The American Songbook Project presented their trademark event, the NAME THAT TUNE costume party benefit on Saturday November 6, 2010, where quests came dressed as well known song titles. The festive benefit honored legendary singer, Margaret Whiting and Broadway director, Michael Mayer. “Cry Me A River” took top prize from the celebrity judges, who recognized the four most outstanding costumes. The party at Broadway’s The Edison Ballroom included live and silent auctions, raffle drawings, a buffet dinner and dancing, but the highlight of the evening were the special performances by Nellie McKay and Kate Baldwin.
Dick Scanlan and Michael Mayer gave inspirational speeches reflecting on their interconnecting journeys that culminated in their recent Broadway successes, Everyday Rapture and the Tony Award winning Thoroughly Modern Millie.
The American Songbook Project (TASP) was founded in 1999 by Michael Putman Estwanik. TASP endeavors to preserve the heritage of popular American songs with a focus on classical and contemporary tunes, while presenting special programs in schools and community centers with a goal of educating and developing new audience awareness.
For more information visit their website after January 1, 2011 at www.theamericansongbookproject.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography: Barry Gordin