Tuesday, March 2, 2010
WELL, wouldn't we all like to be at the Hudson Theater on Monday night (March 8)? It's the Vineyard Theater's annual gala, which was set to be obscenely theater-star-studded to begin with.
The dapper David Hyde Pierce is the host. John Kander is the guest of honor, at least partly because the Vineyard's next production (now in previews) is "The Scottsboro Boys," an honest-to-God Kander and Ebb musical. Fred Ebb died in 2004, of course, but he left behind a body of unproduced work, which his partner has been able to shepherd into reality. ("Curtains," which starred Mr. Hyde Pierce, was one.) Chita Rivera, Joel Grey and Karen Ziemba (currently shining at the Long Wharf in "Sylvia") are among the scheduled entertainers.
But the most interesting news is that Mario Cantone (above, in his natural element), the stand-up Laugh Whore himself, is on the bill. And so is Ms. Liza Minnelli, to be accompanied by Billy Stritch. Now. I was at the Henry Miller the night Natasha Richardson, starring in "Cabaret," insisted that Liza come onstage with her after the curtain calls. And I have never seen a facial expression that more clearly said, "Please just let me go home." So. What will happen if Mario wants Ms. Minnelli to help out with his Liza impression? Or his Judy Garland impression? Some very lucky people will find out soon.