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At the popular Metropolitan Room beginning on March 25th two NCS members, Kathleen Landis and Evan Stern, presented Let's Misbehave! - A Jazz Era Romp. The show reflects careful historical research and a love of the music from the era. Ms. Landis is an accomplished pianist who infuses such songs as "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Rialto Ripples" with an exciting jazz flavor. Spirited songs included "Manhattan Madness" and "Anything Goes." Mr. Stern gives us a touching rendition of Noel Coward's "Poor Little Rich Girl." This is a delightful evening with two very talented performers.


A new book has recently been published called Broadway After Dark by Ward Morehouse and his son, Ward Morehouse III. The elder Morehouse was a reporter for the New York Sun from 1926 to 1950. This book includes a compilation of his writing about many important people in the theatre such as The Lunts, Katherine Cornell, and Noel Coward. Morehouse had known Coward for more than 25 years. His son, a Broadway columnist for the New York Post, writes of the theatre up to the present time. This book covering 100 years of theatre is an entertaining love letter to the Great White Way. It is available at Barnes & Noble and amazon.com.


The Fifth Annual Red Ball, an evening of elegant and festive entertainment, was held at the National Arts Club in New York in celebration of Valentine's Day. This year's Red Ball, as part of the National Arts Club's ongoing salute to women in the Arts, chose to celebrate an American original -- Miss Tammy Grimes. She was awarded a Gold Medal for Achievement in the Dramatic Arts. Tributes to Miss Grimes were made by such people as Patricia Neal, Betsy Von Furstenburg, Eli Wallach and Rufus Wainwright. Since being discovered by Noel Coward, her work in the theatre has received much critical praise and many awards. This was a very special evening.