Special Events

Around Town and Special Events16 Sep 2010 06:08 pm

By Diane Malone
15 Sept 2010

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   On Wednesday, September 15th, the newly dedicated Stephen Sondheim Theatre Marquee was lit for the first time in a special ceremony with Stephen Sondheim along with his longtime Broadway colleagues Patti Lupone, Nathan Lane, John Weidman, and Tom Tuft (Chairman of the Roundabout Theatre), among other members of the Broadway community.  
   The Pulitzer Prize winning composer became emotionally overwhelmed at the ceremony and admitted shyly to the crowd that he “cries very easily”.  Stephen Sondheim shared his feelings with the Broadway crowd that had gathered about not being too fond of his last name but nevertheless was touched by the renaming theatre tribute in his honor. 
   Among the broadway patrons and friends that had gathered for Sondheim’s special day was his longtime friend, Mary Rodgers, daughter of the legendary composer Richard Rodgers, as well as producer/director Hal Prince, and film director Mike Nichols, among others.

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   Onstage, Nathan Lane gave a thoughtful tribute to the legendary composer and of course shared his great sense of humor pointing out how much more meaningful a theatre named after Sondheim is rather than a financial sponsor with a name like “McNugget”.  Other speakers included Patti Lupone who praised Sondheim for his ability to teach the performer and Tom Tuft and John Weidman who had additional praise for Sondheim.

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   The renaming of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (previously the Henry Miller Theatre), was the Roundabout Theatre’s concept in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday.
   The Sondheim Theatre is set to open on October 26 with “
The Pee-wee Herman Show” that will run through January 2nd, 2011.  Visit the Stephen Sondheim theatre online for more information. 

Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2010  


Around Town and Special Events28 May 2010 01:32 pm

by Diane Malone
28 May 2010

Caroline Digonis Placido Domingo

   The Latin Society dazzled New York City last night at their annual El Museo Gala held at Ciprianis 42nd Street.  This year’s honorees were Opera legend Placido Domingo receiving a special lifetime achievement award and Tony Bechara, the museum’s long-serving board chairman, receiving a special leadership award.  Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta filled in as Master of Ceremonies for a recovering Barbara Walters, who expressed herself in the form of a letter read by Oscar de la Renta to the packed society crowd.  Among the highlights of Barbara Walters tribute in writing were “Only an injured heart would keep me from being with you tonight” and the fact that Placido Domingo refers to her as “Santa Barbara”…”the only time anyone has called me a saint”.
   The evening was sponsored by Gala chairs Yaz and Valentin Hernandez and Renee and Alvaro Domingo.  The evening raised over one million dollars for the El Museo organization.

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   The annual El Museo Gala included a dramatic white carpet display, tables decorated with oversized silver and Lucite candlesticks, and the 13–piece Bob Hardwick orchestra that provided latin dance music late into the night.  The menu began with risotto with Spanish saffron, followed by seared scallops with black bean salsa garnished with micro greens and cilantro, and tostones.  Desserts included guava, lemon, and coconut sorbet decorated with pomegranate seeds in a chocolate shell and passion fruit sauce, as well as flan.  The evening concluded with guests dancing on Cipriani’s magnificent ballroom dance floor.

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   The El Museo del Barrio organization, founded in 1969, is New York’s leading Latino cultural institution.  Located at the top of the Museum Mile, in New York City, the El Museo del Barrio institution is the only museum that celebrates Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures.  The El Museo del Barrio Museum is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street.  

   All Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2010

Around Town and Special Events02 Oct 2009 04:53 pm

by Diane Malone
02 October 2009

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   The legendary actress Lauren Bacall was the honored host during a special lighting ceremony on Friday, October 2nd, at the landmark Empire State Building. Lauren Bacall flipped the switch on the Empire State Building lights to pay tribute to her alma mater, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and their 125th birthday. In recognition of the anniversary of the oldest acting school in the English-speaking world, Mayor Bloomberg issued a proclamation declaring October 2nd “The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts Day.” The iconic Empire State Building will glow with the AADA’s colors, blue and white, from October 2nd through October 4th, 2009. 

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   Founded in 1884, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, was the first acting school in America. Among the exceptional roster of alumni include; Lauren Bacall, Robert Redford, Grace Kelly, Cecil B. de Mille, Kirk Douglas, Jennifer Jones, Anne Bancroft, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Rosalind Russell, Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Agnes Moorehead, Gena Rowlands, and Thelma Ritter. The alumni has been nominated for a total of 95 Oscars, 236 Emmys, and 83 Tonys. 
   The legendary Tony Award-winning actress Lauren Bacall is scheduled to receive an Honorary Academy Award, on November 14th, at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ inaugural Governors Awards event. The Honorary Academy Award is given to an individual for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” 
   The American Academy of Dramatic Arts has earned a reputation for dramaturgical excellence. For more information visit The American Academy of Dramatic Arts online.   

All Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2009

Calendar of Events and Special Events22 Sep 2009 07:39 pm

by Chris Hale
22 Sept 2009

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   Last night, the Metropolitan Opera opened its 2009–2010 season with a new Tosca production with sets designed by Richard Peduzzi under the direction of the controversial director Luc Bondy. The opening night celebration included thousands of free seats to the general public at both Lincoln Center plaza and Times Square to view the performance on an oversized screen. 
   The opening night cast included soprano Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze with James Levine conducting. There is nine additional Tosca performances scheduled throughout the 2009–2010 season with cast changes. For more information visit the Metropolitan Opera online.

Photo: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2009 

Special Events28 Apr 2009 01:54 pm

by Diane Malone
28 April 2009

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    The 36th annual Film Society Gala honored Tom Hanks with their Chaplin Award on April 27th, 2009, at the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall’s Starr Theatre. The stars came out to celebrate in tribute to the two-time Oscar-winning Actor, who “looked forward to partying” with his film friends.  

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    Among the star-studded lineup included Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Charlize Theron, Mike Nichols, Bruce Springsteen, Nora Ephron, John Patrick Shanley, Robert Zemeckis, Glenn Close, Sam Mendes, Adrien Brody, Christopher Walken, Jeremy Irons, Geoffrey Rush, Ed Burns, Christy Turlington and Colin Hanks.  
   The Hollywood atmosphere of the special event had dozens of photographers, fans, and onlookers all waiting to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars. A line of parked limousines waited just up the street after each celebrity made their grand entrance.
    Actor Jeremy Irons gave his fans a treat arriving on his motorcycle and taking a slow spin for photographs before walking the red carpet.


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    Julia Roberts arrived just before 7:00 pm flashing her trademark smile to the cheering crowds. Once on the red carpet, Julia Roberts spoke fondly of Tom Hanks and how likeable he is as a person and actor. She added the now famous extra “expletives” to her speech once the evening’s tributes began inside. She wore a white Dolce & Gabbana sheath dress for the Gala evening.
   The Gala evening began with VIP cocktails followed by a seated dinner in the glass atrium located in the Hauser Patron Salon in Alice Tully Hall. The evening began at 9:00 pm and ended around midnight to a dj’ed dance party.
    Currently, Tom Hanks finished filming the Da Vinci prequel, Angels & Demons, directed by Ron Howard, due out this summer.

 caroline digonis film society

    Tom Hanks shares the Chapin Award with past honorees of the Film Society including Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Michael Caine, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, among many others. The Chaplin Award was named after its first recipient, in 1972, Charles Chaplin. Visit the Film Society of Lincoln Center to support and learn more.

All Photos: © Caroline P. Digonis 2009


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