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Rosemary Novellino-Mearns Tells Her Story With SAVING RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

The highly visual presentation abounds in rare film and photos and is narrated by Rosie, who tells first-hand how the impossible became possible.

Rosemary Novellino-Mearns Tells Her Story With SAVING RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

Join us when Rosemary Novellino-Mearns, former member of the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company and Dance Captain, and author of "Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer's True Story," and Bill Mearns, former Radio City Music Hall singer and Captain of the Singers, present their delightful, informative, and true story of saving Radio City Music Hall, Saturday January 9th at 10 AM EST and 1 PM in New York City.

Rosie headed the group that took on the money interests that had decided to demolish the classic Art Deco masterpiece and one of New York City's premiere tourist attractions. And won! The highly visual presentation abounds in rare film and photos and is narrated by Rosie, who tells first-hand how the impossible became possible.

The popular Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall, and all presentations, have had many subsequent performances, but if it hadn't been for the courageous efforts of one young dancer, Rosemary Novellino, and her dedicated colleagues 43 years ago this spring, millions of Americans and visitors from around the world in the past four decades would have been deprived of these impressive theatrical experiences. In her book, Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer's True Story, published by TurningPointPress, Rosemary Novellino-Mearns tells the true story of how Radio City Music Hall, Art Deco masterpiece and New York City's premiere tourist attraction for generations, was saved from demolition. After years of struggling with intense, sometimes painful memories, Rosie tells the honest, fact-filled, emotionally charged, and often humorous story of how she organized the gargantuan effort to save the Hall in the spring of 1978. Against all odds, and in only four months, she succeeded!



A modest but determined young dancer from Glen Rock, New Jersey, Rosemary Novellino joined the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company in 1966, remaining with the group for twelve years, eventually becoming its Dance Captain and Assistant to legendary choreographer Peter Gennaro. In the mid-1970s, questionable behind-the-scenes changes in management alarmed hundreds of employees, but no one was prepared for the official announcement in early 1978 that Radio City Music Hall was slated to close that April and be demolished.

Drawing upon formerly untapped inner strengths, Rosemary refused to let this happen. She became President of "The Showpeople's Committee to Save Radio City Music Hall" and motivated fellow workers, friends, and thousands of Radio City fans around the world, as well as New York and national media, cultural leaders and politicians to support the cause. As a result of these efforts, the Art Deco palace was declared a national historic landmark, saving not only the building but the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of Music Hall employees on stage and behind the scenes. This "heartfelt and very personal account of that effort," says Book/ist, "provides a backstage glimpse of the drama that ensued and features a cast of characters that includes performers, politicians, the media, and some heavy hitters in the world of New York real estate that will delight readers interested in the performing arts and their history in the U.S."

Rosemary is now in demand nationwide for her authoritative, informative, and highly entertaining appearances in which she recounts the Radio City Music Hall story, accompanied by fascinating photos and clips of TV appearances on the shows of Bill Boggs, Tom Snyder, Carol Martin of CBS-TV, and more. The visual presentation has been masterfully prepared by William Mearns, former singer and Singer's Captain at Radio City Music Hall, and Rosie's husband since 1980. (They met as performers at the Music Hall.) Their most recent presentations have taken place in Hollywood at Grauman's Egyptian Theater and in locations in Rancho Palos Verdes, Glendale and Pasadena.. Following that talk, Rosemary was lauded by Art Deco specialists and historic preservasionists who are currently setting up a speaking tour in California. Last spring, Rosemary spoke at both The Actor's Fund and The Lamb's in NYC before packed houses of theater folk, and, as always, had the audiences riveted by her interesting, informative, and totally entertaining account of "Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer's True Story."



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