Cab Calloway Awards
On Monday, May 19th, The Arts community of Westchester County came out to honor their own when the Cab Calloway Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented At Westchester Broadway Theatre.
George Puello, John Treacy Egan, Daniel Carlino
The Master Of Ceremonies for The stellar evening was Broadway actor, John Treacy Egan. Mr. Egan has starred in The Producers and Jekyl And Hyde and can be seen currently as Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid. George Puello, looking smart in his signature white tux and ruby red accessories, was the host and has organized this annual event since 2001. Cab Calloway was a resident of Elmsford for 34 years. His career spanned at least six decades and was highlighted by his work on stage, film, television and the recording industry. It is an honor to have the award bear his name. The recipients are recognized for their body of work, dedication and contribution to the performing arts in Westchester County. Invited performers for the evening included; John Coppola (Jersey Boys, Chicago company.) with twin, Tom Coppola, Scott Ramsey and Steve Loftus who all sang a ditty from Forever Plaid, The Lighthouse Youth Theatre, The Westchester Dreamcoats, Peter Iasillo, Alysa Haas, Shana Buxton, Danceworks (The Dance Company of WCC) and Karen Beals, singing George Puello's song, "In My Dream", as a moving tribute to the late Mort Clark. Mr. Egan sang excerpts from The Producers, as well as a selection from his newly-released CD "Count The Stars."
FOUNDER OF THE BRAMSON SCHOOL OF MUSIC. HIS WIFE BERENICE BRAMSON IS BEING HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY.
JOHN B. COPPOLA
FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE NEW ROCHELLE COMMUNITY THEATER (ESTABLISHED IN 1968). HE HAS SERVED IN MANY CAPACITIES FROM SET DESIGNER AND DIRECTOR TO PRODUCER.
SIR MORT CLARK (1928-2007)
HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY FOR HIS GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS TO NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR THEATRE. HE WAS PROFESSOR OF SPEECH AND THEATER AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS.
IN RECOGNITION OF HIS LIFELONG DEDICATION AS A MUSIC TEACHER AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR OVER FORTY YEARS THROUGHOUT WESTCHESTER COUNTY. HIS WIFE,
JUDY GABERMAN, AN ACCOMPLISHED AUTHOR OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS, WIILL BE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY.
SUSAN (RYAN) KATZ
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WESTCO PRODUCTIONS. HER FATHER SEYMOUR "SONNY" KATZ. A GREAT SUPPORTER OF THEATER WILL BE HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY.
FOUNDER AND PRODUCER OF YORKTOWN STAGE. A LONGTIME DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER AND ACTOR IN PROFESSIONAL AND
MUSIC TEACHER AND DRAMA DIRECTOR AT PORT CHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THIRTY FOUR YEARS. MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR MANY
COMMUNITY THEATER GROUPS IN WESTCHESTER.
DANCE PROFESSOR AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR THE PAST THIRTY-FOUR YEARS. AND CO-FOUNDER OF DANCEWORKS WITH MOLLYANN FRANZBLAU