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Executive Director Bruce Michael poses for a photo-op in the Green Roon at the Space at Westbury on Saturday November 22, 2014
Star of Stage and Screen Mario Cantone poses for a photo-op in the Green Roon at the Space at Westbury on Saturday November 22, 2014
The Space was established as the Westbury Movie Theater on November 10, 1927. The theater opened its doors to an audience that marveled at the beauty of its Tudor style inspired auditorium. The film feature was "Hula" starring Clara Bow on opening night. On the stage, The University of Maryland Collegian's Band thrilled the audience with a spectacular performance. On Friday, November 11, 1927 to celebrate Armistice Day, "Beau Geste" starring Ronald Coleman was screened.
The Westbury Theatre was one of six theaters built by Salvatore Calderone in Nassau County, Long Island.
The theater flourished as a single screen house until it was twinned in the late 1970's. As patronage decreased, the theater soon closed its doors.
Eight years ago Cyrus Hakakian and his partners saved the Westbury Theater from demolition. After viewing the magnificent space, he was determined to preserve the grandeur of the original theater while re-purposing the facility to accommodate all aspects of contemporary entertainment. With the installation of state of the art lighting and sound systems combined with flexible seating plans, the Westbury Theater now enters a new chapter of its illustrious history as The Space at Westbury.
The magic begins the moment the audience sees the spectacular LED marquee gracing the outstanding new facade. A graceful tower provides downtown Westbury with an architectural landmark as theatrical glamour returns to Post Avenue. The excitement extends to the theater's south side on Winthrop Street with a new double story valet grand entrance. As the audience enters the portal with its soaring ceilings while immersed in the glow of magical lighting it is apparent that every detail has been considered to make a visit to The Space at Westbury a most memorable experience.
Each week there are three new performances by talented recording artists, music groups and A-listers.
This past week Star of Stage and Screen Mario Cantone performed his One Man Show, Mario Cantone's Swings Both Ways. I had chance to chat with Mario about his passion for performing and his childhood dreams of acting on the stage.Mario Cantone, the celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian gained critical acclaim with his Tony-nominated one-man show Laugh Whore, from its appearance at the Cort Theatre on Broadway to the Showtime special. The previous theatre season saw Cantone starring in the Tony-winning Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Both of hit shows were directed by four-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello.
An accomplished stage actor, Cantone has appeared on Broadway in the role of "Buzz" in Terrence McNally's award-winning dramatic comedy, Love! Valor! Compassion! and "Stephano" in Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Public Theater.He starred in the June release of Sony's animated film, Surf's Up, and appeared in the hilarious film The Aristocrats. On television, Cantone can currently be seen as Anthony, Charlotte's wedding-planner-with-attitude, now that HBO’s Sex and the City is in syndication on TBS, E and many other stations. As well as the Sex and the City movie franchise. On Comedy Central, Cantone's performances have been featured on The USO Comedy Tour, Chappelle's Show, and various other network specials. Cantone has performed his irreverent stand-up comedy at a wide range of venues, including Carnegie Hall, where he warmed up jazz great Shirley Bassey, to performances at Atlantic City’s Borgata and Atlantic Club, Headlining at Gotham Comedy and Caroline's on Broadway. Over the years his routines have included musical parodies of Judy Garland, Jim Morrison, Peggy Lee, Bruce Springsteen and Liza Minnelli.
Cantone got his start hosting the local New York children's show Steampipe Alley, where the comic slipped in sly pop culture innuendo that adults could enjoy. His other television credits include appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Martha, The Today Show, and through out it’s 15 year run, multiple appearances on ABC’s The View.
For more information please visit http://www.mariocantone.com
I also had a chance to talk with Bruce Michaels who was the Creative Producer for the Radio City Rockettes for fifteen years before undertaking the position of Executive Director at the Space at Westbury.
For more information about the Space at Westbury please visit http://thespaceatwestbury.com
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