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Bad Words for a Good Cause

  • The Duplex 61 Christopher St New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)

The daring, dirty, vulgar and downright hilarious songs that you'll never hear at a PG-13 cabaret all come to the forefront tonight. Not for the conservative or faint of heart, but if you're looking for the edgiest songs performed by New York's top talents, "Bad Words for a Good Cause" is the show for you! 

Not only will you hear some the best songs most shows are too scared to perform but also half of all proceeds go to "Live Through Love," a Non-Profit Organization set up to bring awareness and educate on the battles against discrimination and reward open LGBT High School Seniors with scholarships. All your "naughty" can be evened out with a little "nice" at this special cabaret benefit, "Bad Words for a Good Cause,"

Duplex Theatre (61 Christopher St)
Saturday, April 4th 9:30pm
$16 Tickets in advance ($20 at the door)

Produced by Acting Up Series (

Sponsored by


Live Through Love, Our Mission:

To bring Awareness to the many struggles and battles people have with discrimination and to reward open LGBT High School Seniors who live life fearlessly, follow their dreams and exude our core motto and name, with scholarships. We're here to make sure all humans are treated equally.

Hosted by: Nathan Chang, Piano: Michael Hopewell

Kelsey Anne (Performer)- Kelsey Anne is a singing, songwriting, Arizona native. Graduated in 2013 from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Trying to do cool stuff.



Shayla Benoit (Peformer)- Shayla is an actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, producer, and Star Wars enthusiast who currently resides in NYC. Shayla has appeared in regional theatres across the country, at Radio City Music Hall, in concerts at 54 Below, and can be seen and heard on television, radio, and film. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Florida State University. Shayla is also the co-founder of Shady Theatrics, a creative video production company that has produced works for The Tony Awards for the past three years including collaborations with Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Peter Scolari, and Tom Hanks.

Nathan Chang (Host)- As a self-proclaimed writer of "silly songs", Nathan Chang's music has garnered him a Bistro Award, a MAC award nomination and he has had the honor to perform his work at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the 25th Annual Cabaret Convention. Silliness wins! Apart from songwriting and cabaret, Nathan is also a sketch comedy writer, he's on the improv team "MixTape", he plays clarinet with the jazz band "Dana Vincent and the Accompanymen" and he is currently wrapping up production for the second season of his sketch comedy web series "Chitty Chitty Bailey Chang" which can be found on the YouTube. All in all, Nathan doesn't sleep, but he's very happy and has a very full heart. For more (as if this wasn't enough) visit 

Alyssa Chiarello (Performer)- Alyssa graduated Magna Cum Laude with her B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University. She was last seen in the “world premiere” musical Bleeding Love, in which she originated the role of ‘Lolli’. Recent credits include RENT (Mimi), and In The Heights (Vanessa). She can be seen next in the new Off Broadway musical Here I Am.


Chris Costa (Performer)- Chris is so happy he gets to sing alongside his man, and it's for a great cause...aca-awesome! Some of his favorite shows he was a part of include Our Kiki, Assassins, Flora the Red Menace, and Biloxi Blues. Other credits include a new series,People You Know, and the feature Shelter. Thank you Jen at Tom Burke Voice Studio, as well as Renee, Joe and the whole team at About Artists Agency!


Brian Crowley (Performer)- is thrilled to be involved in such a fucking awesome show! He's got a passion for the arts (aka a BFA) and is an expert whistler. He's stoked to be able to give time and talent for a great cause and having so much fun doing it!


Sarah Drake is a New York based actress who received her BFA in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory. She recently stepped back onto land after playing Penny in the Royal Caribbean production of Hairspray.Other professional theater credits include: Natalie in the first regional production of Next to Normal (SpeakEasyStage), and Sue Snell in Carrie.


Molly Evans (Perfomer)- Molly graduated from the University of Miami in 2012 with a  BFA in Musical Theatre. In the fall she appeared on the season 3 premiere of Lifetime's "I Killed My BFF"as Skylar Neese. She died. Last year she was playing "Tracy Turnblad" in "Hairspray" aboard Royal Caribbean's "Oasis of the Seas". She lived. She is also, surprisingly, 6 foot 9.

Lindsey Geroux (Performer)- is enthused to be making her Duplex debut. Once upon a time, she was featured as a guest soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, and recorded the sexy/soothing vocal E’s to Massage Envy’s jingles. Hot. Other favorite roles include: “Kooch” in Damon Intrabartolo’s PopNation reading; ‘Baker’s Wife’ (Into the Woods); ‘Magenta’ (The Rocky Horror Show--recipient of an Ari“Zoni” theatre award); ‘Beggar Woman’ (Sweeney Todd); ‘Martha’ (The Secret Garden) at ASU Lyric Opera Theatre… She has also danced the West Side Story, and played a very convincing Doo-Wop/Urchin (Chiffon) in Little Shop of Horrors.

Sime Kosta (Performer/Producer)- is incredibly excited to be making his Duplex debut. Born and raised in Zadar, Croatia Šime developed a passion for performing at an early age.  It had been his dream to visit United States, and at the age of 16 his dream became a reality. In the States, Šime discovered and fell in love with musicals, and was very excited to pursue professional training at Arizona State University . His favorite credits include Dr. Frank N. Furter inThe Rocky Horror Show (AriZoni Nomination), "Leaf Coneybear" in Spelling Bee and Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q. 

Kate Marshall (Performer)- Kate is currently performing with the National Tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as Milly. M.M. Arizona State University. Credits: Shrek (Fiona), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Riff Raff),The King and I (Anna), Grey Gardens (Act 1 Big Edie), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona), The Sound of Music (Maria). 


Emily McLoughlin (Performer)- graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from The Hartt School in 2010. She grew up in New York's Hudson Valley. Favorite roles include Smitty in 'H2$', Mary Todd Lincoln in 'Lincoln in Love' at Goodspeed Musicals and of course TheatreWorks USA's first national tour of Martha Speaks with Seth! After just returning from the national tour of '50 Shades! The Musical Parody' she's now back in NYC, bar tending and auditioning.

Brian Skellenger (Performer)- A Minnesota native and resident for 30 years, Brian recently moved to NYC to pursue his goals of being poor and not the right type for things.  In search of acceptance, he currently works as a manny, and so far no child has died on his watch.  Credits include several shows at the Guthrie Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Mixed Blood Theater, and Children's Theatre Company, as well as a recent production of "The Full Monty" directed by Chet Walker.  Now let's say some bad words!

Dominic Sheahan-Stahl (Performer/Live Through Live Founder)- the founder of  the Live Through Love Foundation. He's also an actor and an award winning filmmaker, Activist and Public Speaker. In 2012 GLAAD honored Dominic as one of the top 10 leaders in the LGBT community, which included President Obama. Always react with Love.


Seth Tucker (Performer/Producer)- Seth was most recently seen in the Off-Bway revival Pageant and can also be heard on the upcoming cast album. Seth has recently been working on the production side with benefit concerts like this one and an upcoming production of [title of show] in AZ to raise money for Bway Cares. Thanks to everyone who donated to this great cause!

Also Featuring: Steven Grant Douglas, Shayne Kennon and David Melanson (Above).

Later Event: April 20
[title of show] Benefit