Joe Sirola Gets Immortalized In Cement At The Historic 80 Saint Mark's Place
The sidewalk in front of Theatre 80 Saint Marks Place has been called the "East Coast Grauman's", and Fodor's Travel magazine calls it "one of the eight things to see in the USA." On Sunday, February 18, from 4:00-6:00pm, star of stage, screen, television and one of New York's legendary bonhomie, Joe Sirola, will add his signature and handprints to the historic sidewalk.
Joe Sirola, who is already one of the eight people in the world everyone should see, will join such talented performers as Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Ruby Keeler, Alan Cumming, Joan Blondell, Maureen Stapleton, Allan Jones, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Joan Rivers, Douglas Turner Ward, and other greats immortalized in the famous sidewalk.
The evening celebrating Joe Sirola for his wonderful career, will include film and tv clips, and a host of terrific performers including KT Sullivan & Jon Weber, N'Kenge, Shana Farr, Steve Ross, Leslie Middlebrook & Lee Moore, Joy Brown and more!
Joe Sirola has starred in more than 600 TV shows - everything from his own series' such as "The Montefuscos," and "Wolf," to "Get Smart, " "Man from U.N.C.L.E.," and "The Magician"; and films - with Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida in "Strange Bedfellows"; with Clint Eastwood in "Hang 'Em High" and in such others as George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "Super Cops," and "Hail to the Chief;" and on Broadway in Molly Brown; Pal Joey and Golden Rainbow among others. The Wall Street Journal named him "King of the Voiceovers," having recorded 10,000+ commercials, and he has been called "The Green Thumb of the Upper East Side" for his amazing rooftop garden. His one-man piece, Shakespeare's Ages of Man, where Joe performs eighteen of the bard's great characters, is continually successful around the country. And, in the last few year's Joe has returned to Broadway...this time as a Tony Award-winning producer. Among his NY Theater producing credits are Cagney: The Musical, the Tony winning Best Musical A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder; The Trip To Bountiful; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; Love Letters (Revival); Ghetto Klown; Rogers And Hammerstein's Cinderella; Stick Fly and Time Stands Still. And that's Joe Sirola-- a man of many talents and the happy ability to pursue them all successfully.
For nine decades, 80 Saint Marks has been famous as the place to go in New York. Run by Lorcan Otway, the second generation of Otway's to oversee and lovingly care for this historic East Village site, 80 Saint Marks boasts an acclaimed Theater, Museum of the American Gangster, Prohibition era Tavern (the William Barnacle), and New York City's Sidewalk of the Stars.
From Speakeasy to its present incarnation, it has featured performances from stars such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra, Gary Burghoff, Bob Balaban and Sir Patrick Stewart, and employed as ushers or bartenders remarkable performers from Billy Crystal to Klaus Naomi.
By 2007, Lorcan Otway began the restoration of Theatre 80 and the speakeasy's tap room, beginning projects to support the theater and illustrate the history of the building. As part of this restoration, he opened the Museum of the American Gangster and the William Barnacle Tavern.
Theatre 80 is made accessible to theatrical projects which otherwise would not be able to afford the cost of a midsize theater through The Howard Otway and Florence Otway Opportunity Project, HOFOPRO.
Tickets for the Celebration of Joe Sirola are available to the public - Front Row $150, All other seats $50. $25, at the door as available, with all proceeds to go to HOFOPRO. The evening is sponsored in part by Blacks On Wall Street. Tickets can be purchased online at https://theatre80.wordpress.com/tickets/.
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