Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Last Night's Book Party at Lincoln Center

Just wanted to post two photos from last night's party for my book, Historic Photos of Broadway. But first, I'd love to give a big shout-out to many of the people who came to the event last night, because it exceeded my expectations and was simply gratifying. I'd love to thank Eva Heineman, who interviewed me for her terrific cable show and very kindly stayed and filmed most of the presentation and Q&A; Ed and JoAnn Jacobs, my fabulous mom and dad; Ken Koranyi, my partner in life and crime; Stephen Van Gorden (without whom the book would NOT have been completed!) and Mario Ortiz; Steve Malsky and Luis Cruz; Jen Ryan and Rik Sansone; Deloss Brown (thank you for the flowers), Jodi and Michael Savitsky, Christopher Carter Sanderson of Gorilla Repertory Theatre; Louise Kerz Hirschfeld of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation; David Lotz of Actors' Equity; Jim Lawson of Manhattan Theatre Source and his good friend, Broadway's very own Anita Gilette; actor, director and raconteur Ed Chemely; Linda Amiel Burns of the Singing Experience; Penny Landau of Maya PR; Dottie Jeffries of the world of PR and brilliant story ideas; Osnat Greenbaum, who I know from Hunter College and adore within an inch of my life (and thank you for the booze!), Jonathan Bank, artistic director of the Mint Theater Company; Susan Hefti of the 93rd Street Beautification Association, Cat Parker, director extraordinaire and one of the backbones of the Terry Schreiber Studio; Shay Gines and Nick Micozzi of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards; Joie Jacobsen and Tim Cornell, who have known me since before I was legal; Justin Hirschtritt and Phil (hey, Phil, what's your last name?), who probably wonder what I was like before I was legal; Robin Goldfin, a fabulous writer and teacher who goes back to my New York University days and whose presence warms my heart; Helene Goldfarb of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; grant-writer and arts advocate and administrator Joe Miloscia, who is very, very dear to me; Jonathan Leaf, to whom I owe my relationship with the New York Press and is an exceptionally fine writer and author whom I respect tremendously; Iris Dorbian (who is a new author herself -- click the link!); Lynne Harris, whose support and friendship is precious and treasured; Rebecca Ortese, actress and a very, very fine playwright who is among the kindest and most supportive people I know; Ben Hodges, editor of Theatre World, who never fails to make me laugh and think at the same time; the ever-elusive and faux-mysterious Peter Jones, of whom I'll say little more; Bob Cabell, whose comic novel, The Hair-Raising Adventures of Jaymes Blond, is an absolute scream -- oh, plus several very blue smurfs and tons of people I'm forgetting and will more than likely slap myself silly when I remember them, and, for those people, I do humbly, humbly ask you for your forgiveness.

But wait, there's more! And an additional shoutout to Jacqueline Z. Davis, executive director of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; to Bob Taylor, curator of the Billy Rose Theatre Collection; and everyone -- I mean everyone -- at the NYPL who worked so diligently to the evening go so perfectly. I am eternally in your debt.

But wait, there's more! And that's because I especially want to and must thank two people in particular: my dear David Finkle, the senior drama critic for, who moderated the Q&A so beautifully and who I love and respect so much, and beside whom I was honored to sit; and Jonathan Heisey of Turner Publishing, who did such a masterful job pulling together the evening from behind the scenes in Nashville and who deserves a GREAT deal of the credit for the progress of this book.

Much love to you all.

And here are two photos I mentioned at the top of this post. I thought y'all would appreciate these. One is of me and my dad. One is me signing a book.

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1 comment:

Zev Valancy said...

Oh how I wish I'd been there! When are you doing signings outside of New York?