PHOTO CALL: Joel Grey, Beloved Broadway Performer, Turns 72 with Friends
13 Apr 2004
Top: Jed Bernstein (left), Hugh Jackman and wife Deborah-Lee Furness, Kristen Chenoweth (glasses), Middle: Joe Mantello (left) and Stephen Schwartz, Bottom: Bernadette Peters, Wayne Cilento, and Bebe Neuwirth
Broadway legend Joel Grey celebrated his 72nd birthday in proper fashion on April 12, surrounded by the best and brightest stars from a career, and life, spanning five decades on the boards.
Grey is currently appearing as the Wizard of Oz in Wicked. He was awarded the dual honors for his now famous portrayal of a Hitler-esque Emcee in the original and film versions of Cabaret. Among his many other memorables are performances in Come Blow Your Horn, Stop the World - I Want to Get Off, George M!, Goodtime Charley, and Amos Hart in the revival of Chicago.
Grey's birthday bash was held at Michael's on West 55th Street in New York City. Among the many guests were Jed Bernstein, Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Kristen Chenoweth (glasses), Joe Mantello, Stephen Schwartz, Bernadette Peters, Wayne Cilento, and Bebe Neuwirth. Below, Grey gets some help with all those candles from Chenoweth, Liz Smith, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Peters, Chita Rivera, and Neuwirth.
All photos are by Aubrey Reuben
Kristen Chenoweth, Liz Smith, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera, and Bebe Neuwirth
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.