Upright Cabaret transformed into a winter wonderland of song last week as producers/hosts Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel presented their 2008 HOLIDAY BLOWOUT. This highly anticipated annual event featured over 60 of LA's most talented singers with Music Direction by Upright's Chris Bratten with special guest Music Directors Ben Toth and Gerald Sternbach.
Each year, Upright producers collaborate with an LA based charity in an effort to raise money and awareness for a worthy cause. This year a portion of the proceeds from all of Upright's Holiday shows will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest organizations in Los Angeles offering support and care for those suffering from HIV / AIDS. To learn more about APLA please visit www.apla.org
These evenings also marked the launch of a partnership between Upright Cabaret and the new premium energy beverage 'Red Light'. Audiences were provided wtih an exclusive sneak peak of this new product. Look for more from Upright 'Red Light' nights in the coming months.
Performers included Brandon Alameda, Lindsay Alley, Michael Arden (Broadway: Times They Are a Changin' L.A.: Bare), Becky Baeling, Dave Barrus, Shoshana Bean (Broadway: Wicked, Hairspray), Jill Burke, Ben Caron, Bianca Ferrari Caruso, Chadwick, Sheldon Craig, Laura Dickinson, Jennifer Dilley, Tim Draxl, Julie Garnye, Ben Goldberg, Jenna Leigh Green (Broadway: Wicked), Ritter Hans, Melora Hardin (Broadway: Chicago, Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl, The Office), Alexis Herrera, Elizabeth Hoffman, Adam Hunter (Broadway: Lion King), Paulette Ivory, Chad Kimball (Broadway: Good Vibrations, Into the Woods, Lennon), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Transformers), Kristolyn Lloyd, Audra Mae, Sara Mann, Steve Mazurek, Merrick McMahon, Jeanine Meyers (Broadway: Saturday Night Fever), Katy Mixon (star of #1 box office hit film Four Christmases) Cassie Murphy, Leslie Odom, Jr. (Broadway: Rent, CSI), Jason Paige, Katy Page, Aleks Pevec (The Who's Tommy in L.A.), Busy Phillips (ER), Erica Piccinni, Alisan Porter (Curly Sue), Andie Raab, Autumn Reeser (The O.C.), Emily Rossell, Eric Ruiz, Camille Saviola, Dawn Scheel, Shane Scheel, Jake Simpson (03 & 04 Star Search Grand Champion), James Snyder, (Broadway: Cry Baby), Danny Stiles, Haviland Stillwell, Nick Sweet, Ty Taylor (CBS's Rockstar:INXS), Talia Thiesfield, Anne Fraser Thomas, Tracie Thoms (Broadway: Rent, Devil Wears Prada, Grindhouse, Coldcase) and Matt Zarley (Broadway: Kiss of a Spider Woman) and many more!
Upright Cabaret will be making it's New York City debut on January 11th at Joe's Pub.
For more info including show times, tickets and scheduled performers, please visit us at www.uprightcabaret.com
To inquire about AIDS Project Los Angeles, please visit: www.apla.org
Photos courtesy of Christopher Isaacson
Shane Scheel, Chris Bratten, Becky Baeling, and Chris Isaacson
Stephen Full and Annie Wersching
Emily Rossell and Kristolyn Lloyd
Chris Bratten and Anne Fraser Thomas
Alexis Herrera and Cassie Murphy
Danny Stiles, Brandon Alameda, Laura Dickinson and Jill Burke
Ty Taylor and Aleks Pevec
Shane Scheel, James Snyder, and Chris Isaacson
Jill Burke and Ben Caron
Sara Mann, Alex Eusebio, Shane Scheel
Jake Simpson and Adam Lambert
Audra Mae and her back-up singers
Jenna Leigh Green
Julie Garnye, Tom Lenk, Talia Theisfield, and Tracie Thoms
Leslie Odom, Jr and Katy Mixon
Chris Isaacson, Katy Mixon, Chris Bratten, and Shane Scheel