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Blythe Danner Honored as Rehearsal Club Announces Plans for its 105th Anniversary Celebration

Blythe Danner Honored as Rehearsal Club Announces Plans for its 105th Anniversary Celebration

Rehearsal Club

Leaders of the legendary Rehearsal Club announce plans for its 105th Anniversary Celebration, to be held June 22, 2018 at The Players on Gramercy Park. In keeping with its mission to “inspire the next generation” of young women performers, the Club will honor actress Blythe Danner, winner of the Tony, Golden Globe, and multiple Emmy Awards. Ms. Danner will be presented with the Rehearsal Club “Legacy Key.”

Rehearsal Club

“We are thrilled to present the remarkable Blythe Danner with this highest honor for an RC alumna,” said Chair Denise Pence. “Her extraordinary body of work and commitment to the Rehearsal Club mission continues to inspire us.” The Legacy Key award was first given to the late Phyllis Jeanne Creore Westermann, the legendary original “Canteen Girl.”

In advance of the celebration evening, the Rehearsal Club is reaching out to university performance programs for young women to be “Rising Star Award” nominees. The finalists selected will perform in cabaret style from The Players stage, before a panel of industry judges. The evening’s winner will receive a cash prize and the exclusive “RC Key” award. All finalists will enjoy an evening at The Players clubhouse with dinner and networking with industry professionals.

The Rehearsal Club was founded in 1913 as a residence for young women pursuing a career in the theatre. It served as the inspiration for the 1936 Broadway play Stage Door, and the subsequent film starring Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers. The bricks-and-mortar Rehearsal Club closed in 1979 after the sale of the property. In 2006, its alumnae organized to preserve the Rehearsal Club legacy and provide inspiration and mentoring for young performers.

Also at the June 22 event, the Rehearsal Club will conduct a celebrity gown silent auction to benefit the in-progress documentary film tracing the history of the Club. Funds for the film are being raised under the fiscal sponsorship of New York Women in Film and Television.

Hosting the evening is The Players, New York’s storied social club for the dramatic arts and its patrons. The Players celebrates the rich cultural life of New York City with live performances, readings by leading authors and playwrights, film screenings, and dining in its famous Grill Room.


Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at

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