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Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention

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The third night of the Mabel Mercer Foundation's New York Cabaret Convention hosted by Judy Garland expert John Fricke and actor, singer, humorist Klea Blackhurst had many noteworthy performances during it's three hours last night at Rose Theater. However, the most touching and dramatic Judy Garland minute was not musical. It happened when Sidney Myer a New York City Cabaret superstar related a story from his youth. It seems that Sidney survived the stress of the 50's and 60's of being "different" in the all boy New Jersey Prep School he attended (which Sidney recalled was populated by boys who specialized in terrorism) by focusing on his love of music and his worship of Judy Garland. He described to a spellbound Convention audience of being brought to a Judy Garland concert by his parents, he had his sign " We Love Judy" in hand and with thousands cheering her as she walked down the aisle in a twist of fate he accidentally came face to face with her. Judy shook his hand and he managed to get out a "thank you" even though he had rehearsed a speech for years if this kind of moment ever happened. . There wasn't a dry eye in the house after his story. The evening had many humorous and emotional moments as Emmy Award winning host John Fricke, who is considered the preeminent Judy Garland and Wizard of Oz authority related many stories about Garland. Klea Blackhurst is probably one of the most effective and beloved Convention hosts and she used her wit and music to make it as always one of the most enjoyable of Convention nights.

The performers singing JUDY! "A Garland of Song" were (in order of appearance), Jennifer Sheehan, Will Nunziata, Anthony Nunziata, Carole J. Bufford, Hannah Jane Peterson (presented with the Julie Wilson Award), Nathan Chang, Natalie Douglas....Act Two: Stephanie Blythe, Leanne Borghesi, Sidney Myer, Ruby Rakos, Karen Mason, Billy Stritch, and Klea Blackhurst. I'm sure most attendees would agree that the most thrilling singer of the evening was the recording of Judy Garland singing the bridge of "Over The Rainbow" at the conclusion. The audio failed after the first 2 measures and I couldn't help thinking, Judy always left you wanting more as the audience finished singing the song.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
John Fricke & Klea Blackhurst

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
John Fricke & Klea Blackhurst

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Rose Theater

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Klea Blackhurst & John Fricke, Hosts

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Klea Blackhurst & Billy Stritch

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Stephanie Blythe

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Will Nunziata

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Anthony Nunziata

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Anthony Nunziata & Will Nunziata

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Carole J. Bufford

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Carole J. Bufford

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Hannah Jane Peterson

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Hannah Jane Peterson

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Hanna Jane Peterson, Klea Blackhurst, John Fricke

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Hannah Jane Peterson & John Fricke

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Nathan Chang

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Natalie Douglas

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Natalie Douglas

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Rose Theater

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Stephanie Blythe

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Stephanie Blythe

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Leanne Borghesi

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Leanne Borghesi

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Sidney Myer

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Sidney Myer

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Ruby Rakos

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Ruby Rakos

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Karen Mason

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Karen Mason

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Billy Stritch

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Billy Stritch

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Billy Stritch

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
JUDY! A Garland of Song

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Jon Weber, musical director

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Sidney Myer

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Like Looking in a Mirror

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Nicolas King, Christine Andreas, Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Vince Giordano & Stephanie Blythe

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Stephanie Blythe, Natalie Douglas, Jennifer Sheehan

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
KT Sullivan & Sondra Lee

Photo Coverage: Judy Garland Celebrated at New York Cabaret Convention
Klea Blackhurst


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