All Moms and Dads and their children should see Metamorphosis at the The Big Apple Circus at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center. It is a wonderful show for children of all ages. Every act is superb from a Mongolian contortionist Odbayasakh Dorjoo to adorable animals trained by Jenny Vidbel. The two camels, an African porcupine, miniature horses, dogs, llamas, and more will delight every child. Other acts include jugglers, trapeze artists, and other skillful performers, introduced by Francesco, a clown in a suit instead of a typical clown costume. You will leave the circus happy.
The York Theatre Company 23rd Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala at Park Avenue's Racquet & Tennis Club is a marvelous affair. On this occasion, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty were the Oscar Hammerstein Award Honorees. A multitude of celebrities came to congratulate them, including playwright Terrence McNally, who is collaborating with them on a musical Anastasia. I chatted with Sheldon Harnick, who is revising The Rothchilds. Judy Kaye, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, Andy Karl and Tom Meehan were also present. It was a lovely event.
The International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton is a splendid evening. I meet talented actors and producers from all over the globe. Among my favorites, was the charming Dutch actress Bianca Krijgsman holding her Emmy, which she was awarded as Best Performance by an Actress for De Nieuwe Wereld (The New World). I also had a lovely conversation with the beautiful German actress Carolin Kebekus. who was a presenter. Among the American presenters wereChristina Hendricks, John Slattery and Ben Shenkman. Matthew Lucas was the very funny host. It was a glorious night.
The New York City Ballet began its annual month of performances of 60th Anniversary of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, music by Tschaikovsky, choreography by Balanchine, at the David H. Koch Theater on November 28-January 3, 2015. It is one of Balanchine's greatest masterpieces, and a gift to ballet fans each year. It delights adults and children alike. The opening night performance featured three of the company's outstanding dancers, Sterling Hyltin (The Sugarplum Fairy), Andrew Veyette (Her Cavalier) and Ashley Bouder (Dewdrop). All three were splendid, as was Daniel Ulbricht leading the Candy Canes with his large hoop. The ballet also offers roles for many children, and the Angels and the Polichinelles in the second act were adorable. The holiday party of the first act also captivates children with the mischievous Fritz (Sawyer Reo) and the charming Marie (Avery Lin), followed by the battle between the Mice and the Toy Soldiers. Balanchine could not have given New York a finer Christmas present.
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