Playbill senior editor Louis Botto, who has been covering the theatrical scene for decades and recently turned out the updated version of his popular book, "At This Theatre," will be hailed at a Nov. 3 salute at Manhattan's Players Club.
Among the guests gathering to honor Botto are performers Carol Channing, Christine Andreas, Walter Charles, Jane Connell, John Cullum, critic Mel Gussow and Playbill publisher Philip S. Birsh.
The event will begin at 6 PM with cocktails. Dinner will be served at 7 PM with entertainment to follow at 8:45 PM. Tickets for the black tie event are $75 and available by calling (212) 475-6116. The Players, the famous club founded by actor Edwin Booth, is located at 16 Gramercy Park. The ultimate backstage tour of Broadway, "At This Theatre" (Applause Books), is a complete history of Broadway theatres in the 20th century. The revised version of "At This Theatre" features more than 400 illustrations: production photographs, Playbill covers, souvenir books, sheet music and drawings.
Playbill Broadcast program director Robert Viagas edited "At This Theatre." Brian Stokes Mitchell wrote an introduction.
Born in Union City, NJ, Botto contributed lyrics and revue sketches to such shows as New Faces and Shoestring Revue. He was a senior editor at Look magazine for the final 10 years of that publication's life, and has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Daily News Magazine and Ladies Home Journal. He has been a senior editor of Playbill since the 1980s. —By Robert Simonson