Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere chat with Lee Adams. We review The Gin Game, Clever Little Lies, Perfect Arrangement, Rothschild & Sons @ The York Theatre Company, and Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.
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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His columns appear at MTI, Kritzerland, Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist, whose work appears at TalkinBroadway, The Sondheim Review and BroadwayStars. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.
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Guest: Lee Adams
LEE ADAMS made his Broadway debut with Bye Bye Birdie in 1960. Forty-six years later, Birdie remains the most performed musical for schools and amateur theaters. Adams received the first of his two Tony Awards for Birdie, followed on Broadway by All American (1962); Golden Boy with Sammy Davis (1964); ….It’s Superman (1966); Applause with Lauren Bacall (1970), for which he won his second Tony. In 1972, with his composer-collaborator Charles Strouse, Adams wrote a much-acclaimed musical, I and Albert in London. He wrote the lyrics for TV’s long-running “All in the Family” theme, “Those Were The Days.” And with Strouse he wrote the score for the film The Night They Raided Minsky’s, a cult favorite.
Encompass New Opera Theatre (Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director) and Gala Honorary Chairs Sheldon Harnick, Charles Strouse, and Maury Yeston will honor legendary Broadway performer BARBARA COOK – on the exact day of her 88th Birthday – and lyricist LEE ADAMS (Bye Bye Birdie, Golden Boy, Applause) with a star-studded musical salute on Sunday, October 25. The evening – hosted by Midge Woolsey of Thirteen /WNET and WQXR Radio – will feature entertainment from stage stars and songwriters such as Penny Fuller, Jason Graae, Sheldon Harnick, Marc Kudisch, Rebecca Luker, Amanda McBroom, Erin Mackey, Karen Mason, Charles Strouse, KT Sullivan, Lauren Worsham, Karen Ziemba and David Zippel, in addition to surprise guests. Beth Ertz serves as Music Director and Arranger. The gala is produced by Michael A. Kerker of ASCAP and Nancy Rhodes.
The event will take place at The National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South in New York City) on Sunday, October 25, starting at 6:00 PM with a Cocktail & Hors d’oeuvres Reception, the Musical Program at 7:00 PM, followed by a Champagne and Dessert Party. Gala tickets are $500, with special discounts on companion tickets available before October 13, 2015. To buy tickets, to place a congratulatory ad in the program, or for more information, visit www.EncompassOpera.org or call (718) 398-4675.
PF + MP + JM: The Gin Game @ Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street
PF: Clever Little Lies @ Westside Theatre Upstairs, 407 West 43rd Street, through January 3, 2016
MP + PF: Perfect Arrangement @ The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W 42nd Street, through November 6, 2015
MP + PF: Rothschild & Sons @ The York Theatre Company, through November 8, 2015
MP: One Year Lease Theater Company’s production of Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally @ 59E59, 59 East 59th Street, through October 24, 2015
Tony Bennett’s recording of “Once Upon a Time”
All in the Family – Those Were the Days (Full Version) & Closing Theme
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