and Musical) She has created roles for the original Broadway productions of Lincoln Center Theater's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Drama Desk nomination), The Little Mermaid (OCC nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (Derwent Award), Tommy and the original production of The Last Five Years (Drama Desk nomination). Also appeared in Landscape of the Body (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award), Rent, Debbie Does Dallas, Randy Newman's Faust, Kander & Ebb's Over and Over (Helen Hayes nomination). She is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse. With husband Kurt Deutsch she co-founded Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight records (www.sh-kboom.com) which has produced more than 100 albums. Sh-K-Boom has received a Grammy Award, seven Grammy nominations and Drama Desk and New York Musical Theatre Festival awards for dedication to the preservation of musical theatre through cast recordings.

More about Sh-K-Boom / Ghostlight Records:
Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 100 records the last 10 years, featuring the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s biggest stars. Founded by Kurt Deutsch and wife Sherie Rene Scott, the label was created by and for the Broadway community and has garnered acclaim not only for their high-quality recordings, but for their innovative marketing techniques and efforts to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans via iTunes, music videos and more. The label (and President Kurt Deutsch) earned their first ever GRAMMY AWARD for the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. In recent Broadway seasons, Ghostlight has also preserved the scores of some of Broadway's biggest musicals, including Next to Normal, Hair, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone. Just released on the label are the OCR of Sister Act, as well as solo albums from Tony winners Sutton Foster, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole and Ben Vereen. Coverage of their albums has ranged from Rolling Stone to USA TODAY to The New York Times, from Blender Magazine to Playbill to Billboard, from AP Radio to Entertainment Weekly, from New York Magazine to Variety to NY-1 TV, from Time Out NY to Paper Magazine to The Advocate to The NY Daily News and much more. President Kurt Deutsch was interviewed by PLAYBILL, regarding the label's embrace of 'Broadway's Digital Age': http://www.playbill.com/features/article/118331.html. The company is recognized for reinventing the musical theatre recording landscape, and creating a new type of ‘United Artists’ environment for Broadway producers and artists to participate in the funding and co-ownership of their albums.


Visit www.ghostlightrecords.com

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