Photo Coverage: Encores! No, No Nanette's Final Performance
Based on the comedy My Lady Friends by Frank Mandel and Emily Nyitray, No, No, Nanette is a light-hearted tale of millionaires, misunderstood wives, bathing beauties, wanton women and flappers. Nanette (Mara Davi), a young Manhattan heiress, tries to experience life by running away to the big, bad and bawdy town of Atlantic City, only to be followed by her straight-laced, tap-dancing fiancé (Shonn Wiley), her cook/chaperone (Rosie O'Donnell), her lawyer and his wife (Beth Leavel) and her legal guardian (Charles Kimbrough), who just want everyone to "be happy." No, No, Nanette, which has music by Vincent Youmans, lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, and book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel, has had two major Broadway productions: the show originally opened in 1925, and then was revived and reconceived in 1971 in a production supervised by Busby Berkeley and adapted and directed by Bert Shevelove. Encores! presented the 1971 version of Nanette. The show features such classic songs as "Tea for Two" and "I Want to Be Happy."
The cast also included Nancy Anderson, Jennifer Cody, Angel Reda and David Baum, , Brandon Davidson, Leah Edwards, Sara Edwards, Zak Edwards, Mary Giattino, Luke Hawkins, Matthew Kilgore, Cara Kjellman, Todd Lattimore, Deborah Lew, Ryan Malyar, Brent McBeth, Alessa Neeck, Carolann M. Sanita, Kiira Schmidt, Chad Seib, Kelly Sheehan, Anna Aimee White and Jacob ben Widmar.
The Newman's Own Foundation is the Season Sponsor for the 2008 Encores! season. The Newman's Own Foundation is an independent private foundation which derives its grant making income from royalty payments received in conjunction with the sale of Newman's Own food products. Since the inception of Newman's Own in the early 1980s, over $200 million has been donated to thousands of charitable organizations worldwide.
New York City Center Encores! (Jack Viertel, Artistic Director; Rob Berman, Music Director) has, since 1994, celebrated the rarely-heard works of America's most important composers and lyricists. Conceived as "concert versions," each Encores! season gives three scores the chance to be heard as originally intended by their creators. Encores! Summer Stars? a new annual series launched in 2007 with an acclaimed production of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, presents more fully-realized productions of memorable shows, providing leading actors the chance to play roles they were born to play.
The landmark not-for-profit New York City Center was founded in 1943 by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia as Manhattan's first performing arts center, and is now the annual New York City home to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre's fall season, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and Manhattan Theatre Club. New York City Center is host to some of America's and the world's most acclaimed performers and productions, and the producer of the Tony-honored Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert and Summer Stars series, and the annual Fall for Dance Festival. This year at the 2008 New York City Center Spring Gala the Fiorello H. LaGuardia award for distinguished service to New York City and City Center was presented to Douglas S. Cramer. He was presented the award by Patti LuPone, star of the current Broadway revival of Gypsy.
The after-party was held at Seppi's Restaurant (123 W 56th Street).
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Jay Binder and Angel Reda
Brandon Davidson and Ryan Malyar
Sara Edwards, Brent McBeth and Kiira Schmidt
Angel Reda and Nancy Anderson
Anna Aimee White and Brent McBeth
Sara Edwards and Ari Butler
Ryan Malyar and Zak Edwards
Leah Edwards, David Baum, Zak Edwards and Ryan Malyar
Morty Drescher, Fran Drescher, Peter Marc Jacobson, Sylvia Drescher and Bobby Harling
Peter Marc Jacobson and Fran Drescher
Doug Cramer and Polly Bergen