Sunday, May 13, 2012

SceneAroundTown... Michele Lee, Connie Stevens, Lainie Kazan & Barbara Van Orden Dish About "The Persian Room"..... Kathleen Hughes in "Roadhouse"...."The Heiress" with Richard Chamberlain, Heather Tom & Julia Duffy.... Cheryl Brost "The 7th Fittest Woman In The World"... Re-Animator The Musical's George Wendt, Graham Skipper, Mark Beltzman, Marlon Grace, Rachel Avery, Chris L. McKenna... Mireille Enos of AMC's "The Killing"... Author Michelle Alexander "The New Jim Crow".... Opening Nite of Beautiful "Cosi Fan Tutte" Opera... &... Happy Mother's Day... HH(:

Leading Ladies Michele Lee, Connie Stevens, Lainie Kazan & Barbara Van Orden share memories with author Patty Farmer "The Persian Room Present: An Oral History of New York's Most Magical Night Spot". A good portion of profits from the fun book will go to support Child Cares

Connie Stevens & Lainie Kazan dish about "The Persian Room"

Barbara Van Orden & Patty Farmer on the panel held at Barnes & Noble at The Grove

Michele Lee & Connie Stevens share tales of performing at NYC's Persian Room
Actress/Cousins Diana Herbert & Kathleen Hughes came by to support their AFI Associates chum Barbara Van Orden...   Kathleen Hughes recently appeared at the Noir Film Festival in Palm Springs where they showed her 1949 classic film "Roadhouse" 

Re-Animator The Musical's Graham Skipper opening nite at The Hayworth

Re-Animator The Musical's Mark Beltzman (right) greets fans Paul & Laurie Wee opening nite
Re-Animator The Musical's Marlon Grace, Rachel Avery & Chris L. McKenna

Re-Animator The Musical's George Wendt

Cheryl Brost "The 7th Fittest Woman In The World" & Harrison Held...  You can read more about Cheryl below in a Sunshine MagaZine ExclusiVe...  Photo by Virginia Martino    HH(:

Mireille Enos star of AMC's hot drama "The Killing"

Mireille Enos one of the greatest actresses on television today  greets fans & friends at a recent season 2 sneak preview of AMC's "The Killing" at the TV Academy

Professor/Author Michelle Alexander "The New Jim Crow"

Michelle Alexander & Connie Kizzie-Gillett

Urban Issues Breakfast Forum of Greater Los Angeles hosted by Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D. presented newsmaker professor/author Michelle Alexander's  eye opening & mind blowing  "The "New Jim Crow: Mass Incarcination in the Age of Colorblindness" at CAAM - California African American Museum

A Fun Nite At The Opera....   "Cosi Fan Tutte" couples Jeff Goble & Elizabeth Jones and Daria Somers & Kyle Patterson

Daria Somers

Elizabeth Jones

Kyle Patterson

Jeff Goble

Jessica Mamey & Luvi Avendano

I attended opening nite of the Pacific Opera Project production of W.A. Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" directed by Josh Shaw and loved it!   The opera opens the new Porticoes Theater in Pasadena.  Beautiful, strong  voices & performances, beautiful sets, beautiful costumes & beautiful music conducted by Stephen Carr...  What a great production, cast & chamber orchestra!  "Cosi Fan Tutte" is presented in Italian with subtitles and has been reset from 1790 Italy to America at the time of the Civil War drawing some inspiration from a certain 1939 movie about the Antebellum South.  Visit for more information about this very enjoyable production....  HH(:

Richard Chamberlain, Heather Tom, Julia Duffy & cast in "The Heiress". Photo: Jim Cox

"The Heiress" directed by Damaso Rodriguez at Pasadena Playhouse is great and if you haven't seen it yet it runs for one more week.  The play is set in Washington Square, New York in 1850 and is a must see.  Heather Tom is amazing as Catherine Sloper - I think she gives the finest performance of the year on stage by an actress.  Richard Chamberlain plays her cold, practical, well meaning father Dr. Austin Sloper with such finesse that he should win an award for his portrayal of the cruelest father ever on stage.  Kudos to the entire cast for great performances... Julia Duffy, Gigi Bermingham, Steve Coombs, Chris Reinacher, Elizabeth Tobias, Anneliese Van Der Pol & Jill Van Veler.  Great costumes & scenic design by Leah Piehl and John Iacovelli respectively. For more information visit  ...HH(:

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