I used to have an inner debate with myself. Am I in denial about my disease? Or am I just an optimist? I now believe I'm an optimist. Miracles can happen!
-Laurie Beechman, as quoted in TheaterWeek, 1995
- Documentary Screening
On March 31 2003, there was an invitation only screening of "Listen to Her Heart: The Life and Music of Laurie Beechman", a new documentary about Laurie's life. See the 3/14 Playbill Online article or the website of director Gaylen Ross for more details.
As of Jan. 2005, there are no details available as to when or if this wonderful video will be available to the public.
- Scholarship Benefit
On April 5 1999, the West Bank Cafe's Laurie Beechman Theater
hosted a benefit for the Laurie Beechman Memorial
Scholarship Fund at the University of Cincinnati--College Conservatory
of Music. Currently scheduled to appear are Faith Prince, Donna Murphy,
Sam Harris, Karen Mason, Loni Ackerman, Mary Testa, Ron Raines, Catherine
Hickland, and Andrea McArdle. The $250 evening included dinner and a fund
- New Scholarship Established
Laurie's mother, Dolly Beechman Schnall, has established The Laurie Beechman
Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
This fund will go toward a scholarship for a student in the Musical
Theater program. For more information, you can call the University
of the Arts at (215)875-4826.
- The Laurie Beechman Theater
Fall 1998 news: On Nov. 12, New York's West Bank Cafe, located
at 407 W. 42nd St, rechristened its downstairs theatre "The
Laurie Beechman Theater".
- Caryn Kadavy Skates to Laurie
At the Anastasia Professional Figure Skating Championships which were
televised on November 1, Caryn Kadavy skated
her technical program to Laurie Beechman's version of "Climb Every Mountain"
from the No One is Alone CD. This skating routine was featured again on
The Brian Boitano Holiday Skating Spectacular (broadcast 1/1/98) ,The
Ladies Professional Championships (1/3/98) ,The Canadian Professional
Championships (1/11/98) and The Great Skate Debate (3/98).
- Cats Related Appearances
||On September 7 1997, Laurie represented
the Cats cast by singing "Memory" at Broadway
on Broadway, an annual free concert on Times Square. The event
celebrated the best Broadway has to offer, featuring casts from current
shows as well as a sneak peak of some of the fall's new shows. Laurie's
final stint in Cats lasted from May- September, 1997.
On June 19 1997, in conjunction with Cats'
historic record-breaking performance, Laurie was featured on NBC's
Today Show, where she sang "Memory" as well as on The
Rosie O'Donnell show, where she sang "On A Clear Day You
Can See Forever." The Rosie O'Donnell segment was re-aired
at the end of the March 11, 1998 show as a tribute to Laurie's memory.
- MAC Award
Laurie Beechman and Sam Harris' July 1996 act at Rainbow and Stars won
a MAC award in the category "Special Production!"
The MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) awards were presented
on March 31, 1997. The other nominees for "Special Performance" were Erik
& the Snow Maidens and Steve Ross & Judy Carmichael.
- Nothing Like A Dame 1997
Laurie was one of the featured performers at Nothing
Like a Dame '97 on Feb. 24, 1997 at the Marquis Theatre in NYC.
This wonderfully entertaining and successful evening featured some of
Broadway's most prominent female performers and benefited the Phyllis
Newman Women's Health Initiative of the Actors' Fund of America.
Laurie touched upon the highlights of her past year, which also marked
her 8th year living with ovarian cancer. She went on to stop the show
with her heartfelt rendition of "Being Alive." She also appeared
at the event in 1996, moving the audience with her account of learning
to never to say "never" again ,as well as about all she had accomplished
since she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At that
performance, she sang "If You Believe."
- Laurie Featured At Bill Clinton's Inauguration
At the request of the Presidential Inaugural committee, Laurie
Beechman was invited to perform at Bill Clinton's
inauguration ceremonies on January 19. 1997. After a short
introduction which included video of both Laurie and her husband,
Laurie took center stage to close the show with a stirring rendition
of "You'll Never Walk Alone." She received a standing ovation, after
which she had the honor of introducing President Clinton. The event
was televised nationwide that evening on CBS. Laurie took a weekend off from starring in Les Miserables in
Philadelphia in order to perform at this event.
- Laurie Beechman And Sam Harris At Rainbow And Stars
In July 1996, Laurie Beechman and Sam Harris
appeared for 2 weeks at New York's prestigious Rainbow and Stars. Their
entertaining act won a 1997 MAC award for "Special Production." Even if
you missed the show, you can still see Beechman and Harris duet on "Soon
It's Gonna Rain/ Make Our Garden Grow/ One Hand, One Heart." This song
(taped at Rainbow and Stars) is one of 18 cabaret clips featured on the
video, Manhattan Nights. Other performers shown include Nancy LaMott
and Karen Mason. Proceeds from the sale of the video benefit Broadway
Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. For more information, call Broadway Beat at
- Mt. Gretna Performance
Laurie Beechman appeared at the Mt. Gretna Theater
(near Lebanon/ Lancaster, PA) on Sept 7, 1996. Highlights of the 2 act
concert included 5 excerpts from her new CD- a high point was a lovely,
emotional duet with her sister ("If We Only Have Love"). Another interesting
number was her "N.Y.C." solo from Annie, which segued into "Broadway
Baby." Copies of her latest CD were on sale at intermission, 3 days in
advance of the release date.
- No One Is Alone CD Released
Laurie Beechman's most recent solo album
was released September 10, 1996. Entitled No One Is
Alone, the recording features songs of hope and inspiration from Broadway.The
CD is available in record stores throughout the U.S. (Varese Sarabande