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by Michael Portantiere

Pops and Circumstance

  • Pops and Circumstance

    There was much joy in the air at Carnegie Hall on Monday, April 27 as the New York Pops offered a concert that celebrated its own 26th birthday, the 10th anniversary of the essential performance venue Feinstein's at Loew's Regency, the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's first sailing into what is now New York harbor, and the appointment of the orchestra's new music director, Steven Reineke. Joining in the concert were several eminent Broadway types and other big-name celebs. Here are some photos I took at Carnegie and during the after-party at the Pierre Hotel.


    "The indestuctible Liza Minnelli" was on hand to help her buddy Michael Feinstein celebrate the 10th anniversary of the club that bears his name.


    Here's Feinstein with Jonathan Tisch, co-chariman of Loews Corporation and chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels.


    Brian d'Arcy James, still lookin' good (and sounding great) sans his Shrek makeup.


    The beautiful and talented Cheyenne Jackson and Anika Noni Rose.


    Idina Menzel, positively glowing.


    The concert was hosted by the amazing Ms. Smith -- Liz, that is!


    R&B legends Ashford & Simpson.


    Stephen Flaherty (right), whose magnificent new "American River Suite" (lyrics by William Schermerhorn) capped the first half of the concert, with Brian Stokes Mitchell, who starred in Flaherty's great musical Ragtime (lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Terrence McNally) on Broadway.

    Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at [email protected]

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