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Maggie Kneip

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Maggie Kneip has performed in cabaret reviews at Don’t Tell Mama and the Broadway Comedy Club, and in her own shows at the Laurie Beechman Theatre and most recently, The Metropolitan Room with The John Colianni Trio, featuring Jay Leonhart. In another life, she performed at Surflight Summer Theatre and The Downington Ramada Inn Dinner Theatre, as well as choreographed the 1978 Harvard Law School Show. Ben Rimalower directed Joy (Actors Playhouse, Out Magazine: "Top Ten Theatre"), The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (Daryl Roth/DR2 Theatre), Project Lohan (La MaMa E.T.C.), Snoopy! starring Sutton Foster (Symphony Space), And/or (Hot Festival) and Sodom the Musical (Kraine Theatre) as well as staged readings for Second Stage, The York, Dixon Place and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He conceived and directed Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out New York Award) and subsequently produced Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records’ long-awaited recording, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (#25 on Billboard “Heatseekers” Chart), digitally restored from archival tapes of LuPone’s legendary live 1980 performances. In venues such as Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, The Zipper Factory, San Francisco’s Plush Room and Los Angeles’ Upright Cabaret, Ben has earned the title the “Midas of Cabaret” (The Advocate) helming a slew of solo shows for artists including Alec Mapa, Cole Escola, Our Lady J, Natalie Joy Johnson, Lindsey Alley, Molly Pope, Wendy Ho, John Hill, Scott Nevins, Kate Pazakis and Lance Horne in addition to producing and hosting the Laurie Beechman Theatre's recurring variety show, Saturday Night Underground. In 2011, he has directed the premieres of Rachel Shukert and Michael Schulman’s You Like Me, An Evening of Classic Award Acceptance Speeches and Paul Iacono’s Prince/Elizabeth. Ben writes the column, The New Old Gay for akawilliam.com and is currently at work on his first solo performance piece, recently chronicled in The New York Times feature, “The Impresario Who’s Keeping the ’80s Spirit Alive Downtown.” Assistant Director credits include Lonny Price’s productions of A Class Act (Manhattan Theatre Club, Broadway and Tokyo) and A Little Night Music (starring Patti LuPone, George Hearn and Zoe Caldwell) as well as the Emmy-winning Sweeney Todd. Ben studied Theatre Arts at U.C. Berkeley where he was the founding Artistic Director of BareStage (now celebrating its 15th anniversary). Ray Fellman (Music Director/Pianist) divides his time between NYC and Bloomington where he is a Professor for Indiana University’s new BFA Program in Musical Theatre. M.D. 2007 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs Awards (B.B. King’s). 2007 Backstage Magazine Bistro Award for musical direction of The After Party, hosted by Brandon Cutrell, featuring Broadway’s finest every Friday night at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street. Ray has been seen behind the piano at such venues as Feinstein’s at Loewe’s Regency, The Oak Room at The Algonquin, Jazz At Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Room, Joe’s Pub, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre and The Laurie Beechman Theatre with such artists as Karen Mason, Liz McCartney, Leslie Kritzer, Christine Pedi, Cole Escola, Susie Mosher, Lauren Molina, and MADtv’s Nicole Parker.

 

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