2004-06-25 / Community

Stars Come Out To Shine On Westbury In August

Jackie Mason, August 7, 8

Stars Come Out To Shine On Westbury In August

Jackie Mason, August 7, 8

Jackie Mason will perform two hilarious shows at Westbury Music Fair on Saturday, August 7th at 8 pm and Sunday, August 8th at 3 pm. Tickets are $51 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com. To charge tickets by phone call Ticketmaster at (631) 888-9000 or (212) 307-7171.

Jackie Mason will once again entertain Long Island audiences with his up to the minute musings on current events and whatever else strikes him as funny. Unafraid to tackle any subject, no matter how controversial, Mr. Mason examines everything from sexual harassment to racism to the White House. His uncompromising views have led him to be called an "equal opportunity offender" by some, but no one can deny Mason’s dedication to finding the truth at the heart of an issue and, however painful it may be, presenting it in a way that inspires laughter and understanding.

Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1937, and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Mason grew up surrounded by rabbis. His three brothers are rabbis. His father was a rabbi, so were his grandfathers, his great-grandfather and his great-great grandfather. It comes as no surprise that Mason was a Cantor until the age of 25 when he was ordained a rabbi. Three years later, he quit his synagogue to become a comedian because, as he says, "Someone in the family had to make a living." He has been featured in films, among them "Caddyshack II," television and commercials, in addition to theatre and stand-up comedy.

Cyndi Lauper, August 10

Cyndi Lauper will perform hits such as "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "Time after Time" in addition to selections from her latest release At Last at Westbury Music Fair on Tuesday, August 10th at 8 pm in the half round. Tickets are $40 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com. To charge tickets by phone call Ticketmaster at (631) 888-9000 or (212) 307-7171.

Cyndi Lauper’s reign as one of music’s most versatile performers spans nearly two decades. Her latest album is entitled At Last (2003) and contains classics such as the title track "At Last," "Stay," and "Unchained Melody". Born in Queens, New York, Cyndi has had an interest in music since the age of twelve when she first took up the guitar. While in college, she joined a semi-pro rock band, and went on to pay her dues in the mid-Seventies as a vocalist with various cover bands in the New York area. Eventually she joined the New York band Blue Angel as lead singer and co-writer on the band’s self-titled debut album in 1980. Cyndi launched her solo career in 1983 with the release of She’s So Unusual. She’s So Unusual sold over nine million copies worldwide, and spawned a record-setting four hit singles: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "All Through The Night," "She Bop," and the Number One smash "Time After Time." The album brought Cyndi enormous popular success and critical acclaim – as well as a Best New Artist Grammy and MTV video awards. In 1984, Cyndi Lauper was voted Rolling Stone’s Best New Artist and Best Female Video Artist.

True Colors (1986), with its Number One title single, continued the magic of its predecessor; and Cyndi extended her hit streak with her third album, A Night To Remember (1989), and the Top Ten smash "Change of Heart." Hat Full of Stars (Epic, 1993) strengthened Lauper’s reputation as a songwriter to be reckoned with. The disc was a critical smash, lauded by The Los Angeles Times as Cyndi’s "most consistently tuneful and ambitious album." Twelve Deadly Cyns... And Then Some (Epic, 1995), the inevitable collection of greatest hits, included three new standouts previously unreleased in the US. This set confirmed Cyndi’s status as a consistent trailblazer, and sold nearly four million copies worldwide. Sisters of Avalon (1997). Her final recording for Epic was the 1998 holiday album Merry Christmas... Have A Nice Life, a blend of revamped classics ("Silent Night," "Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree") and inventive originals ("Feels Like Christmas," "Minnie and Santa".

Kenny Rogers, August 12

Country superstar Kenny Rogers will perform at Westbury Music Fair on Thursday, August 12th at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com. To charge tickets by phone call Ticketmaster at (631) 888-9000 or (212) 307-7171. All shows, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Applicable tax and service charges are added to each ticket price.

"Back to the Well," Rogers’ 61st career album, is his latest release. It includes a duet "Love Like This" with country darling Alison Krauss, "727 East Magnolia Avenue," and the title track "Back to the Well." He recently wrote a touching and inspirational family Christmas classic entitled "Christmas in Canaan." In addition to all he’s already accomplished, you can see Rogers acting on "THE GAMBLER", a mini-series inspired from his song and guest starring on an episode of "Touched By An Angel."

As one of country music’s biggest crossover successes, Kenny’s numerous accolades include 4 Grammy Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards and 5 Country Music Association Awards. In addition, he was named "Favorite Singer of All Time" in a PM Magazine/USA Today poll in 1986, and in 1989 People Magazine voted Rogers "Favorite Male Vocalist." In 1990 Rogers was honored with the Horatio Alger Award, given to those who have distinguished themselves despite humble beginnings. It is his most personal and cherished award. Some of his most memorable #1 songs include "Gambler," "The Greatest" and "Buy me a Rose."


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