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BETSY WOLFE TO JOIN THE "PARTY" FOR ABINGDON THEATRE COMPANY GALA HONORING ANDREW LIPPA ON OCTOBER 28
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:23 pm EDT 10/07/19

BETSY WOLFE TO JOIN THE PARTY!

ABINGDON THEATRE COMPANY
(CHAD AUSTIN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)
TO HONOR TONY AWARD NOMINEE ANDREW LIPPA
AT 27th ANNIVERSARY SEASON BENEFIT GALA

DIRECTED BY CHAD AUSTIN
CHOREOGRAPHED BY DEIDRE GOODWIN
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY KEVIN DAVID THOMAS

MS. WOLFE JOINS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CAST FEATURING:
CHRISTY ALTOMARE, KATE BALDWIN, AUDREY CALDWELL, JESSICA HENDY, MORGAN JAMES, BLAINE KRAUSS, LESLI MARGHERITA, BONNIE MILLIGAN, JULIA MURNEY, RACHEL POTTER, JOHN RIDDLE, JELANI REMY, CONOR RYAN, CHRISTINA SAJOUS, CARRIE ST. LOUIS, ALYSHA UMPHRESS, CHRISTIAN DANTE WHITE & TEAL WICKS

MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 28, 2019
AT SONY HALL
(235 WEST 46th STREET)

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Abingdon Theatre Company (Chad Austin, Artistic Director) today announced that Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, Falsettos) will “join the party” at its upcoming Benefit Gala where they will honor Tony Award-nominated composer & lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, Big Fish) in celebration of the company’s 27th anniversary season. The event will be held on Monday, October 28, 2019 at Sony Hall (235 West 46th Street) and include cocktails, dinner and a musical celebration. Tickets are now on sale. A limited number of single tickets are available for $250 (tax deductible) and may be obtained here. To sponsor a table or make a donation, contact Jeremy Bailey at gala@abingdontheatre.com.

Ms. Wolfe, who will sing “Life of The Party” from The Wild Party, joins the previously announced starry cast for the entertainment portion of the evening, to be directed by Abingdon Theatre Company Artistic Director Chad Austin with choreography by Broadway’s Deidre Goodwin (A Chorus Line), are Christy Altamore (Anastasia), two-time Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello Dolly, Finian’s Rainbow), Audrey Caldwell (Falsettos), Jessica Hendy (Cats, Aida), Morgan James (Motown: The Musical), Blaine Krauss (The Cher Show), Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita (Zorro), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), Julia Murney (The Wild Party), Rachel Potter (The Addams Family, Evita), John Riddle (Frozen), Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud, Smokey Joe’s Café), Conor Ryan (Desperate Measures), Christina Sajous (Baby, It’s You, Holler If You Hear Me), Carrie St. Louis (Rock of Ages, Kinky Boots), Alysha Umphress (Smokey Joe’s Café, On The Town), Christian Dante White (My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly!) and Teal Wicks (The Cher Show).

In an earlier statement Chad Austin, Abingdon Theatre Company’s Artistic Director said "Celebrating Andrew Lippa’s contribution to the theatre and the mark he's made on off-Broadway is the perfect way to enter Abingdon’s 27th season. Andrew is not only an inspiration to me as an artist but leads the pack of men who have set great examples of integrity within our community."

“Somewhere in my youth or childhood (which, by my count, only ended about 4+ decades ago) I must have done something good.,” says Mr. Lippa. “In reality, it’s the Abingdon Theatre Company doing the good somethings: Making new productions of new plays and musicals and spreading the gospel of great theatre. To be honored by this great company, to be celebrated by the great talent joining everyone at the October 28th gala, is to be reminded that I, too, have been blessed by companies like this one, filling the world with passionately told stories on a New York stage. Bravo, Abingdon!

Abingdon Theatre Company is dedicated to developing and producing brave, new American work by
emerging and established artists. The company provides a safe home where playwrights, directors and actors can collaborate within a supportive and nurturing environment. We search for stories about the human experience that reflect our social, political, historical and cultural diversity. We are acutely aware of the theatre’s power to unite disparate population groups through stories about common human interests, and we strive to shed light on a variety of perspectives.

Andrew Lippa’s “Unbreakable” had its world premiere with The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on June 22nd and 23rd, 2018 with 300 artists onstage, including Mr. Lippa. He conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a new production of his “A Little Princess” in concert in London at the Royal Festival Hall in May 2018 to a sold-out crowd of nearly 3,000 people. His hit song “Evil Like Me” appears in Disney’s “Descendants”. Written for Kristin Chenoweth, that soundtrack hit #1 on the “Billboard 200” album chart, #1 on the iTunes and Billboard soundtrack charts. “Evil Like Me” was certified gold in 2017. His epic oratorio for men’s chorus, orchestra and soloists, I Am Harvey Milk has seen over 30 productions including Disney Hall and Lincoln Center. Andrew’s new musical, The Man in the Ceiling, was released by Ghostlight Records in a world premiere studio album in June of 2019. Broadway credits include: Music and lyrics for Big Fish directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; the Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family (directed by Jerry Zaks) as well as the music for Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway play The Farnsworth Invention (directed by Des McAnuff). Other musicals include the Drama Desk award winning musical The Wild Party (book/music/lyrics); A Little Princess (music); john & jen (music/book); Asphalt Beach (music and lyrics); Life of the Party (a compendium of Mr. Lippa’s works); and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (additional music/lyrics and arrangements). Awards include Tony and Grammy nominations; shared Emmy for Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets”; SFGMC Vanguard Award; The Drama Desk Award; The Outer Critics Circle Award. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Lippa serves as president of the board of The Dramatists Guild Foundation (dgf.org). andrewlippa.com.

Betsy Wolfe has established herself as one of the most versatile and keenly intelligent Broadway performers of her generation. She recently starred as Jenna Hunterson, the title role in the Tony nominated musical Waitress. Prior to that, she played Cordelia, one of the one of the lovable “lesbians from next door,” in the Broadway revival of Falsettos directed by James Lapine, which recently aired on PBS. She is perhaps best known for her critically acclaimed performance as Cathy in the off-Broadway revival of The Last Five Years. In TV, she was most recently seen in a guest star role on season 2 of the CBS series INSTINCT. She also just wrapped the indie feature FIRST ONE IN with Georgia King. Originally from California, Betsy received her BFA in musical theatre from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. At age twenty—prior to graduation and prior being able to legally drink or get a British pilot’s license—she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under Maestro Erich Kunzel. After receiving her BFA, Betsy quickly starred in the San Francisco and Boston companies of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Soon after, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of 110 in the Shade. Betsy started to gain attention for her next role in both the off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Sherie Rene Scott’s Everyday Rapture, where she played one of the two Mennonettes. Only a few years later, Betsy would be Scott’s successor in one of contemporary musical theatre’s most challenging and well-known roles: Cathy in Second Stage Theatre’s revival of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. Her complex performance as Cathy was lauded by critics and audiences alike. Betsy’s other Broadway credits include Ellen in the 2014 production of Bullets Over Broadway directed by Susan Stroman and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She also appeared as Beth in the Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along. She starred in the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere production of Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s new musical Up Here and created the role of Mary Ann Singleton in ACT's world premiere of Tales of the City, a musical based on the Armistead Maupin novels. Betsy made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Douglas Carter Beane’s adaptation of Die Fledermaus. She has been a guest artist for over 40 symphony, pops, and philharmonic orchestras across the U.S. and internationally including the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She collaborated with The New York Pops and played to sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center with their Broadway Today and Women of Notes concerts. Her recent collaboration with the BBC Orchestra and Jason Robert Brown ended up being recorded for Friday Music Nights for the BBC and can be heard on their channel. She can be heard on the recordings of Falsettos, Bullets over Broadway, The Last Five Years, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture, Stage Door Canteen, 35MM, and Merrily We Roll Along. She can also be seen in the film adaptation of The Last Five Years. Betsy is currently mini- touring with her one woman show ALL BETS ARE OFF and primarily lives in New York with her husband. She is so very proud to have created and co-founded the program Broadway Evolved, which has revolutionized the summer camp for both theatre students and educators alike.
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