Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Events and Announcements I

Going forward, I don't think I'm going to post each event or announcement that I get separately. I love having posted 250-odd times, but, really, you know, that's nuts. So here's four:

Roundabout Theatre Company
“Sex & The Ritz”
A two-week post-show discussion series moderated by
Jason Bellini, anchor of “CBS News on LOGO”

Each week, various experts will discuss the evolution of sex in New York City, as depicted in Terrence McNally’s 1975 bathhouse farce to today.

“Sex & The Ritz” will take place on:
Tuesday, November 27th & Tuesday, December 4th

Roundabout Theatre Company’s announces “Sex & The Ritz”, a two-week series of post-show discussions moderated by Jason Bellini, anchor of “CBS News on LOGO.” “Sex & The Ritz” will take place on Tuesday, November 27th and Tuesday, December 4th following the performance at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street) on Broadway.

Jason and various experts will participate in provocative discussions regarding the sexual revolution following the emergence of AIDS and how the behavior represented in The Ritz (and at Studio 54) changed in the ‘80s.

Scheduled to participate are: Shelley Ackerman (comedian and former bathhouse performer), Richard Berkowitz (Author, “Stayin’ Alive: The Invention of Safe Sex, A Personal History”), Wayne Hoffman (Author of “Hard”, a novel that takes an inside look at gay men’s lives today), Ephen Glenn Colter (Editor and Contributor, “Policing Public Sex: Queer Issues and the Future of AIDS Activism”). All participants are subject to change.

JASON BELLINI (Moderator) is the anchor of “CBS News on Logo’s,” a new weekly half-hour news program aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) viewers that airs on the Logo channel, and online at Logo's Web site,

The limited engagement of Terrence McNally’s The Ritz, directed by Joe Mantello, was recently extended though December 9th.

WOR Radio 710 HD Announces
JAMES LIPTON, “Inside the Actors Studio” CREATOR AND HOST
TODAY! - November 14th at 5PM ET

(New York, New York - November 14, 2007) WOR Radio 710 HD has announced that James Lipton, popular creator and host of “Inside the Actors Studio,” will be will be interviewed on The Steve Malzberg Show this afternoon, Wednesday, November 14th at 5pm on WOR Radio 710 HD/New York. Malzberg will interview Lipton on his new book “Inside Inside,” about the perils and adventures of his life.

An energized mix of hot political topics of the day and pop culture with a decidedly conservative bent, The Steve Malzberg Show airs weekday afternoons from 4pm-6pm on WOR Radio 710 HD on the AM radio dial. A live stream is available and podcasts are posted on

This is not open to the public:
The National Arts Club
The Medal of Honor to

Sunday, November 18, 2007
615 P.M. Cocktails / 7:15 P.M. Dinner
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South


Tony Walton has been working as a stage director and teacher increasingly over the last 12 years, but is principally a designer of settings and, frequently, costumes for theatre and film. His many designs for Broadway and the West End include last season’s Well and the recent revivals of Our Town, I’m Not Rappaport, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Uncle Vanya, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls, and Anything Goes. Other Broadway designs include Bob Fosse’s original productions of Chicago and Pippin, Pinter’s Moonlight and Ashes to Ashes, Grand Hotel, The Real Thing, The Will Rogers Follies, The House of Blue Leaves, Madison Square Garden’s Annual Christmas Carol and Julie Andrew’s triumphant revival of The Boyfriend, which recently completed its U.S. tour.

His film designs for directors Bob Fosse, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, Ken Russell, Volcker Schlondorf, and Francois Truffaut, include: Mary Poppins, Murder on the Orient Express, Prince of the City, The Wiz, The Glass Menagerie, The Boy Friend, Deathtrap, Death of a Salesman and All That Jazz.

He recently directed and designed the acclaimed Gala performance of Busker Alley starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close at the Kaye Playhouse, the U.S. premiere of Noel Coward’s After the Ball for the Irish Repertory Theatre- for whom he has also staged The Importance of Being Earnest and Major Barbara. He directed last season’s production of Orson Welles’ Moby Dick: Rehearsed – starring Peter Boyle – for East Hampton’s John Drew Theatre- for whom he has also directed several readings including The Royal Family starring Mercedes Ruehl and Marian Seldes. Other direction includes the smash hit revival of Where’s Charley? for Goodspeed, Coward’s A Song at Twilight for Bay Street Theatre, Gen Leroy’s Missing Footage for San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and Oops! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show for a 60 city U.S. tour…a production he also co-wrote and co-designed.

His Opera designs for Covent Garden & The Sadler’s Wells have appeared throughout Europe and America. His many Ballet designs include St. Louis Woman for Dance Theatre of Harlem and Peter and the Wolf for American Ballet Theatre for whom he also designed the new Sleeping Beauty…all premiering at Lincoln Center. As a producer he has co-presented six productions – plays and musicals – in London: three in association with the legendary Hal Prince. His graphic work includes many book and magazine illustrations; caricatures for Playbill, Theatre Arts and Vogue, etc: Covers for record albums, CDs and DVDs, and posters for many Broadway and West End shows. His many citations include the Oscar, the Emmy, and three Tonys (16 nominations). He was elected into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991.



The Fred Ebb Foundation (Mitchell S. Bernard, Trustee) in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) announced today that Peter Mills has been awarded the third annual Fred Ebb Award.

The invitation only award presentation and cocktail reception will take place on Monday, November 26, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at The American Airlines Theatre's Penthouse Lounge (227 West 42nd Street). Five-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis will present Mr. Mills with his award. The award is named in honor of the late award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb who passed away in September 2004.

The Fred Ebb Award recognizes excellence in musical theatre songwriting, by a songwriter or songwriting team that has not yet achieved significant commercial success. The award is meant to encourage and support aspiring songwriters to create new works for the musical theatre. The prize includes a $50,000 award. The Fred Ebb Foundation is funded by royalties from Mr. Ebb's vast catalogue of work. The selection panel includes Foundation Trustee, Mitchell S. Bernard, Sheldon Harnick, David Loud, Tim Pinckney, Arthur Whitelaw and Karen Ziemba.

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PETER MILLS received 2005 Drama Desk Award nominations for his show The Pursuit Of Persephone (Best Music and Best Orchestrations), the 2003 Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award from the ASCAP Foundation, and received a 2002 grant from the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation. Most recently, he wrote music and lyrics for The Rockae, a rock musical based on The Bacchae. Other recent projects include lyrics for Iron Curtain (music by Stephen Weiner, book by Susan DiLallo), and music and lyrics for The Alchemists, Illyria (a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, which had its regional premiere at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Fall 2004, with a cast album released in April 2005) and The Taxi Cabaret (published by Samuel French in Fall 2004). With Cara Reichel, he wrote The Flood, which was selected for the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop (2001). Marco Polo, written with composer Deborah Abramson, was selected for the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop in 2000, and Peter and Deborah were chosen as 2000-01 Dramatists Guild Fellows. Peter holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts and a degree in English/Dramatic Literature from Princeton University. He is a founding member of Prospect Theater Company.


Pop Culture Artist Drives Beyond Conventional Mediums

"I believe art should have no physical limitations or boundaries," says Artist Andy Golub. "Art should be seen and enjoyed by the masses even if that includes painting a Lexus automobile or a metal muffler." Maybe that's the relationship between art and pop culture—it’s created for the masses, not the elite.

Sometimes controversial, Golub has always been willing to be unique in his work. His trademark "Blue Faces" paintings can be found on cars, truck mufflers, beer barrels, mannequins and anything else he can get his hands on, including beautiful nude models." Please go to to see Golub's collected works, including his murals, surreal and abstract pieces and commercial work.

Golub's work has been compared to Keith Haring and Robert Crumb, and can be described as a sort of urban-graffiti-tattoo style. Whether he's painting murals on the side of a building, or painting live models with G-Strings in Times Square, his work strives to break the mold.

Golub knows his work gets a reaction: "When people see my blue faces Lexus driving around, they're stopped in their tracks because they aren't able to fully register what they have seen before it's gone. Where people see Lexus as a status symbol, I see it as a moving mural."

While some of Golub's works are done on metal objects such as trash cans, car doors and carburetors, others are on the skin of beautiful models. During the 2007 Halloween Parade in New York City, Andy garnered attention from the public and the press with his collection of living, breathing artworks.

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