On Sunday, December 12th at 2 PM, DANCERS OVER 40 will present a special Legacy Award to producer Edmund Gaynes who helped the organization launch its popular yearly discussion panels at his St. Luke's Theater on West 46th Street. A veteran performer, Ed has appeared in thirteen Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and has appeared in over 100 TV shows including Mary Martin's PETER PAN and The Ed Sullivan Show. Choreographers he has worked with include Jerome Robbins, Joe Layton, Herb Ross, Hanya Holm, Danny Daniels, Patricia Birch, Jacques d'Amboise and Robert Joffrey. Mr. Gaynes is currently producing ZERO HOUR, DIETRICH AND CHEVALIER: THE MUSICAL, BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE and DANNY AND SYLVIA: THE Danny Kaye MUSICAL Off-Broadway. Next season he will be presenting GILLIGAN'S ISLAND: THE MUSICAL on Broadway. He currently operates Off-Broadway's St Luke's Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre.
Dancers Over 40 will also honor five men whose long careers and contributions to the art of the dance have earned them special recognition. Fred Curt, Harvey Evans, Stuart Hodes, Richard Korthaze and Ken Urmston come from a variety of performing backgrounds, and each has shared their history, legacy and lives with DO40 over the years.
The Legacy Awards luncheon will take place Sunday, December 12th from 2 to 5 pm at Swing 46 Restaurant, 349 West 46th Street. Tickets are $35 (for awards event and luncheon); $25 for members of DO40. For reservations call TeleCharge at 212-239-6200 or visit the St. Luke's Theatre Box Office, 308 West 46 St, open 2-6 PM daily except Tuesdays. For more information call the Dancers Over 40 Information line: 212--330-7016.
DANCERS OVER 40 HONOREES:
Fred Curt - You name the dance movie, and Fred was in it! The California resident danced in My Sister Eileen, Meet Me After the Show, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, State Fair, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Mame, Hello Dolly, and Paint Your Wagon. On TV he was on the shows of Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams, Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, and the Academy Awards. His Broadway shows include Call Me Madam and Mr. Bixby.
Harvey Evans - over 22 Broadway shows, tours, TV and movies to his credit. West Side Story was Harvey's first big break. He names the original Follies as one of his most memorable Broadway shows, and the TV special Dames at Sea with Ann Margaret and Ann Miller as another one of his faves. Harvey was the last dancer to duet with Gwen Verson on "Who's got the pain," on her last tour of Damn Yankees in 1974.
Stuart Hodes - His remarkable career ranges from the Martha Graham Dance Company to Broadway's Paint Your Wagon and Kismet. Stuart can also be seen swimming with Esther Williams in one of her extravaganzas! He keeps active with his broadwaygypsy.com website, keeping a record of the history, legacy and lives of the dance community - Broadway, Modern and Ballet.
Richard Korthaze - his first Broadway show was the 1951 revival of Pal Joey. Dick went on to a decades-long career, including dancing in the original casts of Pippin, Chicago, and Dancin', as well as Lincoln Center's Anything Goes in 1987.
Ken Urmston - From New Girl in Town in the 1950's to a super-long run in the original Evita, Ken never stopped working during his long career on Broadway - over 30 years of trodding the boards. He has appeared on many of DO40's panels, and in their last dance concert, he made a dancing appearance.
For more information visit www.dancersover40.org