The New York Media Loves Showtunes, Part 634

sound-of-music.jpgOnce again, your hardy blogger has stumbled across evidence that the New York Media has a soft spot for the Great White Way. I don’t create trends, people, I just find them. The Public Theater celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and they’re celebrating with a super-special event, “The Public Sings”, a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness legendary artists perform selections from signature Public Theater musicals including Hair, A Chorus Line, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, Caroline, or Change, and many others.” I can’t remember any singing in Bring in ‘Da Noise, but that’s besides the point: Hair! A Chorus Line! Many others!*

The lineup: Zach Braff, Betty Buckley, Savion Glover, Eartha Kitt, Idina Menzel, Cynthia Nixon, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, and lady-who-lunched Elaine Stritch, all directed by James Lapine (“Into The Woods,” “Life With Mikey” for you film buffs).

Oh, you want the other lineup? All right – media machers on the various and sundry organizing committees include HuffPo honcho Kenneth B. Lerer (Chairman Emeritus!) and trustees Ken Auletta, Nora Ephron, Susan Lyne,and Sarah Murdoch (in absensita? in Australia?). (And don’t forget that Esquire loves the Public Theater too!).

It’s on Monday January 30, 2006 at 7:30pm and you are free to invite me – the cheapest ticket is $1,000. Hey, Big Spender, ticket information and contact info is below. Spend a little time with the Public Theater!

*I believe I saw the short-lived musical version of “Bright Lights, Big City” at the Public in ’99. Jay McInerney, lover of showtunes? Check.


$5,000
One Prime Orchestra Center Ticket
Invitation to Pre-Performance Cocktail Party
Invitation to Post-Performance VIP Supper at Time Warner Center
Limited Edition Signed and Framed Benefit Poster
Premiere Listing in Souvenir Program

$2,500
One Orchestra Center Ticket
Invitation to Pre-Performance Cocktail Party
Invitation to Post-Performance VIP Supper at Time Warner Center
Limited Edition Signed and Framed Benefit Poster
Featured Listing in Souvenir Program

$1,500
One Grand Tier Center/Side or Orchestra Center/Side Ticket
Invitation to Pre-Performance Cocktail Party
Invitation to Post-Performance VIP Supper at Time Warner Center
Limited Edition Benefit Poster
Listing in Souvenir Program

$1,000
One Grand Tier Center/Side or Rear Orchestra Center Ticket
Invitation to Pre-Performance Cocktail Party
Invitation to Post-Performance VIP Supper at Time Warner Center
Listing in Souvenir Program

All proceeds benefit The Public Theater.
* Artists subject to change without notice.

Tickets are limited, call today: 212-539-8633!