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.”
Manhattan Theatre Club’s impressive revival of Caryl Churchill’s 1982 groundbreaking play “Top Girls” marks the British playwright’s Broadway debut, 25 years after the play was first presented to much acclaim downtown at the Public Theater. Directed by another Brit, James Macdonald, the well acted production is a bold reminder of just how wonderfully good Churchill’s early work really is and of her consummate skill even before she pared down her powerful writing style. “Top Girls,” although over talkative, is an adroit examination of the legacy of feminism, both the accomplishments and the sacrifices inherent in the struggle to succeed in a man’s world.
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters launched its 25th anniversary season with the world premiere of A LifetimeBurning by Cusi Cram directed by Pam MacKinnon and featuring Jennifer Westfeldt, Christina Kirk, Raul Castillo and Isabel Keating. Cram’s imaginative new play is the first in a season of three new works that celebrate the female playwright. The story about a privileged woman who writes a false memoir for a hefty advance is billed as a dark comedy and will run through Saturday September 5th, 2009. Tickets are available at Ticket Central by calling 212- 279-4200 or online @ www.ticketcentral.com
When Rock of Ages debuted Off- Broadway, the comic jukebox musical was a campy romantic delight with cute American Idol’s hunk Constantine Maroulis. Having moved to Broadway the evening is now two hours of non stop 1980’s pulsating hard rock minus the charm of the original.
An uninhibited libido in the guise of a shaggy headed slightly pot-bellied rumpled librarian, Norman (Stephen Mangan), makes for a riotous good time in the superlative British import of Alan Ayckbourn’s masterful 1973 trilogy, The Norman Conquests The Broadway revival (winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best revival of a play) features the original heralded cast of six from London’s Old Vic giving a master class in acting under the skillful eye of Tony Award winning director Matthew Warchus, who carves out continuous waves of hilarious moments intermingled with profound insights.
Shrek the Musical is a delightful winner. Here is a fun loving big Broadway show for the entire family. Retaining the heart and style of the immensely popular 2001 animated film “Shrek,” the musical stays close to the original story, while expanding on the background of the beloved characters in enchanting ways. And there is a fresh pop score by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly ModernMillie) with blues and gospel influences. The clever lyrics are by David Lindsay-Abaire (2007 Pulitzer Prize winner), who is also responsible for the book.