Mel Brooks' musical "The Producers" opened Tuesday evening at the
Orange County Performing Arts Center for a three-week run.
The touring production starring Bob Amaral and Andy Taylor was
enthusiastically received by the local crowd.
A gala, opening-night, cast party at the Clubhouse, South Coast
Plaza, followed the debut. Friends of the center joined President
Jerry Mandel, his wife Whitney and center Executive Vice President
Judy Morr for a late-night supper and a chance to mingle with the
cast bringing Orange County the Broadway musical, which took home a
record 12 Tony awards.
Center donors including Clara Clem, Florence Fainbarg, Arnold and
Ruth Feuerstein, Gordon and Rita Fishman, Roger and Gail Kirwan, Ron
and Donna Phelps, Tim and Susan Strader, Yoka and Jay Von Der Wa, and
Wendy Verdon were among the local crowd enjoying the after-show
In other show-business news, the Premiere Cinema Guild in support
of the Newport Beach Film Festival is planning what is being called
"Under the Stars Movie and Martini Night" to promote the upcoming
festival. Organizers are selling sponsorship opportunities for the
event that will take place September 18th and feature a compiled
screening of the "Best of the Fest" film shorts.
Brigette Bernstein and Rita Goldberg will be event co-chairpersons
of the party, which includes a silent auction, dinner, hosted bar and
musical entertainment. Bernstein and Goldberg are seeking sponsorship
and underwriting support for the film-festival event. The festival
itself, growing in stature, is expected to attract more than 20,000
attendees for the screenings, seminars and parties. For more
information, call (949) 253-2880.
The Newport crowd will once again offer significant support for
the sixth-annual Cattle Baron's Ball benefiting the American Cancer
Society, Orange County Region. This year the major party will have a
Hawaiian theme, with a western twist.
Organizers are calling it, "Leis and Lassoes, A Hawaiian
Hoe-down." Newport gals working hard for the American Cancer Society
include Leslie Bowles, Bobbitt Williams, Julie Aros, Donna Bianchi,
Stacy Brower, Debbie Douglas and Sharon Esterley. Also volunteering
for the American Cancer Society are Jenny Gerard, John Johnson, Susan
Johnson, Joy LePatner, Ron Rubio, Jennifer Thomas and Joyce Weiss.
More than 1,000 guests are expected to support the event, which will
take place Oct. 23 at the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center in
Costa Mesa. Tickets prices start at $150 per person and may be
reserved by calling (949) 261-9446.
Ray and Barbara Holdsworth opened their Balboa Island residence
for a reception benefiting the Balboa Performing Arts Theatre
Foundation. The Holdsworths are summer residents on the island, and
they welcomed their neighbors to an informal cocktail reception to
acquaint locals with the Balboa Performing Arts Theatre Foundation,
which supports a redevelopment of the old Balboa Theatre on the
Balboa Peninsula. Mary Lonich, executive director of the foundation,
shared information on the latest redevelopment progress. Also in the
crowd were other foundation members including Craig and Nancy Smith.
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