Monday, April 7, 2008

Press release(s) of the day: Hawkeye ’n’ Bobbi Flekman ’n’ Saint-Saëns ’n’ Lerner & Loewe


Received within 25 minutes of each other:

The Chamber Music at the [92nd Street] Y series finale on Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 8 pm, welcomes back a longtime friend of Jaime Laredo and the Y, the venerated actor / writer / director / producer Alan Alda. Mr. Alda returns to the Y to unite two of his longtime passions--theater and music--directing and narrating two audience favorites: Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals and Stravinsky’s The Soldier's Tale. The evening also welcomes actor Noah Wyle (ER's Dr. John Carter), who, in The Soldier's Tale, performs onstage and in a film shot by Alda on location in California.


Fran Drescher, known to millions as the star of the former television series, The Nanny, will make her New York Philharmonic debut as the sorceress, Morgan le Fey, in the Philharmonic’s semi-staged presentation of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot, May 7–10, 2008. She joins a star-studded cast featuring Gabriel Byrne (King Arthur), who recently starred in HBO’s In Treatment; Marin Mazzie (Guenevere), who was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Kiss Me Kate; acclaimed baritone Nathan Gunn (Lancelot), who has sung in opera companies around the world; Christopher Lloyd (Pellinore), the stage and film actor who appeared in the Back to the Future trilogy; and Marc Kudisch (Lionel), nominated for Tony Awards for his work in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Alda’s a fine actor, of course, and he has musical cred: he was nominated for a Tony Award in 1967 for his role in Jerry Bock’s “Apple Tree.” But Noah Wyle? Same goes for “Camelot” at the Philharmonic. Gabriel Byrne, yes. Nathan Gunn, yes. Fran Drescher and Christopher Lloyd? Good God, no.


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