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Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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”.
Alexa Ray Joel. Photo Courtesy of Billboard.com
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!
For more information about the Big Brother Big Sisters organization and how you can get involved, please click here.
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Check out these great pics The Tony Awards posted! Great time had by all!
Monday, June 9th, 2014
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.
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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.
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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.
Hank Lane staffers with James Franco (George)
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!
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Last night, the New York Friars Club threw a fabulous party at the Waldorf=Astoria in honor of Don Rickles‘ lifetime of acting and comedic greatness. Rickles received the Friars Lifetime Achievment Award in Comedy. Dubbed “Mr. Warmth”, Mr. Rickles has had an illustrious career as an insult comic, and still frequents the late-night talk show circuit. In 2000, Rickles was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was recently awarded the Primetime Emmy for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his appearance in the documentary, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project. Rickles’ career is described in-depth on the Friars Club website.
The evening featured a 15 piece Hank Lane Orchestra, lead by Kevin Osborne. The band backed up singer Natalie Cole and Latin/Jazz great Arturo Sandoval. Natalie Cole performed “Unforgettable,” her famous duet with her father the late Nat “King” Cole, and “Quesas” off of her just released new Spanish language CD. Arturo Sandoval peformed Don Rickles’ famous “bull fighter” theme song “El Virgen de la Macarena” with our band.
Hank Lane Music CEO and co-founder Hank Lane performed Bobby Darin’s classic “Mack the Knife” with the band. Other performers included Don Rickles’ lifelong friends and comedy legends Bob Newhart and Joan Rivers, as well as comedians Lewis Black, Kathy Griffin, TV personality Regis Philbin, actor Tony Danza, sportscaster Bob Costas, and a very funny Robert DeNiro. There were additional musical performances by John Mayer, who sang Frank Sinatra’s classic “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road),” and Diana Krall.
Monday, June 10th, 2013
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!
Monday, June 3rd, 2013
For the third year in a row Hank Lane Music will be performing at the Tony Awards Gala after party. Set for Sunday, June 9, the prestigious awards show honoring the best of the Broadway season will be broadcast on CBS at 8/7c from Radio City Music Hall. Emmy-Award winner Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting, and presenters will include a host of celebrities including Jake Gylenhaal and Cuba Gooding Jr. The post awards show bash will take place at The Plaza hotel immediately following the broadcast with dancing by the Hank Lane Orchestra. Our performers will cover everything from Big Band to Top 40 to get people on the dance floor.
More info about the Awards show, including ticket sales, can be found on the Tony’s website. In the meantime, check out the coverage of last years Gala on our blog!
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) had its Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center last night. Performances included pieces by Tchaikovsy and Rimsky-Korsakov. First Lady Michelle Obama was once again an honorary chair, and many celebrities were present to celebrate, including Sigourney Weaver and Uma Thurman. After the performance, the guests moved to the black and white themed dinner dance, where they were entertained by the Hank Lane Orchestra until the late hours of the evening. The band ended the night with a packed dance floor during “Danza Kuduro”. Hank Lane Music has had the honor of performing at the ABT Gala for twenty years running.