Hank Lane vocalists Karen Lloyd (front row, second from left) and Kevin Osborne (front row, end right) joined the re-united original cast of the the NBC series “Smash” to produce a one night only event recreating the ‘show within the show’ “Bombshell” for the benefit of the Actors Fund. Cast members included Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Will Chase, Jeremy Jordan, Ann Harada and Brian d’Arcy James. Pictured in the center are songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Congratulations to the cast and our wonderful vocalists!
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The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) held its 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center last night. The program included a performance of the classic Swan Lake with superstar Misty Copeland in the double role of Odette/Odile. The audience was also treated to a pas de deux from Manon with ABT veterans Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes.
First Lady Michelle Obama was once again the honorary chair, and guests included the fashion set’s Hamish Bowles, Giovanna Battaglia, Lauren Santo Domingo, Nigel Barker and supermodels Jessica Stam and Coco Rocha. Actress Sigourney Weaver, journalist Greg Kelly and musician Steven Van Zandt were also in attendance.
After the performance, the guests moved to the Escada sponsored tent, where they were entertained by the Hank Lane Orchestra until the late hours of the evening. Hank Lane Music has had the honor of performing at the ABT Gala for more than twenty years.
From executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey comes an NBC television event chronicling the aftermath of the crucifixion. At the “A.D. The Bible Continues” premiere party last night at The Highline Hotel, Hank Lane Music set the mood by performing the epic score composed by Academy & Grammy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer. Mr. Burnett spoke about his love of live music and thanked the Hank Lane String Quintet for bringing the soundtrack to life.
“A.D. The Bible Continues” premieres on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 on NBC at 9/8c.
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The Hank Lane Orchestra was honored to be a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City’s annual reception last night at Cipriani 42nd St. Highlights of the evening included sharing the stage with Alexa Ray Joel as she performed a rendition of her father’s ballad “Just The Way You Are”. Ms. Joel also wowed the crowd with a cover of “Let Me Entertain You”.
The mission at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City is “to provide children facing adversity in New York City with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 mentoring relationships with adults that change their lives for the better, forever.” The Hank Lane Orchestra is happy to support such a positive organization!
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After Broadway’s big night, The Hank Lane Orchestra kicked off the Tony Awards Gala at The Plaza Hotel. Winners (and non-winners) partied with the band after the CBS broadcast of the show hosted by the fantastic Hugh Jackman. RuPaul was the first on the dance floor, (pictured bottom right with bandleader Kevin Osborne) and kept the party going all night!
Guests of the gala included Sting and his wife Trudie Styler who complimented the band as they entered the party. Samuel L. Jackson checked us out from the American Theatre Wing table, along with The Roots and Questlove. Actress Judith Light, Emmy Rossum (Shameless, Phantom of the Opera), celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, and rappers LL Cool J and T.I. were also in attendance to dance the night away with the Hank Lane Orchestra. Also spotted on the dance floor was Best Featured Actor in a Musical, James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), clutching his newly won Tony.
Hank Lane Music is honored to celebrate Broadway’s best at the 2014 Tony Awards Gala! For more information on the show, please click here.
The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) had its Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center last night. The program included performances from classic ballet productions such as Don Quixote and Cinderella, as well as a one-time-only performance of Jirí Kylian’s Nuages. First Lady Michelle Obama was once again an honorary chair, and many celebrities were present to celebrate, including Selena Gomez, Emmy Rossum, Kelly Rowland, Sigourney Weaver, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, and Zoe Kravitz. After the performance, the guests moved to the Lanvin sponsored French-themed dinner dance, where they were entertained by the Hank Lane Orchestra until the late hours of the evening. With all guests on the dance floor the entire evening, the party culminated in guests begging for an encore. Hank Lane Music has had the honor of performing at the ABT Gala for more than twenty years running.
One of the newest productions on Broadway is the revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco (127 Hours, Oz the Great and Powerful), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), and Broadway veteran Jim Norton. This is the first time Steinbeck’s masterpiece has seen a Broadway stage since 1975, with its first run in 1937.
Although the show has been in previews since March, last night marked the official opening night, with an after party bash at the Plaza Hotel. The Hank Lane Orchestra set the tone for the evening with big band swing from the 1930’s and 40’s. 700 guests listened and danced to the tunes of Steinbeck’s era, including Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Dave Franco, Leven Rambin (Hunger Games), and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead). Katie Couric attended the show earlier that evening, and her charity Stand Up to Cancer sponsored the dinner in the Plaza Hotel ballroom.
Of Mice and Men’s limited engagement will conclude on July 27th. Purchase your tickets by clicking here!
The highly-anticipated Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, aired on CBS last night. Surprise performances and a highly entertaining show accompanied the awards ceremony, where Kinky Boots took home the coveted Best Musical award. This accolade was accepted by composer Cyndi Lauper, the first solo woman to win the Tony for best music and lyrics. With viewership on the rise, CBS has agreed to broadcast the annual awards through 2018.
After a thrilling evening, everyone continued to celebrate at the Plaza Hotel with the Hank Lane Orchestra, as has been the case for the past three recent years. An all-star Hank Lane band, directed by Michael Hart and featuring singer extraordinaire Kevin Osborne and the Dylan Matthews band horn section played popular standards early on and then pulsating Top 40 hits until 2 am. Many celebrities were spotted at the big bash, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Sigourney Weaver, nominee Billy Magnussen, Martin Short, Pippin star Matthew James Thomas, Chaplin star and Best Actor nominee Rob McClure, Kinky Boots’ Featured Actress nominee Annaleigh Ashford, Best Score nominee Benj Pasek of A Christmas Story’s composer duo, Best Featured Actress nominee Shalita Grant, Will Chase hand-in-hand with Debra Messing, Mike Tyson, and Angela Bassett with husband and Tony-winner Courtney B. Vance.
To quote ABC News,
Wins or losses, the guests at the Tony gala seemed intent on having a wonderful time. One of them was Billy Magnussen, who plays a studly young boyfriend to Sigourney Weaver’s character in “Vanya and Sonia.” He had lost out to Vance but couldn’t stop dancing (if you wanted to interview him, you had to twirl along.) “Who gets to dance at the Tonys?” he asked joyfully and rather rhetorically. “This guy!”
Clearly, fun was had by all on the historic evening. We would like to wish all the nominees and winners a heartfelt congratulations from Hank Lane Music!