Aaron Lazar hosts Arts For All's fifth annual Cabaret benefit, Arts For All Goes Public: Celebrating 5 Years, on April 21, 2013 at Joe's Pub. The benefit includes performances from Mr. Lazar, PigPen Theatre Co., and more New York stars. Tickets are available now.
Aaron Lazar, currently featured in Mamma Mia, is a near constant presence on Broadway having appeared in eight Broadway shows over the last 10 years. He originated roles in the world premiere of Impressionism with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen and A Tale of Two Cities, and appeared in the revival of LES MISERABLES (Drama Desk Award nomination), the revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, and Elaine Stritch, The Phantom of the Opera, and the revival of Oklahoma!. Mr. Lazar starred in the Tony Award winning production of The Light in the Piazza and the 'Live from Lincoln Center' broadcast on PBS. Most recently, he starred opposite 'Smash' star Megan Hilty in Encores' critically acclaimed production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Mr. Lazar appeared in the concert staging of Stephen Sondheim's Company with Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, and Patti LuPone at Avery Fisher Hall. Other notable appearances include: Carousel in concert with the Boston Pops and South Pacific at The Hollywood Bowl with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Mr. Lazar's solo concert, "Look For Me in the Music," garnered critical acclaim at the Kennedy Center and has played multiple venues in Manhattan. Film and TV credits include: The Wolf of Wall Street, J. Edgar, The Notorious Bettie Page, Company live with The NY Philharmonic, 'Person of Interest', IFC's 'Onion News Network', 'A Gifted Man', 'Ugly Betty', 'White Collar', 'New Amsterdam', and appearances on The Today Show and The View.
PigPen Theatre Co. creates atmospheric theatrical fables with a unique blend of shadow puppetry, group movement, live music, and clever lighting effects. Formed at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008, PigPen has toured nationally and became the first company in history to win the top honor for a play at the New York City International Fringe Festival two years in a row, in 2010 (The Nightmare Story) and 2011 (The Mountain Song). The Mountain Song was presented as Arts For All's 2011 Audience Project tour, reaching over 2,500 New York City students. Their first full-length off-Broadway production, The Old Man and The Old Moon, was a critical smash hit, landing the company on several best of the year theatre ranking lists. Their debut indie-folk album, "Bremen", was featured by American Songwriter and was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post's 2012 Grammy preview.
Arts For All is an arts outreach nonprofit that serves over 3,500 in-need New York City students per year with free, targeted arts programming. Through Arts For All, professional artists work with youth organizations to reach children who have little means or opportunity to explore the arts due to economic disadvantages, physical and mental disabilities, hospitalization, socialization issues, emotional trauma, or any other life challenge. 2013 marks Arts For All 5th year as a 501(c)3 non-profit, and the organization's 10th year of serving the community.