During the first half of the evening, Yankee, according to press notes, "dishes about the major divas in his life and his mother's – Marlene Dietrich, George Cukor, Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Bette Davis and Ellen DeGeneres, to name a few, accompanied by video clips, photographs and even a rare audio tape of Joan Crawford." The second portion features "hilarious anecdotes about Carol Channing, Paul Newman, Martha Stewart, Lucille Ball, Arthur Miller, Debbie Reynolds and many more." Show time is 8 PM. Yankee, who is also an actor and director, said in a statement, "I realized I had this incredibly rich legacy of Broadway and Hollywood memorabilia and I had to do something with it. The only thing I love more than knowing all these stories is being able to share them." The evening also features never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Bob Fosse as well as rare video clips.
Yankee is also the author of "Just Outside the Spotlight." He will direct the upcoming production of Man of La Mancha at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, which runs Nov. 29-Dec. 16.
White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center at the corner of Main and Mamaroneck in downtown White Plains, NY. Tickets, priced $30 and $35, are available by calling (914) 328-1600 or by visiting www.wppac.com.