Legendary Joel Grey Hosts Rare Screening of ‘Cabaret’ at Cinema Arts Centre

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chalk up another amazing evening of entertainment coming to the Huntington Cinema Arts this Thursday night, when legendary Joel Grey hosts a rare “big screen” presentation of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, the scintillatingly original musical drama about decadence in 1931 Berlin as the Weimar Republic was about to be swept away forever by Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany.The movie, which premiered in 1972, earned Grey an Oscar for his role as the leering, sneering Emcee of the seedy Kit Kat Club, where the vulnerable performer, Sally Bowles, was played by Liza Minnelli—Judy Garland’s daughter—who won an Oscar, too. The film, based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, earned eight Oscars in total. When it came out on screen, Bob Fosse was already a leading American choreographer, dancer and director, who’d later go on to create “All That Jazz” (1979) and “Chicago” (2002). But nothing ever quite equaled the groundbreaking Cabaret, the movie version of the John Kander and Fred Ebb Broadway musical, where Grey had first created his role of the Emcee on stage in 1966.As the New York Times reviewer Roger Greenspun wrote in 1972, the film is “not so much a movie musical as it is a movie with a lot of music in it.” He remarked that it had a “general theme of sick sexual ambiguity…as a kind of working motif. The master of sexual ambiguity, and the master of motifs, is again Joel Grey, master of ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub, the cellar cabaret where Sally sings and dances, and where everything, even the rise of the Third Reich, is ‘beautiful.’”“An appearance by Tony and Academy Award-winner Joel Grey—at the Cinema Arts Centre or anywhere else—is a major event,” said Dr. Jud Newborn, the Cinema Arts Centers’ special program curator. “This man is a legend, and a unique one at that. But ours is an exclusive for Long Island! And the timing is especially potent for our rare ‘big screen’ showing of Cabaret because the film, with the rise of Nazism as its backdrop, resonates with the crisis of democracy that is roiling America today. We all can’t wait to hear Joel Grey’s ideas on this connection.“But, of course, the sheer entertainment value of this Oscar-sweeping film, no matter what your politics, cannot be exceeded,” said Newborn. “After all, Joel Grey is on all lists as among the most important Broadway stars of all time.” He’s an Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winner.Grey has just published his new tell-all memoir, Master of Ceremonies, and he’ll be on hand to discuss that as well.“Grey reveals the risks and excitement of his bisexual life while giving us an amazing inside history of theater from the Vaudeville era to today,” said Newborn. “And think of what he can tell us about Liza Minnelli, his co-star and friend, and so many other celebrated artists!”A singer, dancer, producer, director and photographer, Grey has lived a fascinating life on and off screen, in the limelight, and in the shadows. In his memoir he reportedly recounts his “fraught but exuberant bisexual love life at a time when any sexual ambiguity was both difficult and dangerous.” From his childhood in Vaudeville acting with his father to performing in gangster-filled nightclubs and basking in the glamour of Hollywood, Grey is a living legend who’s seen it all—and probably done it, too.As the Emcee would say, “Life is a cabaret, my friends.”For more information, visit Cinema Arts Centre’s website.Liza Minelli as Sally Bowles and Joel Grey as the Emcee in “Cabaret.” [Photo courtesy Cinema Arts Centre]last_img read more

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Taylor Ford leads 50-point bench performance with 21 of her own in win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Syracuse players huddled in a circle around head coach Quentin Hillsman. The public address announcer boomed the names of SU’s starters through the Carrier Dome speakers, but none of them budged.No pregame rituals. No flashy handshakes. Just a few final words from the head coach.“We don’t come out for starting lineups anymore because we got seven starters,” Hillsman said. “Until they start announcing seven people we’re not coming out.”On Wednesday night against Coppin State, the Orange was more than just seven deep. Taylor Ford, the fourth substitution for SU and its ninth player on the court, scored a career-high and game-high 21 points. Maggie Morrison, the eighth, added nine points and the ninth, freshman Julia Chandler, tallied 11. Syracuse’s bench players combined for 50 points and led the Orange (6-2) to an 88-56 win over the Eagles (2-6).“This is the first game where I really just trusted our bench and just played them,” Hillsman said, “and it worked great.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLess than 30 seconds after coming into the game, Ford lined up on the right wing and sunk a 3.She grabbed an offensive rebound and finished with a layup. Then Brittney Sykes found her in transition for an easy bucket. Then Morrison poked the ball out of Coppin State guard Keena Samuels’ hand on the press and converted the uncontested shot.A tie game prior to Morrison and Ford coming in was turned into a 17-10 Syracuse lead.“I knew immediately I had to be aggressive,” Ford said. “I had to do something to pick my team up … Me being aggressive at first knocking down 3s motivated everyone else to play harder.”Briana and Bria Day and guard Alexis Peterson got into foul trouble early, forcing Hillsman to dip into his reserves more frequently than usual.Ford finished the half 5-for-5 with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. The bench’s 20 points at the half was just six shy of Coppin State’s team total.Chandler’s first time off the bench she was stripped in the post and Hillsman took her out. On the sideline, Briana Day pulled her aside on the bench to give her pointers.The struggles didn’t last as Chandler was soon blocking shots in the post, knocking down 3s from the wing and cleaning up the boards in place of the Day sisters.“We talk about seven, eight, nine, 10 playing well off the bench and they were tremendous,” Hillsman said. “Julia Chandler shot the ball like she can do it and Taylor played awesome and Corn (Cornelia Fondren) just filled it up.”When Ford’s layup on a play where she was fouled rolled out of the rim to start the fourth quarter, she stomped her foot into the court.But it was almost the only thing that didn’t fall for her on the night. Of her 10 shots, she missed just two. Fondren and Morrison both shot over 50 percent, too.By the end of the game, SU’s seven-player bench had nearly matched the Eagles entire team and outscored its own starters by 12. Guard Savannah Crocetti came off the bench for just her second appearance of the season.“I think that speak volumes,” Peterson said. “If we can play like that and get that type of bench performance we’ll be a hard team to beat.”Hillsman said who starts and who doesn’t is insignificant. The only difference is the handshake.On Wednesday night, though, the difference was 12. Twelve more points for SU’s bench than its starters. Comments Published on December 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more