Broadway takes center stage at Seem-To-Be Players benefit

The annual River City Revue is giving a nod to the Great White Way this year while showing off some of the city's most-talented citizens and raising money for the Seem-To-Be Players.

The curtain goes up for "Regards to Broadway: River City Revue 2002" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass. The doors open at 7:30 p.m.

This year's goal is to raise $7,000, said Ric Averill, artistic director of the professional children's theater company.

"It's the biggest fund-raiser (for the Seem-to-Be Players) for the year," Averill said.

On the lineup are Sarah Johnson, Philip Denton and Greg White, cast members of Lawrence Community Theatre's recent production of "The Sound of Music"; Jeanne Averill and Cheryl Weaver, who will sing a duet; actor Jerry Mitchell; an adult tap-dancing troupe from the Dance Gallery; pianist Mike Boring; the band Rhubard Pie; singers Janette Schwartzburg and Deborah Pine; Ann La Point, who will sing "I Could Have Danced All Night" with some surprise dancers; and Stephanie and Michael Gordon, who will sing "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better."

Ric Averill will serve as master of ceremonies and do comedy bits.

One change is being made for this year's show.

"Instead of appetizers, restaurants will provide discounts prior to the show," he said.

Ticketholders can get 10 percent discounts on meals at Paradise Cafe, 728 Mass., and Teller's, 746 Mass.; a 15 percent discount at Free State Brewing Co., 636 Mass.; and a 10 percent discount Saturday and a 20 percent post-performance discount Sunday at the Hereford House, 4931 W. Sixth St.

The Seem-To-Be Players, in its 29th year, performs about five shows in Lawrence each year. Upcoming are "Bird Woman: the Story of Sacagawea" at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16-17 and "Stuart Little" at 1:30 p.m. April 20-21.

This season, the Seem-To-Be Players also has toured a number of shows.

"In February and March, we will have two companies on the road," Averill said.

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