September 2010

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 Calendar of Events06 Sep 2010 11:36 am

   The opening night of the Cafe Carlyle will feature the  debut of Tony Award winner (South Pacific) Paulo Szot beginning September 14th through September 25th, 2010.  “An Evening with Paulo Szot” will showcase the world-renowned baritone in a program of songs from the Great American Songbook, the worlds of Broadway and Jazz, as well as tunes from his native Brazil.  He will be accompanied by the Bob Albanese Trio.
   The Cafe Carlyle (The Carlyle Hotel) is located at 35 East 76th Street at Madison Ave.
   The two-week engagement plays Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:45pm and 10:45pm.  There is a $65 music charge ($40 bar)for the Tuesday-Thursday performances and a $75 music charge ($45, bar) for the Friday and Saturday performances.  Dinner (required) is served from 6:30pm.  For reservations call 212-744-1600. For additional information, visit

Around Town04 Sep 2010 10:41 am

by staff

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   The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be displaying Ringo Starr’s gold-plated snare drum, in a special display in celebration of the musician’s 70th birthday, which took place on July 7th.  On loan from Ringo Starr, it was originally presented to him by the Ludwig Drum Company during The Beatles’ 1964 visit to Chicago when the legendary rock group, in which Mr. Starr was the drummer, was on its first tour of the United States.  The special exhibit will be on display from July 7th through December 2010 in the Museum’s second-floor Musical Instruments Galleries.
   The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028.  The museum is closed on Mondays but is open Tue-Thu 9:30am-5:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:30am-9pm; and Sun 9am-5:30pm.  Admission is a suggested donation at the visitors discretion. 


 Photo: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2010 

Around Town03 Sep 2010 03:38 pm

Rockefeller Center will be transformed into a grand red carpet display in celebration of Fashion Night Out.  Visitors and Shoppers are invited to walk the red carpet in celebrity style and pose for photos in front of the “Fashion’s Night Out step & repeat backdrop”.  The free event will include a live fashion show with models as well as live music from the bands Bear Hands, Brahms and Savoir Adore. For more information visit

Event: Fashion’s Night Out at Rockefeller Center
When: Friday, September 10th-6:00pm to 11:00pm
Where: Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, in New York