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.
SIZZLIN’ BALLROOM: BURN THE FLOOR’S CREATIVE FORCE: JASON GILKISON By: ELLIS NASSOUR
NYTimes critic Charles Isherwood termed Burn the Floor, the ballroom dancing spectacular now at the Longacre, "every bit as flashy and tacky as you would expect." WOW! Those two qualities, both of which are so alien to Broadway!, are perhaps what’s making the Aussie production such a hit. That and the fact that thanks to smash TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars the world seems dance crazy.
Twenty feverish, hot bodies take to the stage in “Burn the Floor”. The convulsive energy that goes into their performances is as erotic as anything you can find in Times Square these days. (Entertainment that sexy was supposed to have been outlawed years ago.)
Jennifer Muller in partnership with Ross School presented "Twilight in the Garden of Hope," a marvelous program five dance excerpts from "Tub," "Path," Walking It Off," "Bench," and the glorious finale "Momentum." Fifteen dancers from Muller’s NYC based dance company, The Works, who routinely perform around the world, danced on the lawn of Rory Riggs’ Further Lane estate in East Hampton.
Special guest Van Jones, who serves as President Obama’s special advisor for Green Jobs, on the White House Council for Environmental Quality spoke to 120 quests at the Riverkeeper’s first annual Hamptons EcoSalon benefit hosted by Joan & George Hornig at their Water Mill Estate. The group including Lorraine Bracco, James Lipton and Karim Abdul Jabar were treated to a brief environmentally focused program led by ardent Riverkeeper supporter Christie Brinkley, Hudson Riverkeeper and President Alex Matthiessen.
The Ocean View Art Center and guest co-host ACA Galleries of New York presented a selective retrospective of Jan Sawka at the Principi Art Barn, 551 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. Sawka, a renaissance man of our times was part of the Polish Poster “School” of the 1960’s and 70’s and was well known for his set designs for avant-garde theater of that era. In the mid-1980’s he established himself on the gallery scene of New York as well as continuing his set design work with renowned NYC theater companies. After 1991, he shifted his focus toward Asia collaborating with Japanese experts and turning his focus to multi-media projects.
Guild Hall Presented Private Lives Revealed: The Letters Of Noel Coward, a musical revue written and hosted by Barry Day and starring Steve Ross with Edward Hibbert, Dana Ivey and Stepfanie Morse in the newly renovated John Drew Theater.
Evidence Dance Company, presented the 6h Annual “ON OUR TOES” in the Hamptons, a benefit dance performance in Watermill at the home of Bernard H. Jackson & Joyce Mullins-Jackson. Emceed by Rene Syler the smashing afternoon featured Ron Brown and dancers from Evidence.
A spirited revival of the light hearted musical Dames at Sea opened at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday August 15. Directed smartly by Ray Roderick the evening is a campy delight that is sure to keep audiences laughing with glee. The gifted ensemble performs the broad style of the 1968 award winning show with an abandoned merriment that is a joy to behold. Every member of the talented cast sings beautifully and they execute Shea Sullivan’s dynamic choreography with energetic enthusiasm.
The ART of FASHION in the HAMPTONS, a stylish installation inspired by Guild Hall Executive Director Ruth Appelhof, celebrated the design trends of Tory Burch, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Reed Krakoff, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Elie Tahari, and Vera Wang at Guild Hall. The international luminaries all showed up for a fabulous evening of high style at the 2009 Summer Gala sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels. The dinner afterwards at the magnificent estate of Tony Igrao and Randy Kemper featured music by Peter Duchin and his Orchestra, as well as a live auction with the renowned auctioneer Simon de Pury Photography: Barry Gordin
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a beautifully gift wrapped holiday entertainment adapted from the 1954 Bing Crosby film, has finally made its way to Broadway after playing several US cities the past four years. The evening directed by Walter Bobbie is light and breezy with some fantastic production numbers. The show adds additional Berlin standards, like “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” and “Let Yourself Go,” to the already terrific score that includes gems like “WhiteChristmas,” “Snow,” “ Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “ Sisters,” and “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.”