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TT in the Blue Mountains and Sheldy in New York.

Culture Shock.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


OK, so today was the day of the grand unveiling.
It began with an interview at 10 a.m. with the lovely Joan Hamburg who presents her live radio show in front of an audience of enthusiastic matinee ladies. Good fun.
Then after seeing the fabbo ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS we returned to the fourth floor for the official function at 5pm.
Almost everyone I invited turned up including a few who said they wouldn't be able to make it. I wanted to be surrounded by all the friends who have supported me since I came to NYC so the room felt very warm and unthreatening. And I'm THRILLED with the caricature which will now hang in Sardi's, hopefully not on the back fire escape.
Max, the president of Sardi's, made the presentation.

I was actually shaking as I added my signature.
Me and a homeless man

Me and The Boys

La Belle Audra

Wonderful Roger Rees, nominated for a Best Director Tony for PETER & THE STARCATCHER
Gorgeous Marcia Milgrim Dodge who directed the brilliant Broadway revival of RAGTIME
Jack Donahue, my fave male jazz singer

Darling Susan Lyons, one of the Aussies flying the flag.
 Alex Lewis, Aussie opera singer currently studying at Juilliard (I directed him in JACQUES BREL at WAAPA) with stars of the Australian production of LOVE NEVER DIES, Anna O'Byrne and Ben Hudson. Al's brother Ben Lewis was the Phantom.

Colin Bates, the best Billy Elliot I've ever seen (in the West End). He's studying acting at Juilliard.

Dorothy (Dottie) Stanley, who did 42nd STREET with Mum and has become a good mate.
Joyce Breach (my fave female jazz singer in NYC) and the incomparable Harvey Evans, star of stage, screen and everyone's heart.
Dottie and Harvey

Christine Andreas, David Green and his wife Judy Kaye. David was in the West Coast company of ANNIE with Mum.
Christine Andreas and Judy Kaye, two of the finest divas Broadway has ever seen.

Christine, Max of Sardi's and at left, Jim Brochu, brilliant star of the one-man Zero Mostel bioplay ZERO HOUR and the recent revival of THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER.
Jim is already on Sardi's wall next to The Merm!
Marcia Milgrim Dodge, Jim Brochu, Christine Andreas and her husband Marty Silvestri

Soap opera hunk, singer, dancer and one of PRISCILLA's producers, Kevin Spirtas. Kevin was Hugh's standby during BOY FROM OZ. Hugh never let him get on.

John Robertson, old mate and the Aussie right arm of Cameron Mackintosh, in town for a whirlwind theatre catch-up.
Publicist extraordinaire Joe Perrotta
Proud PRISCILLA producers Alecia Parker and BJ Holt.
The homeless man was very taken with Richard Chamberlain's portrait

At the end of the event we got in the lift which spilled us out on to the street next door to Sardi's.
The bum's rush in melody, dear.


  1. Congratulations Tony on a very well deserved honor!

  2. I posted the BWW version of the event but will now post this one to facebook. SO beyond thrilled for you darling. What an honour! Much love to you and TT, Tom xxx!

  3. Congratulations!! You're an official Broadway star now! :)
    Have you any idea where in the restaurant this portrait is hung? I'd love to come by and see it some day.

  4. Congratulations, Tony! Someone's already posted the presentation on youtube, here it is...

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  6. Bravo! I am always thrilled to log in here and always thankful that you share so much of your adventure. I feel quite privileged. Much love and magic to you both! Ross

  7. I hope you gave the homeless man some lunch. He looked hungry but quite stylish.