Saturday, September 28, 2013

DANCERS OVER 40 PRESENTS… RON FIELD: APPLAUSE!

Ron Field
A PANEL AND PERFORMANCE WITH MARGE CHAMPION, JOEL GREY, BEN VEREEN, DONNA MCKECHNIE,
SANDY DUNCAN, DON CORREIA AND ADDITONAL SPECIAL GUESTS!


Hosted by Harvey Evans,
with Marianne Selbert and Lawrence Merritt
Monday October 21st, 7pm
St. Luke's Theater, 308 West 46th Street
  
Director/Choreographer Ron Field was an important director/choreographer of the 60’s – 80’s, responsible for the Broadway shows CABARET, APPLAUSE! ZORBA! KING OF HEARTS, and televisions specials with Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Cheryl Ladd.

Marge Champion
Ron Field choreographed NEW YORK, NEW YORK, the movie, and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles – an incredibly diverse career cut short when he died at 55 in 1989.  Dancers Over 40 has rounded up a gaggle of Broadway gypsies to honor him on October 21st, 7pm at St. Luke’s Theater in NYC.



Hosts Harvey Evans, with Lawrence Merritt and Marianne Selbert (two of Ron’s assistants) salute Ron and all his achievements – Broadway, television and beyond – with performance, panels and stories galore to be shared.



DO40 Advisory Board Member Marge Champion, Ben Vereen, Donna McKechnie, Sandy Duncan and Don Correia have been confirmed.  Also on board, DO40 members and gypsies Kathy Dalton, Rita O’Connor, Carol Hanzel, Bonnie Walker, the D’honau sisters (all three of them!), Bert and Pat Michaels. More special guests to be announced soon!  Rare video clips from many of Ron’s shows will also be shown.

Dancers Over 40 is all-volunteer, membership-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to preserving the History, Legacy and Lives of our mature creative community, while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers.

Don Correia
The event will be videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts. 
Tickets (starting in October): $45 for non-members; $25 for members of Dancers Over 40 with discount code. ($65 for premium seats)   Reservations: Telecharge, 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com ; DO40 www.broadwayoffers.com with discount code.  St. Luke’s Box Office open 2 – 6pm daily, at 308 West 46th Street.  For More information on DO40 call our Hotline at 212-330-7016.
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Members call 212-947-8844 or

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www.dancersover40.org
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Donna McKechnie performing with Tracy Everette in HOW TO SUCCEED...


(Photo: Ronald Field, Kismet, between numbers.)
Field was born in New York City, New York where he made his Broadway debut as a child in Lady in the Dark (1941) with Gertrude Lawrence. He later danced in the ensembles of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Kismet (1954), and The Boy Friend (1955) before deciding to concentrate on choreography. His first two efforts Nowhere But Up (1962) and Cafe Crown (1964) were flops. Mr. Field received the first of three Tony Awards for his dances and cabaret numbers in ''Cabaret'' . He received two additional Tony Awards for the direction and choreography of Applause, which was also voted best musical of 1970. His choreography for Zorba in 1968 and Rags in 1986 resulted in additional Tony Award nominations.
Don Correia and Sandy Duncan

Mr. Field was also noted for his staging of club acts, television specials and television award shows. He won Emmy Awards for his choreography for ''Ben Vereen . . . His Roots'' and for ''The Entertainer: America Salutes Richard Rodgers.'' ''Baryshnikov on Broadway,'' a 1980 special choreographed by Mr. Field, won a record nine Emmy Awards, though none for him.

During rehearsals for Stephen Sondheim's trouble-plagued Merrily We Roll Along in 1981, Field was unceremoniously dismissed from the creative team. It wasn't until a revival of Cabaret in 1987 that he would have another Broadway success.

In addition to his work on Broadway, Field staged such diverse projects as Las Vegas nightclub acts, the 44th Annual Academy Awards telecast in 1972, a Hollywood Bowl concert and television special with Bette
Ben Vereen
Midler in 1977, the opening ceremonies for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and an acclaimed revival of Kiss Me, Kate in London's West End. He also choreographed Martin Scorsese's New York, New York (1977). On February 6, 1989, Field died of brain lesions in New York City at the age of fifty-five.(Source Wikipedia)

Thank you Ron Field for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!

 With grateful XOXOXs ,








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