Oh we all need a little Jerry Herman right now. The York Theatre is serving up Jerry’s Girls, a joyous infectious tribute to a song catalogue, that made Broadway sing. From Dolly to Mame, Mabel Norman or those Les Cagelle’s from La Cage aux Folles, those melodies remind us of a time when theatre gave us lush ballads and uptempo’s that lasted more than the show. In other words hummable melodies. Done Mufti style Jerry’s Girls is stripped down bare with no set per say or costumes and actors on book.
The discovery of Stephanie Umoh is worth the whole show. This showstopper excels on “It Only Takes A Moment”(Hello Dolly!), “I Won’t Send Roses”(Mack and Mabel), “Showtune” and “Movies Were Movies”(Mack and Mabel). Ironically two of these songs were written for men and the keys are not really suited for women, yet Stephanie found a way to make them her own. The most riveting moment in the show was the duet on “Kiss Her Now” (another guys song from Dear World), sung in harmony with Stephanie D’Abruzzo. The powerful vocals, were mesmerizing, but it was “I Am What I Am” (La Cage aux Folles) where Stephanie claimed the show and the night, as hers.
Christine Pedi had an emotional moments with “If He Walked Into My Life” (Mame), but it was her comedic takes when she made the stage her own. Doing a Shirley Temple version of “Tap Your Troubles Away”(Mack and Mabel), Ms. Pedi was hilarious. The same could be said of “Gooch’s S0ng” from Mame and “Nelson” (Day In Hollywood a Night In the Ukraine).
D’Abruzzo used her hands to accent almost every song she sang and tapped her way through “Where Ever He Ain’t” (Mack and Mabel). Perky and bright in the choral numbers, the hands actually worked on a maddening “I Don’t Want to Know,” (Dear World).
Herman’s lovely melodies made the show easy to listen to especially, under Musical Director and pianist, Eric Svejcar. Pamela Hunts direction was well excuted for this stripped down version. Her little touches featuring fans and roaming musical stands were a nice touch. As were the projections by Justin West.
This show should move to the Westside Theatre and rotate it’s cast, for this is what audiences want to see and Jerry’s Girls is just what the doctor ordered. Bravo York, Riki Kane Larimer and James Morgan for reminding us just how good we can feel.
Jerry’s Girls: The York Theatre, 619 Lexington Ave. until August 13th.
Avengers Tower Sets Meet And Greet With Signing
C. B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, and The LEGO Group Senior Graphic Designer Mark Tranter will be at the Fifth Ave LEGO Store this Friday, December 1st from 5pm-6pm signing the Avengers Tower set—the most iconic building in the Avengers Universe, with 5,201 pieces and an all-star cast of 31 figures.
The Avengers Tower, formerly known as Stark Tower, was a high-rise building complex located in Manhattan. Constructed by Tony Stark, the tower was powered by an Arc Reactor that made it capable of running itself for over a year. The top ten floors housed the research and development initiatives.
Following the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., Stark Tower became the main headquarters of the Avengers. However, after the Ultron Offensive, Stark refurbished a Stark Industries warehouse upstate into the Avengers Compound to use as their primary base while Avengers Tower was repurposed for Stark Industries’ use. In the aftermath of the Avengers Civil War, Stark sold the tower and moved all of its equipment to the Avengers Compound.
By 2024, the tower, under its new ownership, had gone through extensive construction and renovation.
Lifevine Brings a Sparkle to Your Holiday Party
Lifevine is a wine that is oh so fine this holiday season for all the right reasons.
If you are looking for an alternative for drinking this holiday season look no further than these incredible bottles that will forever find a place in your home.
The wine brand with zero sugar is a wine lovers dream. All in the brand’s portfolio is excellent in every single sip and it feels oh so good to know it is one of the first wines to list both serving facts and ingredients on the bottle. They believe in providing you the transparency you deserve so that you can make the best choices about what you put in your body.
As the company states, “We set out to produce a wine to fit your active lifestyle. We wanted a wine that offered excellent taste, purity, zero sugar* and full transparency. That is why we created Lifevine. We are committed to the highest level of transparency because we believe you should know what’s in your wine. Beyond zero sugar*, we want our wine to be free of harmful toxins and pesticides, without compromising quality or flavor. For this reason, we lab test all of our wines and submit them to a 3rd party standards organization to certify and award for things like organic and purity.”
Your holiday parties are set to buzz with delight with such an amazing alternative that tastes great and will not make you feel guilty the next day.
Varietals include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and more. Lifevine is lab tested for purity, certified pesticide free and committed to label transparency.
Here is to your perfect holiday with Lifevine.
Park Terrace Hotel, Hotel Chocolat and Ofreh
We miss the fireworks at the Bryant Park Christmas Tree lighting ceremony but we did watch Ofreh sing Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). Click here to hear her husband Andy Karl singing “Sleigh Bells”.
Bryant Park Tree Lighting and Andy Karl
Tonights tree lighting was hosted by Broadway performer Mauricio Martínez and Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Jenn Colella, the Tree Lighting event featured live skating performances from Olympic skaters Mariah Bell, Karen Chen, Ryan Bradley, and World Champion skating pair Alexa Knierim and Brandon Fraizer, as well as Ice Theatre of New York, Figure Skating in Harlem, and The Skyliners.
t where Andy Karl and his wife Orfeh. Here is Andy singing “Sleigh Bells”.
Tomorrow look for the performances from Jenn Colella and Mauricio Martínez.
Did You Know You Can Have Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Did you know Tiffany & Co. has the Blue Box Café on the fourth floor nestled within The Landmark, store Tiffany’s 5th Avenue. Inspired by the iconic Tiffany’s heritage, Daniel Boulud, opened a charmingly elegant café that offers three signature culinary experiences for elevated daytime dining.
You can order Breakfast at Tiffany’s | $59. This includes a plain Croissant, Oranais and apricot danish, Madeleine a french butter cake, Parfait Framboise Hampton’s granola, raspberry coulis, Pineapple Rosace with kiwi, lychee, pomegranate, vanilla, lime, Egg In A Shell scrambled egg and caviar. To drink a glass of Golightly, carrot, orange, pineapple, mango and ginger.
There is also Holly’s Favorites | $34. This includes a Croissant, Jam, Fresh Fruit Juice and cafe or Chocolat Chaud.
Tea At Tiffany’s| $98. This includes
egg & watercress
cucumber, dill & cream cheese
smoked salmon “bagel”
chicken curry & mango chutney
corned beef, mustard & pickles
Scones: traditional scones, jam and double cream
Cookies: canelé, madeleine and coconut rocher
spiced cranberry eton mess
dulce de leche éclair
dark chocolate & orange cube
Your Choice of Belloc Tea: assortments of black, oolong, green, matcha, white, and herbal teas
and a glass of Champagne.
Hervé Rafflin, Brut NV | 30
La Caravelle, Rosé Brut | 35
Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Brut | 70
There is also a Seasonal Menu which has Caviar, soup, salads, quiche, Salmon, baked eggplant, lobster salad, duck terrine, pasta, black angus cheddar cheeseburger, brioche potato bun, french fries and an assortment of desserts.
Have I made you hungry yet? Well head to Tiffany’s for the perfect upscale holiday treat. Maybe, just maybe you’ll also be able to get some shopping in as well.
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