by Magda Katz
On Saturday, January 19 2019 stars of the Cabaret world paid tribute to Peter Leavy (Publisher of Cabaret Scenes Magazine) in honor of his 90th Birthday at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, a fundraiser evening for American Songbook Association hosted by Frank Dain, editor of Cabaret Scenes. Peter was surrounded by love during the three hour Birthday party. Here’s a recap of who sang what.
Scott Barbarino sang Petula Clark’s “I Know a Place.” To give it the real 50’s style his warm baritone voice was accompanied by the Bev Naps back up singers. Comedy was provided by Mark Nadler singing his zany rendition of “Vodka” and Ricky Ritzel telling one liners.
Cynthia Crane made everyone laugh with her comedic song “Jose Cuervo.”
Jamie De Roy’s “Jews Don’t Camp” was a big audience pleaser, while Sidney Myer showed his serious side with his rendition of the tender ballad “Dance With Me Slow.”
Elizabeth Sullivan, talented mother of Stacy and KT Sullivan, dedicated an original song “The Door Was Open” to Peter.
Others dedicating their talents were Lennie Watts, Natalie Douglas, Richard Skipper, Warren Schein, Steve Ross, ASA Board Members Craig Pomranz and Carolyn Montgomery, Laurie Krauz, John De Marco, Lorna Dallas, Stacy Sullivan, Eric Comstock, Mary Bogue and Franz Bloem.
The show ended on a high note when the Marvelous Marilyn Maye sang the final “Secret O’ Life” / “Here’s To Life” medley.
The afternoon concluded as the cast joined the audience in singing Happy Birthday to Peter.
Happy 90th Birthday Peter Leavy!
Photos: Maryann Lopinto
Video: Magda Katz