Photo Coverage: Fleet Week at La Cage aux Folles and Movin' Out

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It's Fleet Week in New York City, where the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard, along with a number of international navies, are participating in New York City's 18th annual Fleet Week. New York City Fleet Week, held nearly every year since 1984, brings thousands of Sailors and Marines from an array of U.S. Naval vessels to the "Big Apple."

What's a highlight of being in New York? Seeing Broadway shows of course, and Fleet Week-ers did just that, visiting Movin' Out and La Cage aux Folles among other shows. The casts welcomed our servicemen and women to the city in style!

 


Samantha Mumford and Kim Pilletere (Navy from USS John F Kennedy) arriving backstage in Gary Beach's dressing room at La Cage after seeing the show (their first Broadway show!)


Gary Beach's dressing room...


...and the Cocktail Christmas Tree


The women meeting Gary Beach


Robert Goulet, Kim Pilletere, Samantha Mumford, and Gary Beach


Robert Goulet, Kim Pilletere, Samantha Mumford, and Gary Beach


Signing Gary Beach's Guest Book...



A parting shot of Samantha Mumford and Kim Pilletere
(Navy from USS John F Kennedy)



Sailors (in white) from the USS John F Kennedy and Carrier Airwing 17, and Marines (in brown) from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, meeting the cast of Movin' Out


The cast and servicemen pose together...

John Selya, Keith Roberts, Ron DeJesus, Michael Balderamma, and Ben Bowman




Rika Okamoto, Karine Plantadit-Bageot, Elizabeth Parkinson,
Ashley Tuttle, and Jessica Walker

 

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.