HEADLINER: BROADWAY SENSATION KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD
KEVIN SMITH KIRKWOOD was seen on The CW’s Katy Keene. He made his Broadway debut in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Kirkwood earned a 2005 New York Innovative Theater Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor for It’s Karate, Kid! and was awarded a New Hampshire Theater Alliance Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for RENT. After performing in the entire Broadway run of the Tony Award Winning Musical Kinky Boots, Kevin played the ‘Scarecrow' in the Broadway at Sacramento Music Circus’ production of The Wiz. Kirkwood stars as 'Roxy' in the horror feature film entitled Condemned. Kirkwood created and stars in the critically acclaimed solo show, CLASSIC WHITNEY: ALIVE! which has played to sold-out houses at Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, cruise ships around the world, and at the Whitney Houston estate.
Comedian Elsa Eli Waithe
ELSA ELI WAITHE is a comedian, activist and instructor from Brooklyn, NY. Elsa Eli's comedy is a mix if critical yet lighthearted jabs at attitudes around race and sexuality, and their favorite topic, weed. They have been featured on BET, MTV, NPR, and other three-lettered things.
Come and enjoy local Westchester talent as they wow you with their musical acts!
Dawn Melody Trio: This rising gurl singer earned her chops knocking around the jazz circuit in NYC, and performing at joints like Cleopatra’s Needle, Don’t Tell Mama, Pangea and The Cupping Room Cafe. Dawn effortlessly erases the gender line while serving up a tasty mix of Jazz standards and delightful musical chestnuts. A clever and tuneful performer, Dawn picks her songs well and delivers them in a warm, lyrical tone. Her presence is quiet and feminine, honest and charming. Add to this a touch of smart, playful chatter and you have the recipe for a delicious musical menu that will leave you well fed yet hungry for more. She can currently be found at venues like Maureen’s Jazz Cellar in Nyack NY and the Old ‘76 House in Tappan NY. Accompanying Dawn at Westchester Pride will be Les Kurtz on keyboard and Alex Gressel on bass.
Riqi Vélez is a Yankee-born, southern-fried, towering Ecuadorian, Gay man who has been influenced all his life by the Royalty of Pop music & oddity of eclectic culture.
Riqi was born in Jamaica, Queens NY, and raised all his life in the moderate southern mini-metropolis of Charlotte, NC. After studying Musical Theatre at GWU (NC), they joined a couple of short tours with the show Grease in the south-eastern US, as well has played many nightclubs both in boy bands and later as a solo artist. Riqi has performed in NYC for Bronx , Brooklyn, Queens , and Jersey PRIDEs Stages. Riqi has been a featured artist at the historic Stonewall Inn, The Duplex, The Toolbox, and The Diamanté Show on MNN TV. This is Riqi’s debut for Westchester and would like to thank The LOFT for all it does for the community as well as inviting him to perform.
Eadie Scott is the managing artistic director of Manhattan Cabaret Arts (an official Business Partner of The LOFT). Eadie has been singing since she was old enough to speak and studied privately in High School with an adjunct professor from SUNY Purchase. Eadie was selected for various choral competitions in High School and was cited in the Who’s Who of music. Eadie has a BFA degree in Musical Theater from SUNY Fredonia and has been teaching voice for over 30 years. She was hand picked by the Director of the Vocal Department at SUNY Fredonia to teach voice for non majors in her senior year at Fredonia and performed an honors recital (one of 2 candidates chosen for this prestigious honor) prior to graduation.
She has studied voice at the renowned Chautauqua Institute under the guidance of Marlena Malas. As a theater performer Eadie has worked at some of the most highly regarded theaters in the country. As a cabaret performer, Eadie has worked extensively in New York City. She has produced over 100 cabaret shows; group theme shows, and solo performers. In addition to directing weekly workshops she has directed She Rock, a tribute to 70's female rock legends, Jerry's Women, a revue of the music of Jerry Herman (which she also wrote) . Eadie has been commissioned to write and direct several specific theme revues including Thou Swell, the music of Rodgers and Hart, and Face the Music, an Irving Berlin tribute show.
Cabaret performance credits include: Our life and Times, Bistro award. What in the World?!, Nightlife award. Wished on the Moon: a tribute to Dorothy Parker, Laurie Beechman and Don’t Tell Mama. Are You Having Any Fun ?, The Duplex, Eighty Eights , Cabaret Magazine Award for best debut. Several featured appearances at Town Hall in The Mabel Mercer Cabaret Conventions. Regional theater credits include: Oliver: Mrs Bedwin (TUTS), Fiddler on the Roof : Golde (Fireside Theater), Man of La Mancha (TUTS), Fiddler on the Roof: Grandma Tzeitel / u/s Golde and Yente (Westchester Broadway Theater), Fiddler: Shaindel/ u/s Yente and Evita: Mama (Walnut Street Theater ), The Pirates of Penzance: Kate/ u/s Ruth (Pittsburgh Public ), A Christmas Carol : Mrs Fezziwig and My Fair Lady: Mrs. Hopkins (Geva). Theater credits In New York City : Newsical- original cast, Jonestown, the Musical (Fringe Festival), Voice of the City (York Theater).
I.Den.t.T explores music, gender, and tranquility to find their own identities while offering others an invitation to find theirs. This is the first time I.Den.t.T has performed anywhere and they are excited to share what they have discovered.
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JUNE 5, 2022 | Downtown White Plains, NY
Court Street b/n Martine and Main | Free Admission
11:30 AM-5:00 PM | After Party: 6:00-8:30 PM