Thursday, February 9, 2012

More Drama!

The Drama League's 28th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, honoring Kristin Chenoweth.
A humorous look at the daunting task of getting your son or daughter into the right college enlivened the Winter Luncheon hosted by the Women's Board of The Boys' Club of New York Thursday, February 2, 2012 when featured speaker Andrew Ferguson offered his observations on the process. Mr. Ferguson spoke on his book Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College before two hundred supporters of The Boys' Club at The Metropolitan Club in this, the third annual Winter Luncheon.

Karen Klopp, Tania Higgins
and Hannah Buchan served as co-chairs for the event. Members of BCNY's Women's Board and their friends filled The Metropolitan Club's ballroom including Calvert Moore, Cosby George, Cynthia van Eck, Tiffany Moller, Carolyn Reece, Ritchey Howe, Shabnam Henry, Brooke Harlow, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Amy Griffin, Carol Mack, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Claude Wasserstein, Renee Rockefeller, Simone Mailman, Gabrielle Bacon, Melissa Bradley, Bettina Zilkha, Mary Van Pelt, Nicole Perry, Wendy McCarthy, Debra Peltz, Alexandra Rose, Allison Aston, Cristina Cuomo, Nathalie Kaplan, Alison Brokaw, Pamela Camacho, Ellen Niven Deery, Lisa McCarthy, Kathryn Tyree, Alice Ross, Jessica Zirinis, Tara Rockefeller, Maria Hackley, Caroline Dean, Rachel Hovnanian, Alison Pappas, Betsy Pitts, Marina Purcell, Victoria Vargas D'Agostino, Danielle Ganek, Ros L'Esperance, Burwell Schorr, Mary Snow, Kathy Thomas, Maria Villalba, Silvia Zoullas, Gigi Mortimer, Shafi Roepers, Women's Board President Sara Ayres, and many others.
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
The Metropolitan Club at noon
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
BCNY Luncheon on Fifth Avenue
Ferguson entertained the guests with tales of his maddening efforts to help get his son into college. He likened the experience to Kübler-Ross' five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, showing how he and other parents come to terms with the complicated process. Guests who had already been through the college application ordeal l laughed and nodded knowingly as Ferguson recounted his visits to campuses that touted their hot tubs, a college-application consultant who scared her clients about the difficulty of getting into the preferred colleges, and witnessing his son's suffering through his attempt to write a meaningful application essay. Ferguson's wit carried the day and, he reassured his audience, his son was now happily in college.

Ferguson is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard, author of Fools' Names, Fools' Faces, and Land of Lincoln, and has been a columnist for Fortune, TV Guide, and The National Review, among other publications. In 1992, he was a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush.
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Co-Chairs Hannah Buchan, Tania Higgins, and Karen Klopp welcome the guests
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Andrew Ferguson entertains the guests
Serving as centerpieces for the luncheon tables were college directories, guides to writing application essays, and study guides arranged over college pennants, topped by a pencil holder filled with SAT-ready No. 2 pencils, and a traditional red apple for the teacher, all styled by co-chair Karen Klopp. Guests left clutching gift copies of Ferguson's book.

The Winter Luncheon serves to introduce a broader audience to the work of The Boys' Club of New York, the nation's oldest boys club founded in 1876. Through its clubhouses and summer camp, BCNY offers programs that help boys and young men stay in school and go on to college, discover their individual musical and artistic talents, develop healthy bodies, and just have fun. BCNY helps build boys into men of character with strong values, discipline, and a positive perspective that counters the negative forces found on city streets.
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Hannah Buchan, Karen Klopp, and Tania Higgins
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Kathy Irwin and Brooke Harlow
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
4. Mary Sheridan, Serena Lese, Ritchey Howe, Kathryn Tyree, and Hee Jung Moon
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Marina Purcell and Alexia Hamm Ryan
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Peggy Bitler and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Women's Board President Sara Ayres, Marcia Mishaan, and Lara Trafelet
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Samantha Boardman Rosen and Tiffany Moller
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Anne Smithers and Barbara Robinson
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Claudia Overstrom, Blair Husain, Betsy Pitts, Marina Purcell, and Sara Ayres
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Gabrielle Bacon and Melissa Bradley
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Renee Rockefeller and Claudia Overstrom
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Simone Mailman, Blair Husain, and Rachel Hovnanian
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Andrew Ferguson and Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Andrew Ferguson
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Alexia Hamm Ryan, Danielle Ganek, Burwell Schorr, and Cynthia van Eck
This past Monday night at the Pierre, The Drama League of New York held its annual benefit gala and honored Kristin Chenoweth.

More than 400 of New York’s most influential arts supporters, celebrities, and luminaries turned out for the black-tie evening of cocktails, dinner and an amazing one-night only show. Husband and wife producing partners, Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane were the gala chairs again this year.

Kristin Chenoweth (born July 24, 1968) is best known on Broadway for her performance as Sally Brown in the revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999), and Wicked for which she won a Tony in 2003. Her television credits include The West Wing and Pushing Daisies and  the forthcoming TV series GCB, which premieres in March.
Drama League Board Members
Stewart F. Lane, Kristen Chenoweth, Bonnie Comley, Jano Herbosch, and Gabriel Shanks
Joel Grey with performers
Guy Robinson, Elizabeth Stribling, Cece Black, and Lee Black
Among the performers who turned out to pay tribute included: Nick Jonas; Academy and Tony Award -winner Joel Grey, Laura Benanti, Elaine Paige, Donna Murphy, Cheyenne Jackson, Debra Monk, Andrew Lippa, Marlo Thomas, Brent Barrett, Carole Shelley, Brad Oscar, David Elder, Marni Nixon, Jason Graae, Eden Espinosa, Josh Young, Kevin Clash from “Sesame Street,” plus original and current cast members from the Broadway musical Wicked. Also joining the special guests were Colin Bradbury, Grasan Kingsberry (On A Clear Day), announcer Bruce Barton, and a special performance by 7 actors chosen from NYC’s youth acting programs and productions.

The special all-star tribute was directed by Evan Pappas, produced by Drama League Artistic Director Roger T. Danforth, with book by Stephen Cole and musical direction by Steve Freeman, including selections from Wicked, “Glee,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,Candide, Promises, Promises, Annie, The Music Man, Steel Pier, A New Brain, and The Apple Tree.
Little Annies
Elmo on the piano
Jason Graae
Marni Nixon
Cheyenne Jackson
Elaine Paige
Debra Monk
Nick Jonas
Kristin Chenoweth
The annual Benefit Gala raises much-needed funds for the vital education programs of The Drama League Directors Project. Since 1984, the Benefit Gala has honored exceptional artists whose talent and passion have served as a benchmark for others. Past honorees have included: Patti Lupone, Angela Landsbury, Bonnie Comley, Stewart F. Lane, Liza Minnelli, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, Betty Comden and Adolph Green and Chita Rivera, among others.
Michelle Williams
Jano Herbosch and Alessa Herbosch
Steven Cole
Josh Young
Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue
Robin and Sandy Esserman
Kristin Chenoweth and Donna Murphy
Beverly D'Angelo
Nick Jonas
Jean Shafiroff
Preston Bailey and Jano Herbosch
Kristin Chenoweth and Andrew Lippa
Joel Grey and Kristin Chenoweth
Gertjen Houben, Katie Meister, and Stephen Ruddy
Leah Lane, Chablis Quarterman, and Alex Washer
Donna and Chris Kinney
Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley
Myron Polaner and Pearl Siskind
This past Monday Monday at Manhattan Penthouse, 80 Fifth Avenue, CBS News anchor Jeff Glor hosted this year's Making Books Sing Gala.

Making Books Sing is the acclaimed theatre company and arts-in-education nonprofit serving school and family audiences with professional productions and arts-in-education programming that promotes children's literacy and social development. Jeff and Nicole Glor also served as Honorary Co-chairs.
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Making Books Sing Education Director Brooke Boertzel and Staten Island Deputy Borough President Ed Burke
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Board Chair and Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Brandon C. Gruner welcomes guests to the Gala
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Mary Buckley Teatum presenting the 2012 Making Books Sing Harmony award to Javier Sanchez
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Michael Mossman (trumpet) and Edward Smaldone performed "Struttin with some BBQ" at the Gala as a sneak peek to Making Books Sing's upcoming musical about the young Louie Armstrong. Mr. Mossman and Mr. Smaldone are faculty member of the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Acclaimed playwright Nilaja Sun performed a sneak peek from Making Books Sing's upcoming musical about the life of young Louie Armstrong – in character – as Louie
Jim Gabbe, of gabbegroup, received the MBS Harmony award. Jim, a playwright, author and photographer, is former president of the Union Square Partnership and author of The Universe of Union Square. Javier Sanchez, of the Union Settlement Association, a former MBS teaching artist and assistant artistic director, received the Family of Artists award. Edward Smaldone, Director of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and Michael Mossman, professor at Copland and noted trumpeter, performed music of Louis Armstrong to mark a forthcoming MBS production about Armstrong's life with musical selections from MBS's spring production of The Butterfly, about the friendship between two Catholic and Jewish girls during WWII.
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Barbara Zinn Krieger with family and friends
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Partners of Sterling National Bank and honoree Javier Sanchez with family and friends
There was a special demonstration by Jordan Nielson of The Rusty Key, which promotes the finest in "kid lit," from picture books to teen novels. And lots of raffle prizes from American Museum of Natural History, American Girl, Birdland, FreshDirect, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Whitney Museum, The New York City Guitar School and Colin Cowie, among others.

Making Books Sing has reached nearly 100,000 students and families through school-based residencies, musical productions and family workshops at educational, community and cultural venues. Its production of If You Really Loved Polar Bears, about climate change, was commissioned by the Wildlife Conservation Society and recently sent by ConEd on a five-borough tour. Alice's Story, an innovative, interactive anti-bullying program, is being shared free of charge with children across New York City thanks to $50,000 raised on Kickstarter – the most ever raised for a theater program.
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Bill, Jordan, and Doris Nielsen
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Ben, Jill, Bridget, and Jim Gabbe
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Alexa Holzberger and Alyssa May Gold
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Board Member Marietta Ries Lavicka and Matt Lavicka
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Dr. Paul Krieger, Martha and Arthur Zinn, and Barbara Zinn Krieger
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Nicole Glor, Barbara Zinn Krieger, and Jeff Glor
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Staten Island Deputy Borough President Ed Burke and Making Books Sing Executive Director Andrew Frank
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Jill Gabbe and Making Books Sing Board member Jennifer Robinson
Linda Fargo, James Aguiar
Jeff and Nicole Glor
More from Monday night's book party for Charlotte Beers, hosted by Billy and Kathy Rayner at their Upper East Side residence.
Martha Stewart and Charlotte Beers. Jill Davis and Ed Conard.
Cathie Black and Tom Harvey. Leslie Bennetts, Charlotte Beers, and Ellen Levine.
Kathy Rayner, Charlotte Beers, and Billy Rayner.
James Steinmeyer and Hans Utsch. Nancy Collins, Iris Love, and Sharon Hoge.
Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Marie D'Origny, and Amanda Foreman. Shelley Wanger and Marie d'Origny.
Jonathan Barton and Jay Fielden. Hugh Hardy and Robert Liberman.
Memrie Lewis and Susanne McDonough. Joan Hardy Clark and Christopher Mason.
Roxanna Robinson, Tony Robinson, and Adele Chatfield-Taylor.
Celerie Kemble, Ed Conard, and Jill Davis. James Steinmeyer and Sydney Shuman.
Wilbur Ross, Hilary Geary Ross, and Billy Rayner.
Jenny Conant and Steve Kroft. Norma Dana and David Easton.
Gail Gilbert and friend. Darren Walker.
Susan Magrino Dunning, Hilary Geary Ross, Peggy Siegal, and Martha Stewart.
Somers Farkas with Annie. Paula Zahn and Susan Gutfreund.
Martha Stewart and Iris Love. Amanda Foreman and Jay Fielden.

Photographs by Blanche Williamson (Boy's Club); Ben Gabbe/BFA Agency (Making Books Sing); Rob Rich (Drama League); (Beers).
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