Thursday, April 7, 2011


Guest artists Chris Fitzgerald, Emily Skinner, Rebecca Luker, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, James Naughton, and Bebe Neuwirth
This past Monday night, New York City Center honored Walter Bobbie, Kathleen Marshall and Jack Viertel in a benefit celebration hosted by Christopher Fitzgerald at The Plaza.

Highlights from City Center’s acclaimed Encores! series were recreated by a star-studded cast that will include Jason Danieley, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marin Mazzie, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth and Emily Skinner, accompanied by members of the Encores! Orchestra under the musical direction of Rob Berman.

The benefit will help fund New York City Center’s artistic and education programs.
Honorees Walter Bobbie, Kathleen Marshall, and Jack Viertel
Bobbie, Marshall and Viertel, past and present artistic directors of City Center’s Tony Award-winning Encores! series, have helped make Encores! the acclaimed and enduring success it is today.

Co-chairs of the evening were Sherry and Stephen Jacobs, Monica and Raymond A. Lamontagne, Patricia W. and Jesse Robert Lovejoy and Stephanie and Fred Shuman.

New York City Center (Arlene Shuler, President and CEO) has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city for more than 60 years. It was Manhattan’s first performing arts center, dedicated by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1943 with a mission to make the best in music, theater and dance accessible to all audiences.
Walter Bobbie, Arlene Shuler, City Center President & CEO; Jack Viertel, Ray Lamontagne, City Center Chairman of the Board; Kathleen Marshall
Today, City Center is home to many distinguished companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Manhattan Theatre Club; a roster of renowned national and international visiting artists; and its own critically acclaimed and popular programs.

The Tony-honored Encores! musical theater series, now in its 18th season, has been hailed as “one of the very best reasons to be alive in New York.” Dance has been integral to the theater’s mission from the start, and dance programs, including the annual Fall for Dance Festival and a partnership with London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre, remain central to City Center’s identity.
Barry Weissler, Bebe Neuwirth, Fran Weissler, and Walter Bobbie
Maurice and Andrea DuBois
Kathleen Marshall, Peggy Siegal, and Maxwell Caulfield
Jeanette Loeb and Patricia Lovejoy
Liz and Dean Kehler
Mark Litvin with Fred and Judy Wilpon
Ted Chapin and Jack Viertel
James Naughton, Mandy Patinkin, and Kathryn Grody
Wendy Foster, Cynthia Lamontagne, and Nicole Seidel
Eric Mindich, Jordan Roth, and Paul Libin
Doug Cramer, Jill Spaulding, and Arlene Shuler, City Center President & CEO
Stacey Mindich, Suzanne Doft, and Isaac Corré
Also on Monday night, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton were honored at the “Stars of Stony Brook Gala 2011” at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers.
Dr Kenneth Kaushansky, John McGovern, Dr. Margaret McGovern, Sarah Jacovina, and Joseph Jacovina
Adrienne Unger, Carla Caglioti, Scott Sullivan, and Sussanna Filip
The Stars of Stony Brook Gala was created in 2000 to increase its scholarship funding while honoring the brightest stars of Stony Brook. To date, the Gala has netted more than $20 million for scholarships.
Cary Staller, Laureen Harris, and Chris Damianos
David Mazza, Bob Kerber, and Moize Khan
Dietlinde Maazel and Lorin Maazel
Emma Walton Hamilton, Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., and Julie Andrews
Freddie Staller and Erwin Staller
Clinton Weaver and Monica Mahaffey
Brian Scripture, Sarah Bradshaw, and Tony Santana
Dr. Steven Engebretson, Dr. Alice Urbankova, Bonnie R. Golub, and Dr. Lorne Golub
John Westermann and Evan Stanton Reeves
Frederic Tuten and Julie Sheehan
Tonja Johnson, Tony Johnson, and Alicia Burnett
Jules Feiffer
Dr. Margaret McGovern, Duffy Mich, and Kathleen Mich
Mary Remmler and Christian McLean
Rick Gatteau and Denise DeGennaro
Stu Goldstein and Jolie Goldstein
Sydney Masters and Lauren Sheprow
Dr. Ann Nasti and Dr. Nancy Amoia
Mitchell Fox, Ilene Schneider, and Howard Schneider
Sal Cataldi and Richard Gelfond
Susan Stanley, Lauren Kaushansky, and Dr. Ellen Li
Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. and Ed Testa
Jim Simons, Marilyn Simons, Dr. Richard Leakey, and Cary Staller
Laurie Gray and Dr. Richard Leakey
Antoinette McGovern, Beth Rosenfeld, and Mindy Lee
Cathy Kier and John Kier
Deborah Toll and Peggy Gelfond
Bob Lenihan, Amy Provenzano, and Edward O'Connell
Also over at the Wollman Rink in Central Park on Monday night, Figure Skating in Harlem held its 7th annual Skating with the Stars gala honoring Olympic Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes, Macy’s Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren, and author and World Figure Skating Judge Tina Lundgren.

The evening raised critically-needed funds for Figure Skating in Harlem’s (FSH) innovative and empowering youth development program.    
Tina Lundgren and Timothy Goebel
Melania and Donald Trump and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star (and FSH Board Chair Emerita) Tamara Tunie served as this year’s Honorary Chairs; Maria Cuomo Cole and Kenneth Cole and Ann and Andrew Tisch are Gala Co-Chairs. The Gala’s Celebrity Benefit Committee included Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Rhonda Ross, Sherri Shepherd, and others.

Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to skate side by side with Sarah Hughes and many more Olympic champions including Evan Lysacek, Dorothy Hamill, Sasha Cohen, Johnny Weir, Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, Meryl Davis and Charlie White(2010 Olympic Silver Medalists and 2011 US Champions), Jeremy Abbott, Alissa Czisny (2011 US Women’s Figure Skating Champion),Todd Eldredge, Rachael Flatt, Emily Hughes, Mirai Nagasu, Ryan Bradley, Adam Rippon, Tim Goebel, JoJo Starbuck, and Joannie Rochette.
Evan Lysacek, Sharon Cohen, Andrew Tisch, Candace Matthews, and Donald Trump
Since its establishment in 1997, Figure Skating in Harlem has transformed the lives of over one thousand New York City girls, helping them to grow in confidence, leadership, and academic success. Through its unique programming, FSH empowers young girls by combining educational, artistic, and fitness opportunities through the discipline of skating. As always, the proceeds from this year’s gala are vital. FSH is constantly growing to meet the needs of the girls it serves and has set its sights on expanding to a new Leading Edge Skating and Education Center of their own.
Donald Trump, Melania Trump, and Emily Hughes
Evan Lysacek
Jeremy Abbott
Johnny Weir and Chris Benz
Karen Van Horn
Kenneth Cole, Donald Trump, and Melania Trump
Tanith Belbin
Christopher Meloni
Samantha Krupnick, Dr. Lewis Feder, and friend
Candace Matthews and Tamara Tunie
Sasha Cohen
Andrew Giuliani and Donna Hanover
Tina Lundgren
Tim Morehouse
Tia Walker
Ben Agosto
Carolyn Hennesy
Sharon Cohen and Evan Lysacek
Adam Rippon
Federico Castelluccio and Yvonne Maria Schaefer
Internationally celebrated Dancer and Actress Bebe Neuwirth, along with her mother, Sydney Neuwirth, opened a Two Woman Exhibition of their Art at Chelsea’s Rogue Space Gallery. Bebe showcased her colorful photographs, while Sydney displayed beautiful watercolors of Ballerinas.  Bebe had both modeled and inspired many in the collection.

Bebe Neuwirth
Proceeds from the sale of the Art benefit The Dancer’s Resource of The Actor’s Fund, which was actually founded by Actors Fund VP Bebe, herself. Bebe developed The Dancers Resource based on her personal experience with injuries leading to hip replacement surgery.

After years of Physical Therapy, arthroscopic surgery, excruciating pain, and the emotional distress of neither being able to dance nor wanting others to know about her “embarrassing” condition, she recognized that injured dancers needed a service specifically for their needs. This worthwhile institution is open to any and all professional dancers.

The Actors Fund was founded on June 8th, 1882 by Harrison Grey Fiske to deal with the critical problems challenging Actors. The Actors Fund soon acquired a Brooklyn Cemetery, ensuring that no actor would ever go without proper burial. In 1902, the Fund opened its first “home” in Staten Island, and in 1892, the first successful AF Fair, held at Madison Square Garden, raised $163,000. In attendance were Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Astor, Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Cornelius Vanderbilt.

Today, The Actors Fund encompasses a myriad of worthwhile services including The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence, and the Looking Ahead Program for Youth.

Bebe Neuwirth is currently starring in Broadway’s The Adams Family.

Jill Lynne for NYSD
Bebe with mother, painter Sydney Neuwirth
Bebe with Husband Chris Calkins
Audition Nerves, watercolor by Sydney Neuwirth
Bebe's photographs on sale, benefitting The Actor's Fund
Photograph by Bebe Neuwirth (note the Post-Moderne clip hanging)
Sumya Ojakli and Norena Barbella
Actress Lillian Askew-Everdell with husband, Cobie
Robert Score with daughter, ballerina Faith Score, and James J. Claffey Sr.
Dancer and actor Jesse Factor, speaking about how The Actors Fund/Dancers Division assisted him when injured
Tim Pinckney, producer, The Actors Fund
Children's book author, Tina Louis
Jeffrey Silverstein (blue shoes) and Stuart Oken, Producer The Addams Family (now starring Bebe Neuwirth)
Karen Mitchell modeling new Caplette

Photographs by Stephanie Berger (Encores!);

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