2003-02-08 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Every so often we owe it to ourselves to see a Broadway Show. Nothing like a Broadway Show. Absolutely nothing! It was with mixed feelings I attended Aida, the Broadway Show based on the opera, Aida, which followed the story very closely. It was magnificent! Some of the staging of the scenes were breathtaking You marveled at the creative talents of scene and costume designer, Bob Crowley, especially the swimming scene. He also created the dazzling fashion costumes along with all the others. Great job! The choreography by Wayne Cilento was outstanding.

The dancers were so beautifully coordinated in grace and movement they filled your senses with exhilaration. Though you don’t leave the theatre humming a melody, the music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice carried the play along in a fitting operetta fashion and perfectly complimented the voices of the actors. The show was compelling throughout and done with perfection. Simone, the lead star that played Aida, a Nubian princess captured by the Egyptians was unbelievably tremendous. Her stage presence, carriage, strength and beautiful lilting voice captivated the audience. Simone served in the United States Air Force as an engineering assistant and has sung and acted in starring roles in many well-known plays on tour. She has made appearances on top TV Shows and has brought home many outstanding awards. She was the only child of Nina Simone, the world renowned Chanteuse. Her father was a businessman/entrepreneur. As Aida, Simone literally brought down the house. Adam Pascal, (Rademes), son of the King of Egypt, a young sexy handsome man with a strong resonant voice who has received many award , was well cast and most enjoyable in his role as a young prince enamored with Aida though betrothed to Ammeris, the rejected woman played extremely well by award wining Darcy Roberts. If there were flaws in this play I was never aware of them. It was sheer beauty and entertainment that every Broadway show should be able to offer you, but sometimes doesn’t. If you don’t believe me go see it for yourself. I highly recommend it! Guaranteed, you’ll be enthralled.

The Ninth Annual Skate with the Greats benefit for Ronald McDonald House for kids with cancer was held again at Rockefeller Center Café and Town Center and again was a terrific event and a great success. Children skated with the Ranger stars and an auction was held to reap rewards for these unfortunate ill children. Famous Ranger Brian Leetch was the host when Radek Dvorak, Ronald Petrovicky, Vladimir Malakov, Ted Donato, Peter Nedved and Cory Cross as well as members of the Hall of Fame, Rod Gilbert took to the rink with the kids and invited guests.

Rusty Kearney of Breezy Point, author of "On Borrowed Time….With Interest" which was based on his own life struggles and experiences, has written a novella, " Now That We’re All Together….Good Bye."

It is a well-written story about a family, their conflicts, and problems with their children, job insecurities and how to spend their remaining days in the sunshine State of Florida. It is on sale at the Breezy Point Hardware Store, It can be ordered if you call him. Also check out his web site at www.RKBreezy.com. Rusty has also written two more book length manuscripts, which have all been adapted into screenplays.

Grace Someck had another disastrous happening alone and at an elderly age her heat went off in the cold, cold spell we had and if it weren’t for the kindness of her neighbors who over-nighted her in their warm home she never would have survived. Grace’s pipes burst and it was most difficult to find a plumber. All’s well now and she thanks those who came to her aid. Condolences to the family of Margaret Ferrar of B. 207 St. who recently passed away.

George Angle and his friend, Howard Gorlitz is off to another adventure and this time to see the Panama Canal and visit Panama City. Have a super time, guys. Bet you’re glad to get away since you also had trouble with frozen pipes in your home.

The VOTF ( Voice of the Faithful) met at the American Legion Hall on Jan 29. Sr. Sinclaire Butler who has worked with abused children over 10 years was a guest speaker, along with Fr. Powis who works with the inner city kids and retired priest, Fr. Frank Fajello, cannon lawyer. Melissa Gabel and Mary Kiernam gave a brief history of the beginning of VOTF. Due to the time allocated to these interesting speakers there was little time for feedback from the audience. At the next meeting there will be only one guest speaker so that more time will be devoted to interaction with the members regarding this grave problem that faces the Catholic Church. Dates and meeting place will be announced in this column.


London with 2 FREE nts. Air/Hotel $218., Paris, $289, Rome $341 Hawaii , Princess Cruise to Vancouver May 8 , Balcony $799; Ireland April B&B R/T Aer Lingusand cr $499. NCL 7 day Wind , West Carib. $250; 10/11/03 & 4/10/04; Dawn, 7 days Eastern Carib, 11/08/03 and 4/24/04, $300; Sky , Southern Carib. 10/19/03 $170; Majesty 3 and 4 days Mexico 11/10/03 , Bahamas 4/14/04 $140. Fly Free to Bermuda 5 nts. cruise $499; Bahama weekend cruise $169 Bahamas Air/Land all include. Holiday Inn $499; Radisson 4day/3 nts. $649 Radisson; Atlantic $789 and Breezes $769.; Cancun, 3 nts. Air/Land till Mar. 27 $599.99, Thur. Sat, Sun Flights; Riviera Maya from $799. Costa Rica Sale $995 10 days all inclusive ; last minute deals: Zaandam from Port Canveral Feb. 15 7 days cruise $399. Veendam from Rampa Feb. 22 $399; Maasdam from Ft. Lauderdale 7 days Feb. 23 $399 ; Carnival 7 day West Carib. $349Feb 23 & Mar 3; Costa Cruise 7 dya Western Carib. Feb. 16. $100 savings on Radisson Cruises with Free Air.

More travel specials on WNYX-TV ( UHF Ch. 35) Mon. to Fri. e-mail dorothydunne@yhoo.com.

Give me a call and "AWAY WE GO!!!".

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