Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard 06.24.10

Posted June 23, 2010 at 7:00 am

by Heidi Kurpiela

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+ ‘And the Tony for best field trip goes to … ’
As if working the Sarasota red carpet wasn’t enough, Black Tie Social Editor Molly Schechter was on the scene last week in New York City for the 2010 Tony Awards.

Schechter and a group of fellow Asolo Rep Adventurers ­­–– a traveling club of Sarasota theatergoers ­­­–– not only attended the star-studded awards show, they cavorted at an after-party for “La Cage Aux Folles,” winner of Best Musical Revival, Best Actor (Douglas Hodge) and Best Director (Terry Johnson). According to Schechter, the after-party spread across three floors at Hurley’s, a landmark hotspot in New York’s Theatre District.

Sarasotans Bob and Beverly Bartner, who are major theater producers in New York and London, saw their productions rake in several Tony Awards, including Scarlett Johansson’s Tony for her role in “A View from the Bridge.”

Below: The Asolo Rep’s Jamie Schoenfeld with Bob and Beverly Bartner at the after party for “La Cage Aux Folles.”

+ Corcoran continues to woo Hollywood execs
Keep it up, Jeanne Corcoran. We’re bound to land a big-budget flick someday, thanks to your tireless networking.

Corcoran, director of the Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office, returned last week from a three-day conference in Los Angeles, where she met privately with Hollywood producers, studio reps and other industry luminaries.

Corcoran rightfully bragged about our county’s film potential (and burgeoning television-production and indie-film projects) at a Florida film reception organized for producers with ties to the Sunshine State, such as “Cougar Town” creator and Riverview High School grad Kevin Biegel.

The conference, says Corcoran, “was one of the most ­­–– if not the most –– productive, value-added events our film commission has participated in.”

Even better news: Earlier this month the Florida Film Commission announced a $242 million incentive program.
+ Longboat saxophonist shops around his memoir
Saxophonist Larry Elgart and his wife, Lynn, have written a book about Elgart’s rise to fame, following his recording of the original rendition of “Bandstand Boogie” ­­–– the theme to “American Bandstand.”

According to Lynn Elgart, the book is gossipy and drops dozens of famous names from the 1960s and 1970s.

Although the Longboat Key couple, who celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary this week, has yet to find a publisher for the work, a chapter will run in the September issue of Tampa Bay magazine.

The tentative title of the unpublished biography is “The Queen of England was Born in the Bronx.”
The Elgarts even e-mailed a copy of the memoir to actor Ed Asner, whom they met this winter following Asner’s performance in “FDR” at the Historic Asolo Theater.

Asner enjoyed the book so much he replied, “Loved the stories. If this isn’t a bestseller, the world has turned to sh*t.”


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