2000-10-21 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

"Once Upon A Mattress" should be tried more than once. It is unbelievable how well the twenty-one member talented cast; Director, Mario Martone, and Musical Director, Charles Levi, both of the Rockaway Theatre Company were able to put on such a professional and delightful show.

This past Sunday, Tom Connors and I chose to catch the performance of "Once Upon A Mattress" at the Post Theatre in Fort Tilden without too much expectation. After all, it is a difficult stage musical especially without a live orchestra and a cast of twenty-one. How wrong we were. It was a first class show and done marvelously well. Dan Marston took my breath away with his voice, shadings, and stage presence. He just made you sit up and take notice. Great job!

John Gileece was outstanding as the king’s jester, particularly in the soft shoe number. I am sure he is not that young but one would never know it by his agility and grace on stage. Winnifred, played by April Green, the true princess and leading lady was just marvelous in all her numbers. She and Dauntless, Ben Lampert were delightful in "A Girl Named Fred" number. Lucy Lemke (who reminds one very much of Lucy Arnez, daughter of Lucille Ball) played Lady Larkin and sang a memorable tune with Sir Harry, played by Scott Battaglia; "In Just A Little While"… soon there will be one, two, three, four. Susan Hartenstein brought out the chuckles in us all with her hilarious rendition of a nightingale. Maureen Gileece Harms was very convincing as the possessive Queen Mother. Lawrence Rossi did a superb job as the Mute King. Due to limited space I cannot mention each and every performer, but I wish I could.

They all performed so professionally. It was a real treat and I urge all of you to take advantage of this live theater that is now being brought to us by the Rockaway Theatre Company in association with Gateway National Park, right here in Rockaway at Fort Tilden. Many accolades to Musical Director/Pianist, Charles Levi; Choreographer, Lorraine Lambert; and Director Mario Martone. They and all the members of the cast put in many hours of work and truly dedicated people. Many thanks to them.

Gorgeous, glamorous mother of new twins and daughters, super model for many years, Cheryl Tiegs graced the Health Magazine luncheon last week to receive the Healthy Beauty Achievement Award in recognition of the healthy image she has portrayed over the course of her career. Meredith Vieira, moderator for The View TV show, hosted the event. Awards were also given to the 10 healthiest beauty products of 2001: Eucerin sensitive skin lotion, Thermasilk heat activated conditioner, Nu Skin face wash; RoC facial moisturizer; Calvin Klein foundation; Bobby Brown lipstick; Maybelline full and soft mascara, Earth Therapeutics gardener’s nail and cuticle care; Rusk Sea kelp shampoo, and Pantene Pro V hair revival. An interesting and enjoyable afternoon.

E-Books, stands for Electronic Reading introduced by Gemstar-TV International, Inc., which gives us a new hand held electronic device that stores over 20 novels with the necessary protection of copyright content. It was introduced at the Carriage House and New York Times bestseller author Patricia Cornwell, winner of England’s most prestigious crime-writing award in the world has placed her newest best seller. The Last Precinct among one of the first novels on the E-Book list. Another hi-tech addition to our world.

If you enjoy mussels you will have the best you ever had at Chazal Restaurant at 41 Madison avenue. This restaurant is now under new management. I was there for the opening and the food is quite superior. The architecture is clean, straight and slick with low lights. The food and service are the best. Big, thick, juicy, meaty mussels; well flavored four lamb chops; and pink grilled tuna all prepared to your taste and beautifully presented. Try it out, I’m sure you will like it.

If you love Italian food, especially food from Salerno go to San Pietro at 18 East 54 street, where I experienced a cultural culinary journey with the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce. What a fun evening. Eleven courses were served, each with a different wine… And, if you like your pasta al’dente, this is the place for you. I love ossobuco, usually made with veal shank. This was prepared with lamb shank in a medley of flavorful herbs and spices that delighted my taste buds. When the live music and singer performed I thought I was in a Roman coliseum. The music was filled with emotion and you could hear and feel every word. The evening was all very conducive to gaiety and laughter. A fun time.

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Seniors (55 and older) six-day Pacific Coastal, April 23, 2001 $499.

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Thanksgiving Cancun… $729 air/hotel/transfer/taxes.

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Give me a call and away we go!

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