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

Rivers Utd Get N10m Boost as Eunisell Unveils Players’ Jersey

first_imgAhead of this weekend’s kickoff of the Nigeria Professional Football League home game against El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri, last seasons’ runners up, Rivers United have been boosted with a sum of ten million naira by the club’s sponsor-Eunisell.Speaking at the unveiling of Rivers United players jersey at the Renaissance Lagos Ikeja Hotel on Thursday, the GMD of Eunisell Limited, Mr. Chika Ikenga, said the club was pleased to be associating with Rivers United and that the club’s performances so far has really encouraged the company. “They play good football and we hope they would win the league this season. Eunisell wants to be part of their history and that is one of the reasons for our partnering with them. We are pleased the development in the Nigerian league. The League Management Company, LMC, has done significantly well for the growth of the league,” Ikenga said.In appreciation of Rivers United stellar performance in the Super Four, Eunisell is rewarding the Port Harcourt based club with 10 million naira.Meanwhile, the General Manager of Rivers United, Okey Kpalukwu has promised not to let the their sponsors down, saying that the club would not only win the league this season but also do well in the continent.In a chat with THISDAY, Rivers United left full back; Ali Chiwendu said the players have been well motivated ahead of the clash against EI Kanemi.“We are aware that El Kanemi is a very strong team, but we’ve been well motivated by the management of the club and our fitness level is very high and the resolve to start the league well will see us through the game,” Chiwendu said.He however lamented last season’s narrow league loss to Enugu Rangers, but took solace in the fact that they are a younger team when compare to the Flying Antelopes.“We deserved to win the title last season, but all the same we did well considering that the team was barely seven months old then,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more