BestArts Weekly Highlights - September 05, 2008

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September Events - NYC

Our viewers in the New York City area have several special shows available this month. We decided we'd use this Weekly Highlights page to showcase a few past performances from these artists.

September 8: Alysha Umphress will be featured with Theresa McCarthy, Peter Sachon, Sally Wilfert and of course, Jeff Blumenkrantz, in The Jeff Blumenkrantz Songbook Concert: The Arrangements at Birdland!. Ticket info.

September 9: Alex Brightman, Jason Michael Snow and Jay A. Johnson present their cabaret Boys! Boys! Boys! at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Ticket info.

September 11: Ryan Scott Oliver hosts The Girly Show cabaret, featuring seven of New York's best young female singers at the Laurie Beechman Theatre - and directed by Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Jake Wilson. Performers include Jessica Hershberg, Susanne Layton, Vanessa Ray, Dana Steingold, Jessica Waxman, Natalie Weiss & Helene Yorke. Reservations strongly urged; email your request to or call (212) 695-6909. There is a $10 cover charge and a $15 food/drink minimum.

September 22: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul will play their first New York concert in two years as part of the NY Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) concert series! The boys take the stage at the Zipper Theater with some of the hottest young performers on Broadway, showcasing tons of new songs. Performers include Steven Booth (Avenue Q), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid), Gavin Creel (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Mary Faber (Avenue Q), Chelsea Krombach (Wicked), Patina Miller (Hair), Krysta Rodriguez (In The Heights), Shayna Steele (Hairspray), Aaron Tveit (Wicked), Natalie Weiss (Ever After) and more. Ticket info.

September 24: STORYTELLING: The Music and Lyrics of Farah Alvin - a one-night only concert of original music. Though she's best known as one of Broadway's favorite belters, Farah Alvin has spent years honing a secret identity as a gifted songwriter. With her soulful voice and frank, thoughtful lyrics, Alvin weaves a sound that's equal parts Laura Nyro, Paul Simon, and Ben Folds. Making her Ars Nova debut with with an evening of songs reflecting on love, loss, melancholy and joy, Alvin's secret life is about to be big news. Ticket info.

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Alysha Umphress - "Celebrate" (Jeff Blumenkrantz)

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Alysha Umphress - Celebrate (Jeff Blumenkrantz)
  • Alysha Umphress - "Celebrate" (Jeff Blumenkrantz) - 04:10
  • 5 stars / 17
  • blumietunes
Alex Brightman & Co - Never from Darling
  • Alex Brightman & Co - "Never" from Darling - 03:30
  • 4.82 stars / 66
  • nextstopbway
La La Land
  • La La Land - 03:14
  • 4.69 stars / 13
  • sjwtester
NYTB D-Lounge, Ashley McHugh & Jason Michael Snow - PB&J
  • NYTB D-Lounge, Ashley McHugh & Jason Michael Snow - PB&J - 02:20
  • 5 stars / 9
  • nytheatrebarn
Guytunes - Fool Yourself
  • Guytunes - Fool Yourself - 02:56
  • 5 stars / 38
  • yipyipappa
Kate Pazakis & Jason Michael Snow - Dreamgirls Diva Tag!
  • Kate Pazakis & Jason Michael Snow - Dreamgirls Diva Tag! - 04:29
  • 5 stars / 64
  • yipyipappa
Not Afraid Benj Pasek sings song by Michael Arden
  • "Not Afraid" Benj Pasek sings song by Michael Arden - 04:24
  • 4.79 stars / 433
  • urintown
Pretty Sweet Day by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
  • "Pretty Sweet Day" by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul - 04:22
  • 5 stars / 45
  • urintown
  • THE GIRLY SHOW...RETURNS!!!! - 02:32
  • 5 stars / 34
  • urintown

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