Turning Pages with Elaine Paige By Ellis Nassour Memories, Celebrating 40 Years in the Theatre, a sort of career memoir, not autobiography, by the U.K.’s First Lady of Musical Theater, is keeping Elaine Paige busy on these shores with the U.S. publication. Celebrating more than 40 years in show business, Paige on Wednesday sat with theater’s most knowledgeable host, Peter Felichia [author of the new book Broadway Musicals, critic, and TM contributor], at B&N Lincoln Square to expand on what’s in the book.
Artist Amy Zerner brought her line of “spiritual couture” to the Rubin Museum on West 17th Street for a trunk show of her fabulous “one of a kind” designs. Her jackets, coats, and caftans are sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and are in the collection of such renowned personalities as Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, Patti La Belle, and Shirley MacLaine. Zerner with her husband Monte Farber has authored numerous spiritual self help books for the past 35 years and they have an entire shelf devoted to their works at Barnes and Noble.
The Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG) celebrated theater professionals working 25, 35, and 50+ years on Broadway with the 2nd annual Broadway Salutes held at Duffy Square this past Tuesday September 14.
To begin the new Fall Season the Friars Club on 57 East 55th Street presented DIVA SHOWSTOPPERS produced and hosted by Friar Randie Levine-Miller. The extraordinary musical evening featured outstanding Broadway and cabaret talent that included Raissa Katona Bennett, Christina Bianco, Tony Award Winner Cady Huffman, Sue Mathys, Trisha Rapier, Ariana Savalas, Jennifer Sheehan, and Rita Gardner under the musical direction of Paul Chamlin.
Bay Street Theatre and the cast of ROMANCE, by David Mamet welcomed Joseph Sparacio to the stage on August 28. He played the doctors assistant. Sparacio is a Bay Street Theatre board member and the auction winner of the 2010 Bay Street Gala “Walk On” role. Congratulations, Joe! The last performance of ROMANCE will be on Sept. 5. For Tickets 631-725-9500
Vered Gallery in East Hampton hosted a star studded reception for horse enthusiast Delfina Blaquier, an Argentinean photographer with polo in her bloodline, whose archival metallic chromogenic prints measure 60 x 72 and larger. In honor of the Hampton Classic Horse show Vered, East Hampton’s first and premiere gallery, is also showing additional equine artwork by Steven Klein, Andre Masson, Elisabett Gudman and Kirk H. Slaughter along with their renowned collection of modern and contemporary artists from Avery and Avedon to Warhol and Wyeth. Tropical storm Earl did not diminish the attendance or the spirits of the polo fans that came to support Delfina including producer Marty Richards, Kelly Klein, Neil Hirsch Polo player Nacho Figueras.
Grammy Award winning artist Cyndi Lauper wowed a packed house at The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Friday night July 23rd with the Memphis blues and stirring renditions of her classic standards “True Colors,” ”Who Let in the Rain,” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The Long Island native with more then 25 million in international record sales held a captive audience in the palm of her hand with her candid tales of growing up and starting out in the business before she burst on the scene winning a Grammy award for Best New Artist with her first album “She’s So Sensual”. Her two night gig at WHBPAC follows a concert at NYC’s The Town Hall, which is the launch of a tour to promote her new CD "Memphis Blues." PC
‘Secrets of the Trade’ and Other Compromising Positions By Isa Goldberg Watching “Secrets of the Trade” the week Prop 8 was overturned feels like a throw back, and not a very fortunate one at that. Revelers, take that as an alert.
By Patrick Christiano Directed by Warren Carlyle the sparkling revival of the vintage musical Finian’s Rainbow, a classic from the Golden Age of Broadway and the first to be mounted in nearly 50 years, is a charming old fashioned delight that was considered risky back in 1947, the year it debuted. The lovely score by Burton Lane is sprinkled with well known standards like “Old Devil Moon,” “Look to the Rainbow,” “How are Things in Gloccca Morra,” When I’m Not with the Girl I Love,” and “If This Isn’t Love,” beautifully sung by a splendid cast and backed by a 24 piece orchestra. Yip Harburg is the clever lyricist and he has concocted a uniquely silly plot filled with satirically funny social comments. Inane and dated maybe, but ultimately Rainbow is witty and wise delivering the message in a candy coated package.
By Patrick Christiano RAGTIME and THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS headed the list of nominees (with 9 nominations each), when the 55th Annual Drama Desk Award Nominations were announced today by Brian Stokes Mitchell and Cady Huffman at The Friars Club in New York. THE ADDAMS FAMILY and FINAN’S RAINBOW were next with 8 nominations, followed by LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MEMPHIS, RED and YANKS! each with 7 nominations. The Drama Desk will host a “Meet the Nominees Reception” on May 6 at Churrascaria Plataforma. The Drama Desk Awards will be presented on May 23 at F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center and hosted by Patti Lupone.
"Sad and Merry Madness" Shakespeare on the Lawn" a one-hour al fresco performance of Shakespeare by professional actors of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab was peformed at the home of Roz and Richard Edelman in Southampton. The marvelous afternoon directed by Barry Edelstein was presented by the Edelmans with Joan and George Hornig to benefit the Educational and Community Outreach programs of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative. PC
By Patrick Christiano Ben Andron’s clever new comedy White’s Lies starring Broadway diva and Tony winner Betty Buckley opened at New World Stages on Thursday May 6th. TheaterLife.com was on the isle opening night and at the festive after party at the Time Hotel.