Broadway Bears Host Upcoming Benefit Cabaret Concerts
Broadway Bears (photo by Kenton Waltz)
By PQ Monthly Staff
Do you enjoy your show tunes with a side of fur? On April 6th and 13th, the Broadway Bears will return to the stage at Darcelle XV for a pair of charity concerts, performing classic songs celebrating the musical realm of stage and screen. In their entertaining work vocalizing male and female roles, from comedy to pathos, they show that talent comes in all sizes â€” and often dons impressive facial hair. The members of Broadway Bears (â€œPortland's Furriest Singersâ€) include Andy Mangels, Dan Fletcher, Darin MacLeod, Johnny Cakes Amundson, Mark Steering, and Mikey Mann. The members of the sextet have decades of stage experience encompassing theatrical, choral, opera, television, film, and teaching arenas.In mid-2011, Mangels formed the group; since then, they've performed numerous charitable concerts and thrilled crowds at several local events. With all live singing in solos, duet, trio, and group numbers, the concerts will incude songs from Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Children of Eden, Jekyll & Hyde, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Producers, Company, Finian's Rainbow, Is There Life After High School, Cabaret, Pinocchio, The Rocky Horror Show, Mit Eventyr / My Fairy Tale, The Sound of Music, Hairspray, A Star Is Born, Little Shop of Horrors, Aida, Chicago, Les Miserables, The Prince of Egypt, and Monty Pythonâ€™s Spamalot! If you're a show tunes-minded sort, you probably passed out somewhere midway through that list, so we'll give you a moment to fetch your smelling salts. Both shows go on at the utterly fabulous and historic Darcelle XV Showcase (208 NW 3rd Avenue, Portland); doors open at 6 PM, and showtime is 7 PM. The April 6th concert will benefit two local scholarships for the GLBT communities: the Pride of the Rose Scholarship Fund and the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund. The April 13th concert will benefit Our House of Portland, a 24-hour residential care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS, and Esther's Pantry, a vital community providing financially challenged individuals living with HIV/AIDS access to food and personal care items. Tickets are $15, with $10 student/senior tickets and $25 VIP booth tickets also available; tickets can be reserved at BroadwayBears.org or purchased at the door. Will we see you there, readers?