Benjamin Scheuer To Perform Award-Winning Show THE LION One Night Only in NYC to Benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at The Sheen Center on April 30

Benjamin Scheuer. Photo by Lia Chang
Benjamin Scheuer at the opening reception of PORTRAITS OF AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS by Bronwen Sharp at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on April 11, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Benjamin Scheuer at the opening reception of PORTRAITS OF AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS by Bronwen Sharp at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on April 11, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Acclaimed singer/songwriter, guitarist and playwright Benjamin Scheuer will perform his award-winning one-man show, THE LION, at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City on April 30. Proceeds from the special one-night-only performance will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Click here for tickets.

In THE LION, Scheuer and a supporting cast of six guitars tell, sing, and play the turbulent story of Scheuer’s family and his own brush with mortality. The show won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance when it premiered Off-Broadway, where it was named among the best musicals of the year by Playbill, The Huffington Post, and The Stage. The New York Times praised Scheuer’s ability to “get to the heart of the matter” with his “reflective pop-folk songs with catchy choruses and just the occasional burst of angst.” The London production went on to win the 2015 Off West End Award for Best New Musical, where Time Out London raved, “[Scheuer] makes his guitars whisper, laugh or roar alongside the ebbing roll of his singing. The effect is spellbinding-sad and joyful. It will creep under your skin and bring you near to tears.”

Having played more than 500 performances in 13 cities to sold-out theaters and widespread critical acclaim, Scheuer gave the final touring performance of THE LION at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in February 2017. The Sheen Center performance presents a rare opportunity for audiences to revisit the show live.

Scheuer’s debut album, Songs from THE LION, premiered in 2016 in the Top 10 of the Billboard Cast Albums chart. He has performed with Mary Chapin Carpenter and played major venues including New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

With photographer Riya Lerner, Scheuer is the creator of the book Between Two Spaces, from which 50% of proceeds go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Photographs from the piece, called “an important work” by the Los Angeles Times, have been exhibited in the Leslie Lohman Gallery’s Prince Street Space in NYC, and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

With British animator/director Peter Baynton, Scheuer created animated films for the songs “The Lion,” “Cookie-tin Banjo,” “Weather The Storm” and “Cure.” The films have played at festivals on five continents and garnered accolades including Best Commissioned Film at the Annecy Film Festival, Public Choice for Best Music Video at the British Animation Awards and Best Music Video at London’s Encounters Film Festival.

In addition to the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and the Off West End Award for Best New Musical, Scheuer is the recipient of a Theatre World Award, the Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Award for Songwriting. He has been a nominee for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Lucile Lortel Award and an additional Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics. He lives in New York City and is currently working on a new album, a new musical and a children’s book with his wife, illustrator Jemima Williams.

Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights on View at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts through May 5 

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Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights on View at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts through May 5

Benjamin Scheuer, Mike Folie, Bronwen Sharp, Mac Wellman, Christopher Shinn, Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights are currently on view at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th St and Columbus Ave) in New York.

Playwrights who are featured in the series include Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Lucas Hnath, Mac Wellman, Mike Folie, Benjamin Scheuer, Christopher Shinn, John Logan, Sarah Ruhl, Austin Pendleton, Sheila Callaghan, Anne Washburn, Amy Herzog, David Ives, Lisa Kron, Colman Domingo, and Gregory S. Moss.

Bronwen Sharp. Photo by Lia Chang

Bronwen Sharp, an award-winning portrait photographer who has spent the last 10 years photographing theatre in London’s West End, was celebrated at the opening reception for her exhibition, Portraits of American Playwrights, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center on April 11, 2018. Ms. Sharp’s subjects – playwrights Lucas Hnath, Mac Wellman, Mike Folie, Benjamin Scheuer and Christopher Shinn, were in attendance.

Benjamin Scheuer, Mike Folie, Bronwen Sharp, Mac Wellman, Christopher Shinn, Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang
Benjamin Scheuer, Mike Folie, Bronwen Sharp, Mac Wellman, Christopher Shinn, Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Sharp has a specific interest in and passion for photographing playwrights. Her recent exhibitions include Playwrights in Focus at the Southwark Playhouse, Generate in Toronto Canada’s Theatre Centre, and Meet the Writers, which is currently on display at the Bush Theatre in London. Her portraits have been featured in both the Guardian and The Stage.

Doug Reside, Bronwen Sharp, Curator, Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center and Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang
Doug Reside, Bronwen Sharp, Curator, Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center and Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

Bronwen Sharp’s American Playwrights Series celebrates playwriting and documents American theatre history in the making. “Writers are interesting to photograph, very different from actors,” Sharp writes.  “I really enjoy the journey of reading their plays, then meeting and spending time with them. I hope that these new portraits reveal a bit more about the writers and bring playwrights into the spotlight.”

Christopher Shinn, Bronwen Sharp. Photo by Lia Chang

These portraits were taken in the living rooms, hotels, rehearsal studios, and writing rooms of these playwrights.

Bronwen Sharp's Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp's Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp's Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp's Portraits of American Playwrights
Bronwen Sharp’s Portraits of American Playwrights

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Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com