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Recently the 92Y announced that Ted Chapin, President & Chief Creative Officer of Rodgers & Hammerstein, will serve in the newly created role of Producer of Lyrics & Lyricists™.  Jamie deRoy & Stephen Sorokoff sat down with Ted to discuss his exciting plans for this year’s season of L&L.  For nearly five decades, L&L has been at the forefront of exploring and sharing the best of the American Songbook, and this opens a new chapter.

Hanna Arie-Gaifman, Executive Producer of the series and Director of 92Y’s Tisch Center for the Performing Arts said, “I’m excited to be working closely with Ted in this new leadership role. Since its inception in 1970, we’ve been proud to work with a series of collaborators who have put their own unique stamp on this 92Y treasure, most recently with Deborah Grace Winer as Series Artistic Director for the past 9 seasons. I’m extremely grateful to Deb for her passion, her dedication to the American Songbook, and the warmth and energy she always brought to our theater.”

Comments Ted Chapin, “As someone who was in the audience at the first season, I have long been a fan of L&L. I have had the privilege of curating several programs and have followed the history over the years. I am honored to be asked to help create a new chapter of this extraordinary series. I intend to look both forward and back, learning from the past while finding new ways to explore songs and their place in world culture.”

Chapin will work with a variety of artists to create the 2018 season, including Jonathan Groff, Rob Fisher and Amanda Green, Lynn Ahrens, and David Loud.  There will be both familiar composers – Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser, Irving Berlin – as well as those new to L&L, like Bobby Darin, who in addition to his career as a singer, wrote over 100 songs.

Ted was recently seen at L&L on June 26 as co-artistic director and co-host (with Ted Sperling) of the sold out special event concert Lyrics & Lyricists Favorites: Your Choice! starring Broadway artists Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Ben Davis (La Bohème), Capathia Jenkins (Newsies), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Clarke Thorell (Hairspray), Nicholas Ward (In Transit), and Betsy Wolfe (Waitress). He previously served as guest artistic director for the L&L shows Stage Door Canteen (2011), Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Hammerstein (2014) 

Stephen Sorokoff, Jamie deRoy, Ted Chapin

Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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My View: An Evening With Rex Reed, Will Friedwald, & POLLY BERGEN

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Will Friedwald’s Clip Joint presented the legendary film critic and personality “Rex Reed Remembers Polly Bergen” last night at the TRIAD Theater.  It was a fascinating evening as Rex, who was one of Polly Bergen’s closest friends told fly on the wall show biz stories and personal anecdotes about her remarkable life.  An especially hilarious one occurred at the annual OSCAR NIGHT party that Polly had every year in her New York apartment.  There was Rex, watching the Oscars on a TV in Polly’s bedroom, Lucille Ball on one side of him and Paul Newman on the other .  Milton Berle who had been in another room parades past them wearing one of Polly’s gowns that he snatched from her closet!

Will and Rex reminisced about her amazing career in the movies ( including three classic comedies with Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis) but even more so on television.  In fact, her career spans the very history of the small screen medium, starting with appearances on pioneering broadcasts of the late 1940’s right up to a memorable regular role in the hit series DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES-although she was probably best known for starring in the legendary 1957 PLAYHOUSE 90 live television biography of HELEN MORGAN.  In other guises, she was an entrepreneur and political activist. 

Will Friedwald brought along his extensive library of film clips of her appearances on The Hollywood Palace, The Andy Williams Show, The Dean Martin Show, The Perry Como Kraft Music Hall, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show and appearances with Phil Silvers, George Burns, Red Skelton, Andy Williams and many more. Polly Bergen (1930-2014) had three husbands, and unfortunately became a Doris Day type financial victim because of her last one. And now “here’s the rest of my personal Polly Bergen story”.

Many years ago a firm placed a large order with my factory.  When I checked with our credit insuring agency they advised me that the company did not have enough finances to purchase that amount of goods and consequently the agency would only insure half the order.  Not wanting to reject a sizable order I made an appointment to meet the owner in his garment center office and check out his business for myself.  During the course of the conversation somehow the entertainment business came up (of course it did) and he mentioned that he was married to Polly Bergen.  Being a fan and and having reverence for the famous and talented artists in this world I dropped my usual due diligence guard and the hour was spent talking about show business, I loved it, especially when he invited me over to their apartment to watch the Super Bowl.   Well, I shipped all the merchandise…and you can guess what happened….Years later I met Polly Bergen at one of Rex Reed’s evenings and introduced myself with the opening line “ you cost me a lot of money” and then related the story of how her husband never paid.   Polly put her arm around me and said in her bawdy way, “ honey, you’re lucky it was only that much, he bankrupted me”.

WILL FRIEDWALD

REX REED & WILL FRIEDWALD

POLLY BERGEN

REX REED

POLLY BERGEN & DEAN MARTIN

PERRY COMO & POLLY BERGEN

REX REED & WILL FRIEDWALD

ANDY WILLIAMS & POLLY BERGEN

POLLY BERGEN & SANDLER & YOUNG

REX REED & POLLY BERGEN

REX REED & EDA SOROKOFF

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway:​ Inspired By True Events A New Play by Ryan Spahn

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Off-Broadway’s Out of the Box Theatrics is presenting Inspired By True Events, a new play by Ryan Spahn.

In the green room of a community theater in Rochester, the Uptown Players are getting ready to play to a full house after opening to rave reviews the night before. When their star actor arrives in a dangerously unhinged state, they must improvise on and off stage in ways they could not have imagined. By turns hilarious, harrowing, and horrifying, Inspired By True Events follows a tenacious group of show people who must determine at what cost the show must go on.

Inspired By True Events received development workshops with New York Stage & Film, Vineyard Theatre and EST.

Knud Adams is directing, and the cast will feature Lou Liberatore, Jack DiFalco, Mallory Portnoy, and Dana Scurlock. The play opens July 17 at 154 Christopher Street (formerly the New Ohio Theatre). The play was developed by Michael Urie.

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Transitioning Your Pup: From Kibble to Fresh Canine Cuisine

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In recent years, more and more dog owners have been exploring alternatives to traditional kibble diets for their furry friends. One increasingly popular option is transitioning to fresh canine cuisine, which includes raw and lightly cooked meals. This shift can offer numerous benefits for your dog’s health and well-being, but it’s essential to approach the transition carefully and thoughtfully. In this article, we’ll explore the process of moving your pup from kibble to fresh food, discussing the benefits, potential challenges, and best practices for a smooth transition.

Understanding the Benefits of Fresh Canine Cuisine

Before diving into the transition process, it’s important to understand why many pet owners are making the switch to fresh food for their dogs. Some potential benefits include:

  1. Improved digestion: Fresh foods are often easier for dogs to digest than heavily processed kibble.
  2. Better nutrient absorption: Whole, fresh ingredients may provide more bioavailable nutrients.
  3. Increased energy levels: Many dogs experience a boost in vitality when switching to fresh food.
  4. Healthier skin and coat: The higher quality nutrients in fresh food can lead to a shinier, healthier coat.
  5. Weight management: Fresh diets can help maintain a healthy weight more easily than some kibble options.
  6. Reduced allergies: Some dogs with food sensitivities may find relief with a fresh food diet.

Planning the Transition

Transitioning your dog from kibble to fresh food should be a gradual process. Sudden dietary changes can lead to digestive upset, so it’s crucial to take things slow. Here’s a general timeline to consider:

Week 1-2: Introduction Phase

  • Start by replacing 25% of your dog’s kibble with fresh food.
  • Mix the fresh food thoroughly with the kibble to encourage your dog to try it.
  • Observe your dog’s reaction and monitor for any digestive issues.

Week 3-4: Increasing Fresh Food

  • If your dog is tolerating the new food well, increase the fresh food portion to 50%.
  • Continue to mix the foods thoroughly.
  • Keep an eye on your dog’s stool consistency and energy levels.

Week 5-6: Majority Fresh Food

  • Increase the fresh food portion to 75% of your dog’s diet.
  • Reduce kibble to 25%.
  • By this point, you should notice positive changes in your dog’s overall health and vitality.

Week 7 and Beyond: Full Transition

  • If all has gone well, you can now feed your dog 100% fresh food.
  • Some owners choose to keep a small amount of high-quality kibble in the diet for convenience or as treats.

Choosing the Right Fresh Food Options

When transitioning to fresh canine cuisine, you have several options:

  1. Commercial fresh food: Many companies now offer fresh, pre-prepared dog food that can be delivered to your door. These options are convenient but can be more expensive.
  2. Homemade meals: Preparing your dog’s meals at home gives you complete control over ingredients but requires time and careful planning to ensure nutritional balance.
  3. Raw diets: Some owners opt for a raw dog food diet, which can include raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables. This approach requires careful handling and preparation to avoid bacterial contamination.
  4. Lightly cooked diets: A middle ground between raw and commercial options, lightly cooked diets involve minimal processing of whole food ingredients.

Whichever option you choose, it’s crucial to ensure that your dog’s new diet is nutritionally complete and balanced. Consult with a veterinary nutritionist if you’re unsure about your dog’s specific dietary needs.

Potential Challenges and How to Address Them

While many dogs transition smoothly to fresh food, some may experience challenges:

  1. Reluctance to try new foods: Some dogs are hesitant to eat unfamiliar foods. Try warming the fresh food slightly or adding a small amount of low-sodium broth to enhance the aroma.
  2. Digestive upset: Temporary diarrhea or constipation can occur during the transition. If symptoms persist, slow down the transition process or consult your veterinarian.
  3. Weight changes: Monitor your dog’s weight closely during the transition. Adjust portion sizes as needed to maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Increased food drive: Some dogs become more enthusiastic about mealtimes on a fresh food diet. Establish consistent feeding routines to manage expectations.

Tips for Success

To ensure a smooth transition to fresh canine cuisine, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Be patient: Every dog is different, and some may take longer to adjust than others.
  2. Stay consistent: Once you’ve chosen a fresh food option, stick with it for at least a few weeks before making any changes.
  3. Monitor your dog closely: Watch for changes in energy levels, coat condition, and overall health.
  4. Keep your veterinarian informed: Regular check-ups can help ensure your dog is thriving on their new diet.
  5. Consider supplements: Depending on the fresh food option you choose, you may need to add supplements to ensure nutritional completeness.
  6. Practice good hygiene: When handling raw or fresh foods, be sure to follow food safety guidelines to protect both you and your pet.

Transitioning your pup from kibble to fresh canine cuisine can be a rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. By taking a gradual approach, choosing the right fresh food options, and staying attentive to your dog’s needs, you can help your pet enjoy the potential benefits of a fresher, less processed diet. Remember that every dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Always consult with your veterinarian before making significant changes to your dog’s diet, especially if your pet has existing health conditions or dietary restrictions.

With patience, care, and attention to detail, you can successfully guide your pup through the journey from kibble to fresh, wholesome canine cuisine, potentially improving their health and quality of life for years to come.

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Coming In August Broadway Barks Returns to Shubert Alley

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The 26th anniversary of the star-studded dog and cat adoption event, Broadway Barks returns to Shubert Alley on Saturday, August 3, 2024 to benefit New York City animal rescue groups. The event, co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, features Broadway celebrities who use their star power to help find loving homes for animals in need from 24 NYC area adoption and rescue groups.

Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster. Photo courtesy of Broadway Barks.

Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster will co-host this year’s festivities! Other celebrity participants to be announced soon.

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Barks begins at 3pm with a ‘meet and greet’ of all the adoptable pets; from 5–6:30pm, adoptees make their Broadway debut on stage alongside some of Broadway’s favorite stars for the celebrity presentations.Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the adoption event takes place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues).

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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My View: Happily Ever Laughter at 54 Below……Liz Callaway & Jason Graae

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At first glance they might seem like a musical and personality mismatch, but the chemistry between Liz Callaway and Jason Graae is far from problematic.  It is an enormously entertaining integration of these two artists musicianship, acting, and comedic expertise. Liz Callaway’s once in a lifetime voice and vocal dexterity doesn’t just sing in tune.  It lands in the middle of the middle of a note with a clarity that pierces your soul.  Jason, once he gets his oboe in tune (that’s a double entenndre) also possesses excellent vocal technique, and my camera, no matter how many photos I snap is incapable of capturing his enormously expressive facial movements that glide between comical and the heartfelt with such ease. His rendition of William Finn’s “What More Can I Say” brought tears.  The duets from “BABY” for which Ms Callaway was nominated for a Tony and her two songs from the animated film Anastasia (in which she starred) were highlights.  This evening’s friendship (they’ve been for forty years) was the perfect blendship, together with the masterful Alex Rybeck on the piano at 54 Below last night. The show was very appropriately titled “Happily Ever Laughter” and it has two more performances, July 5 & 6.

Speaking of friendship and blendship, my table of KT Sullivan, Eda, and Debbie Gravitte was pretty special too.

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

LIZ CALLAWAY

JASON GRAAE & LIZ CALLAWAY

54 BELOW

LIZ CALLAWAY & JASON GRAAE

ALEX RYBECK, LIZ CALLAWAY, JASON GRAAE

54 BELOW

JASON GRAAE & RICHARD SKIPPER

KT SULLIVAN, DEBBIE GRAVITTE, EDA SOROKOFF

HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER

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