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Strawberry Fields Performs Seventeen Years at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill


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Strawberry Fields (Beatle Tribute Band)  Performing at B.B. Kings















































Strawberry Fields Band Leader and Founder Tony Garafolo and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op during their interview at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill






















Actress and TV Host  Helen Proimos, Tony Garofalo and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op befor the show at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill















































Stylist Patricia Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Beatles Brunch at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill


 










In 1964, the first US arrival of four lads from Liverpool changed the course of music history, as well as world history – forever! Their mere presence in a room made adolescent hearts throb and traffic jam for hours in every major city they toured. We are talking about none other than The Beatles, whose contribution to music defined an era. They affected every area of life including fashion, hairstyles, politics, protests, war, religion, and yes, peace and love.

Most of us never got to see the Beatles in-person because we either couldn’t afford to buy tickets, or were just too young to stay out past 8 PM, but we were able to cling to an old album cover or photograph, hoping one day to catch a real glimpse of the Fab Four. Well, today, “Strawberry Fields” is here, a look-alike, sound-alike Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you, the audience, as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. The band features true look-alike performers, handpicked from hundreds of auditionees, who speak in Liverpudlian accents and play on the vintage musical instruments that Beatles fans have come to recognize.


“Strawberry Fields” will take you on a Magical Mystery Tour through the 1960s beginning with the year 1964 – complete with mop top hair, black suits and thin ties – and through the first four albums of great songs. The next stop is 1967, featuring the psychedelic era of the “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album – with all of the costumes and jackets featured on the album cover, and singing all of your groovy favorites. Their last musical visit is to a place where their hair got longer and their music more politically involved, featuring music from the “White Album,” “Abbey Road,” and “Let It Be.”

“Strawberry Fields” has been performing to audiences of all ages for over a decade and in the past has shared the stage with featured guests from the Broadway cast of “Beatlemania;” Steve Holly, drummer for Paul McCartney who was featured on his second solo album, “Back To The Egg;” Billy J. Kramer (one of Brian Epstein’s original British Invasion stars); Tony Sheridan, who recorded an entire album with The Beatles, themselves; and Pete Best, who (in case you’ve been living under a rock for all these years) was, early in their careers, the drummer of The Beatles! We have enjoyed many press reviews from several acclaimed journals and raves from fans everywhere. We’ve most recently performed an exclusive engagement for “EMI” at “Ruby Foo’s” in NYC, not to mention our 2005, one-time-only 40th anniversary recreation of The Beatles’ historic 1965 concert at Shea Stadium… Shea Stadium! Wow!!!

Every Saturday for the past seventeen years “Strawberry Fields” performs live at B.B. Kings in Times Square for a very special Beatles Brunch. I had the chance to interview Band Leader Tony Garofalo about the history behind the music.


Tony was born into a musical family, with a mother who was a professional dancer and teacher, and a father who is both a 25-year guitar teacher and professional Carnegie Hall alumnus with the New York Mandolin Orchestra. Tony has been playing guitar since 1969, and is also trained in the fine art of classical guitar, mastering pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Sor, Julian Bream, and Andrew Segovia. He has also served as a veteran NYPD police officer for 20 years, and has risen to the ranks of both Detective and Sergeant in his career, with over 700 arrests to his credit and has worked in the central robbery unit, narcotics division, detective division, and internal affairs bureau. He was very well known by colleagues and police brass as the “real” Sergeant Pepper. Tony was also a key contributor in the September 11th rescue and recovery effort both at Ground Zero and the Staten Island Fresh Kill location.

Tony has continuously perfected the role as John Lennon throughout the 80’s and 90’s, performing with countless incarnations of Beatlemania, and has been grateful to have had the opportunity to perform with many Broadway Beatlemania alumni such as: Billy Ray, Mark Vacaccio, Don Linares, Alan Lebouff, Glen Bertnik, and Peter Santoro, to name just a few. In 1991, Strawberry Fields was created by Tony in an effort to bring forth a complete Beatles performance package that was accessible to every type of audience and to every type of budget. This unique formula has proven successful over the years, opening the doors for Strawberry Fields to perform at almost any type of musical situation: amphitheaters, stadiums, theaters, car dealerships, weddings, bar mitzvahs, high school reunions, birthday parties, outdoor festivals… the list goes on and on.


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12th Annual Christmas In Italy

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Opera Star Cristina Fontanelli poses for a photo-op at the 12th Annual Christmas in Italy at the Skirball Performing Arts Center in Greenwich Village









































































Emcee and PBS Host Jim Masters poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the 12th Annual Christmas In Italy





















































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op  at the 12th Annual Christmas in Italy at the Skirball Performing Arts Center in Greenwich Village













It was a Merry Christmas Italian-style at the 12th Annual “Christmas In Italy” showcasing at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts in Greenwich Village in New York City on December 19, 2015.

Audiences created new traditions and wonderful family memories as they were transported to La Bella Italia! All that attended enjoyed the strains of the mandolins, the beautiful Children singing (the Little Language Studio of Brooklyn) and dancing (Dance Electra of Staten Island), plus the Richmond Choral Society of Staten Island with the Arcadian Chorale of NJ performing during this special concert. Opera Star Cristina Fonantelli and her wonderful PBS-TV co-hosts, Denise Richardson and Jim Masters, were happily joined together on this Vocal Journey through Italy’s best-loved songs and the World’s best-loved Christmas classics.


Cristina has become a well-known personality through her recordings, her appearances on TV, radio, in concert, nightclubs, opera and through her acting debut on network television. She has appeared as PBS-TV/NY affiliates host for Andrea Bocelli’s Live From Central Park, also starring Celine Dion and Tony Bennett; for the Il Volo Takes Flight special; Vienna Boys Choir and Qi Gong PBS-TV Specials. In November of 2014 Cristina was chosen by the Italian government as a world-wide representative of the Puglia region to sing in Bari, Italy. She is the “Voice of Domino’s Pizza” on their national radio commercial, the voice of “Nonna” on PBS-TV Chef Lidia Bastianich’s Christmas special (in over 300 PBS outlets across the U.S.) and has appeared on CBS Weekend NY in interview/performance/co-hosting roles for the past 2 years. Cristina’s beautiful soprano voice has taken her to the White House as part of President Clinton’s holiday celebration and Cristina was invited to open the ceremonies at the Stars and Stripes Inaugural Ball for President George W. Bush. This following her “Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts” from the Order Sons of Italy in America (previous honorees include Luciano Pavarotti).

She has appeared with many famous recording artists and big talents including Tony Bennett and Joel Grey. Ms. Fontanelli is a guest artist with many prestigious orchestras including the Boston Pops and the St. Louis Symphony performing in major concert halls throughout the U.S. and the world, including the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers and major concert halls throughout the Far East and Canada.


She has completed three world-tours with the Mantovani Orchestra. Annual and recent appearances include Jimmy Kimmel’s Feast of San Gennaro in Hollywood, CA; singing the National Anthem on Capital Hill in Washington D.C. for the testimony by fashion-icon Giorgio Gucci; appearing annually at Feinsteins at the Regency Hotel; singing Happy Birthday to Mickey Rooney for his 90th birthday celebration at Feinsteins (Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Tony Bennett, et al in attendance); opening the ceremonies for the prestigious Hamptons Classic Horseshow; honoring Connie Francis at the historic Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach; the National Arts Club NYC; performances in San Diego (with Giada DiLaurentis); making her off-Broadway debut at the St. Luke’s Theater in “My Big Gay Italian Wedding”; the PBS Gala at Times Square Discover and her 12th-Annual “Christmas in Italy”® which will take place on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 3 p.m. NYC and her 4th-annual in La Jolla, CA T/B/.



Cristina has sung at Gracie Mansion at the invitation of Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Washington, D.C. for the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the 9/11 Memorial at Rockefeller CenterItalian Embassy, Lincoln Center with stars from the Metropolitan Opera and the Waldorf-Astoria for the Columbus Citizens Foundation honoring Franco Zeffirelli and Maestro Riccardo Muti.  She has toured the Middle East extensively as an “Ambassador of Opera”.  Ms. Fontanelli has also toured as a solo concert artist in major concert halls throughout Japan, Korea, Italy, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States. She has received rave reviews for her nightclub entertainment abilities, in addition to her classical concert and operatic appearances. Other appearances include the Hilton in Atlantic City, St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC, a 9/11 memorial concert at Rockefeller Center with the NYPD Concert Band (televised on CNN, Fox National and NY Channels 5, 7 and 9) and the Columbus Day Parade on 5th Avenue NYC.  She was signed by platinum-record winning producer to record “Cristina Fontanelli Sings Great Italian Favorites”.  Her numerous awards include the American Opera Auditions and awards from the Puccini and Koussevitsky Foundations and “Woman of the Year” awards from the NYC Transit Authority, Italian Charities in America, the NJ Federation of Italian and Italian-American Societies, the Ethnic Press Council of Toronto, the Salerno Club of the State of NY and the International Women’s Network for service to NY.  Ms. Fontanelli speaks fluent Italian and sings and entertains in 8 languages



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



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33rd ANNUALFRED & ADELE ASTAIRE AWARDS 2015

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Actress Christina Bianco poses for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan (Photo Credit Presley Ann PatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harvey Weinstein and Joel Grey pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  Photo Credit Presley Ann for PatrickMcMullan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holt McCallany poses for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  (Photo Credit Presley AnnPatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jennifer Grey and Joel Grey pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  (Photo Credit Presley Ann PatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Countess Luann DeLesseps poses for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  (Photo Credit Presley Ann PatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jean Shafiroff wearing a gown designed by Carolina Herrara and Harvey Weinstein pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  (Photo Credit Presley Ann PatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jonathan Ritter and Melanie Moore Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  (Photo Credit Presley AnnPatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lee Roy Reams, Joel Grey, Patricia Watt pose for a photo-op at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards (Photo Credit Presley Ann PatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mia Michaels, Harvey Weinstein and Diane Paulus pose for a photo-op at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards  (Photo Credit Presley Ann PatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Michele Herbert and Sara Johnson Kaplan  pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  (Photo Credit Presley Ann PatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Film and Stage Actor and the Recipient of The Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr. Joel Grey .poses for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  (Photo Credit Andrew Cohen from Longislandexchange.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bebe Neuwirth poses for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  (Photo Credit Presley Ann PatrickMcMullan.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center in Manhattan  (Photo Credit Andrew Cohen from Longislandexchange.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Monday June 1st, 2015, the 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film each season, honored Broadway legend Joel Grey as well as film and theater producer Harvey Weinstein at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The gala evening was hosted by Two-Time Drama Desk Award nominated actress Christina Bianco.
 
Presented by Patricia Watt, the Producer of the Astaire Awards and The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts, as well as The Fred Astaire International Dance Studios, the event began with a VIP cocktail reception followed by the show and awards presentation. For the first time, the awards were live-streamed across the United States.
 
The ceremony began with a performance of “New York, New York” from the three-time Astaire Award nominated musical On The Town.  Proceeding, actress and impressionist Christina Bianco channeled Kristen Chenowith and Bernadette Peters in a rousing duet of sorts to “Shall We Dance.” She brought some of her other impersonations into the performance including Barbara Streisand, Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Sutton Foster and Patti Lupone. Following that performance, Astaire Awards Executive Producer Patricia Watt and Director Joe Lanteri took the stage to welcome the crowd to the awards ceremony.
 
She thanked the audience for coming and listed a few names in particular including nominee Warren Carlyle saying, “If everyone were like Warren Carlyle, the world would be a better place.” She then shared that part of the proceeds from the event benefit The Douglas Watt Foundation, and brought Executive Director of the foundation Jessica Zippin to share more about its mission.
 
The foundation works with children, usually on the autism spectrum, to help develop social skills and communication through dance. “For children who are nonverbal, it’s important to learn to communicate through their bodies”
 
Following a brief video presentation on the work of the foundation, Tony Award nominated actress Tovah Feldshuh introduced the Astaire Awards winner for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater and Film Harvey Weinstein.
 
She commended him for his commitment to dance in his movies despite not being “a guy who started at the ballet bar.”
 
“There’s a reason why Harvey Weinstein is thanked more than God,” she said adding that it is because, “He believes in us, he believes in artists.”
 
Proceeding her introduction, performers Jonathan Ritter and Astaire Award Nominee Melanie Moore took to the stage to perform a rendition of “Neverland” from the musical Finding Neverland, which he produces. This was then followed by a video tribute of dance sequences from his movies including Shakespeare in Love and Pulp Fiction.
 
Finding Neverland choreographer and Astaire Awards nominee Mia Michaels presented the award to Weinstein. “Not only was he the father of Finding Neverland,” she said, “he was my teacher and my bad ass big brother.”
 
“[Harvey] You make the world and the arts a better place,” she shared before welcoming Weinstein to the stage.
 
Harvey Weinstein opened up his speech by stating, “I am not leader of Finding Neverland, that’s Diane Paulus. I’m just the bad ass big brother.”
 
He pointed out that Finding Neverland was not nominated for any Tony Awards, yet still makes $1 million per week. He stressed, “We need new voices on Broadway. We need new guys like me on Broadway.”
 
While Weinstein was in film school, he got his first introduction to dance when his then-girlfriend dragged him to see the musical Chicago and was mystified by the choreography of Bob Fosse.
 
“I told my girlfriend, I’m going to make that into a movie,” he said.
 
Honorary Chair Countess LuAnn DeLesseps and Actor Holt McCallany introduced Jack Rothweiler, President of the Fred Astaire International Dance Studios. Jack discussed the company and introduced the performance choreographed by Steven Powell.
 
Following the dance performance actress Alysia Reiner and David Alan Basche presented the award for Outstanding Choreography in a Feature Film, which went to Akram Khan (Desert Dancer). Not able to attend the awards, Desert Dancer’s director Richard Raymond accepted the award on his behalf.
 
The movie, which is about a dancer’s pursuit to dance in Iran, where it is illegal, was a passion project for Raymond. When he initially approached Khan, he was too busy. Then through Raymond’s persistence, Khan joined onboard. Khan, via an email read by Raymond, said,” Raymond made his dream into our dream.”
 
Host Christina Bianco then took to the stage to introduce a performance of “Life Is Like A Train” from On The Twentieth Century with the show’s porters Philip Attmore, Rick Faugno, Drew King and Richard Riaz Yoder. At the conclusion of the performance, the men were surprised with an Astaire Award for Outstanding Dance Ensemble.
 
Actor Richard Thomas discussed the legacy of Douglas Watt, the namesake of the Astaire Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Founder of the Drama Desk and Drama Critics circle as well as the Astaire Awards, Thomas said, “He always made it his business to highlight the extraordinary,” adding, “he would be thrilled that it’s being given to extraordinary song and dance man Joel Grey.”
 
The American Dance Machine For The 21st Century performed an original routine to “Popularity” choreographed by Joe Layton. At the conclusion of the performance Bebe Neuwirth took to the stage to introduce The Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award winner Joel Grey.
 
“Joel Grey is an artist. He is an artist when he sings, when he acts, when he dances,” she said adding, “He in his singular voice expresses the truth.” Proceeding was a musical medley of some of Grey’s most famous performances including Cabaret and Chicago performed by Leeds Hill, Scott Wise, Ryan Silverman and Lee Roy Reams followed by a video tribute showcasing his dancing.
 
His daughter Jennifer Grey, wiping away tears, took to the stage to pay tribute to her dad. “I didn’t expect to feel like that,” she said, “I feel like Liza [Minelli] all gaspy and stuff.”
 
Grey said she remembers that when she was six, she was sitting in the dressing room watching her father put on his face makeup to become The Emcee. She noticed that as he was applying more and more of the makeup, the less of her father she saw and more he became the character.
 
However more than being a performer, she said that his bigger accomplishment is how he lives his life and his “gigantic” heart. “This world is just markedly better for him being here,” she said.
 
When accepting his award, Joel Grey opened by saying, “I’m reminded that I’ve always been in love with dance and always will.”
 
His path to dance was a rough one, he said sharing stories of his childhood dance teacher yelling at him for having a tough time breaking into dance. His first paid performance was in a Jones Beach Dance show called Mardi Gras. After nearly giving up, Hal Prince gave him a call for a show he thought he’d be good for, which was Cabaret. To conclude, he thanked a litany of top Broadway choreographers for helping him with his career including Kathleen Marshall and Bob Fosse.
 
“My life was in their hands and they gave it to me,” he said.
 
Charlotte d’Amboise then presented the Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer, which was a tie for Robert Fairchild (An American In Paris) and Tony Yazbeck (On The Town). In Fairchild’s speech, he thanked the dance partners he’s had throughout his life including his sister fellow Astaire Award nominee Megan Fairchild. Yazbeck shared in his acceptance speech that he got his start in dance watching Fred Astaire on TV in black and white at age 4. “My parents saw my enthusiasm and signed me up for tap dancing lessons,” he said.
 
Lee Roy Reams and Scott Wise presented the Astaire Award for Outstanding Female Dancer to Leanne Cope (An American In Paris). She shared that she first fell in love with dance by watching presenter Jennifer Grey in her movie Dirty Dancing.
 
Kathleen Marshall and Patricia Wilcox presented the award for Outstanding Choreography on Broadway to Joshua Bergasse (On The Town) and Christopher Wheeldon (An American In Paris). Bergasse shared that he started dancing when he was a 3-year-old in his mother’s basement and dedicated the award to her.
 
The award ceremony concluded with a performance by Studio Bleu Dance Center. VIP guests then enjoyed a special reception at the Richard Rosenthal Pavillion. Presenters were given special gift bags with items including:  Happy Hankies from The Handkerchief Shop; Smooth & Repair thermal protecting balm and gift certificates for a cut and blow-dry or deep conditioning and blow-dry at the trendy new Salon Ziba on West 57th Street; a body-face-head razor from HeadBlade as seen in MoMA (and HeadSlick shave cream); a $200 gift certificate for cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Catrise Austin; pareos from Serena and Lily; arnica gel from Boiron; Pure Luxury Argan De-Frizz & Shine Mist by Rich; “Breaking Bad” Heisenberg action figures from Mezco; MIXIT silver car charger and Lightning to USB cable from Belkin; Pipsqueaks mini-grahams for kids; Still Standing pain-relieving foot spray (for red carpet fatigue); chocolate chip cookies from Tate’s Bake Shop; Green Garmento reusable dry cleaning bags (to help the planet), and Brownie Smidgens from Bake-tique 212, a high-end New York artisanal dessert caterer.
 
Congratulations to all the Winners listed below:

2015 WINNERS
The Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award
Joel Grey
 
Outstanding Contrubution to Musical Theatre & Film
Harvey Weinsten
Outstanding Female Dancer
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
 
Outstanding Male Dancer
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town &
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
 
Outstanding Choreography on Broadway
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris &
Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
 
Outstanding Choreography in a Feature Film
Akram Kahn, Desert Dancer
 
Outstanding Dance Ensemble
Phillip Attmore, Rick Faugno, Drew King, Richard Riaz Yoder, On the Twentieth Century
 
The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were established in 1982 to recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film. The annual awards were established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to also honor his sister Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. The Fred & Adele Awards remain the gold standard for excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and film.  Since 1982, additional awards have been added, including the award for best choreography in film, the lifetime achievement award, and a unique award determined annually for exceptional contribution to the field.
 

For more information, visit www.theastaireawards.org/
 
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Temple Emanu-el proudly presented Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" Starring Helen Proimos

 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actress Helen Proimos backstage at Temple Emanuel for Long Beach Theater Guild's proudly presents "Woody Allen's Don't Drink The Water" starring Actors Steve Brus...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actress Helen Proimos poses for a photo-op after Temple Emanu-el proudly presented Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water"  Starring Helen Proimos in Long Beach New York
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Brandon Hannan and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op after Temple Emanu-el proudly presented Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water"  Starring Helen Proimos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actress China Garay, Beauty Pagent Winner Ms, NY Senior America Gayle King and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op after after Temple Emanu-el proudly presented Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water"  Starring Helen Proimos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cast of  Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On November 8, 2014 Long Beach Theatre Guild and Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-el proudly premiered Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water," in Long Beach Long Island.

The synopsis of the story takes place somewhere behind the early 1960s cold-war iron curtain.  The Hollander family create an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. In order to stay out of prison, the Hollanders take refuge in the American Embassy, which is temporarily being supervised by the absent Ambassador's diplomatically incompetent son, Axel.
 
Star and Leading Lading Helen Proimos is a SAG/AFTRA actress, singer and performer. Helen enjoys working in the theater on stage and in films. Some of her latest theater credits include Mae Peterson in "Bye Bye Birdie," Mrs. Strakosh in "Funny Girl" and now Marion Hollander in "Don't Drink The Water" by Woody Allen. She has had roles in many award winning independent films. She was Anne Heche's horseback riding stunt double on the soap, "Another World." Helen performed with a doo-wop group opening for The Platters and other notables. Helen's latest film was the lead role she had in the film "Taught To Hate." The controversial film received many accolades and  prestigious awards both nationally and internationally. Aside from festivals, this film has been shown and discussed in schools and communities to help stop hate crimes and bullying. Her new project  is portraying a young Eddie's mom in the 2015 staged musical of Two Tickets To Paradise starring recording artist, Eddie Money.
 
Helen Proimos can be seen on her new TV show "Stage And In Between Screen With Helen" on Cablevision every Monday night in Nassau County on Channel 115 at 10 PM, Hauppauge/Brookhaven area - Fridays, Channel 20 at 6:30 PM and in Riverhead -  Wednesdays, Channel 20 at 10 PM.
 
For more information pleae visit Helen at Facebook/Helen Proimos and Facebook/Stage Screen and In Between with HELEN.
 
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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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