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FEATURES STAR PANELS
New York State Governor George Pataki, Festival Founder Jane
Rosenthal, director Francis Ford Coppola, and President Bill Clinton
at the 2002 TFF Opening Ceremonies. Photo credit: Ted Hardin
The Tribeca Film Institute launched last year by Jane Rosenthal
and Robert De Niro, returns this year featuring several interesting panel
Nathan Lane, along with South Park creators Trey Parker and
Matt Stone, will debate comedy in film.
The Actors on Acting: Theater and Film
seminar will be moderated by Variety
Editor-In-Chief Peter Bart. Panelists include
Helen Hunt, Paul Rudd, Edie Falco and John
Sam Rockwell, Patricia Clarkson and Kenneth Lonergan are on a panel
discussing indie films. Oscar-winning screenwriters Akiva
Goldsman for A Beautiful Mind and Stephen
Gaghan for Traffic will speak on adapting real stories for
the screen. Barry Pepper of Saving Private Ryan and
Black Hawk Down and author Mark Bowden will lead a discussion on war on
The Tribeca Film Festival runs May 6-11. In addition, the Tribeca Family Festival will
take place May 3-4 and continue May 10-11.
Unspooling on May 8, will be the winning film of an online poll conducted through
the Tribeca Film Festival website for the most romantic film set in New York City.
Diner, the classic buddy film set in 1959 Baltimore starring Kevin Bacon and Mickey
Rourke, screens May 9. The series will wind up on May 10 with a sing-along for
Some events are free and tickets for panel discussions, screenings and other events go on sale
today, April 27.
Last year's event was attended by more than 150,000 people, generated
more than $10.4 million in revenues for local
Tribeca merchants, and featured several up-and-coming filmmakers The festival
included juried narrative, documentary and short film competitions; a Restored Classics
series; a Best of New York series curated by Martin Scorsese.
25 YEARS OF STAYING POWER
"Good morning. Remember me? I'm the man you
slept on last night." Clark Gable as Peter Warne in It
Happened One Night.
Those take it off guys, the Chippendales,
are celebrating 25th years in show
business. It's not the original cast.
Blame it all on Clark Gable. One of the oft-told
tales from the Tinseltown
press machine is that underwear
sales dropped 75 percent when Gable
took off his shirt in It Happened One
Night to reveal his T-shirt-less torso.
Burt Reynolds was the first
centerfold for Cosmo
there was Burt Reynolds. The
April 1973 issued of Cosmopolitan
Magazine Featured a centerfold of the nude star. Sales
In June 1973 the first
issue of Playgirl was published. In September, 1975 male
stripping became the rage in Germany
after the liberalization of pornography
laws. In October, 1975 male stripping crossed
the channel from Germany to England.
1978 male stripping sailed across the Atlantic and landed in Los
Angeles where Chippendales was established, began rehearsals went into
previews and opened.
In 1983 Chippendales traveled from
Los Angeles to New York. Today,
April 27, they celebrated 25
years of staying power.
discovered that beautiful
men are good
The Chippendales celebrating
their silver anniversary.
the moment there
are three National Tours, permanent
companies at Boston's
Roxy Theater and Las Vegas' Rio
Hotel & Casino and an 18-city,
nine-week European 2003 Collar & Cuffs
tour, which opened in Friedrichshafen, Germany
and this week begins a nationwide United Kingdom turn at
Watford Colosseum on Wednesday April
Over 10,000,000 women have been
satisfied with the show which has played in over 2,000
cities in over 30 countries.
Louis J. Pearlman
N Sync, Backstreet Boys,
by Glenn Packard, designed by
Robert Guy (costumes), Richard
Wagner (lights), R.H. factor (musical
direction), Beyond Imagination (special
effects) and Vincent Gianni (video design). The show is billed as "the longest
running and most successful live show in all of show business. The ultimate girls' night
THE MUSIC GOES
ROUND AND ROUND
SPENCER WIDE AWAKE AND
Broadway To Vegas first became aware of Rebecca when she
was making her Broadway debut, performing
as Emma Crow, in Jekyll and Hyde, which
starred Robert Cuccioli. (See Broadway To Vegas column of June 8, 1998)
As Frank Wildhorn mentions in the jacket notes for
the Grammy nominated CD, Rebecca was an active collaborator for the
first staged production which premiered to great success at the Alley Theatre in
1990, and in which she created the role of Lisa Carew,
the fiancee of Dr.
Jekyll, who would later become Emma Carew on Broadway.
Impressed with both her voice and performance it's nice to learn
that the soprano has a new CD titled Rebecca Spencer Wide Awake
and Dreaming, which is a marvelous showcase for her vocal ability.
The CD is billed as "a hypnotic and sensual recording offering fresh interpretations of
sophisticated songs driven by the strength of the lyric."
Spencer lives up to her billing.
It's a platter filled with interesting song selections.
From the dramatic Where I Want to Be, her
powerful delivery of Against The Tide, the
upbeat and hopeful Anything Can Happen, the beguiling
I've Got You Under My Skin, or - tap dance around the kitchen floor to Home Sweet
One of the selections
is An Affair to Remember, a song which belongs to Vic Damone.
While many male singers do an adequate enough
delivery, the Damone rendition is the gold standard. Consequently,
interest was peaked as to what Spencer might do to the composition.
Her lilting tones could please the angels.
She doesn't sing the words, but vocalizes
to the melody. When she is finished the
immediate reaction is -
For those not immediately familiar with Spencer, she has starred in productions at the St.
Louis and Trinity Repertory
Companies, Cincinnati Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars, Paper Mill Playhouse, and the
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. In New York she has been featured at Lyrics and Lyricists.
She has been a part of four ENCORES! concerts at the City Center, as well as the Ira
Gershwin Centennial at Carnegie Hall, recorded for
PBS. Rebecca's recent television credits include Third
Watch and Law and Order:
She has toured twice
nationally in Man of La Mancha as
Antonia, starring first with John
Cullum and later Hal Linden. She co-stared as Shirley in the
Goodspeed Opera's Lady Be Good, which also toured nationally.
Rebecca has performed principal roles with the Lyric Opera of Kansas
City and the Minnesota, Omaha and Connecticut
Opera companies, as well as the composers forum at the
New York City Opera in Michael John LaChiusa's Lovers & Friends.
She's been a guest soloist with the Syracuse and Detroit
Symphonies, and the Florida Orchestra, and with the Indianapolis and Naples
Symphonies conducted by Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops. She
has also toured nationally as the guest soloist for composer
Rebecca Spencer Wide Awake and Dreaming on LML Music has arrangements by
Philip Fortenberry with Spencer. Recorded,
engineered, mixed and mastered by
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Louis Begley reading from
Schmidt Delivered the acclaimed author of
one as a
attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton and the
other as a prolific award-winning novelist. In addition to About
his many publications
include Wartime Lies (1991),
The Man Who Was Late (1993), As Max Saw It (1994), Mistler's
Exit (1998), and Schmidt
Delivered (2000). His
next novel, Shipwreck, is scheduled for
publication this fall by
Alfred A. Knopf. He will speak Monday,
May 5 as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series at
The New York Historical Society.
Sponsored by the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation.
For generations America's most acclaimed
authors and historians have appeared on the
Historical Society's intimate stage. Each
program is followed by a book signing
BROADWAY CLOSE UP
Richard Rodgers: Giving Back celebrates an evening of songs and the stories behind some of these award-winning productions. Guest artists include
James Valcq, Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, Douglas J. Cohen, Brad Ross and Robert
Lindsey Nassif––with a performance by Michael McElroy; hosted by Liz Callaway. Merkin
Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in NYC. Monday, April 28.
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN radio show hosted by David Kenney, features an in studio visit on April 27 with
Karen Akers, currently performing thru May 24th at The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel. On May 4 his in studio guest will be Keely Smith during her engagement at Feinstein's at the Regency.
ELIZABETH ASHLEY starring in Enchanted April guests Friday May 2 on Theater Talk co-hosted by Michael Riedel of the New York Post and series' producer Susan Haskins. The program airs weekly on PBS affiliates in New York City, Boston, Hartford and Washington, D.C.
QUEEN OF THE MAY
Richard Burton and Julie Andrews in
Camelot sang about the lusty month of May.
The musical Camelot celebrated "that lusty month of May" in song. The downside of May
Day is that so many women got pregnant. While jumping naked through a fire never really caught
on with the masses, dancing around a May Pole does have a certain charm.
The celebration of May Day on May lst is an ancient Druidic holiday popular before the Vikings.
Dancing maidens dancing around a May Pole, creating garlands and bowers of flowers, the
playing of bagpipes and drums to traditional Morris dances, and general celebration of the
beginning of summer is a tradition from the Baltic to the Balkans, from Asia to the Appalachians.
Beltaine or La Baal Tinne, as the Irish call it, starts at sundown on April 28 and lasts for three
days. At sundown Druid priests light fires on the top of the nearest beacon hill to mark the
beginning of the celebrations. Revelers jump naked through the fires, which confer healing
properties and protection
May Day also signifies the rite of passage into adulthood. Young men and women stay out in the
forest to greet the May sunrise, making flower garlands to carry back and decorate the village.
Because many young women returned home pregnant, this custom was outlawed in 1644 by the
Still an excuse to celebrate in European, Americans don't carry on like they used to. Blame it on
But those who hanker to go a mayin' can find a few festivals.
1914 University of Missouri
May Queen and her entourage (University Archives, Savitar)
Memphis in May is a month long treat for thousands year after year - with a different nation
feted every year. The Netherlands takes a turn this year.
Long before our current high school prom king and queen, villages elected a young, attractive
couple to represent the King and Queen of the May. Interestingly, today's beauty pageants may
have originated from the coronation of the May Queen. That tradition originated when May Day
was still an agricultural holiday. At that time, the queen was selected from among the single
women of the village and was said to, "rule the crops until harvest."
May Day is Lei Day
in Hawaii - is a song, a custom and a festival. In Hawaii on the first of May, everyone wears
flowers, schools stage pageants and give prizes, contests are held for the most beautiful lei or
garland, a Queen is crowned, competitions in both ancient and m
modern hula are held.
The origin of the festival is credited to a poet and artist named Don Blanding who in 1928 noticed
that most of the flower lei were being distributed at the Aloha Tower pier where boatloads of
tourists were arriving on what they called Boat Day.
Although the custom of Hawaiians wearing flower garlands was first recorded by a member of
Captain Cook's crew in 1779, Blanding voiced a common belief that the islanders were forgetting
to adorn themselves while showering flowers on the visitors. On May Day, he suggested, they
ought to place the garlands around their own necks, on their own foreheads and in their own
hatbands, as their ancestors did.
May Day is also sacred to Robin Hood and Maid Marian, as Robin Hood was said to have died
on that day. Archery contests, perhaps in his memory, are often a part of May Day celebrations.
In Seattle the coming of spring is saluted on May Day with a Maypole dance at Gas Works Park,
sponsored by the Fremont Arts Council. Morris dancers, drummers and pipers set the festive tone;
then the Maypole dancers step to the music, twining gaily colored ribbons into an elaborate braid
around the towering pole. This ancient rite of Spring may be followed by a Handfast ceremony -
trial marriage lasting a year and a day - and always ends with much feasting and
Since ancient times, May 1 has been a day for outdoor festivals. The English have observed May
Day since medieval times. All classes of people used to rise at dawn to go “a-maying.” They
would return laden with flowers and branches of trees to decorate their homes. A May Queen was
crowned to reign over the games, dancing, and festivities. Flowers, fruits and other sweets, and a
May pole with streamers were featured. Even Alfred Lord Tennyson referred to the custom.
May Day is known as the happiest day of the year in Italy.
All over the country on May 1, ribbons and lemons are tied around flowering branches. Male and
female trees are brought to the piazzas to be "married." The festivities and
rituals vary by region.
In Teramo, Abruzzo, the specialty food is le sette virtu' - the seven virtues - which is a soup
made to celebrate the meeting of the seasons. Leftovers from the pantry, such as seven types of
leftover dried pasta, seven types of dried beans, combined with
seven kinds of fresh vegetables and the same number of fresh herbs - sage, parsley, thyme, basil,
mint, marjoram and amarella. The number seven is used because
it is the number of the cardinal virtues, and it glorifies the thriftiness of the housewives who
In Switzerland, a May pine tree is often placed under a girl's window.
German boys often secretly plant May trees in front of the windows of their sweethearts. At
night, boys in Czechoslovakia place maypoles before their sweethearts' windows.
Women dancing around the Maypole at the
University of Missouri
English festivals reached their height in England during the Middle Ages. On the first day of May,
English villagers awakened at daybreak to roam the countryside gathering
blossoming flowers and branches. A towering maypole was
set up on the village green. This pole, usually made of the trunk of a tall birch tree, was
bright field flowers. The villagers then danced and sang around the maypole, accompanied by a
piper. Usually the Morris dance was performed by
dancers wearing bells on their colorful costumes. Maypoles were usually set
up for the day in small towns, but in London and the larger towns they were erected
Today in London children go from house to house bringing flowers in return for pennies.
After the pennies are collected, they are thrown into a wishing well. Special wishes are
made with hopes they will be granted. The pennies are later collected and given to
different charitable organizations.
In the United States on college campuses May Day and the crowning of May Queen was
a major event. Dances were performed around a maypole. Children gathered spring flowers, place
them in handmade paper May baskets and hang them on the doorknobs of relatives and friends -
they ring the doorbells and run away, leaving their flowers as a surprise.
THE ACTORS' FUND OF AMERICA
on Thursday announced that on Monday, September 22 their eagerly-awaited 3rd Annual
Benefit Concert, will be Chess starring Josh Groban, Lara Fabian, Adam Pascal - and
many more since the cast is still in formation.
This incredible one-night-only benefit will be held at the historic New
Amsterdam Theatre in New York City, with single tickets available from $75
The Actors' Fund of America, a nonprofit organization founded in 1882, provides for the social
welfare of all entertainment professionals. Its headquarters and The Aurora Residence are located
in New York City, and its nursing home and assisted living care facility are in
Englewood, New Jersey.
MONACO TAKES NEW YORK
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
week-long celebration of Monaco taking place in New York City. Let romance and passion
sweep you away from Tuesday, April 29 through Saturday, May 3.
Highlights includes the Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music while a
guest chef prepares Monegasque lunches at Le Cirque 2000. Outdoor car exhibit, charity gala,
shopping discounts, & all-inclusive packages at the NY Palace Hotel.
The legendary Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo captures hearts and souls with its inspiring modern
rendition of Prokofiev's Cinderella at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Led by
Director Jean-Christophe Maillot, one of today's most acclaimed and talented young
choreographers. The opening night performance of Cinderella by Les Ballets de
Monte-Carlo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Cinderella will be followed by a
lavish gala evening in the presence of TT.RR.HH. The Prince and The Princess of Hanover - she
is known to Americans as the former Grace Kelly's daughter, Princess Caroline - and the entire
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo company. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on numerous live
and silent auction items ranging from deluxe international vacations, designer jewelry, and
priceless events. Proceeds to benefit Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Brooklyn Academy of
There will also be a public exhibit of F1 racecars representative of the long history of the Monaco
Grand Prix on display in the courtyard of the New York Palace Hotel.
A Monaco Scenes & Spring Flowers exhibit by artist Joan Liebowitz will take place at Richart's
midtown location. Monegasque lunches prepared by visiting chef Sylvain Etievant
of Monaco's Hotel de Paris at New York's Le Cirque 2000 is sponsored by Gourmet magazine.
COMEDY TONIGHT A FUNNY MONDAY IN MAY will be hosted by Rosie O'Donnell. The benefit, to support the programs of
the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, will feature stand comedy by Joy Behar, Richard Belzer, Sandra
Bernhard, Mario Cantone, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Kevin Meaney, Colin Quinn, Freddie
Roman and Sarah Silverman.
Songs will be performed by Barbra Streisand protege Lauren Frost. Additional Material by
Robert Smigel of Saturday Night Life and Late Night With Conan
In a show of thanks to American troops serving around the world, the 92nd Street Y has arranged
for Comedy Tonight to be broadcast live on tape to 177 countries and to US Navy ships around
the world by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in cooperation with the U.S
Department of Defense.
The festive attired audience will have cocktails followed by dinner, the show and a dessert
reception. Ticket prices begin at $500. May 19.
KITTY CARLISLE HART, ANNE KAUFMAN SCHNEIDER AND STARS
OF BROADWAY HEADLINE TALES & TUNES
a Gala Benefit For the Lost Musicals Charitable Trust. Kitty Carlisle Hart, the wife of playwright
Moss Hart, and an acclaimed stage, television and film actress, and Anne Kaufman Schneider,
daughter of playwright/director George S. Kaufman, will introduce some lesser-known songs by
Broadway's finest writers. The pair will also tell stories and anecdotes about themselves and the
people associated with the songs. The songs will be performed by three of Broadway's leading
ladies. The Florence Gould Hall in the French Institute Alliance Francaise, NYC. Monday, April
A STOOP ON ORCHARD STREET which had its world premiere in Nashville last November
starring Jack Carter ( See Broadway To Vegas column of November 24,
2002 ) steps up. Author Jay Kholos told Broadway To Vegas "we are opening
Off-Broadway July 8 at the Mazer Theatre on the Lower East
Side of New York. We have a promotional partnership with the Lower
East Side Tenement Museum and because of their membership in the
National Park Service, will also be
doing co-promotions with the Ellis Island and Statue of
"As this is a non-equity production, our production will not have a "name" but because of our
tie-in with the Museum, Ellis Island, etc., and the traffic they produce on a daily basis,
we are performing 12 shows per week - Tuesday through Saturday, 2PM and 8PM," continued
Kholas. "We are re-casting in New York, and because of the volume of shows, we will employ
two casts for the engagement which is open-ended."
ENCHANTED APRIL is a new play by Mathew Barber
based upon the 1921 novel of the same
name by Elizabeth von Arnim. Set
in 1922 Italy and
England. The play is about four unhappy British
women on an Italian coastal holiday. Michael Wilson
directs a cast that includes Jayne Atkinson, Molly Ringwald,
Elizabeth Ashley, Michael
Cumpsty, Patricia Connoly, Dagmara
Dominczyk, Daniel Gerroll
and Michael Hayden. Setting: Tony
Straiges. Costumes: Jess Goldstein; Lighting: Rui Rita; Sound:
John Gromada. Jeffrey Richards, Richard Gross, Ellen
Berman, Irv Welzer and Fred Vogel
produce. Officially opens at the Belasco Theatre on April 29. Our
review of this play will appear next week.
LADIES OF THE CORRIDOR
Parker and Arnaud d'Usseau will be staged by
The Peccadillo Theater Company, artistic
director Dan Wackerman, at the Bank Street Theatre, NYC
Ladies takes place
during a year
in the Hotel
Marlowe on the East
Sixties in New
York City. The
"women of a certain
who haven't fared
terribly well in
the residents: Lulu
Ames, a widow
carrying on with a much
younger man; Mildred Tynan, who flees
an abusive husband only to partner with
an alcoholic; and Grace Nichols, who intends to keep
her son close at all costs.
Boyd, Peggy Cowles,
Jo Ann Cunningham,
Patricia Randell, Andy
there was a
staging at the Tamarind Theater in Los Angeles, which starred a
wheel chair bound Diana Bellamy (1943-2001),
best known for her starring role as head nurse Maggie
Poole in the NBC series
1953 at the
28, 1953 for a
run of 45
Starr, Lonny Chapman and
Performance Plus The ASCAP
bring you this
cabaret featuring the music
will feature Herman hits
Award-winning singer and
and the voice
resident Paige O'Hara.
Post-performance discussion with
Center in Washington, DC.
by Gary Socol is
premiere at the
Mortimer is in
her late forties,
Strickland is a
man who sees
in her truths
admires and a
for years and
are meant to
How long can
joy last when
Love and hate.
and in health.
had its world
the Berkshire Theatre
Festival in 2000 in a
Many of his
June 1 at the
FUNNY, YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE A GRANDMOTHER based on Lois
continues at the
Darby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville,
Indian through May 11.
Three grandmothers make the
transition from granny
shoes to the
cell phones and kick boxing. This musical comedy
Mary Todd Lincoln
directed by Carl Wallnau starring
Colleen Smith Wallnau as Mary Todd
rather marry a
man of mind..,
hope and bright
prospects ahead for
position, fame and
many all the
the genteel and
marriage to the
150 years later,
the life of
explores the intriguing
woman who in
her youth was
life as the
uncharacteristic of women in her
and steadfast in her belief in
abilities and potential,
although their early
years together brought
Todd's tenure in the
white house as First
mingled misery with triumph. An extravagant
entertainer, Todd set
her guests at ease
in the White
House, but it
death of her
and then her
as she sat
in the box
at the Ford's
night in 1865.
by the death of
tortured fear of
residency in a
private sanitarium. To
this day the question of Mary Todd's
speculation. In July of
the help of a
received a new
in 1882 in
as the spirited
April 24 with performances
through May 17 at the
BOB DYLAN performing at
the person venue, The Trap in Nashville on April 29.
THE EIGHTH ANNUAL BIG SUR JAZZ FESTIVAL will take place at various venues
in and around Big Sur during the first
jazz sounds by
the Big Sur
more. Big Sur,
SMITH at Feinstein's
AND BILLY JOEL have canceled their April 28th engagement slated for Toronto
at the Air Canada Centre. Blame SARS. On
the show is in
the guys open a two nighter in
Hills in Auburn
ANKA one of our
Magic in Bay St Louis,
Mississippi and next
Sunday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
at the Reynolds
JOHN PRINE on stage
performing at the War
BENNETT in the spotlight
York on May
Saturday he is
Georgia at the
McKUEN who has
kicks off his
Hall on April 30th during
MANHATTAN TRANSFER on
tour, stop at
CINCOTTI can be enjoyed
Carolina at the
DeGENERIS making people
at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh.
On Monday she will be telling funny stories at
the State Theatre in New
Brunswick, NJ. On Thursday she
two nighter at
TIM McGRAW performing
April 29, Pepsi Center, in Denver.
COREA April 30-May
boy in The
at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre.
The production starred Mary Martin
and Theodore Bikel.
CARSON HOME ON E-BAY Jim Pruett
of Brandon, S.D., and Rick Runge of Sioux Falls, S.D.
bought the Nebraska boyhood home of Johnny Carson for $150,000 in March. They have
spent the last two months restoring it to the way it looked in the 1940s in hopes of turning it into
a bread and breakfast or making a profit by aligning the purchase with a museum (See Broadway
To Vegas column of April 13, 2003 ) Now they have decided to dump the place. They
plan to list it tomorrow, April 28 on E-Bay.
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