Entries in Doreen Montalvo (4)

Friday
Jul012016

Benefit Concert for Pulse Orlando! 

*UPDATE* Through ticket sales at the concert we raised $3400 for Equality Florida. Thank you to everyone who attended and lent support!

Having spent the last 4+ years writing a musical about the UpStairs Lounge Fire and living with that forgotten tragedy, I needed to do something productive with all the rage and sadness I still feel about the Pulse shooting in Orlando.

I've put together a benefit concert for monday, July 11th @ 7pm. Rattlestick Theatre has generously offered us their space and we have a mini-army of award winning, amazing Broadway/TV talent to sing the songs from View UpStairs. We will honor the memories of those affected by Pulse and UpStairs, use music to combat homophobia and hatred, celebrate the power of community, and raise money for Equality Florida, which is working directly with the families of those affected by the shooting.

Tickets: $30 - 50 (with the ability to pay/donate more)
Ticket proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida. We have already raised over $1000 from our first day of ticket sales alone. Please come and join us!!
Tickets available: www.theviewupstairsbenefit.bpt.me

Performers include:

Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening)
Frenchie Davis (The Voice, American Idol, Rent)
Gideon Glick (Significant Other, Spring Awakening)
Robin de Jesus (2-time Tony nom. for La Cage, In the Heights)
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Quantico, On the Town)
Ben Mayne (South Pacific tour)
Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights)
Alex Newell (Glee)
MJ Rodriguez (Runaways, Rent)
Tony Sheldon (Tony nom. Priscilla)
Jason Tam (If/Then, A Chorus Line)
Clarke Thorell (The Front Page, Annie, Hairspray)

Directed by Scott Ebersold
Music Directed by James Dobinson

Friday
Jun282013

The View UpStairs @ The Living Room Videos!

Check out these three videos from the concert on June 24th. Featuring the talents of Michael McElroy, Nathan Lee Graham, Katie Thompson, Andrew Durand, Blake Daniel, Doreen Montalvo, and Blake Daniel.

Some Kind of Paradise

 

Lost or Found?

 

The Most Important Thing

 

Theme Song

Monday
Jun172013

The View UpStairs Song Premiere - Out Magazine!

http://www.out.com/entertainment/popnography/2013/06/17/max-vernon-view-upstairs-musical-sex-legs

The playwright unveils new musical, 'The View UpStairs,' inspired by the infamous arson that killed LGBT people in 1973.

The UpStairs Lounge Fire, a 1973 arson attack at a New Orleans gay bar that killed 32 people, remains the deadliest massacre in U.S. LGBT history. Now creative polymath Max Vernon has taken inspiration from the event for a musical theater event, titled The View UpStairs. 

“It’s shocking to me that most people have never heard of the UpStairs Lounge Fire, given its significance,” Vernon says. “Even as a queer studies major, the fire was never mentioned in any of my classes. Now, with the recent violence and hate crimes occurring around NYC, it feels more important than ever to tell this story and reclaim this event.”

The concert performance of the musical takes place June 24 at the Living Room in the Lower East Side of New York City, which also happens to be the 40th anniversary of the fire and features top talent, including Michael McElroy (Big River, The Wild Party, Rent), Nathan Lee Graham (The Wild Party, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Zoolander), Katie Thompson (Big Fish, Giant), Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening, Hello Again), Doreen Montalvo (Giant, In the Heights), Andrew Durand (War Horse, Spring Awakening, Yank!), MJ Rodriguez (Rent), and Rania Salem Manganaro (Hit the Wall). 

Nathan Lee Graham, who was last seen Off-Broadway in Hit the Wall, said he's excited since it's the first time he and Michael McElroy have worked together since The Wild Party, and the role of "Willie" was written especially for him. "The music is quite fantastic. Max Vernon's score is wonderful," Graham says. "He's really got a bright future ahead."

 

Thursday
May302013

The View UpStairs Musical on Playbill

So excited to have this incredible cast and to premiere these songs on June 24th, the 40th anniversary of the UpStairs Lounge Fire. Check out the article on Playbill here:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/178494-Michael-McElroy-Katie-Thompson-Doreen-Montalvo-Derek-Klena-Will-Be-Part-of-Concert-Reading-of-New-Musical-The-View-UpStairs