Director/Choreographer Jeff Calhoun threw his fourth annual Oscar party at his local Upper West Side hangout "Henry's" last night with Donna McKechnie as guest of honour. We watched the awards on a big screen while we enjoyed a splendid dinner and Jim Caruso hosted a cabaret during the commercial breaks. I was seated next to fellow Aussie (well, New Yorker-cum-Aussie-turned New Yorker again) Natalie Mosco and opposite Sondheim veterans Harvey Evans and Teri Ralston. At the table next to me were a group from the cast of NEWSIES and a more heartbreakingly beautiful collection of young people I have never seen in my life. I had a five hour "Death in Venice" moment.
Then Pamela Myers belted "Another Hundred People"
(L-R) Michael James Scott, Donna McKechnie, Andrea McArdle, Pamela Myers, Jim Caruso, Jeff Calhoun, Laura Osnes, Cory Cott & Ashley Brown