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The Philadelphia Theatre Company 35th Anniversary Gala with Tyne Daly & Kathleen Turner doing snippets of their plays & lots of fun peeps

The Philadelphia Theatre Company concluded its 35th Anniversary season celebration with a Gala honoring long-time board member Kenneth S. Kaiserman of Kaiserman Company, Inc. and PTC Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik Monday in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The evening featured multiple Tony and Emmy award winner Tyne Daly (who did pieces from her upcoming stint in Terrence McNally’s revival of Master Class on Broadway.) Broadway and film star Kathleen Turner who starred in PTC’s world premiere of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit Of Molly Ivins earlier this season. (I saw that and her appearance in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Forrest in the early ’90s): Tony Award winner and frequent PTC performer John Glover; four time Barrymore winner Jennie Eisenhower; Alexandra Silber, Terrence McNally, and Quentin Darrington, star of the recent revival of Ragtime. The evening will be hosted by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. (I hear Alexandra and John had to make a quick run to the MAC store for last minute make-up). Tyne had her face done in Manhattan before she hit Philly. That’s why she donned her sunglasses for the red carpet shoot, not because she’s a diva like I first thought.
Thespian’s I admire sometimes make me nervous and in this case they did as the photo I took is not as crisp as it should be cause I was thinking in my head OMG this is Kathleen Turner and Tyne Daly (only Madonna & Sophia Loren have cause me to screw up a picture once before with my excitement.) I remember the first time I saw/chatted with Katherine Turner in person in NYC when I lived there. And Tyne Daly Last picture on my NYC blog & video from Broadway Cares Flea Market 2009. Husband and wife Co-chairs for the night’s gala long-time PTC board members Carol Saline and Paul Rathblott. Carol as you may recall from my earlier writings lived down the street from my family in Cherry Hill and I went to school with her daughter Sharon. She was the first “celebrity” I knew when I became aware of what the celebrity was. When I met my beau Mike we used to watch Carol on the ABC6 Inside Edition every Sunday morning, and were thrilled when we met her a few years later at Henri David’s Halloween Ball. Carol’s a celebrated author, but these days she creates marketing medical video’s at Jefferson and tells me she loves the creativity and doesn’t see herself revisiting the “Sisters”, “Mothers and Daughters”, “Best Friends” genre of writing books again. Although I bet someday a “Bubby & Grandkids” book will be produced.
Patrons of art: Alison Byers and David Schwartz – Vice President, Sophy Curson The grand dame of Philadelphia haute couture near Rittenhouse Square. Thanks to Fleischman Gerber & Associates for inviting me to cover the event.
Co-Chair of tonight’s event, and president of the Young Friends Association – Brigitte F. Daniel with Maurice Baynard, Trina Middleton and Elijah Dornstreich.
The Cast of Ruined which is playing at the Suzanne Roberts Theater until this Sunday June 12. I hear it’s awesome. Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Pascale Armand, Erika Rose, Keona Welch, Sean-Michael Bowles, and Zainab JahFounded in 1974, Philadelphia Theatre Company is a leading regional theater company whose mission is to produce, develop and present entertaining and imaginative contemporary theater focused on the American experience that both ignites the intellect and touches the soul. By developing new work through commissions, readings and workshops PTC generates projects that have a national impact and reach broad regional audiences. Under the leadership of Sara Garonzik as PTC’s Producing Artistic Director since 1982, PTC supports the work of a growing body of diverse dramatists and takes pride in being a home to scores of nationally recognized artists who have participated in more than 130 world and Philadelphia premieres.
Vinh and Sean E Toczydlowski
Monica Krug, George Edel and Toni Goldberg
Cabaret Singer Eddie Bruce (I just saw him with Karen Gross in concert), Michael Ferreri and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chrous’ Sandy Smith
Tim and Joyce Ratner. Joyce Auction Chair for the nights event and it was a rousing success. Every where I look, on every flat surface there were items to bid on whether it was a Sixers Andre Iguodala (which will be rare soon cause an insider tells me he is outta here) to 3 gift certificates to each of Marc Vetri’s restaurants, to the live auction items one which went for $10,000 – A trip to an Italian Villa.


Designers Robert and Barbara Tiffany. I also hear that they have a lovely garden and just gave a tour of it in May.
Director of Development Sophie V. Steuer and Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia. Gary P. Steuer are having a little production themselves this Fall announced Mayor Nutter from the podium during his opening remarks. Congratulations!!

Phila Mens Gay Chorus performed various songs “spontaneously” throughout the cocktail portion of the evening. L-R: Sandy Smith, Eric Oliver, Patrick Hagarty, Sean Lukas and Gregory Schwarz
Michael Bing, Florcy Morisset, Fran Fattah, Jevon Nicholson and Greg Corbin
Suzanne Roberts, Ralph Roberts, founded Comcast Corporation, and developer Carl Dranoff. The Philadelphia Theatre Company is located in the Suzanne Roberts Theater on the Avenue of the Arts in the Symphony Building which was developed by the Dranoff Organization.
Tyne Daly performs a snippet from the upcoming “Master Class” which begins previews on Broadway June 14. Last year it played at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC

Kathleen Turner performs a snippet from Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins which premiered at the Phila Theatre Company March 2010, shattered all PTC box office records in ticket sales.
Quentin Darrington, star of the recent revival of Ragtime
PTC Producing Artistic Director Sara Garonzik is presented her award. Sara has directed and produced for Philadelphia Theatre Company since 1982, and introduced more than 130 world or regional premieres of major new American plays and musicals to Philadelphia including new work by Terrence McNally, Jeffrey Hatcher, Christopher Durang, John Henry Redwood, Tracey Scott Wilson, Naomi Wallace and Bruce Graham, among others. A much deserved honor for someone that is as modest, dedicated and hard working as Sara is, navigating the rough economic seas of a non-profit theater group that has consistently produced excellent vehicles of entertainment for all of us.
Alexandra Silber performs a number from Master Class in honor of long time PTC Board Member and one of tonight’s honoree Kenneth S. Kaiserman
Kenneth S. Kaiserman has served on Philadelphia. Theatre Company’s Board of Directors for 34 years and chaired PTC’s Capital Campaign to build the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. He told the crowd that his involvment with PTC dates back to the years where some in the room weren’t even born yet, in fact he received this same honor almost 20 years ago, but no one realized it as they weren’t around. I loved how he said that for each stage show he saw, it was just that much better because his wife, who doesn’t share the love of theater to his extent, was sitting right next to him. Sweet….

Terrence McNally discusses the new award named in his honor. A friend of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, he has debuted 4 shows that later went on to Broadway, at PTC. He christened the new theater on South Broad Street with a kiss, which Sara said was a highlight of her career. I was there that night. Check out the pictures here.

Tyne Daly – Master Class and the company’s grand finale

Tyne Daly and John Glover. I once saw Tyne at Penn Station in her slipper looking shoes and perfectly matched sweat suit, still looking glamorous. It was at the beginning of the Twitter so if you look in my feed @iphillychitchat you might find the photo from 9/09
The Company – Tyne Daly, John Glover, Alexandra Silber, Jennie Eisenhower, Quentin Darrington, and Kathleen Turner take a well deserved bow

Terrence McNally on Master Class