$30 per person
The world premiere of cabaret concert, Beautiful Girls: Celebrating Sondheim’s Women, promises to be a rollicking afternoon. The show, starring soap opera actress Kathleen Devine, Broadway singer (and Catskill resident) Florence Hayle, and Manhattan cabaret diva, Lynne Kerr, comes to Catskill in its “out-of-town tryout” before moving to the Fort Salem Theater in Washington County on Saturday, April 27.
The show’s creator , Fort Salem artistic dirctor Jay Kerr, describes the afternoon’s selections as “Sondheim’s most accessible songs,” his popular hits starting with West Side Story and Gypsy, which he wrote with composers Leonard Bernstein and Jule Styne, and including lyrics for which Sondheim also wrote his own music, from Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Passion.
Beautiful Girls features three performers who have worked at the Salem venue in cabarets and Mainstage musicals.
Kathleen Devine trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a winner of ABC’s nationwide talent scholarship. With roles on One Life to Live and Search for Tomorrow, she has appeared on at least a half dozen. Balancing career and family, Kathleen starred as Mrs. Molloy in the Broadway tour of Hello, Dolly and regional tours with The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Sweet Charity, My Fair Lady, and Applause. She has originated roles at Fort Salem in Senior Moments and Significant Others.
Florence Hayle, Greene County’s 2011 Senior of the Year, was in the Broadway cast of the Steve Allen musical, Sophie, for which she understudied the title role. Flo has produced and directed in New York City, where she performed in countless cabaret shows with her musical director, Jay Kerr. She’s been involved in play reading groups both in the city and upstate, has worked with young children in the Catskill school district, and recently directed Dail M for Murder for the Ghent Players. Reprising her stage career at the age of 82, Flo worked in Salem with Ms. Devine in Senior Moments.
Lynne Kerr worked by day for twenty-five years in Manhattan’s pharmaceutical advertising industry, performing in the city’s cabarets in the evenings. She debuted at the Village Gate, sang open mics at Brandy’s on the Upper East Side, and created many solo cabarets. Following her husband to a new life in rural Salem, she branched out into stage performing, selected by director Benita Zahn to star in a Hanukkah musical in Albany. Lynne has recorded a CD, Songs My Husband Wrote.