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Patsy's If These Walls Could Sing

It started with Sinatra, and it has never stopped. On Saturday evening, April 29th, Steve Kalafer and Peter LeDonne, will present Patsy’s: If These Walls Could Sing, at the Ciccone Theatre at 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ. For one historic, and glittering night only, The Rat Pack comes alive, again.

Sponsored by Flemington Car & Truck Family of Dealerships, Patsy’s: If These Walls Could Sing, is a Gala Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and the restaurant they called home – the world-famous Patsy’s Italian Restaurant of New York.

This Red Carpet event will feature Patsy’s celebrated cuisine in a Under-The-Stars Reception, as well as a Post-Performance Party in the Ciccone Theatre’s Grand Lobby. Mingle with Hollywood legends, Industry singing sensations and award-winning musicians just like you can at Patsy’s every night in New York on West 56th Street.

Sal Scognamillo’s, Patsy’s globally esteemed Proprietor/Chef and award-winning author, of Patsy’s (If These Walls Could Sing) will host a line-up of Patsy’s regulars who will regale the audience with never-before heard “Patsy’s stories” between the evening’s concert performances. With an audience filled with Patsy’s regulars who knows who will pick up the mike!

Deana Martin

Deana Martin

Dean Martin’s daughter and singing sensation, Deana Martin, and her famous band will take the stage in an extraordinary tribute to her Dad and her “Uncle” Frank!

Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti

Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti

Opening for Miss Martin will be America’s Got Talent’s wunderkind, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti.

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At the evening’s end during the Post-Performance Party, each audience member will be gifted with a copy of Sal Scognamillo’s newest and best-selling autographed cookbook.

Talk about dinner and a show!

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For Reservations: 201-447–7428 or Tickets.bergen.edu

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Patsy’s opened in 1944 with Pasquale “Patsy” Scognamillo as chef, his wife, Concetta, and, as soon as they were able, children Joseph and Anna lending a hand serving and greeting an ever-growing loyal following. In over seventy years, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has had only three chefs, the late Patsy Scognamillo himself, his son Joe and now, Joe’s son, Sal, who has been running the kitchen for the past 30 years.

Today, 236 West 56 Street, otherwise known as Patsy’s is one of the toughest places to get a table in New York. Being a celebrity, by the way, doesn’t help. It’s more difficult not to find a famous face at Patsy’s. The legendary dining destination has been known for years as Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant and has become a favorite with countless stars including Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Ben Stiller, George and Amal Clooney, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Bublé, Ben Stiller, Tony Danza, Al Pacino, Placido Domingo, Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Tom Hanks, Madonna, George Clooney, Rappers Heavy “D” and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, Keanu Reeves, Jonathan Demme, Tony Bennett, Don King, Robert DeNiro, Don Rickles, Jaclyn Smith, Phyllis George, Stephen King, Calvin Klein, Carroll O’Connor, Jon Bon Jovi, Rush Limbaugh, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara Stiller, Chris Noth, Jaime Farr, Chevy Chase, Cheryl Ladd, Huey Lewis, and Patty LaBelle, to name several. In addition, our patrons have also included the late Mario Puzo, James Gandolfini, John F. Kennedy Jr., Farrah Fawcett, Rosemary Clooney, and many others.

And, they don’t come ‘to be seen.’ They come to eat. Linguine Puttanesca, Penne alla Vodka, Tortellini Bolognese, Spaghetti or Whole-wheat Pasta Marinara, and Cannelloni with Meat Sauce. Patsy’s Italian Restaurant’s famous sauces, made from the freshest ingredients, are available in better supermarkets and specialty food stores throughout the U.S. The tomato-based sauces, 100% natural, with no preservatives or added sugar, are available in six varieties, including Marinara, Tomato Basil, Fra Diavolo, Puttanesca, Vodka, and Pizzaiola.

The show business connection started with a crooner named Sinatra. For him, it was home.

Aunt Anna Scognamillo tells it best: ‘He was at the Paramount, and he was brought into our restaurant by the Dorsey Brothers. ‘This kid can really sing,’ said Tommy, ‘but you got to fatten him up. He’s too skinny.’ Frank fell in love with our whole family, and we loved him right back.

When my mother was busy, Frank would answer the phone, take reservations and mix drinks.’ ”

Peter LeDonne

Peter LeDonne is now the Director of Community and Cultural Affairs at Bergen Community College. A successful advertising and marketing executive Peter LeDonne was the owner and partner of Ash/LeDonne, Inc. one of the most prominent entertainment marketing firms in the Industry. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and London, the agency represented theatre, films, personalities, record companies and major entertainment venues. While working on over 1000 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, Mr. LeDonne altered the way theatre was marketed – worldwide. He made the first live-action television commercial for the original Broadway production of Bob Fosse’s Pippin. The seismically successful commercial delivered an entirely new audience to Broadway and, by so doing, redefined the lengths of successful Broadway runs from several months to several years. In addition to Broadway, Ash/LeDonne also represented many other major clients such as: Resorts International Hotels and Casinos; The Sands Hotel & Casino; Helmsley Hotels; Radio City Music Hall Productions; Universal Studios; Crum & Forster Insurance; Marcal Paper Products; Metro One Cellular Telephone System; First Jersey Securities; Doubleday Publishing; St. Martin’s Press as well as Janis Joplin, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow and Elton John. He has also produced for the stage in New York and London and was one of the first Americans invited to The Soviet Union to produce films for several dance companies, folk troupes and The Moscow Circus. Over a period of several weeks, he and his film crew were permitted to travel throughout Russia, documenting both performance and behind the scenes material. The subsequent promotional films and commercials made the U.S. tours of those companies an unprecedented triumph. Upon his return to the USA, he signed The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Joffrey Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, The Moiseyev Dance Company and The Bolshoi to his Agency’s glittering roster. When he added television and film production to his endeavors, he achieved early success with his first production, Curtain Call, which began a partnership with Steve Kalafer and was nominated for an Academy Award®. One year later their Sister Rose’s Passion was also nominated for an Academy Award®. He has since produced four other films; directed two; the most recent production, Barrymore, starring Christopher Plummer. Mr. LeDonne has been the recipient of several major advertising industry awards, including: The Clio, The Andy, The International Broadcasting Award, The Big Apple Award, The London International Advertising Award and others. He actively supports several non-profit organizations, which expose young people to the arts, particularly The Actors’ Fund of America, American Theatre Wing, Young Audiences and Arts Horizons. His pro-bono work has included producing, a live benefit performance of Come a Waltzing With Me, An Evening With Zoe Caldwell for Young Audiences and a documentary film, The Power of The Arts, featuring Harold Prince, Celeste Holm and Robert Whitehead, for Arts Horizons.

Deana Martin is a world-class entertainer who is equally comfortable with a celebrated symphony, at a legendary concert hall or on an intimate cabaret stage with a swinging jazz quintet. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, a gifted actor, a vocalist of incredible depth and passion and a licensed pilot. When talent is part of the family pedigree it can sometimes be difficult for an artist to forge an individual path, Deana Martin has successfully navigated that tricky terrain. Deana’s latest album, Swing Street is a collection of songs which capture the essence of this consummate entertainer who is equally at ease performing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind,” as she is singing Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” Swing Street was recorded at Capitol Records Studio A in Hollywood and features a cast of preeminent LA musicians under the batons of legendary arranger and conductor Patrick Williams and Chris Walden. On this, her fifth album release, Deana also pays tribute to three men who helped guide and encourage her performing career: Uncles Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra and, most certainly, her Dad, Dean Martin. The album is an elegant mix of jazz and blues inspired songs.   Swing Street was produced by Deana’s husband John Griffeth. The orchestra is a who’s who of the best Hollywood musicians. Among them are: Gene Cipriano, Bob Sheppard, Don Shelton, Tre Henry, Sal Lozano, Wayne Bergeron, Bob McChesney, Andy Martin, Ray Brinker, Jason Lee and Deana’s pianist and music director, Rick Krive.   Deana’s smash 2013 release, Destination Moon, offers her distinctive take on jazz and pop classics, including the song “True Love,” a duet with her father. “To record that song with my Dad,” says Deana, “was an incredible highlight in my life and another dream come true. When we listened to the playback I was thrilled to hear how beautifully our voices blended together. It’s an unbelievable memory that I’ll carry with me forever.”   Destination Moon followed Deana’s 2006 top ten hit CD Memories Are Made Of This, her acclaimed holiday collection, White Christmas, and Volare, which entered Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart at No. 22 and Billboard’s Heatseeker chart at No. 7. Among the projects she is most passionate about these days, is seeing her best-selling book, Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughters Eyes, become a movie. Joe Mantegna is slated to direct the film with Jennifer Love Hewitt set to star as Deana. Actress/writer Bonnie Hunt is writing the screenplay. Speaking of her Dad, Deana says, “My dad would always say ‘Deana, when you dream, dream big, because dreams do come true. There’s nothing you can’t do, honey, if you really set your mind to it and work hard.’ And that’s exactly what I do, because knowing that he believed in me has always given me the strength and determination to shoot for the moon!” Armed with an abundance of talent, a dedicated work ethic and a buoyant personality, Deana was determined to step out from her famous father’s shadow and launch her own successful entertainment career. Deana received her formal education from Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom. She has amassed a wealth of stage experience including roles in Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Six Rms Riv Vu and The Tunnel of Love. Her first major break was in the National Touring Company of Neil Simon’s play, The Star Spangled Girl with Jimmy Boyd and George Hamilton. Deana’s acting career expanded into film with the 1968 western “Young Billy Young” co-starring Robert Mitchum and Angie Dickinson. Her movie career continued with staring roles in “Strangers at Sunrise” with George Montgomery and “A Voice in the Night” with Vitto Scotti. In addition to her work as an actress, Deana also signed a contract with Reprise Records and scored hits singles with the “Girl of the Month Club” and “When He Remembers Me” produced by Lee Hazelwood.

Sal Valentinetti is an Italian-American crooner know best for his flawless vocals, larger than life personality and his heart of gold. Born August 26, 1995 to Steve and Maria Valentinetti, Sal was raised in the small town of Bethpage, New York. From a very young age Sal was influenced by his grandmother, Tina Valentinetti, to love the musical genius of the classic crooner sounds of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. At the young age of fifteen Sal realized the hidden talent he possessed and began performing his flawless tribute to the great Frank Sinatra. Before long the world would come to know him as “Sal the Voice” In 2016, Season 11 of the NBC hit show “Americas Got Talent” was taken by storm by Sal Valentinetti. The 20 year old College Student that delivered Pizza for his cousins Italian restaurant was now in the spot light. Belting out the classic Frank Sinatra hit “My Way” Sal not only received a standing ovation but got the coveted “Golden Buzzer” from judge Heide Klum, who he later performed a duo with singing “Santa Baby”. Although Sal did not win the overall competition, he rose to stardom and his professional music career was launched. Sal left for Hollywood as a pizza delivery man and returned home to Bethpage as a National Rock Star. His live show, featuring his new band “The Black Tie Brass”, is now in great demand. Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti sold out three Christmas Shows at the now famous, Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. Then his dream came true, an opportunity to perform in the round at one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite venues, The Theatre at Westbury- (Formerly The Westbury Music Fair). Sal loves to tell the story of how his father saved up just enough money to see Frank Sinatra on June 11, 1975 in Westbury. The Valentinetti family returned to Westbury on March 3, 2017 andthey watched with pride as Sal performed his 90 minute show to a sold out crowd of 3,000 people just like his idol, Frank Sinatra. After Sal’s successful sell out shows at home, he teamed up with some of the country’s top promoters and agents like Brian Rosenberg, Robert Maffia, Fever Entertainment and TCI Talent Agency and is now touring the country as one of the hottest new performers on the scene. In between shows on the road, Sal is in the studio working on his first EP which is scheduled to be out in Spring of 2017 and a Christmas Album due out September 2017. Sal has also become a dominate force on Social Networking reaching up to a quarter million people per video and over 300,000 followers. It all started with that first appearance on America’s Got Talent where the judges unanimously agreed he was a star, but Heidi Klum declared “I like the way you talk. I like the way you sing. I like everything about you” and she pounded the magical button that launched his “Golden Ticket” to stardom. We are currently finding out that it was not only a game changer for Sal but it has created a revival in music. The standards of yester-year are now being listened to by 4 generations of Americans and music lovers abroad. “Old Blue Eyes” would be proud.

Steve Kalafer is a distinguished businessman who entered the automotive industry in 1973 and has since grown his automotive business, Flemington Car & Truck Country to include showrooms and service centers in 8 locations for 18 franchises. Mr. Kalafer has been deeply involved in Somerset County, Hunterdon County and New Jersey civic undertakings. He has founded several boards and served as an appointee to Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s Economic Master Plan Commission for New Jersey and chaired the Transportation subcommittee and served on the Department of Treasury’s transition team. Additionally, he is a board member of the New Jersey Manufacturer’s Insurance Company, The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and RWJ/Barnabas Hospital. He served as Chairman of the Somerset Health Care Foundation, Chairman of the New Jersey Public Research Organization, Member of the NJIT Board of Overseers, and serves as Treasurer of the Actors Fund of America. He was awarded the Actors Fund of America Medal of Honor in April 2013. Steve has been presented with several Hunterdon County community awards including: the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, The Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Golden Award presented by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, the Citizen of the Year Award by the Flemington Elks and the Hunterdon County YMCA Man of the Year Award. He also has been awarded the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious Torch of Liberty Award, named the Ernst and Young Master Entrepreneur of the Year in New Jersey, honored by the Women’s Crisis Services of Hunterdon County and received the Spirit of Jane Rodney Award. He was honored as the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year by the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2016. Steve’s first love is baseball. He is the Chairman of the 6 time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots. Home for the Patriots is TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ. TD Bank Ballpark has been designated the Best of the Ballparks by Baseball Digest. Steve also produced many documentaries and entertainment projects through his company, New Jersey Pictures. He is a three time Academy Award nominee for his films MORE, an animated short film, CURTAIN CALL, and SISTER ROSE’S PASSION. Steve and his wife Suzanne reside in Gladstone, New Jersey. They have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua and five grandsons, Zachary, Broden, Caleb, Tristan and Elliot.

 

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe applauds Infolist’s CEO Jeff Gund, even my friend E! TV-Founder Larry Namer joined this VIP event.

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H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe at Jeff Gund Infolist Red Carpet Event

One of the first people I met in Hollywood was Jeff Gund. He runs Infolist and is the secret superhero of the entertainment industry. His network connects actors with directors, casting agents with producers and production companies with networks. watching my friend Jeff working endlessly to make The Industry in Hollywood an awesome and connected place, I am always speechless how he rocks his Red-Carpet extravaganzas. He personally invited me to attend his Infolist.com Red Carpet Pre Comic-Con Bash and it was spectacular.

E! Television Founder Larry Namer and H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Having just messaged with my friend Larry Namer, the nicest of the uber-accomplished Hollywood Moguls  – he founded E! Television – I was happy to see him there and he was the indicator for a great Red-Carpet event. My parents Prince Waldemar and Princess Antonia zu Schaumburg-Lippe have attended an Infolist event with me years ago and its just great fun to see so many industry friends again and meet new ones like Colin Ford from The Hill, Jordan Roman or Leckie Roberts. And all those news: Gennadiy Photography has a new pageant event coming up at the Taglyan, where i opened LA Fashion Week. Silvia Masera is branching out her Gala Events to Europe. And many new celebrity shows popped up on the red carpet, with wonderful hosts.

Infolist CEO Jeff Gund with H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

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The Film “Twisters” Whips the Summer Season into a Climatic Frenzy Of Life and Death

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With this summer season of intense weather and a vast array of tornadoes touching down in state after state, there’s no better timing than now to release this film, “Twisters.” It’s a sort of sequel to its 28-year-old predecessor, “Twister” — directed by the now-retired Jan De Bont. The now 80-year old Dutchman is a retired cinematographer, director and film producer. He’s best known for directing 1994’s “Speed” and then “Twister” which were part of the rise of blockbusters such as “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Lethal Weapon.” He was the cinematographer of “Die Hard and Lethal Weapon 3”. He also was cinematographer of “Red October”, the first of the Jack Ryan series.

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell

Chock full of dramatic moments we can all relate to, both films are terrifying. The various scenes of destruction are blood curdling. And given that a twister is far more fearsome than any creature fabrication like Godzilla — since storms are far less easy to reason with — the film resonates. As innovative as the original was, this edition explores all the investment in special effects to give audiences a truly close up look at what people have actually experienced when this weather phenomena destroys homes and sweeps people away into deathly oblivion.

But these films, especially the latest as directed by Lee Isaac Chung, aren’t merely fictionalized documentaries. There is a rich and fully rounded narrative of love lost and gained here. Most of that’s thanks to the fine casting of Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell —  who now seem to be the go-to guy for actors who display naturalistic grit and charisma.

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell

As weather scientist Kate, Britisher Edgar-Jones provides a reasonable facsimile of a midwesterner obsessed with coming up with a Tornado-killer solution. The film opens as she is working with fellow students and friends to test a chemical solution to contain tornadoes. All goes awry and three of her team are swept away to their deaths.

Five years later, the other survivor, Javi (Anthony Ramos), comes to NYC to ask Kate to help him with a new project, a 3D tornado mapping system which has — as audiences realize later — insidious implications. They head to Oklahoma where they clash, at first, with tornado wrangler Tyler Owens (Powell), a high-energy social media sensation. Initially, the two teams compete but Kate eventually bonds with him and discovers that he has the scientific acumen to help her along the way.

As they wend their way to the film’s conclusion — repeatedly surviving death-dealing twisters — both find love and scientific solutions to quell the impact of these mega-death machines. It also opens the door to possible sequels, ones to be produced in a shorter time than nearly three decades.

In addition to the sheer drama of the various set pieces constructed here, “Twisters” is also loaded with trenchant political, scientific and sociological notions. The ecological implications are obvious. There have been so many hyper-powerful tornadoes happening now in our real world. Are they due to authorities ignoring the cause of the surge?

For various reasons too complicated to go into here, greed and irrational climate deniers have made it harder to address the long term solutions necessary to make life in tornado alley more bearable. This film may have a touch of fanciful science built into it but it also provokes audiences to think of the implications of weather change and man-made global warming. “Twisters” may not make your summer more soothing but it does provoke more than just sheer terror.

Film: Twisters
Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Glen Powell, Anthony Ramos, Brandon Perea, Maura Tierney, Sasha Lane

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24 BACK — (Via TV Line) The clock is ticking (again): A movie adaptation of the hit Fox drama 24  is in early development at 20th Century Studios, our sister site Variety reports.

Keifer Sutherland

Brian Grazer, who executive-produced the original series, teased the prospect of a film version in a June interview with MSNBC’s Squawk Box. In a discussion of different legacy IP brands at his production company Imagine Entertainment, Grazer mentioned a 24 movie in the works “that we’re going to do in a very interesting way with Disney and Fox.”

The project is still in the very early stages, though, so there’s no word yet if Keifer Sutherland will return to reprise his role as counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer in the film. Sutherland starred as Bauer during 24′s original run, which aired for eight seasons on Fox beginning in 2001. The real-time thriller became a hit and won a number of awards, including Emmys for best drama series and for Sutherland as best lead actor in a drama. Sutherland returned as Bauer for the limited series 24: Live Another Day, which aired in 2014. Fox also tried a spinoff, 24: Legacy, in 2017 — with Corey Hawkins taking over the lead role — but that was scrapped after a single season.

The way I see if – and, as a longtime fan of both the show and Sutherland – is that if Keifer is not there, it’s not worth doing. Agreed?

Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford


SHORT TAKES — I watched an interview with Kathie Lee Gifford on Today Wednesday and didn’t even recognize her. Check out the clip here: https://www.today.com/health/news/kathie-lee-gifford-hip-surgery-rcna162079 … Great Micky Dolenz interview from the Monterey Country NOW by Dave FariesMicky Dolenz of The Monkees – and much more – still thrives on stage with songs and stories. | Music | montereycountynow.com

Brad Balfour (Film Festival Traveler) interviewed Steven J. Immerman on his In Search Of Pleasure Island tome this week… Home Depot loads in their Halloween-toys and treats this weekend. It may seem a bit early, but October will here before you know it. A PR-source of ours was about to work on a Halloween-movie coming out in September and had a co-promotion event with the store and the movie; then it all fell apart. Seems to me this would have been a superb tie-in … One of the great A&R men of them all Ed Rosneblatt passed this week in LA. From Peter Gabriel to Madonna to Neil Young; Eddie had a hand in it. Take a look at this story from Hits:https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=341939&title=EDDIE-ROSENBLATT-1934-2024 

Cameron Crowe

Meryl Streep is set to essay Joni Mitchell in a film by Cameron Crowe. Big news for sure. Crowe’s Almost Famous is a stone-called classic; as is Crowe …

Francis Ford Coppola

This year’s Kennedy Center Honors will be awarded to director Francis Ford Coppola, rock band Grateful Dead, blues and rock singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval and the venue The Apollo. The ceremony will take place on Dec. 8, for broadcast on Dec. 23 …

We haven’t weighed in on Apple +’s Presumed Innocent; the re-working of Scott Turow’s book (in 1987) and movie (in 1990), but the finale is next week and the show’s just been renewed for a second season. Jake Gyllenhaal has been great, as has Bill Camp, but David E. Kelly’s words have been just off the charts. For me, it’s the best Kelly’s done since Big Little Lies. If you haven’t seen this series yet, watch all the 8 episodes. It’s a gift for sure. Stunningly good … Just received: NYC’s legendary West Bank Cafe will close …

Tom Viola (by Tristan Fuge)

After an extraordinary run of 36 years, Broadway Cares’ Tom Viola is leaving. Bravo Tom! … RIP Bob Newhart!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Hoda Kotb; Roseanna Scotto; Ray ‘Pinky’ Velazquez; Jim Burgess; Stephanie Shepherd; Monica Lynch; Robert Dragatta; Len Berman; Brad Balfour; Jim Milliot; Sue Simmons; Cindy Adams; Liz Smith; Claudia Cohen; Neal Travis; Richard Johnson; Howard Smiley; and SADIE!

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park

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106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park brought Disney to its 2024 program. The Bryant Park stage is located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Lawn seating is first come, first serve.

This weeks performances came from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

And The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

 

 

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A Tribute to Tony Award-Winning Composer Steven Lutvak

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NYU Skirball Center will honor the late Tony Award-winning composer Steven Lutvak, the musical mind behind the Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, with performances and tributes from family and friends in a celebration of his life on Thursday, July 18 – which would have been his 65th birthday – at 3:00 PM. The event will include performances by Broadway Inspirational Voices, Crystal Monee Hall, Bryce Pinkham, Catherine Walker, Scarlett Strallen, Catherine Porter, Lori Wilner, and Jenna Pastuszek, and feature songs from A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical, 2014), his albums Ahead of My Heart and The Time It Takes, and several never-before heard works-in-progress. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. For tickets, please visit tickets.nyu.edu/stevenlutvak

Born and raised in the Bronx, Mr. Lutvak was a talented multi-hyphenate, working as a cabaret performer, music arranger, director, and as a performance coach in addition to his songwriting and compositional work. As a singer-songwriter, he performed across the country, including successful New York engagements at Carnegie Hall, which led to releasing two albums, The Time It Takes and Ahead of My Heart.

Mr. Lutvak made his Broadway debut with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder in 2014, for which he composed the music, and co-wrote the lyrics with Robert L. Freedman. The musical won the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Musical. The pair had previously written the musical Campaign of the Century together, which won the California Musical Theater Competition from the Beverly Hills Theater Guild.

Other musicals by Mr. Lutvak include Almost September, The Wayside Motor Inn (an adaptation of a play by A. R. Gurney), and Esmeralda. For the screen, Mr. Lutvak composed the title track for the film Mad Hot Ballroom, and the score to Anything But Love, starring Eartha Kitt and Andrew McCarthy. Mr. Lutvak was a highly awarded composer, receiving the Kleban Award for Lyric Writing for the Theater, the Fred Ebb Award for Songwriting for the Theater alongside Freedman, the American Theatre Wing’s Jonathan Larson Grant, the Johnny Mercer Foundation’s Emerging American Songwriter Award, two Bistro Awards, three MAC Awards, and multiple ASCAP Awards.

In his later years, Mr. Lutvak worked as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the New York University Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.

Mr. Lutvak died October 9, 2023 at the age of 64. He is survived by his husband, Artistic Director of Flight Path Dance Project, Michael McGowan, and their daughter, Eliot Rose Lutvak-McGowan.

The tribute to Steven Lutvak will take place at NYU Skirball Center, located at 566 LaGuardia Place, between West 4th and West 3rd Street, on Thursday, July 18 at 3:00 PM. Running time is 90 minutes with no intermission. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. For tickets, please visit tickets.nyu.edu/stevenlutvak

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