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Longislanders Anastasia on Broadway Press and Industry Event at The Garden City Hotel

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Broadway Producer Tom Kirdahy Anastasia on Broadway Press and Industry Event at The Garden City Hotel





















Broadway Star Derek Klena  performs at Anastasia on Broadway Press and Industry Event at The Garden City Hotel




































Sara Anne Fingerman Marketing And Public Relations Manager at The Garden City Hotel poses for a photo-op at Anastasia on Broadway Press and Industry Event at The Garden City Hotel











































Media Sponsor for the evening Courtenay Cooper Hall  CEO and Editor in Chief of BELLA Magazine and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Anastasia on Broadway Press and Industry Event at The Garden City Hotel














































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane holds  up the latest edition of Bell Magazine at Anastasia on Broadway Press and Industry Event at The Garden City Hotel













































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Anastasia on Broadway Press and Industry Event at The Garden City Hotel












Members of the Press, Broadway Stars and celebrities attended the event Anastasia on Broadway Press and Industry Event at The Garden City Hotel


Tom Kirdahy Productions, Silva Theatrical Group and The Garden City Hotel were excited to announce their exclusive partnership in connection with the highly anticipated release of the Broadway musical "Anastasia". 

Based on the hit 1997 animated film by 20th Century Fox, "Anastasia" is the story of the lost daughter of the last emperor of Russia, following her journey to find her grandmother in Paris through the tumultuous beginnings of the Russian Revolution.

Guests enjoyed:
 
Anastasia The New Musical on Broadway "Signature Cocktails"
Raffles 
Silent Auction to benefit Broadway Cares 
Beauty Bar by The Red Door Spa 
the fabulous Step and Repeat for photo-ops
Chef's Selection of Passed Hors'duervres 

                                                                     and

A Special performance by Broadway Star Derek Klena one of the performers from Anastasia The New Musical on Broadway entertained the audience with a special rendition of “My Petersburg,” an original song from the musical which underwent some changes since the Hartford production in spring 2016.

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Media Sponsors included:

Bella Magazine NYC 

Anton Media Group 

PopImpresska 

CBS Live it Up with Donna Drake 

MaKing a Difference with Gail . 
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Event Sponsors included:
 

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The Red Door

Ambient Events




I had the honor of interviewing Broadway Producer Tom Kirdahy who stated, “Tonight we are launching a series where we are going to bring Broadways’s best out to the Garden City Hotel and give you a slice of what we’re doing in Times Square.” 

Terrence McNally, established as one of the greatest playwrights and author of the pubication Anastasia, announced on the stage “It’s just tables and chairs in a bare room,” revealed the quadruple time Tony-winner. “They read through without holding a script or asking for lines. We went through without stopping and… it was pretty damn good.”

The Broadway Production of Anastasia is set to open on Broadway April 24, 2017 with previews beginning on March 23rd.

During his speech McNally revealed, “The myth of whether or not Anastasia survived doesn’t matter anymore because we want to believe in the wonderful fairy tale. I hope you will come see it for yourself.”

For more information please visit http://www.anastasiabroadway.com/

and to learn  more about the Garden City Hotel please visit http://www.gardencityhotel.com/

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Port Washington Residents in Long Island Enjoy Alan Cumming Singing Sappy Songs at The Landmark on Main


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Laura Mogul, Executive Director of the Landmark Theater poses for a photo-op with Cognac Wellerlane at the Landmark On Main































































Alan Cumming Singing Sappy Songs at The Landmark on Main





















Actor Alan Cumming and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


















Actor Alan Cumming and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane posing for a selfie








The Dot & Ed Slade Concert Series proudly presented Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs on May 14, 2016 at the Landmark on Main Street Theater in Port Washington, New York.
Alan brought his hit concert to the historic Landmark theater along with his long-time musical director Lance Horne and cellist Eleanor Norton and performed for two hours with no intermission.  Not only did Mr. Cumming sing sappy songs, he also entertained, awed, engaged and revealed intimate humorous stories behind the history of the music he performed to a sold out audience. 


Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic. He was an award-winning Hamlet, and he had his own talk show. He was a tour de force solo Macbeth and he voiced a Smurf, twice. He shot a video portrait with Robert Wilson, and recorded a duet with Liza Minnelli. He made back to back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He appeared in a Jay Z video and he wrote a #1 New York Times best selling memoir. He had a photo exhibition named Alan Cumming Snaps! and an award-winning fragrance named Cumming. He has played Dionysus, the Devil, God, the Pope and was shot by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair as Pan. He was on a stamp. He was a teleporting Superhero, a Lee Jeans model and hosted the Tony awards. He is a Tony and Olivier award winning theatre actor, and a multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG award nominated television actor. His portrait was hung in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in the spot previously occupied by the Queen, who made him an O.B.E. (Officer of the British Empire) in her 2009 Honours List for both his work and his commitment to the progression of LGBT rights in Britain and the United States of America. He switched on the lights of the Empire State Building. He is an Independent Spirit award-winning producer and National Board of Review winning director. He has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the London Palladium and the Sydney Opera House. He is a Doctor, of Arts, twice. He was named Icon of Scotland in 2005 and was a vociferous campaigner for Scottish Independence. He has designed wallpaper. Time Magazine called him one of the three most fun people in show business. The New York Times described him as a bawdy counter-cultural sprite.  He isn’t nearly done yet.


Alan Cumming trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After leaving the Academy he quickly found himself celebrated in his homeland for both his television work (including the Scottish soap Take The High Road) and his stand-up comedy (the legendary Victor and Barry, which he wrote and performed with drama school pal Forbes Masson). But it was the theatre that gave him his biggest break when he appeared in Manfred Karge’s Conquest of the South Pole at the Traverse in Edinburgh. The play transferred to the Royal Court in London’s West End and Alan was nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Olivier Award.


He went on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal National Theatre where he won an Olivier award for his performance in Dario Fo’s Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. For the National Theatre Studio he directed Michel Tremblay’s Bonjour La, Bonjour and played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. He was nominated for Olivier Awards for La Bête and Cabaret, and his sensational Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse in London won him a TMA Best Actor award and a Shakespeare Globe nomination.


He made his feature film debut in Ian Sellar’s Prague opposite Bruno Ganz and Sandrine Bonnaire, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. His introduction to American audiences came with Circle of Friends, followed shortly by Goldeneye and Emma. His first movie shot in Hollywood was Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, and since then he has alternated between blockbusters such as X2:X Men United, the Spy Kids Trilogy, and smaller independent films like Urbania, Titus (opposite Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange) and Sweet Land (which he also produced). With Jennifer Jason Leigh he wrote, produced, directed and acted in The Anniversary Party, which won them a National Board of Review award and two Independent Spirit nominations. Most recently he appeared in Travis Fine's Any Day Now, for which he won great acclaim and numerous Best Actor awards around the globe.


In 1998, Cabaret opened on Broadway and Alan was instantly embraced by New York City, and heralded for his stunning performance as the Master of Ceremonies. He won The Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle,  NY Press, Theater World, FANY and New York Public Advocate’s awards for his work, but for him the biggest prize was finding his new home.


He has continued to work on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera opposite Cyndi Lauper, and Noel Coward's Design For Living, Off Broadway in Jean Genet’s Elle (which he also adapted) and The Seagull, opposite Dianne Wiest. He returned to the British stage in 2006 with the West End production of Martin Sherman’s Bent, closely followed by the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Euripides’ The Bacchae, which opened the 2007 Edinburgh International Festival and toured Scotland, before transferring to London and New York. His next collaboration with the NTS and director John Tiffany was a radical reimagining of Macbeth, which premiered at the Tramway in Glasgow in 2012. The following year his tour de force performance stormed Broadway. Alan returned to Broadway, Studio 54 and Cabaret once more in 2014-15, recreating his now legendary performanceopposite the Sally Bowles of Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Sienna Miller.


His many television appearances include Sex and the City, Frasier, The L Word, Reefer Madness and Tin Man. He currently plays Eli Gold in the CBS series The Good Wife, for which he has received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG, Critic's Circle and Satellite Awards nominations. He is also the host of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery. In Britain he wrote and starred in the cult sitcom The High Life as well as many other films for the BBC including Bernard and the Genie for which he won a British Comedy award.


Alan’s activism and passion for various civil rights and sex education causes has earned him many humanitarian awards from AMFAR, Human Rights Campaign, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, GLAAD and the Trevor Project, to name but a few.He lives in New York City with his husband, Grant Shaffer, and their two dogs, Jerry and Lala.


Landmark on Main Street is a not-for-profit community center that enhances the spirit and enriches the lives of the communities of Port Washington and surrounding regions. Their core value is to build the foundation for all that they do: Engagement, Community, Enrichment, Excellence, Welcoming.


The Landmark on Main Street welcomes everyone to their  community... engaging and enriching everyone's life by sharing excellence in the arts!


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Supporters Gather at A Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Play “The Vagina Monologues”


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at A Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Play “The Vagina Monologues” in West Islip












































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Director Laura Ruhl at A Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Play “The Vagina Monologues”








Supporters gathered at A Benefit Performance of Eve Ensler’s Award Winning Play “The Vagina Monologues” on April 9, 2016 in West Islip.

Divine Rhythms Dance Studio, in conjunction with The Traveling Vaginas Theater Group and EAC Network, presented a benefit performance of author and activist Eve Ensler’s award-winning theatrical production.

Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addresses women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women.

In 1994, a theatrical production entitled “The Vagina Monologues” was written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler which caused controversy and offered to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. “The Vagina Monologue” ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see that “The Vagina Monologues” could be more than a moving work of art on violence. She divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.

On Valentine’s Day, 1998, Eve, with a group of women in New York City, established V-Day. Setup a 501 (c) (3) and originally staffed by volunteers, the organization’s seed money came from a star-studded, sold-out benefit performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. This special presentation raised $250,000 in a single evening.

V-Day’s mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. To do this, once a year, in February, March and April Eve allows groups around the world to produce a performance of the play, as well as other works created by V-Day and use the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work to end violence against women and girls.

What began as one event in New York City in 1998 today includes over 5,800 V-Day events annually.

V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is, one of the Top-Rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine’s “100 Best Charities,” in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten Charities, and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on Great Nonprofits. In eighteen years, the V-Day movement has raised over $100 million.

The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

V-Day mission statement includes:

    V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women.

    V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.

    V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and
 sexual slavery must end now.

    V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.

    V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world.

    V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.

    V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine’s Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the
violence.

    V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community. Join us!

According to the United Nations, one of every three women on the planet will by physically or sexually abused in her lifetime. The truth is shocking. Although sources of violence may seem diverse, women’s responses sound tragically similar. Besides the pain and strength this productions reveals their survival stories, the themes that resound across cultures and geographies are of the indifference of authorities, the familial instinct of denial and the lack of public outrage about the violence that millions of women experience every day.

V-Day dreams of a world in which women and girls will be free to thrive rather than merely survive. With the help of all this may very well happen.

All proceeds benefitted EAC Network’s Safe Harbour program, which protects and cares for children who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Suffolk County, Long Island. For more information please visit eacinc.org. 

For more information please visit Vday.org

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Unveil Newly Removated Patchogue Theatre


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Patchogue Village  Mayor Paul Pontieri poses for a photo-op with TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Unveil Newly Removated Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue, New York














































Singer Songwriter Amber Ferrari poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Unveil Newly Removated Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue, New York













































 
Scot Allan Director of Development and Public Relations at  the Gateway Playhouse poses for a photo-op at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Unveil Newly Removated Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue, New York













































David Kennedy Executive Director of Patchogue Chamber of Commerce poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Unveil Newly Removated Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue, New York





















Public Relations & Marketing Director Bernie Fabig of the Patchogue Theatre and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Unveil Newly Removated Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue, New York
 








On Wednesday, March 30, the village of Patchogue unveiled the renewed 1923 Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) venue to the media.

The occasion was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by media tours given by PTPA Board Member Christopher Capobianco. Suffolk County elected officials as well as recently reelected Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri, Deputy Mayor Jack Krieger, the Patchogue Village Board of Trustees and the Theatre Board of Directors were also present to greet the media and special guests.

Mayor Paul Pontieri revealed, "This theatre will attract 150,000 people. It will do 150 to 160 performances. Those 160 days and nights there will be an extra 1,000 people in the village on Main Street. It gives us notoriety and it brings culture to the village. Government does for the people what people can’t do for themselves and the arts is one of those things. We provide the arts. We provide music. We provide entertainment and we provide commerce on Main Street. It is tremendously important."

The Patchogue Village Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., has been organized under and by virtue of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York in order to manage The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts in the public interest.

The Center’s mission is to have The Patchogue Theatre serve as a cultural center for Long Island. The Center expects to achieve its mission by showcasing a broad spectrum of performing arts for the benefit of a wide-ranging audience at affordable prices. The Center will utilize The Patchogue Theatre as a full-time mixed-use venue, offering a variety of events including live performances, films, educational presentations, commercial productions, community forums, and other appropriate events.

For more information please visit PatchogueTheatre.org.

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Celebrated Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan Performs At This Years Patchogue Theatre Gala

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Celebrated Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan   pose for a  photo-op in the Green Room after their interview at the Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bernie Fabig, PR & Marketing and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mayor Paul Ponteri of the Village of Patchogue poses for a photo-op at the Annual Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patchogue Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce David Kennedy poses for a photo-op with TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sponsor and Real Estate Executive Robert Loscalzo  from TRITEC Real Estate Company poses for a photo-op with  Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ponteri at the Annual Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arlene and Christopher Capobianco pose for a photo-op at the Annual Patchogoue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jennine Egan and Brian Egan pose for a photo-op at the Annual Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
James and Bridget Manseau and Chris Searles pose for a photo-op at the Annual Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diane Bianchini, Jean Fuoco and Ann Marie Sarich pose for a  photo-op at the Annual Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steve Fuoco and Stephen Keegan posse for a photo-op at the Annual Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Orlando Pena and Publicist Bernie Fabig pose for a photo-op at the  Annual Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orlando Pena, TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Publicist Bernie Fabig pose for a photo-op at the  Annual Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rebecca Farley and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a  photo-op in the Green Room after their interview at the Patchogue Theatre Gala
 
 
 
 
Celebrated Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan performed At This Years Patchogue Theatre Gala to over five hundred ticketholders and fans on April 25, 2015.

A full night was planned for a small group of ticket holders at the Gala level, which included sound check in the balcony, a cocktail party backstage and a dessert reception in the lobby with a meet and greet with Ronan Tynan.
 
Irish tenor, recording artist, physician and champion disabled athlete Ronan Tynan moves audiences like few others can. His stirring performances and personal story of triumph have brought him international fame. The New York Times called him "the closest thing this country has to an official Meistersinger."
 

Tynan has performed at historic events including Ronald Reagan's funeral and the Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral. His memorable renditions of "God Bless America" have been heard at the World Series, The Belmont Stakes and other momentous events. Now Ronan Tynan returns to Patchogue Theatre for the performing arts venue's annual gala fundraiser event. All proceeds directly benefit programming at Patchogue Theatre.

SPONSORS included:  
TRITEC Real Estate Company
JVC Broadcasting
Clare Rose / Stella Artois
BBS Architects & Engineers
Tires Inc.
 
The Patchogue Theatre Gala is an annual fundraiser event to benefit future programming at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA). Also known as The Patchogue Village Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts has been organized under and by virtue of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in order to manage Patchogue Theatre in the public interest. Patchogue Theatre is the largest theatre in Suffolk County, N.Y. with 1,162 seats.

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in Red Carpet Events in Long Island, Manhattan and the Hamptons.
 
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Long Islanders Enjoy A Performance Of “The Game’s Afoot” Presented By The Minstrel Players

 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Ray Palen who play Character William Gillette in The Mistral Players Present: Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays directed by Tara Pale...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Cast of  The Game’s Afoot” Presented By The Minstrel Players
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Ray Palen and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op after a Performance of “The Game’s Afoot” Presented By The Minstrel Players
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Minstrel Players are honored to be the first area group to stage this award-winning Sherlock Holmes inspired production! 
 
The synopsis of the play takes place during the Holiday Season on December 24, 1936 and Broadway Star William Gillette is admired throughout the world for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.  He has invited his fellow cast-member to his Connecticut Castle for a weekend  of revelry.  But when one of the guests is murdered the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turns dangerous.  Then it is up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the personal of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.  The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas Holidays.
 
 
The production is subtitled “Holmes For the Holidays” and is set during the Christmas holiday season. It continues the exploits of the actor/playwright who portrayed Sherlock Holmes more than anyone else — the incredible William Gillette. “The Game’s Afoot” is directed by Minstrel Co-founder, Tara Palen, and features new and previous Minstrels. The cast includes: Karen Mercorella, Tricia Ieronimo, Kevin Kelly, Gabriella Stevens, Linda Randolph, Brian Hartwig, and newcomer Alicia James. Starring in this production as William Gillette is the Minstrel Players own ‘Sherlock Holmes’ — Ray Palen. Ray has received acclaim for his Holmes/Gillette portrayals and was most recently seen in the short play, “Checkmate”, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth. The ‘World Class’ crew is rounded out with Robert Cashman – Technical Director, Debbie Palen – House Manager, Laura Morella – Assistant Director, Esteban Lopez – Stage Manager, Chris Mitchell and Daniel Schappert – Crew, and Bernard Caprera – Lighting Director. The Minstrel Players are honored to be the first area group to stage this award-winning Sherlock Holmes inspired play!
 
 
The Minstrel Players are committed to bringing high quality, affordable theater to the Long Island Region. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for Seniors and Children under 12. For more information please call (631) 732-2926 or visit the Minstrel Player’s official website at www.minstrelplayers.org.
 
 
 
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The Theater Production of THE WIZ Entertains Audiences in The Hamptons

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Founder and Executive Director  of the Hamptons For The Arts Foundation established the organization in an effort to raise funds to produce theater productions for shows like THE WIZ, DREAMGIRLS and many more classics in the Hamptons.  Mr. Pettaway will be touring as well throughout the country.  His latest production, "The Wiz" opened on August 11th at Southampton Intermediate School in Southampton, New York

Of the production is based on performance of the Tony Award-winning musical "The Wiz." The musical, which debuted to much acclaim on Broadway in 1975 before being adapted into a film starring Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.  The Southampton version takes a very different approach to entertain Southampton audiences.


Tramar Pettaway was born and raised on Long Island. He started his  music career at a very very early age when he was casted in a professional opera where he worked with Opera of The Hamptons. He appeared in all of the school musicals being the principle ensemble member. In April of 2008 he sang back up for the late Godfather Of Gospel Music Elder Timothy Wright in Bridgehampton, NY In 2009 he appeared in the Southampton Village 4th of July parade as well as entered the Suffolk Community College's annual Talent show where he took home second place. 
Tramar has not only sang for parades and talent shows he has a huge love for community events such as Relay For Life, Light The Night Walk.

This singer has not only performed for local events he has traveled out of state for the annual NAACP conventions since 2005. While in Milwaukee he had the pleasure of meeting the American Idol Fantasia Barrino. That's not the only Idol contestant he has met, he had the pleasure of singing for singer and author as well as American Idol Finalist Ms. Melinda Doolittle who gave him great tips on how to get his name out there.

When asked what does he sing he says "everything- i don't believe I am locked into one genre I have been blessed to sing everything".

Tramar has shared the stage with many many local and national artist including Apollo winner Dylan Jenet Collins, Apollo winner Tiffany Obi, Actress and Singer Dhonna Harris Goodale, singer/ rapper Lem Payne. Most recently Tramar has the pleasure and was graced with the opportunity to perform with Metro Opera Singer Earl Huie and jazz vocalist Laura Mann. Being asked to sing with those two was defiantly an "honor that shouldn't be taken lightly" . The highlight of 2010 was when Tramar performed with the "Hot 8 Brass Band" the Happy Birthday song to NAACP President Mr. Lucius Ware.

He appeared on the cover of "Southampton Press" in July 2009, which opened the door to a lot of places. He always says to everyone "I am blessed to have such a supportive family when it comes to me singing".

Not only does is he a singer he is an actor as well. He made his debut apperance to the professional theater stage at an early age when he played the lead ensemble munchkin in "The Wizard Of Oz"

Tramar has  sang for the god daughter of the late "James Brown" Mrs. Kathy Jordan Sharpton as well as Dhonna Harris Goodale and Paul Antonelli along wih many others. He has had the honor of performing with the "Sweetheart Of Gospel" Bettina Pennon who is also his musical mentor. 



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