Guest Blogger: Ben Hodges, editor of the Theatre World series
The 5th Annual Fire Island Theater and Literary Festival took place the weekend of October 14, 15, 16, at the Madison Fire Island Pines in Fire Island, New York, surrounding the 52nd and 50th anniversaries, respectively, of the stage and film versions of West Side Story. The event was hosted by Andrew Kirtzman of the Madison Fire Island Pines and produced by Theatre World editor in chief Ben Hodges. The event was hosted by Drama Desk-nominated Sirius Radio host Christine Pedi, who interviewed Applause Books authors Misha Berson (Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination), and Barry Monush (West Side Story: Music on Film). Original stage and film performer Harvey Evans was also in attendance. Selections from the show were sung by Bill Coyle and Patrician Noonan. Approximately 100 people were in attendance.
The Fifth Annual Fire Island Pines Literary and Theater Weekend
Presented by Ben Hodges
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of West Side Story
Surrounding the release of Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination and West Side Story: Music on Film
Saturday, Oct. 15
Cocktail reception at 2pm
Performance at 3pm
The Madison Fire Island Pines
22 Atlantic Walk
Special guests: Harvey Evans (Broadway legend and performer of both stage and film productions of West Side Story), Christine Pedi (currently of NEWSical The Musical and SiriusXM radio host), Misha Berson (author of Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination), Barry Monush (author of West Side Story: Music on Film), and special Broadway performers TBA.
Ben Hodges, editor of the beloved book series Theatre World, is proud to produce the fifth annual Fire Island Pines Literary and Theater Weekend on Oct. 14th, 15th, & 16th. The theme is West Side Story. Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination, by Misha Berson (Applause Books), and West Side Story: Music on Film, by Barry Monush (Limelight Editions) are new books from Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. The event will be hosted by Drama Desk nominee Christine Pedi, currently of NEWSical The Musical and the host of the SiriusXM daily radio show On Broadway, with discussion/questions and book signing by Misha Berson, Barry Monush, and Ben Hodges to follow.
Make your reservations now and spend your weekend with the performers at the acclaimed Madison Fire Island Pines, which The Advocate has named as the best accommodations in Fire Island Pines. For great rates, call The Madison at 631-597-6061 or book your reservation through their website http://www.themadisonfi.com
Patricia Noonan recently created the role of Elizabeth Bennett in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) and the role of Sophia in Death Takes a Holiday for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Other NYC credits: Where’s Charley? and Girl Crazy (City Center Encores!), Signs of Life (Lorelei), Hurricane (NYMF), Cabaret Girl (Effie). Regional: Carousel (Julie Jordan/Barrington Stage), Sondheim at 80 (Soloist/Kennedy Center), Little House on the Prairie (original cast/Guthrie Theatre), How to Succeed… (Rosemary), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Man of La Mancha (Antonia). Training: Boston College (Presidential Scholars Program).
Bill Coyne is thrilled to be singing for the 50th Anniversary of the West Side Story film. His last performance of “Maria” was accompanied on Leonard Bernstein’s personal piano! Bill just finished a run in Gerard Alessandrini’s new show Madame X in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Recently, he performed in a reading of Marc Acito and Jeffrey Stock’s new musical A Room With a View, which will premiere at the Old Globe this spring. Other credits include Valere in The Miser and creating the role of Supernova in the new musical Superhero Celebrity Rehab at the Access Theater. Proud NYU-Steinhardt grad. http://www.billcoyneonline.com