Thursday, March 31, 2011

STARS HONOR PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH

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Star-Studded Crowd Gathers to Honor President
George H.W. Bush Which Raised Over 30 Million.

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Sam Moore



Legendry Soul Man’s Sam Moore and judge of the upcoming TV Show The Voice, Cee Lo Green stole the show at the Points of Light Institute’s All Together Now – A Celebration of Service, honoring President George H.W. Bush, which aired on NBC the other night. The televised extravaganza, which took place at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., honored the President’s dedication to encouraging the value of service and volunteerism in the United States, bringing together United States presidents: President and Mrs. George W. Bush, President William J. Clinton, who served as honorary co-chair, President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and President Barack Obama, who joined the festivities via video, emphasizing the crucial role of service in America. Other star-studded performances included Kid Rock, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Mavis Staples, Johnny Lang and Heather Headley.



Points of Light Institute is a hands-on organization which motivates and rallies people to take action to change the world, embracing service and civic engagement as a vital part of a focused life. In collaboration with the President’s tribute special, Points of Light Institute is asking Americans to recognize individuals in their communities by posting a tribute on the organizations Innovative Tribute Wall. Once posted, patrons can begin helping their communities by signing up for local volunteer opportunities.



To post and view the Tribute Wall, click here.... For further information on Points of Light Institute, www.pointsoflight.org.

JUDGE MARILYN MILIAN CELEBRATES TEN YEARS

Judge Marilyn Milian



Judge Marilyn Milian celebrated a decade of dockets on "The People's Court." Milian started banging the gavel back in March 2001 and has continued to rule the courtroom with her sassy style of justice for ten years. On the bench Milian renders verdicts and dispenses legal insight in the courtroom where justice and reality collide. "The People's Court is the courtroom series that launched the entire court show genre and features real litigants, real cases and real justice.


THE STARS COME OUT FOR 'THE KENNEDY'S'

Mary Lynn Rajskub


Kevin Weisman


Autumn Reeser With Husband Jesse Warren


Patricia Heaton


Joan Collins


Tom Cruise With Katie Holmes


Barry Pepper


Greg Kinnear With Wife Helen


Kristin Booth


Charlotte Sullivan


Charlotte Sullivan along with Tom Cruise, Joan Collins, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear With Wife Helen, Barry Pepper, Kristin Booth and other stars attended the world premiere of "The Kennedys" at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.


Photos By: RD/ Kirkland/ Retna Digital

THE GUESS+PAPER 'BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE PARTY'

Hope Dworaczyk


Jayson Blair


Ross Thomas


Kim Hastreiter


Jaala Pickering


Keri Hilson


Debi Mazar



Debi Mazar along with Keri Hilson and others attended The Guess + Paper 'Beautiful People Party' held at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, California the other night.


Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

CAMERON DIAZ HITS VEGAS FOR BAD TEACHER



Cameron Diaz



Cameron Diaz was promoting her Sony Pictures film 'Bad Teacher' at Cinemacon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday. The superstar looks super stunning!


Photo By: RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital

SHOWBOAT ATLANTIC CITY HAS JERSEYLICIOUS

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Cast of Jerseylicious to cause hair-raising mayhem
this Thursday at the Foundation Room in Showboat
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Tracy DiMarco



The Foundation Room at Showboat Atlantic City is presenting tonight Tracy Dimarco and Briella Calafiore, stars of the Style Network’s, most watched program, Jerseylicious. The show, now entering its third full season, combines all the back-stabbing hooliganism and heart-wrenching tension you would expect to find at a hair salon. The most well-known, as well as infamous, cast member is Tracy Dimarco, who has served as the top hair-stylist for the Gatsby Salon, located in Green Brook, NJ over the past two seasons. Briella Calafiore is a fellow Gatsby hairstylist, but is truly known for being the best friend of cast-mate Olivia Blois Sharpe, who has no love loss for Tracy. Hair-pulling is optional!

Photo By: RD/Kirkland/Retna

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ROSEANNE BARR SPEAKS AT RAMTHA'S SCHOOL

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ROSEANNE BARR SPEAKS AT RAMTHA’S
SCHOOL OF ENLIGHTENMENT


Students in 25 countries worldwide tuned in via live stream on the Internet.
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Roseanne Barr With JZ Knight And Linda Evans



Actor and New York Times best-selling author Roseanne Barr was a special guest lecturer during the Primary Retreat at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) in Yelm, WA, on Saturday, March 26, where she discussed the spiritual aspects of her new book Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm. Her speech followed a lecture from RSE founder JZ Knight (www.Ramtha.com) who gave an insightful talk on impending Earth changes.



When Ms. Barr arrived, Ms. Knight welcomed her into her home for dinner with longtime RSE students including actress Linda Evans and Miceal Ledwith, former President of Maynooth College in Ireland and former advisor to Pope John Paul II. After dinner, Roseanne spoke to a live audience of more than 700 students and additional students in 25 countries who joined via live stream on the Internet.



Ms. Barr said she was very moved and touched by the reception of the audience. She discussed the expanding feminine and spiritual paradigms — those things that she wrote about in Roseannearchy.



Since 1988, thousands have attended RSE special retreats and seminars. The school currently has more than 6,000 students.



For more information about Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment and a list of upcoming events, visit www.Ramtha.com.

KRISTI YAMAGUCHI'S DREAM BIG, LITTLE PIG !

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Kristi Yamaguchi’s Dream Big, Little Pig! Debuts at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Poppy the Pig Skates Her Way to the Top with Inspiring Message to “Always Dream”
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Kristi Yamaguchi’s Dream Big, Little Pig!



Olympic gold-medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi has added another accomplishment to her already impressive résumé: New York Times bestselling author!


Yamaguchi’s first children’s picture book, Dream Big, Little Pig! debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list for the week ending March 19.


“I am so thrilled and in awe that Dream Big, Little Pig! has achieved this honor,” Yamaguchi said. “I had always hoped that children would fall in love with Poppy the Pig like our family has.”


Dream Big, Little Pig! was inspired by Yamaguchi’s lifelong motto “always dream,” which has carried her to Olympic gold, to a winning turn on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and, most importantly, as mother and role model to her two daughters. “Having two young children of my own, I realize how important early childhood literacy is in determining a child’s educational success,” Yamaguchi said. “Therefore, a portion of the proceeds will benefit my Always Dream Foundation’s early childhood literacy programs, which support underserved communities.” Independent publisher Sourcebooks is thrilled to be partnered with Kristi Yamaguchi in spreading her inspirational message to “dream big” through the charming character of Poppy the Pig, brought to life by illustrator Tim Bowers.


“We believe Dream Big, Little Pig! is nothing short of a classic,” said Sourcebooks publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah. “It’s charming and fun, everything you want in a picture book—and it’s a great read-aloud! Kristi and Poppy share an inspiring story, BIG dreams, and now the rest of us can share those dreams too."


Sourcebooks is set to publish a second book with Yamaguchi, due out in Spring 2012, that will continue to follow Poppy in her adventures.


“It was a delight working with Kristi on her debut picture book, and I'm thrilled to see young readers embracing her message to always dream,” said Rebecca Frazer, acquisition editor, Jabberwocky. “I'm looking forward to reconnecting with Kristi on her second book and following Poppy on another lively adventure!”



Dream Big, Little Pig! features Poppy the Pig, who has big dreams—lots of them! But following her dreams isn’t always easy, and whenever Poppy thinks it might be time to give up, her family reminds her to “dream big!” While on a “pig’s day out,” she has so much fun ice-skating that she doesn’t even notice those around her who think pigs can’t skate…and without even knowing it, she achieves her dream while doing something she loves! Poppy realizes she can succeed at anything as long as she believes in herself and has fun doing it! Kristi Yamaguchi is an Olympic gold medalist and world champion who knows about dreaming big. The motto “always dream” serves as Kristi’s personal inspiration, as well as the name of her charitable foundation for children. This philosophy has contributed to Kristi’s success on and off the ice, and she aspires to instill it in the hearts of children. Following her figure skating victories at the 1992 Winter Olympics and World Championships, Kristi embarked on a successful professional career that went nonstop for more than a decade. This past year, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Friends and Family TV special aired on NBC for the fourth straight year, and she became the first woman since the debut season to claim the trophy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. One of her lasting legacies will be her Always Dream Foundation, which was founded in 1996 and has been an active fundraiser and supporter of children’s charities in the San Francisco Bay Area, sponsoring, among other events, annual Christmas toy drives. For more information, visit www.KristiYamaguchi.com.

TECHNOLOGY TASTEMAKERS AT IDEALDAY.COM

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IDealDay.com revitalizes world of online social buying sites
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Founder Tatiana Nikiforova


Social buying daily deal sites are the must-shop stop for everything from spa getaways to chic fashion designs… transforming the way in which consumers purchase from local businesses and how those businesses interact with their customers, iDealDay (iD) is at the forefront of this retail and hospitality industry trend.


Founded by a team of Internet executives – with close to two decades of internet marketing and web development experience and over 2,000 projects completed for a clientele that includes several Fortune 500 companies – iD boasts a number of technologically advanced features that allow for a convenient, seamless process for both consumers and businesses— mobile text alerts, a signature affiliate program, advanced configurable widgets and APIs to cement the company-to-client connection for more successful and rapid expansion. By combining such groundbreaking internet-associated technologies with existing, commonly applied tools, iD energizes merchants with unprecedented opportunities to reach new levels of business performance.


While other daily deal companies may lack a personal connection for consumers, members of iD are introduced to Founder Tatiana Nikiforova, her background and experience as a New Yorker, developing a trust in her selections and recommendations. World renowned Wilhelmina model and recent Elite Face of The Year Award winner, Tatiana has lived in New York City for over a decade, enjoying the best of what the city has to offer, and she is now doing the same for iD members! As a way in which city-dwellers can discover and enjoy the countless sites and services that the city has to offer at an accessible price point, Tatiana and her team apply their knowledge and experience to bring members the best deals in New York. In addition, Tatiana will soon welcome other tastemakers within the fashion and modeling industries to present their city-favorites and best-kept-secrets to iD members!


Each deal, or iDeal, requires that a minimum number of people purchase the offer in order for the merchant to honor the discounted price or rate. The more participants, the better chance members have to get the iDeal. Membership to iD is complimentary; featured businesses include the city’s finest restaurants, luxury spas, chic shops, and nightlife hotspots.



For further information, please visit www.idealday.com.

JAMIE DEROY TO CELEBRATE AT FEINSTEIN'S

Jamie Deroy



Join celebrated cabaret performer Jamie deRoy as she marks the culmination of the 20th Anniversary Season of her Multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie deRoy & friends, with a very special evening on Sunday, April 17th (8:30PM) at the legendary cabaret hot-spot Feinstein’s at Loews Regency (540 Park Avenue @ 61st Street).



Joining Jamie on April 17th: three-time MAC award-winner for Best Male Stand-up Comic and warm-up comedian and talent coordinator of Late Show with David Letterman Eddie Brill; Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and American country legend Larry Gatlin; Vegas mainstay, Billboard Hot 100 chart "Playground In My Mind" vocalist and singer extraordinaire, Clint Holmes; Tony Award- nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime); and MAC award-winning jazz singer and pianist Daryl Sherman. Award-winning director Barry Kleinbort will direct and acclaimed Ron Abel will serve as musical director.



The colorful cabaret series, which has been thrilling New York City audiences for the past 20 years and serves as the basis for deRoy's award-winning cable television show, spotlights a wide variety of well-known entertainers and newcomers lighting up the cabaret, theater, and comedy worlds.



JAMIE deROY has won eight MAC Awards, four Back Stage Bistro Awards, ten Telly Awards and CaB Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive work on both stage and screen. Jamie has appeared onstage with Joan Rivers and has headlined at many of New York’s major clubs. She has produced eight CDs in the Jamie deRoy & friends series on the Harbinger and PS Classics labels. Her theatre producing credits include: Catch Me If You Can, The Addams Family, Lend Me A Tenor, Finian's Rainbow, Ragtime, Enron, A Behanding In Spokane and All About Me and. Other Broadway credits include: The Norman Conquests (TONY, Drama Desk and outer Critics Circle Awards winner for Best Play Revival), Desire Under the Elms, Blithe Spirit, Impressionism, Speed-the-Plow, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, The Seagull, George Steven Jr.'s Thurgood, Clifford Odets' The Country Girl, David Mamet’s November, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, and Say Goodnight Gracie; Off-Broadway: Black Tie, Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn, Dividing The Estate (Outer Critics Circle Award), Opus, Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell, Athol Fugard’s Exits and Entrances, Christopher Durang’s Adrift in Macao, A.R. Gurney's Buffalo Gal and Indian Blood (Outer Critics Circle Award), Terrence McNally’s Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Her London credits include: Marguerite, Make Me a Song and the upcoming The King’s Speech. Other TV and film producing credits include the Emmy-nominated "The Biggest Little Operas in Town" for Channel 13 and Rick McKay’s documentary Broadway: The Golden Age. Her acting credits include appearances on the television shows “Alice,” “Spiderman” and “Knight Rider,” and in the films GoodFellas, Raging Bull, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Married to It. Onstage, Jamie appeared with Rene Auberjonois in The Threepenny Opera, as well as in The Drunkard with musical direction by Barry Manilow.



Tickets for Jamie deRoy & friends’ at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency (540 Park Avenue @61st Street) on Sunday, April 17th (8:30PM) are $50 for premium seating and $30 for General Admission. (All tickets are subject to applicable taxes and handling. Mention code Jamie 2011 and the handling charge is donated to The American Songbook Project) A $25 food & beverage minimum is required. For reservations, please call 212-339-4095.

Photo By: Walter McBride/Retna

THE SMART TOUCH REINVENTS HOSPITALITY

Smart Touch



Forget Room Service calls or trips to the Concierge Desk— imagine your morning coffee, fresh towels, an exciting afternoon excursion and tonight’s restaurant reservation, all at the touch of a button! Enter, Incentient, LLC. Luxury meets technology with the SmartTouchsm system, created by Incentient, LLC, redefining the getaway experience. The SmartTouchsm easy-to-use glass touch-screen panel allows guests to control their hospitality experience from within the privacy of their guestrooms. Imagined by Incentient, LLC Co-Founders Patrick Martucci and Jennifer Martucci as a result of dissatisfaction and frustration from past personal hospitality experience, SmartTouchsm empowers guests with the technology to have more information, privacy, and control; simultaneously, management has access to more data, achieves better communication with customers, and delivers an improved guest experience. Currently, the SmartTouchsm system can be found at Auberge Resorts, Wigwam Resort (Litchfield Park, AZ) and Hotel Nikko (San Francisco, CA).



The software is configured to each individual property and amenity offerings; accordingly its design is an extension of the client’s brand, featuring complementary colors, imagery of the property and logos. All pertinent services– including Room Service, Concierge, Valet, Spa Services Housekeeping and Bellman – are available for guests to browse, consider and order. Fitting to the time of day, the SmartTouchsm system constantly displays the time and adjusts the display imagery accordingly; in addition, SmartTouchsm adjusts to fit the language preferences of any guest.



Proven to increase revenue for all of Incentient, LLC clients, SmartTouchsm helps to create opportunities to advertise and up-sell the property’s unique services and offerings, increasing RevPAR. Optimizing employee efficiency, SmartTouchsm enhances the guest experience while assisting to better facilitate the luxury and special services already offered by the property without jeopardizing that personal touch. Functioning independently of pre-existing property management software, SmartTouchsm can integrate with all hospitality software and installation is seamless without any required construction or wiring; no capital investment is required, as Incentient owns, installs and services all touch-screen units. An efficient and robust CMS interface also allows clients to eliminate printing and production costs for menus and special sheets. Once installed by Incentient, LLC, the property’s management team is able to personally alter the offerings of the restaurant via an easy-to-navigate private log-in site, as needed.



With total control over their hospitality experience, guests have a range of personalized service options that were once not possible— from ordering in-room breakfast the night before with guaranteed accuracy and an exact time for desired delivery, to the freedom of scheduling restaurant or nightlife reservations without the dreaded risk of being put on hold by the Concierge, the SmartTouchsm system ensures the ultimate luxury experience!



About Incentient, LLC: Incentient, LLC provides services for hospitality venues including restaurants, sport and entertainment arenas and wine cellars. By creating and maintaining creative hardware and software solutions, Incentient exclusively unites clients to their customers by adding value to the supply chain experience. The Arena SmartTouchsm system is a perfect, integrated solution for arenas looking to give guests more control and convenience at their seats. When it comes to ordering food, drinks, souvenirs, and purchasing other event tickets, all pertinent services are at the guests' fingertips while they are enjoying the event. In addition to SmartTouchsm, Incentient has developed the SmartCellarsm system, a unique approach to the traditional wine list. The perfect addition for any restaurant, patrons can browse, via the easy-to-understand touch-pad links, for wines by name, region, varietal and price; guests can even view an up-close image of the wine bottle’s label. The sommelier can use SmartCellarsm as a tool to educate guest, or guests can order directly from the lightweight handheld device. This program is being marketed worldwide and is currently installed in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the United Arab Emirates.



For more information, please visit www.incentient.com.

PAMELA ANDERSON AT LAS VEGAS MOB BASH



Pam Anderson


Marcus Suarez And Pam Anderson


Corey Harrison With Austin Russell And Rick Harrison


Holly Madison



Holly Madison along with Corey Harrison, Marcus Suarez, Pam Anderson, Austin Russell, Rick Harrison and others attended the Las Vegas Mob Experience grand opening at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. We love seeing the Pawn Stars cast our and about. The show is very entertaining and very educational in a fun way. If you haven't caught it yet, it's time to tune in.


Photos By: Scott Harrison / Retna Ltd

CHARLIE SHEEN T-SHIRTS ARE NOT WINNING

Charlie Sheen



In this weeks Steppin' Out magazine, celebrity gadfly reporter Chaunce Hayden writes that Charlie Sheen better come up with a better way to do business if he wants to keep on WINNING! According to Hayden, Sheen recently reached out to dozens of web TV shows and radio programs around the country to offer free "WINNING" T-shirts to promote his new marketing business/touring schedule. Of course everyone agreed to promote the WINNING T-shirts ... only one problem. Apparently, Charlie sent all the boxes out without any shirts in them. The only thing the disappointed media outlets got were boxes filled with packing paper!


Sheen's rep apologized for the error and promised to resend all the shirts ASAP.



On a side note: It's been confirmed that Charlie Sheen will be making his only official bar appearance in New Jersey of all places! Dragon Fly in Secacus, NJ has confirmed to Hayden that Sheen will make an appearance on April 8th.... Tickets for the event can be purchased on the bar's website! The cost for Charlie to show up at hang out at a bar in Jersey... $65,000 dollars!


NOTE: The owners of DragonFly will appear tonight on Chaunce Hayden's web-TV show at 9pm on so-mag.com.

Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

THE CITY PARKS FOUNDATION SUMMER STAGE

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SUMMERTIME IN NEW YORK CITY
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Central Park Summer Stage



For the first time ever, City Parks Foundation will announce a portion of its upcoming 26th SummerStage season through the social networking site Twitter. Starting April 1st at 12:00 PM, one SummerStage performance will be announced each day for twenty days, culminating in the full season announcement of over 300 artists at over 100 performances in all five boroughs on April 21st. The Tweets will not only be leaking some of the most anticipated artists of the summer, but will offer fans a chance to win exclusive prizes and preferred venue access.

“As more and more people utilize social networking sites to get their news and information, it’s important that the SummerStage festival keep up with these technologies,” says City Parks Foundation Executive Director, David Rivel. “We want to engage with our fan base in a way that is unique, immediate, and allows fans to connect with one another as well as the performers themselves.”

SummerStage is one of New York’s premier free performing arts festivals, bringing world-class artists and diverse programming to an ever-increasing legion of fans in sixteen parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and family programs, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. The festival runs from June until the beginning of September presenting over 100 free performances. Since its inception twenty-five years ago, more than six million people from New York City and beyond have enjoyed SummerStage. You can follow SummerStage online.



ABOUT THE CITY PARKS FOUNDATION




City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.

Photo By: Laura Hanifan

CATHY AND DAVID GUETTA'S LAS VEGAS BASH

Cathy Guetta


Cathy And David Guetta



Cathy and David Guetta had their debut their party F **k Me IÕm Famous! at LAX Nightclub at Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cathy also celebrated her birthday in the Sin City Mecca!


Photos By: RD/ Kabik/ Retna Digital

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS ON BROADWAY

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WALTER MCBRIDE
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How To Succeed In Business



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The How To Succeed In Business Star Studded Audience
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Liza Minnelli


John Stamos


Rachel York


Sarah Glendening With Brandon Wardell


George Stevens Jr.


Candy Spelling


Claudia Shear


Sara Ramirez


Anika Noni Rose


Katharine McPhee


Matt McGrath


Gary Marshall With Beautiful Wife Barbara


Spencer Liff


Michele Lee


Raza Jaffrey


David Hyde Pierce With Partner Brian Hargrove


Anjelica Huston


Lisa Howard


Megan Hilty


Michael Grandage With John Logan


Ana Gasteryer With Daughter


Victor Garber


Adam Duritz


Mike Doyle


Amy Fine Collins


Rob Ashford



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THE CURTAIN CALL
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Daniel Radcliffe


Michael Park


John Larroquette


Rose Hemingway


Ellen Harvey


Christopher J. Hanke


Mary Faber


Tammy Blanchard


Bob Bartlett



Bob Bartlett along with Daniel Radcliffe, Ellen Harvey, Michael Park, John Larroquette, Rose Hemingway, Mary Faber and others were snapped during the Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for 'How To Succeed In Business...' in New York City. Many celebrities were in the audience to watch this great Broadway show.


Photos By: Walter McBride / WM Photograph / Retna Ltd.