Marcie Gorman-Althof and Michael Lifshitz, the producing partners behind MNM Productions, recently announced that the Thursday, Aug. 4 preview performance of The World Goes ’Round, a musical revue showcasing the music of legendary Broadway songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb, will benefit the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches (MCCPB) and Joy MCC in Orlando. Both faith communities serve their local LGBTQ communities, which is particularly important since the massacre last month at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Packed with popular songs from both Broadway (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and 70, Girls, 70) and Hollywood (Funny Lady and New York, New York), The World Goes ’Round will run for 15 performances at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse, starting with the preview performance on Aug. 4 and running through Aug. 21.
“We are so very grateful to MNM Productions for their incredibly generous support of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches and Joy MCC in Orlando,” said Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, senior pastor of MCCPB, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. “MCCPB is at the very center of providing hope and healing for the LGBTQ community following the devastation of the Pulse massacre. The financial support from this benefit performance will help us to stay strong for those who need us now more than ever.”
The talented cast of The World Goes ’Round includes Clay Cartland, who can currently be seen in 1776 at Palm Beach Dramaworks; Jinon Deeb and Michael Scott Ross, who appeared in MNM’s recent production of Hair at the Kravis Center; and Shelley Keeler and Leah Sessa, who co-starred in MNM’s Carbonell-nominated production of Side By Side by Sondheim.
Tickets for the special preview performance are $110 each for a limited number of stage-side cocktail table seats, and $50 each for reserved seating. They are now available for purchase at the Kravis Center box office (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach), by phone at (561) 832-7469 or online at www.kravis.org.