THE IMPERIAL COURT
OF NEW YORK FUNDRAISER: DAYTIME MEETS
THE NIGHT TIME CABARET.
Friday November 4, 2011 NYC’s Imperial
Court, working with Robin Strasser
formerly of One Life to Live, dazzled
New York with
Daytime meets the Night Time Cabaret.
The performance was held at the Jan Hus
Presbyterian church. The show consisted
of over 20 acts, and included some of the best Daytime actors, while sprinkled
with some Drag superstars, recording artists, and some familiar faces from
Primetime television. All in all the
night spotlighted some of the LGBT community’s most talented.
The show opened with a welcome from
the Rev. Ray Bagnuolo of Jan Hus,
followed by recording artist Kelly King’s rendition of Wicked’s “Defying Gravity”. Robin Strasser
accompanied by Imperial Court’s
Gary Cosgrove, and her 1982 Emmy welcomed everyone to an event they hope will
become known as the first annual. Marty
Thomas of Wicked and Xanadu, and Marisa
Rosen of My Big Gay Italian Wedding warmed the crowd with duets of
Adele’s “Someone Like You,” and “Rolling in the Deep.”
Some of the night’s highlights
Therese Curatolo – yet to be discovered – but will be HUGE.
Therese’s performance of Footloose’s
“Let’s Hear it for the Boys”, exuded passion while bringing the energy of Adele
and the classiness of Ann Margret to the stage. She is as cute as they come while maintaining
the poise and intensity of a spectacular performer.
Lori Michaels gave played the
piano and introduced us to her original song “Unconditionally.” Her amazing performance of the song leads me
to believe this may just become this years LGBT wedding song for all those June
Gerald McCullouch of CSI
and Bear City 2 (Sex and the City for gay
men) shined with the hottest version of Grease’s
“There are Worse Things I Could Do.”
Lea DeLaria – actress, comedienne, and recording artist gave the
finale of both acts with shockingly exciting true jazz performances highlighted
with scat skills that seemed to come to her like a first language.
Ted Detwiler of Sordid
Lives: The Series performed “Soliloquy” from Carousel. He has amazing talent and looks, and the
personality that made him one of the sweetest guys in the room.
BethAnn Bonner – formerly of One Life to Live stole the show
from both the Stage and her seat. Her
infectious laugh and high-energy cheers to her fellow performers kept the crowd
excited throughout the night. She shared
with the crowd that she recently turned 30, and was proposed to by her longtime
girlfriend. Her performance of “Somewhere
over the Rainbow” was absolutely amazing.
Beth Ann Bonner and Tom Pelphrey
The night lasted
for a little over four hours although few seemed to notice. The event along with a silent auction
containing many of Robin Strasser’s wardrobe from
OLTL helped to make the night a financial success for the fundraising purposes
of The imperial Court of New York, which directly help organizations that serve
LGBT, HIV/AIDS services, and Youth Enrichment to name just a few. The event is sure to become a highlight of
many falls to come.