Robin’s Nest, is a new benefit series to support Helpusadopt.org, debuting on Monday, June 9th at 7 PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 W. 42nd Street-Between 9th and 10th Aves). Robin’s Nest is dedicated to building families, one song at a time and will be hosted by cabaret maven Robin Westle, with musical direction by Jeff Cubeta. The premiere performance of Robin’s Nest will feature the musical talents of Carly Bracco (national tour of Peter Pan), Eric Michael Gillett (Broadway’s Sweet Smell of Success/Kiss Me, Kate/The Frogs), LaTanya Hall (national tour of Dreamgirls, City Center Encores Promises, Promises, MSG Christmas Carol), Carolyn Montgomery-Forant (Dirty Little Songs, The Amanda McBroom Project, international concert artist), and Leah Jennings (national tour of The Unsinkable Molly Brown-title role), and the entire evening will be under the direction of award-winning director Eric Michael Gillett.
When I asked Robin why she was starting this series, here was her reply: “Being an adoptive parent myself, I understand the enormous financial burden that goes along with creating a family or adding to a family via adoption. For many couples and individuals, adoption may be the only viable means by which they can build their family. I learned about helpusadopt.org from some friends in the cabaret community and I was immediately taken with it’s mission to offer financial assistance to enable people to build families through adoption as well as it’s platform of non-discrimination against anyone who wants to build a family. I knew I wanted to help. Based on a suggestion made to me by Eric Michael Gillett, Robin’s Nest was already an idea being developed and the marriage of the two became something that had to happen.
Helpusadopt.org is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) financial assistance grant program providing qualified couples and individuals -regardless of race, ethnicity, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability- with grants of up to $15,000 towards their domestic, international, foster, or special needs adoption expenses.
Reservations for Robin’s Nest can be made at 212.695.6909. There is a $20 music charge and $15 food/drink minimum.