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Encores! Grand Hotel Cast. Heléne Yorke, Brandon Uranowitz, James Snyder, Irina Dvorovenko, Natascia Diaz, & John Dossett (front row). Photo by Joan Marcus.

As with any Encores! production, I always find myself swept up in the history of these shows, dying to look them up on Wikipedia and ingest the nostalgia.  The dreamy desire to have been there and seen that can’t be helped. Reading about it now, the 1989 Broadway production of Grand Hotel, the Musical, directed by the legendary Tommy Tune and starring a cast of actors that included Liliane Montevecchi as Elizaveta Grushinskaya, Michael Jeter as Otto Kringelein (winning a Tony and Drama Desk Award), David Carroll as the Baron, and the always amazing and very young new talent, Jane Krakowski as Flaemmchen. It garnered 12 Tony Award nominations, winning five, including best direction and choreography for Tommy Tune, making me want to run over to that museum next door to the Lincoln Center and see if I can watch it (click here), as it sounds like a joy in a bottle. I feel duty bound now, as I was told twice by others around me on the night I saw it, to tell you to watch a clip of one of the best numbers from that Tommy Tune production, showing exactly why Jeter got so much praise for his role, assisted with such handsome grace by the wonderful Carroll. The sad tale in this slice of history belongs to Carroll, who died from a pulmonary embolism relating to AIDS in the recording studio as he was about to record his vocal tracks for the Broadway recording. The phenomenal Brent Barrett, who at the time was playing the part on Broadway, stepped in at the last moment, and graced the recording with his lovely voice.  So here’s that fancy footwork that gave Tune and Carroll their much deserved Tony.

Thankfully, the glory that is Encores! allows us the opportunity to see this production anew, freshly pulled out from the vaults, looking as wonderfully and decrepitely good in that first unveiling of the legendary Grand Hotel as I’m sure it did almost 30 years ago.  It is as if it had literally been locked up for those many decades in some Broadway house waiting to be dusted off with every set piece covered with sheets for its own protection, and the chandeliers lowered to the floor.  Beautiful but ghostly, until the orchestra starts, and the music swirls us back in time to the luxurious world of Old Berlin and its most glorious hotel.

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Junior Cervila, Guadalupe Garcia (center). Photo by Joan Marcus.

The interior is revealed, and the chandeliers are returned to their rightful place, high about the lobby floor. We see the beautiful patrons parading in, and the men and women down below in the scullery, working hard for the rich above.  It’s gritty and gorgeous, and the music from this passionate Broadway musical, Grand Hotel, is as sweeping and grand as the hotel itself. The Encores! Orchestra, with music direction by Rob Berman (Bright Star) and music coordination by Seymour Red Press (original orchestration by Peter Matz) sounds as rich and engaging as it always does, surrounding the action up above on the second tier of the hotel lobby. This surprisingly Broadway-ready production, thrown together in the shortest of time frames as they tend and like to do at the New York City Center Encores!, looks as polished and ready for its close-up as any show that has graced this series.  It is not filled with the grandest of superstars, something we have all gotten used to with the Encores! series (Jake Gyllenhall and Annaleigh Ashford in Sunday in the Park…, Bebe Neuwirth and Vanessa Williams in Hey, Look Me Over!, Steven Pasquale and Victoria Clark in Assassins, Megan Hilty and Andy Karl in Annie Get Your Gun, just to name a few), but the cast is of the highest calibre, pros doing what they do and have done for years on and off-Broadway. Looking and singing the part at every turn.  It’s wildly entertaining and a joyous blast from the past, even when the book, by Luther Davis, based on Vicki Baum’s 1929 novel and play, Menschen im Hotel (People in a Hotel) gets a bit muddled in its storytelling layering tragedy on top of desperation and desire, with just a glimmer of hope and possibility showing its happy face in the lobby from time to time. The added upstairs/downstairs ideas of class inequality get a bit lost in the shuffle with the other stories getting a stronger spotlight. But we relish the moments of joy, especially in the music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest (Kismet), with additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine), and feel the pain, loss, and agonizing discomfort that haunts guests that stroll through the lobby of the Grand Hotel.  All these characters are in need, desperate for something to alter their course.  Some find their salvation, even if it’s just for a moment, while others do not.

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Daniel Yearwood, Heléna Yorke, James T. Lane. Photo by Joan Marcus.

From that first moment of “The Grand Parade” when the lineup of characters checking in to the Grand Hotel gather and show their true faces, we are pulled in.  Heléna Yorke (American Psycho), as the Jane Krackowski stand-in (I must admit that I didn’t know she had starred in the original production, but I couldn’t stop thinking about her throughout, it is just so ‘her’) is gloriously hungry for salvation as the typist and wanna-be movie star, Flaemmchen, giving it all in the wonderfully performed “Girl in the Mirror” and dancing marvelously in the numbers, “Maybe My Baby” and “The Grand Charleston” performed by The Jimmys (James T. Lane, Daniel Yearwood).  Her skills, especially in the entertaining and romantic dance numbers with the handsome and dashing Baron Felix Von Gaigern, played by the noble and charming James Snyder (If/Then, In Transit), stealing the breath away from all that surround him are perfect, directed and choreographed with a stunning precision that is reminiscent of Tune’s legendary work. The desperately poor Baron, in the middle of one of his many noble realignments, disappoints Falemmchen quite innocently when he engages with the lovely and talented Irina Dvorovenko (On Your Toes, the upcoming Vineyard’s The Beast in the Jungle), as the prima ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya.  Snyder’s rendition of “Love Can’t Happen” is achingly charming and just what Elizaveta needs to hear.  She is flailing, stumbling through her life as the dancing diva aging out of her own glamorous profession. She is dramatically desperate, maybe a bit too much at moments, for salvation and love, even when it exists right beside her in the heart of her confidante, Raffaela Ottannio, played lovingly by Natascia Diaz (tick, tick, BOOM!).

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Irina Dvorovenko, James Snyder. Photo by Joan Marcus.

John Bossett (Newsies) delivers his own forceful brand of desperation as the business man whose empire is falling around him. But the true star of the evening, besides the gorgeous tango dancing sequences performed with perfection by Junior Cervila (Tango Argentina) and Guadalupe Garcia (Glorias Porteñas), is the deeply sympathetic and thoroughly engaging Brandon Uranowitz (FalsettosPrince of Broadway) as Otto Kringelein, the very ill and dying Jewish bookkeeper looking for a bit of life and excitement at the Grand Hotel.  The dying man is looking for life before he checks out, while the living are not so hopefully,. This may be the richest line stated by William Ryall, (Wicked, an original cast member from Grand Hotel that started in a dilapidated hotel ballroom on w43rd st, to the Boston tryout and finally, the Broadway stage), as the narrator and doctor who can’t quite seem to entirely give up with existence at the end of each and every day. Just one more night, he says. And then he’ll depart.

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 Brandon Uranowitz, James Snyder (center), and cast. Photo by Joan Marcus.

On the other hand, Uranowitz wants more, shining each and every moment, especially in those friendships and engagements that give him a bit more life and joy, something he has never quite found outside of the Grand Hotel.  When he is dancing with Yorke’s Falemmchen to the refreshing and glorious “Who Couldn’t Dance with You?” the level of aliveness and pleasure is intoxicating, but it is really in the show-stopping and most famous number, the one that I linked above with Michael Jeter, “We’ll Take a Glass Together” that Uranowitz clearly is having the time of his life, and so are we. It’s pure champagne, bubbling with fun and frolicking pleasure, seen through the eyes of a man who has never experienced it. Whether this show will ever make the same Chicago-esque transfer to Broadway remains to be seen.  It’s a gloriously lush production, dark but life-affirming, and although slightly cramped below the orchestra on the lavish set designed by Allen Moyer (Broadway’s Grey Gardens), with exquisite costumes by Linda Cho (Broadway’s Anastasia) and solid lighting by Ken Billington (Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone), it deserves a longer life, but I’m not so sure this story has a desperate need to be told.  It’s perfectly ready to make the jump, but will enough people care about these glamorous but desperate souls to facilitate a long enough Broadway run? I’m not so sure, but I do feel I’d like one more night at the Grand Hotel to ponder that question. I’m not so ready to leave just yet.

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Heléne Yorke, Brandon Uranowitz. Photo by Joan Marcus. Encores! Grand Hotel Cast & Credits Book by Luther Davis Music and Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest Based on Vicki Baum’s Grand Hotel By arrangement with Turner Broadcasting Co., owner of the motion picture Grand Hotel Additional Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston Featuring The Encores! Orchestra Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel Encores! Music Director Rob Berman Directed and Choreographed by Josh Rhodes Starring Junior Cervila, John Clay III, Natascia Diaz, John Dossett, Irina Dvorovenko, Guadalupe Garcia, Nehal Joshi, James T. Lane, Jamie LaVerdiere, Eric Leviton, Robert Montano, Kevin Pariseau, William Ryall, James Snyder, Brandon Uranowitz, Daniel Yearwood, Heléne Yorke With Aaron J. Albano, Matt Bauman, Kate Chapman, Sara Esty, Hannah Florence, Richard Gatta, Emily Kelly, Andrew Kruep, Kelly Methven, Harris Milgrim, Adam Roberts, Christopher Trepinski, Sharrod Williams

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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last...so far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to frontmezzjunkies.com

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FOLEY’S FUN — I watched Axel F: Beverly Hills Cop the other night and though everyone looked dreadfully old, I rather enjoyed in. Murphy was 23 when the first one came out in 1984 and was a massive hit; 40 years later, the demand is perhaps not the same, but I was surprised by how much of the original music was repeated in this one: from The Pointer Sisters on down to Bob Seger; it was almost like a walk down memory lane.

Kevin Bacon, as a corrupt police captain, is the big bad here and while he was good, he was nowhere near as bad as Stephen Berkof as Victor Maitland in the original. Face it, the badder the bad-guy is, the more it works. It was great seeing the original cast back; I love Paul Reiser, Judge Reinhold and John Ashton, but newcomers Taylour Paige, who essays Foley’s daughter, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt bring real gravitas to the screen. Levitt continues to impress every time I see him. I predict he’ll find that one big role and will be a major, major star.

The script by Will Beall; Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten is pretty bland, although one line that Murphy says to Paige is a killer:  I’ve been a father as long as you’ve been a daughter.

Don Simpson

If you’ve seen the trailer and it evoked similar feelings as the one in 1984, it’s because the studio brought back the original editor to do the new trailer. Smart move for sure. Also impressive was adding the name of producer ‘Don Simpson’ in the opening credits. Much missed.

TRUMP BIDNESS — After the weekend’s events with Trump, what can you say. He survived and the ;photos and videos have been used and viewed hundreds of times. We don’t even talk about a replacement for Biden anymore?

There still are some that say it was staged, but were the injured part of the plan too?. Even for me, that’s a bit cyclical.

I lived through the Kennedy (both); King; Wallace; Reagan and Scalise events and they were just terrible.

Still you’ve got give Trump credit for pushing on …. right?

SHORT TAKES — Hard to believe LIVE AID was 39 years ago last weekend. We we’re there, actually sitting in the row where they stopped to hose the crowd down. Was a terribly hot day at JFK Stadium. My main memory was Clapton, The Cars and Hall & Oates and of course, all of Phil Collins. Quite a day …

Have you seen this latest video from Ringo Starr? “Gonna Need Someone”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r0NthMLvtQ And that’s Nick Valensi (the Strokes) on guitar. Song was written by Linda Perry and from Ringo’s current EP Crooked Boy Sign Of The Times: LA’s famed Record Plant is closing after 55 years as one of the industry’s most in-demand recording studios. Hotel California and Rumours were recorded there. New York’s Record Plant closed their doors in 1987. Check this out from MIXhttps://www.mixonline.com/business/renowned-record-plant-studio-shutters?utm_term=2B400D4A-A644-43F4-980A-3A38D94AC1E6&utm_medium=email&utm_content=F16B421C-44D3-4A98-81C2-A992E5552E7D&utm_source=SmartBrief …

Jonathan Wolfson just sent us the new Daryl Hall album, D. Review next time …

Palm Restaurant

PR-pasha David Salidor’s book on the infamous Palm restaurant is due in September … Happy Bday Angelo Babbaro; Ron Shuter and Bill Evans. RIP Richard Simmons; Dr. Ruth; James B. Sikking; and Shannen Doherty.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Al Roker; Bruce Grakal; John Billings; Jane Blunkell; Chris Gilman; Peter Shendell; Barry Fisch; Eppy; Vinny Rich; Anthoiny Noto; Anthony Pomes; Matt Crutch; Lush Ice; Belinda Carlisle; Gary Gershoff; Steve Walter; Chubby O’Brien; Pat Walsh; Mike Shanley; and ZIGGY!

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Hell’s Kitchen And New York Liberty Host Block Party At Block Party

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The new musical Hell’s Kitchen will be the presenting sponsor of the New York Liberty’s game today July 16th. As a celebration of New York culture, Hell’s Kitchen and the New York Liberty will host a free open-to-the-public Block Party for fans on Tuesday, July 16 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on the Ticketmaster Plaza at Barclays Center. The New York Liberty continue to underscore their intentional focus to bring together its passionate community and fanbase.

To emphasize the unique intersection of sport and theater, the Block Party will include a meet and greet with select cast members of Hell’s Kitchen, special performances from the New York Liberty Entertainment team and the Brooklyn Elite Jumpers Double Dutch, exclusive giveaways from Keys Soulcare and American Express, food vendors and more!

The festivities will continue during the New York Liberty’s game against the Connecticut Sun, where the Liberty aim to build upon the historic momentum experienced throughout the 2024 WNBA season. During the game, there will be a special halftime performance choreographed by Hell’s Kitchen’s choreographer Camille A. Brown and associate chorographer Rickey Tripp featuring the New York Liberty mascot, Ellie the Elephant, and dance team, as well as an on-court giveaway where two fans will have the chance to win tickets to an upcoming Hell’s Kitchen performance.

Ali is a 17-year-old girl full of fire – searching for freedom, passion and her place in the world. How she finds them is a New York City coming-of-age story you’ve never felt before – Hell’s Kitchen, a new musical from 16-time Grammy® Award winner Alicia Keys, whose songs and experiences growing up in NY inspire a story made for Broadway.

Rebellious and stifled by an overprotective single mother, Ali is lost until she meets her mentor: a neighbor who opens her heart and mind to the power of the piano. Set to the rhythm of the 90s, Hell’s Kitchen is a love story between a mother and daughter.  It’s about finding yourself, your purpose, and the community that lifts you. Come remember where dreams begin.

The “powerhouse cast” is led by Tony Award® winner Maleah Joi Moon, Shoshana Bean, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tony Award® winner Kecia Lewis and Chris Lee. Hell’s Kitchen is directed by four-time Tony Award® nominee Michael Greif, with choreography by four-time Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown, a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Kristoffer Diaz – and the music of Keys, featuring new songs and her greatest hits.

The Hell’s Kitchen Original Broadway Cast Recording is available now via Alicia Keys Records/Interscope Records on streaming and digital platforms worldwide with a physical release to follow.

Hell’s Kitchen lottery tickets are available through a digital lottery the day before the performance at rush.telecharge.com. The digital lottery opens at rush.telecharge.com at 12AM (ET) one day before the performance with winners announced that same morning at 10AM (ET), with a second announcement of additional winners that afternoon at 3PM (ET). Winners may purchase up to two tickets at $39 each (inclusive of $5 service fee), subject to availability. Seats may be partial view.

A limited number of in-person Hell’s Kitchen rush tickets will be available on the day of each performance for $39 per ticket when the Shubert Theatre box office opens. Maximum of two tickets per person, subject to availability. Seats may be partial view. The box office opens Monday through Saturday at 10AM (ET) and Sunday at 12PM (ET).

Tickets for Hell’s Kitchen are available at HellsKitchen.com and Telecharge.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Shubert Theatre box office. Ticket prices range from $59-199.

Season ticket memberships and single game tickets for New York Liberty home games at Barclays Center are on sale now via Ticketmaster. To learn more and view additional ticketing options such as group tickets and ticket plans, visit liberty.wnba.com/tickets.

The performance schedule for Hell’s Kitchen is Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7PM, Wednesday at 7:30PM, Saturday at 8PM, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM, and Sunday at 3PM.

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ALEC BALDWIN — I’ve had my own issues with Alec Baldwin for years; then, literally on a dime, it all turned around and I found him to be pretty compassionate, intelligent and a nice guy. What happened in Santa Fe on the Rust set was an unspeakable tragedy, and his trial was halted yesterday and the case was dismissed due to evidence not being given to the Baldwin-team. The Santa Fe prosecutor Kari Morrisey seemingly told two different stories on the stand and outside the court room. She is, without a doubt, toast.

Baldwin is still liable for civil suits, but this case is gone and he cannot be tried again. A win for sure, but the questions still remain: who brought live ammo onto the Rust-set. Clearly that may never, ever be determined.

Baldwin’s a good guy with a short fuse, but this situation, once and for all, is done.

Mirage

SHORT TAKES — Hard to believe the Las Vegas Mirage is closing … after 35 years. Opened in 1983 it was a great hotel and hosted The Beatles’ Love show. I have stayed there numerous times and loved it. The new owner will build a Hard Rock hotel there, with a HUGE guitar in front. Yet again changing the skyline of that town. It’ll open in 2027 …

Lyndsey Parker

Lyndsey Parker is a terrific writer. Her new site, Lyndsanity just posted a great interview with Micky Dolenz about his direction of the video “Love Is Dangerous” from Noel – masterminded by the Mael Brothers in 1979. Great piece, check it out here:  https://www.lyndsanity.com/music/micky-dolenz-on-directing-long-lost-dancing-is-dangerous-video-for-sparks-protege-noel-its-pretty-weird-huh/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTAAAR2W-9c0OfpLdT3WVy52ZWliQu7XTVoVjaYREbiUMSAUcdgJatcsL547X8c_aem_8St7LVBDI_U5Qp-ZJ5lxQA

… Hard to believe there are only 8 episodes left of CBS’ Blue Bloods. Salary concerns killed this show and it’s a shame as it was really superb for 15 years. Bad move on CBS’ part …

Zach Martin

Veteran-broadcaster Denny Somach joins Zach Martin’s NEW HD radio – https://newhdmedia.com/rock-and-roll-for-grownups-debut-denny-somach/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR1j_BeyvWnRksk6pRN7IUtWK-kzu5G35zKqcjBUjVJOJ3w_b4IVFjDE6UI_aem_hW0aEBIVaHEwpJXVTItulA

Benny Harrison

Whatever happened to Benny Harrison’s album Pages? It was a great one. Heard an early advance and loved it …And, (via Deadline)

Stevie Nicks

There are special guest stars, and then there’s extra-special guest stars. Which is what Harry Styles what is as he joined Stevie Nicks at her July 12 concert in the UK for versions of her hits “Stop Draggin’ My heart Around” and “Landslide.” Styles played guitar on stage and held up on the Tom Petty/Lindsey Buckingham vocal parts. It was familiar turf, as Styles has joined Nicks on stage several times in the past. Nicks was appearing at the BST Hyde Park concert series on Friday. Nicks told the audience in London that she asked Styles to help her in commemorating what would have been her late Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie’s 81st birthday … RIP Dr. Ruth!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Nancy Ruth; Mark Bego; Freda Payne; Jerry Brandt; Kent & Laura Denmark; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; David Kramer; Terry Jastrow; Steve Immerman; Jordan Immerman; Tony Seidl; Roy Trakin; Markos Papadatos; Sparks; Pat Prince; Cindy Adams; Tony LoBianco; Tone Scott; David Adelson; Joel Denver; Pat Prince; and SADIE!

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Raising Money For Breast Cancer

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation hosted their Summer Gala 2024 fundraising event, on Saturday, July 13th, from 6:30PM-11:30PM at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club in Bridgehampton, NY. Oceanside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the deck, dinner, dancing and an auction, with an after-party with a beach bonfire and s’mores followed. The gala raised over $350,000

The Foundation honor Dr. Fredric Weinbaum, medical doctor extraordinaire and former Chief Administrative Officer/COO of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and The Honorable Rebecca A. Seawright, Member of the New York State Assembly whose 3-D screening bill signed into law expands access to cancer screenings without cost sharing, to include 3-D Mammagraphy. These are two brilliant people who have done so much to make our community a healthier place.

Jean Shafiroff, noted philanthropist and author, is the Gala Chair, along with the Young Professional Committee, Host Committee and The Board of Directors.

Notable guests were Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Martin Shafiroff, Kenneth Fishel, Ann Cirdullo, Lucas Hunt, Jane Scher, Gayle Brophy, Keith and Carol Grupman, Victoria Schneps, Alexandrea LaFata, Mady Schuman, Monty Farber, Amy Zerner, Allison Silver, Julie Feldman, Rakesh Nigam, Elizabeth Dew, Scott, Lori, and Justin Levine, Paulina Berse, Julia Haart, Rakesh Nigam, Elizabeth Dew, Daniel Padnos, Andrea and Maynard Hellman, Michael and Bernadette Olsen, Vinay Tack, Edna Kapenhas and Michael Valdes, Roger and Ilene Schiel, Minerva Perez, Tien Ho So, Rita Bonicelli, Rachel Goldberg, Cathy Norman, Norman Yojy, Leslie Grand, and Linda Bieniewicz, Liz Derringer, Phyllis Chase, Dr. Paul Trotta, Dr. Gary and Karen Boxer, Jody and Jack Wasserman, Howie and Sherri Lippman.

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Come Celebrate Harry Potters Birthday at Harry Potter: The Exhibition

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In the first Harry Potter story, The Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry turns 11 on July 31st. In honor of his birthday, Harry Potter: The Exhibition at 50 West 34th Street, is celebrating with a variety of birthday treats and specials for visitors, including: free admission for anyone named “Harry” , $11 ticket special for everyone else, with code HPBDAY2024 (on sale now!), free ice cream for visitors between 11am – 1pm , one-of-a-kind commemorative birthday buttons  and ticket giveaways & contests with Z100 host Crystal Garcia.


Harry Potter: The Exhibition
is the record-breaking exhibition taking visitors of all ages on a one-of-a-kind journey celebrating the entire Wizarding World and includes some of the most iconic moments from the beloved books and films of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Upon entry, everyone is given an exhibition wristband for a personalized experience using best-in-class immersive design and technology. From selecting a Hogwarts house (either Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin) to picking your wand and Patronus, visitors will be able to create their own, uniquely magical moments while earning points for their house with each interactive activity.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition closes August 11, 2024, so now is the perfect time to visit.

 

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