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Cab Calloway Awards Announced!
THE CAB CALLOWAY
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
MONDAY – May 4, 2009
On Monday, May 4, 2009, The Westchester Broadway Theatre will again, be hosting the annual Cab Calloway Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2009. Cab Calloway was a resident of Elmsford, N.Y. for approximately 34 years. His career spanned over six decades and was highlighted by his work on stage, film, television and in the recording industry. The Cab Calloway Lifetime Achievement Awards are meant to honor his commitment to excellence in the performing arts as well as his dedication and support for young, rising talent. It is an honor that the award bears his name.
The recipients are recognized for their body of work, dedication and contribution to some aspect of the performing arts in Westchester County. The criteria for consideration include some specific guidelines. Since the award is for “Lifetime achievement”, the individual should be of sufficient age to warrant such an honor. The individual must have made some significant contribution to the performing arts. This criterion can cover performers, educators, entrepreneurs, technicians, designers, producers, directors, choreographers, composers, librettists, conductors, actors, dancers, mentors or even individuals who, through their continuous support, have had a positive effect on some aspect of the performing arts in Westchester. Recipients are chosen by an advisory panel from names submitted by any of the following: The Cab Calloway Foundation, previous recipients of the award, or individuals who know a person worthy of the honor. The awards were established by George Puello in 2001.
The special guest presenter will be Lloyd Price (Mr. Personality ). He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 crowning a career that included over eleven major albums (and was featured on an additional seventy), numerous television specials, countless tours, and major hit singles such as "PERSONALITY", "LAWDY MISS CLAWDY" and "STAGGER LEE". Guest appearances by; Barry Liebman, The Westchester Chordsmen, Dorina DiLullo, The Westchester Ballet, Anthony Valbiro, Anthony DeCosta and The Lighthouse Protégé Choral Ensemble. A portion of the evening will be devoted to celebrate the life of MICHAEL TIMMONS, previous recipient of The Cab Calloway lifetime Achievement Award, who died earlier this year.
THE 2009 HONOREES ARE:
BARBARA SIMONETTI, HAL SIMONETTI AND SUSAN GEFFEN
Founders of The Armonk Players at The North Castle Public Library and Lifelong supporters of the Arts in Westchester.
The Armonk Players has been "home" to Barbara Simonetti since its start in 1997. Whether producing, performing, or backstage, she has experienced deep personal satisfaction with a group of actors and crew that has become family. Barbara is a realtor with Houlihan Lawrence in Armonk, has been a town resident for 36 years.
Hal Simonetti , Co-Founder, Producer, has built many sets for the Players, Directed 84 Charing Cross Road and was in numerous productions and several staged readings. Hal also served on the North Castle Planning Board
Susan Geffen. Co-Founder, Producer, Front of House, President of the Friends of The NorthCastle for 1998-2000 and 2004-2008. Susan serves on the North Castle Architectural Review Board and she is a juror for the Armonk Outdoor Art Show. Public Library
MARGARET MARY PIKE
Founder of The Margaret Pike School in Yonkers. An Irish Immigrant, She devoted her life to instructing children and adults in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Irish Step Dancing, and Ballroom. of Dance
ANASTASSIO (STASH) ROSSI
Now retired, Doc (Stash) Rossi Was The Choral Director at WestlakeHigh School and the driving force of their Musical Theatre program, contributing his directorial, designing and technical skills. He is Associate Director of The Westchester Chordsmen, Director of The Sweet Adelines Chorus (Golden Apple).
BETH FRITZ-LOGREA AND JEAN LOGREA
Co-Artistic Directors of the Westchester Ballet Company since 1989 and Co-Directors of the Logrea Dance Academy. Annually, they produce the spectacular Nutcracker at the WestchesterCountyCenter .
She is an active member of The Harrison Players since 1969. She is a Graduate of the AMERICAN THEATRE WING where she studied with Agnes DeMille and Jose Limon. She is the Director of The Paula Lamont School of Creative Dancing and National President of the Ziegfeld Club
*ELISABETH RAE LAMONT (1907-1996), Will be honored posthumously. She was a Radio and television personality (ABC: Good Looks And Good Living). She was a member of The Ziegfeld Follies and for nine years served as President of The Ziegfeld Club. She was the creator of the Elisabeth Rae Lamont Cosmetic line which was extensively used by prominent Broadway actors because of it’s quality.
* IRMA DENER will be honored posthumously for her lifelong support of the arts in Westchester and in particular for her thirty–five year patronage of THE WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE.
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