The stellar line-up of stars slated to perform for the 26th Annual Drama League Gala, a musical celebration, honoring Angela Lansbury at The Pierre will assuredly make for a memorable evening. The one night only black-tie gala hosted by Victor Garber and the international film star Catherine Zeta-Jones, both who are currently treading the Broadway boards in Present Laughter and A Little Night Music, respectively, will feature highlights from Ms. Lansbury’s illustrious career, including songs from Mame, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, and Anyone Can Whistle.
Ardelle Striker, Artistic Director of the Blue Heron Theatre/Arts Center (who would have been 81 in February) died on Thursday evening, December 3rd, 2009, after a valiant two year long battle against MDS (myelodisplastic syndrome). She and her husband John had just celebrated their 60th Anniversary in November and he was at her bedside during her final struggle.
SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL a performance of words by one of Sag Harbor’s most renowned storytellers Spalding Gray featured an ensemble cast including Kathleen Chalfant, Michael Cunningham, Hazelle Goodman, Ain Gordon and Mercedes Ruehl. The actors spoke directly to the audience, as Spalding himself would have done, focusing on different aspects of the writer’s life, including private journal entries, as well as excerpts from Gray’s unpublished works.
her fabulous new video ‘Workin;Girl’ at New Yorks hottest nightclub Therapy (348 West 52nd Street) in NYC. The evening hosted by Ben Cameron (Aida, Footloose, Wicked) kept the audience cheering with delight as the packed house enjoyed performances by Danny Calvert (Altar Boyz) and Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid) and the in-comparable talented Kelly King.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre became the talk of shoe business with its East Coast Premiere of “Imelda, A New Musical”. The production originated by the East West Players in LA opened at New York’s Julia Miles Theatre on September 30th. Running through October 18th, the show hosts 80 pairs of shoes (3,000 are lyricized), along with glam costumes, a rock score and a dazzling performance from Jaygee Macpugay as Imelda. By: Isa Goldberg Photography: Nanette Shaw
On October 5th, the Ali Forney Center honored NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Lewis A. Fidler for their work in bringing much needed resources to homeless LGBT youth. The celebratory event, “A Place At The Table” featured food tastings from NYC chefs, a presentation from Mayor Bloomberg, a spectacular live auction and a live performance by Rufus Wainwright with MC Justin Bond.
The Friars Club presented an awesome musical evening to kick off the Fall Season with Broadways stars Beth Fowler, Anita Gillette, Jackie Hoffman, Victoria Mallory, Christine Pedi, Kurt Peterson (Divo), Jana Robbins and Melinda Sullivan. Producer Randie Levine-Miller who not only hosted this very memorable show also surprised the audience with a special treat by performing as well. Bravo!
Jamie de Roy and friends celebrated the upcoming 2009 Tony Awards at the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd Street with Loni Ackerman, Dee Hoty, Robert Klein, Michael Longoria, Karen Mason, Kerry O’Malley, Chip Zien and Ian Herman. The 2009 Tony Awards will be televised live on CBS this Sunday June 7th at 8 pm.
Katrina Bowden of NBC’s “30 Rock” kicked off DAFFY’S summer promotion offer – a once in a lifetime opportunity for a Lucky winner to live in a luxurious West Village apartment for a fraction of the $7,000 monthly rent. Beginning July 23, you can enter for a chance to win a rental lease on the fully furnished state of the art 2 bedroom, 2 bath loft for Daffy’s amazingly discounted price of $700/month for one year.
Euan Morton opened his new show, “Caledonia: Songs for the Homecoming,” at the popular cabaret venue the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street in NYC. Morton a Tony and Drama Desk nominee for his fantastic performance as Boy George in the Broadway musical “Taboo, a role he originated in London where he received an Olivier Award nomination, is native of Scotland. Morton,backed by Bryan Reeder on piano and Maud Reardon on violin, dwelled on music from his homeland, particulary the songs of the great Scottish songwriter/poet, Robert Burns, who wrote Auld Lang Syne.
Chelsea Marie Tennariello, 15, will be appearing in an Off Broadway play, an autobiography of "Eddie Money – TwoTickets To Paradise", some time this summer. Chelsea has won many awards for her dancing including the "NationalTitle Miss Jr. Starquest 2006" and the "Regional StarquestArtistic Award". Chelsea is also one of the background dancers in the music video with singer Tina Ann. When asked her aspirations? What else, "to someday appear in a Broadway musical."