Off-Broadway, the revival of All in the Timing, by David Ives, is as funny, witty and clever, as it was when it opened twenty years ago. Six short one act plays are hilarious, and the the five member cast is superb, with a special well deserved ovation for Carson Elrod, who is truly amazing. We celebrated the opening night at the Volstead with David Garrison, Julie Halston, Walter Bobbie and many other guests.
The York Theatre Company presents a series of Musicals in Mufti. I attended Two by Two, music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Martin Charnin. It is a delightful musical, starring Jason Alexander and Tovah Feldshuh. The music is beautiful, the lyrics witty and intelligent, the eight member cast is perfect, and the audience enjoyed an entertaining show. The opening night party took place in the music room at the theatre with Mary Rodgers (Richard's daughter) and Shelly Burch (Martin Charnin's wife). Martin also directed the show.
The Drama League's 29th Annual Musical Celebration Gala at the Pierre Hotel honored Audra McDonald. Among her guests were Zoe Caldwell, Tyne Daly, Will Swenson and many more too numerous to mention. It was a very elegant event.
Barry Manilow received his caricature at Sardi's. Among the guests were Heather Hitchens, Jordan Roth and
MoMA presented The Lovers, by Louis Malle, France, 1958, about a bored, married wife (Jeanne Moreau) living in the French countryside pursuing an adulterous life. When it first appeared, it caused a scandal and was considered obscene. Today, it seems rather mild. Unfortunately, watching a bored woman becomes rather boring for a movie audience, and she soon loses our sympathy.
Opera in Cinema from Emerging Pictures presented Don Carlo, by Verdi, from Teatro alla Scala, which was filmed on December 7, 2008. It was a superb performance with outstanding singers. Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II sang brilliantly with a deep, sonorous voice. Dolora Zajick was a wonderful Princess Eboli, reaching the high notes easily. The rest of the cast, including Stuart Neill (Don Carlo), Fiorenza Cedolins (Elizabeth de Valois), and Dalibor Jenis (Rodrigo), sang and acted very well. The orchestra played the score magnificently, under the baton of Daniele Gatti. The sumptuous costume design of Thibault van Creanenbroeckt recreated the period perfectly, offsetting the spartan scenic design.