Friday, June 12, 2009
West Side Story--LA style
I went to the Actors' Fun Tony Awards party to see the east coast feed. I sat with Carol Lawrence, Chita Rivera, and George Chakiris. Later on we went to Joe Tremaine's house (the amazing choreographer) and DeDe Wood (another genius choreographer) was there. So was former Tony-nominee for "Fosse" Valarie Pettiford, and Chita's daughter Lisa Mordente. It was quite bizarre sitting with the REAL "West Side Story" people, while the new, really dreadful (my opinion and I won't share the others' comments on the revival) "West Side Story" was being presented at this year's Tony's. It's at moments like this that I am so grateful to be sitting with theatrical legends. You'll see photos of Jason Alexander singing to Chita, with DeDe Wood on the left, Valarie, Carol and Carol, Carol Tippi Hedren and Mariette Hartley. And Lucie Arnaz was the most beautiful person on the Tonys! P.S. Alice Ripley, who won for "Next to Normal," clearly is NOT.