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Coming this fall!
Our annual “Name That Tune Costume Party Benefit” Come dressed as a song title. This hilarious benefit has been held by previous incarnations of Mr. Estwanik’s American Songbook non-profits in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, NYC, Telluride CO, and now here. The late NYC columnist and author Liz Smith said “This is absolutely the most fun benefit I have ever attended. And I have been to hundreds as you can well imagine!” At this benefit, you will have a reason to talk to everyone there, trying to guess their song title costumes. Celebrity judges, great raffle and auction prizes. Date and venue to be announced soon. Can you guess the song titles of some of these famous people?
Broadway star: Phantom of the Opera (Christine), The Music Man (Marian the librarian – Tony nomination)Secret Garden (Lucy), The Sound of Music (Maria von Trapp) , Showboat (Magnolia – Tony nom), Nine (Claudia), Mary Poppins(Mrs. Banks – Tony nom), etc.
Broadway Director – Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spring Awakening (Tony Award), Hedwig & the Angry Inch,American Idiot, Side Man, etc. In London – Funny Girl
Juilliard Drama School Faculty and Broadway’s “go-to” speech and dialect coach – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Audra McDonald), Driving Miss Daisy (Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones),Light in the Piazza (Victoria Clark and Kelli O’Hara), Angels in America (all three Broadway productions), South Pacific, King and I, Cabaret (Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming), War Paint (Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole), The Bridges of Madison County (Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale), Streetcar Named Desire (Natasha Richardson and Amy Ryan), etc
Stage, cabaret, and international concert star. Soloist at The White House, HM Queen Elizabeth’s birthday affair, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook tribute to lyricist David Zippel with Barbara Cook, Tribute to Adam Guettel (with Kelli O’Hara & Stephen Pasquale), Richard Rodgers (with Malcom Gets), Noel Coward (with Jim Dale, Rosemary Harris, Haley Mills) and such artists as Patricia Neal, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Patrice Munsel, Tommy Tune and glass artist Dale Chihuly.
“Broadway’s Handsome Cellist” and advocate for American composers. First cellist for Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, The Light in the Piazza, High Fidelity, Legally Blonde, South Pacific, Pippin, and The King and I. Performed and recorded for a wide array artists including Adam Guettel, Kelli O'Hara, Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Judy Kuhn, Deborah Voight, Rufus Wainwright, Peter Buffet, Stephen Schwartz, Anthony Rapp, Josh Groban, James Taylor, Diana Krall, and Billy Joel. Peter has been the electric cellist for two Cirque du Soleil shows (Banana Schpeel and Quidam) and he has also toured Europe and the United States as a member of Pink Martini.
Best Song Title Costume Judges from the Past
Tara Rubin of Broadway’s Tara Rubin Casting (Phantom of the Opera, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Promises, Promises, How To Succeed… and many more.) and William Ivey Long – Seven-time Tony winner for Costume Design. Shows include The Producers, Hairspray, Nine, Crazy for You, Grey Gardens, Young Frankenstein, Cinderella, Bullets Over Broadway, On the Twentieth Century, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, etc.
Jane Kaczmarek– actress (TV’s Malcolm in the Middle (seven Emmy noms, This Is Us, The Simpsons, etc., Broadway’s Lost in Yonkers) with actress Anita Gillette (Broadway’s Carnival!, Mr. President, Guys and Dolls, Don't Drink the Water, Cabaret, They're Playing Our Song, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Chapter TwoTony nom) and Carolyn McCormick (Broadway, film, and TV actress best known as psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Olivet on Law & Order.)
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