Look out, Lavinia Draper is coming to town! New York’s Gay Pride Week (June 20-26) will officially kick off with a one-night-only performance of “Doing Time with Lavinia: The Musical,” a cautionary tale of one woman’s journey from Broadway to behind bars. , written and performed by downtown diva Susan Campanaro, with an original score written and performed by Lynn Portas, conducted and developed with Christopher Scott. The evening will include the debut of a new music video for Lavinia’s dance hit _ “Comin’ Home.” This fundraising event for The Stonewall Inn Gay Initiative (SIGBI), a nonprofit charity inspired by the struggles and ideals of the LGBTQ rights movement, will take place on Monday, June 20 at the legendary Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street ). Doors open at 6 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 (minimum of 2 drinks required) can be purchased here and at the door. The seats are limited. For more information, visit www.thestonewallinnnyc.com.
Told from a prison cell, the new musical, Doing Time with Lavinia (formerly Missing Person), is the raucous story of Lavinia Draper, fallen socialite and one-time replacement for Broadway star Betty Buckley, who eternally pursues her pipe dream. to become an artist. This is a hilarious cautionary tale of a woman whose dreams have been repeatedly thwarted by a self-sabotaging addiction to drama and other various substances. Lavinia wakes up from a power outage in a South Florida holding cell on a drunken and disorderly charge. Finding herself once again trapped by her own dysfunction, she actually misses a real opportunity to finally prove herself as an artist.
The infamous Lavinia Draper is a character Ms. Campanaro has developed over her more than 20 years of experience as a star in downtown New York’s gay nightlife. Susan (and Lavinia!) have performed all over the United States, including iconic venues like the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove, and Denver Pride.
“Lavinia has stood outside the entrance to the Stonewall Inn speakeasy on Gay Pride Day for over 20 years, hosted the 39th and 40th year floats and hosted the Global Pride Day event” The Golden Girls Musical – Thanks for Being a Friend,” where I played the role of Sofia,” Ms. Campanaro shares. “Lavina and I are inseparable, especially during Pride!”
Susan proudly works with at-risk LGBTQIA+ youth at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center through Road Recovery.
Susan Campanaro (book/performer) has been an actress, artist, director, and teacher in New York City for over 30 years. She has worked as the resident improv teacher for Susan Batson, a top acting teacher and coach who studied with Lee Strasberg, and in the studio she is the assistant to Master Voice teacher, Mary Setrakian and hosts the Singer. Showcasing. Susan has been a contracted actor in Tony n Tina’s Wedding for over 28 years. This fake Italian wedding is the most successful Off-Broadway show. This interactive piece is based on the actors’ improvisational skills and their talent for engaging a live audience. She has performed in various female roles for over 25 years, directing touring productions, and helped create and star in the 25th anniversary Off Broadway revival. Through improv she helped develop shows such as The Fantasy Party, Aunt Chooch’s Birthday Party, Revenge in the Mob and her own musical, Doing Time with Lavinia (formerly Missing Person) based on a character she created Lavinia Draper, with music composed by Lynn Portas. Susan is a creative mentor at Road Recovery, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk youth through the power of music and creativity (www.roadrecovery.org). Susan is a performance coach for house band Type II and sings and records with the band. Susan coaches and helps artists develop their cabarets and solo pieces. She has a residency at the Duplex Cabaret Theater and hosts an open mic night at the Stonewall Inn on Mondays and performs as Lavinia at special events. Susan/ Lavinia Draper works in Denver with her comedic partner Chocolatina Q Dessert. Together they put on Pride and Holiday shows at Hamburger Mary’s and in New York at the Stonewall Inn.
Lynn Portas (composer/lyricist) Lynn’s original musical scores include: The First Time, 108 Waverly, Our Time, (book and lyrics by Dan Clancy), children’s musicals; Penelope the tooth fairy, a boy and his dog, you must believe (book and lyrics by Dan Clancy). She is the former musical director of the hit Off-Broadway Tony and Tina’s Wedding in New York and on national tour. His other musical directing credits include New York Off-Broadway’s Finnegan’s Farewell, The Totally Tubular Time Machine and Channeling the King. Lynn is the sole creator of the app called “Emusi”, a music messaging app that contains over 1200 original short songs to send as text messages – “a musical Emoji” for Apple and Android devices, launched in 2016 In the New York Times “Emusi” was noted by Kit Eaton, and it remains an internationally renowned social networking application. Lynn has written several children’s albums, Same Old Lunch, Only Boloney, Are We There Yet and Blah Day, and has performed for young audiences for many years. Lynn works as a session musician and performs nightly as a vocalist and pianist/keyboardist in New York City. She has composed the music for several films and continues her music work for applications and web series. She is a member of ASCAP and a former participant of the BMI Lehman Engle workshop.
Christopher Scott (director) is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) Actors Equity Association (AEA) and SAG/AFTRA. Christopher’s extensive experience as an actor and director ranges from Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional Theater and American television and film tours also includes his association with famed theater teacher Michael Howard. He is a faculty member at Bruch College/CUNY and was on the faculty of CAP21 at NYU and the Michael Howard Studio. He recently collaborated on an original musical project And Then There Was Us with Stew (winner of the TONY Award for Passing Strange) and is excited for New York’s upcoming hip-hop premier Cinderella. Christopher is the Artistic Director of The Masterworks Theater Company in New York which presents accessible professional multicultural productions of theatrical and literary heavyweights. He is also an artistic associate with the musical theater Amas (directed more than 20 productions) which, under the direction of founder Rosetta Le Noire, who paved the way for inclusive casting, has pioneered the development of multicultural theater since its founding in 1968. He is also a member of the Playwright/Directors Workshop of the world famous Actors Studio. Directing Credits – Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Audelco Award Nom.), God Shows Up, Edwin: The Story of Edwin Booth, A Class Act, Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, Golf: The Musical (Drama Desk Nom.) , For Lovers Only, Tails, The Big Bang and Greed: A Musical For Our Times. Other NYC: Missing Person (by Susan Campanero and Lynn Portas), I Am, I Will, I Do (Amas Musical Theater and NYMF 2017); The Morons (Best Direction Nom.) Ireland’s premier festival; Picked Up, In Pursuit Of Peace and The Last Night Of The Oki Dog at the Broadway Bound Festival; Sky Years at 59E59; Best Night Ever & Sitting Shiva fringe NYC; Lorenzo at NYMF 2009. Great Works Reading Series/ Baruch Performing Arts Center (B-PAC) Endgame, Miss Julie, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea and Zoo Story. Many, many productions for Theatreworks/USA.
The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI) is a charitable, non-profit organization inspired by the struggles and ideals of the LGBTQ rights movement born out of the Stonewall Inn uprising of 1969. We are committed to eliminating social intolerance that has a profound impact on the lives of LGBTQ citizens across America and abroad. Through awareness campaigns, educational programs, fundraising and frank public dialogue, we support local organizations scattered across the country and especially those in communities where progress towards equality has been slow and where the he negative impact of ongoing acts of discrimination and harassment can no longer be tolerated.