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Scatting and Bebopping Through Life

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
by on Playing Around

“There’s Ella and then there’s the rest of us.” Frank Sinatra For two hours at MetroStage, Freda Payne became Ella Fitzgerald, taking the audience on

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Freda Payne as Ella: First Lady of Song

Friday, January 24th, 2014
by on Woman Around Town

Freda Payne remembers the first time she met Ella Fitzgerald. “It was the late 60s in New York,” she says. “Ella was appearing in a

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Hoagy B. Carmichael: From Film to Fly Fishing,
A Man of Many Interests

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
by on Living Around

A visit to Hoagy Bix Carmichael’s office on West 47th Street in New York City is a true adventure. His famous father, Hoagy Carmichael was

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Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life:
An Evening With an American Treasure

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
by on Playing Around

I love this step…it’s so sexy! Maurice Hines is months from his seventieth birthday but when seeing his moves for his new show, directed by

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Arena Stage Hosts 60 Years of Italian Style

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
by on Playing Around

Actor and dancer Gregory Hines was an icon of American style and, like his brother, Maurice, a great admirer of Italian fashion. So it seems

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The Why Not? Philosophy: How Lisa Black-Cohen Got
Marvin, Wycliffe, Angela and Disney on Her Project

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
by on Living Around

Why not? Why not secure the rights for an award-winning children’s book from publishing giant Simon and Schuster, convert the book into an animated film,

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Encore! Encore! Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Returns to Town Hall for an Actor’s Fund Benefit

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
by on Playing Around

Last year, Jim Caruso brought his Cast Party, an open mike night held weekly at BIrdland, to a larger venue, Town Hall, as a benefit

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