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The Drama Desk Presents a Lunch Panel at Sardi's, "Movie and Television Stars Onstage"

- Backstage with the Playwrights: Special Events

Salon Ziba

200 West 57th Street
New York, NY
Open seven days a week
Ask for Alonso

Drama Desk Panel and Reception
Movie and Television Stars Onstage

(Drama Desk Website)
Isa Goldberg, Drama Desk President
Robert R. Blume, Exec. Producer, Drama Desk Awards
Les Schecter, Drama Desk Press and Public Relations

Drama Desk 2011 Board of Directors
Isa Goldberg, President: Syndicated Columnist
Leslie (Hoban) Blake, VP: Contributing Writer,
Charles Wright, Treas. & 2nd VP: A&E Television Networks
Richard Ridge, Sec.: Broadway Beat TV

(Sardiís Website)

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 15, 2011

(See the 55th Drama Desk Awards Ceremony, Plus Pre- and After-Parties)

Moderator: Robin Milling, Milling About, BlogTalk Radio, World Entertainment News Network

Jim Belushi (Born Yesterday)
Stephen Kunken (High)
John Larroquette (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying)
John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown)
Maxwell Caulfield (Cactus Flower)
Dan Lauria (Lombardi)
Annabella Sciorra (The MotherF**cker with the Hat)

Todayís Sardiís lunch panel was superbly entertaining, with Robin Milling as Moderator, and Jim Belushi, Stephen Kunken, John Laroquette, John Leguizamo, Maxwell Caulfield, Dan Lauria, and Annabella Sciorra relating stories about backstage and onstage mishaps. These actors have been seen on large and small screens, as well as live stage, and their collective anecdotes kept the conversation vibrant and vivacious. Ms. Milling, a renowned interviewer, drew her panel out with perfected timing.

John Leguizamo, now in Ghetto Klown, and Maxwell Caulfield, now in Cactus Flower, talked about the difference between television taping and live stage performing, where you have to prove yourself every night, moment to moment, even in the presence of buzzing flies. Jim Belushi, now in Born Yesterday, mentioned a wardrobe malfunction of the worst order, while Mr. Leguizamo told a story about a missing stage prop, when he was in American Buffalo. Mr. Belushi added comments about the dressers tying his shoes. Dan Lauria, now in Lombardi, studied his character through football footage and whatever he could find.

The panel referred to the audience as a live organism, an inspiration, the energy in the theatre. They also talked about the magic made every night, thatís always fresh, never to be the same. The role of theatre owners, wanting stars in the cast for outsized ticket sales, was thrown around like a ball on fire. The other members of the panel, John Larroquette, Stephen Kunken, and Annabella Sciorra, related interesting experiences as theyíve shifted from Hollywood to Broadway. I look forward to more illuminating lunch panels like todayís. This cast was bright and animated, kudos to all.

Robert R. Blume, Producer
Drama Desk Awards
with Drama Desk Members
at Sardi's Drama Desk Lunch Panel
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Caricatures of Broadway Stars
at Sardi's Restaurant
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Alonso Salguero, Founder-Owner, Salon Ziba,
Fisher Stevens, Director, "Ghetto Klown" on Broadway,
and John Leguizamo, Star, "Ghetto Klown on Broadway.
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Drama Desk Panel and Moderator:
l. to r.:
Maxwell Caulfield, Dan Lauria,
Annabella Sciorra, Stephen Kunken,
John Larroquette, Robin Milling,
Jim Belushi, John Leguizamo,
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Alonso Salguero and
Richie Ridge, Drama Desk Board
and Broadway Beat TV
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

John Larroquette at the Reception
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Les Schecter, Public Relations,
Drama Desk Awards, and John Leguizamo
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Maxwell Caulfield with a Drama Desk Member
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Lillian Wolf and William Wolf (Drama Desk Board)
at the Reception
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Annabella Sciorra, Star in "The MotherF**cker with the Hat",
with Alonso Salguero
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Richie Ridge with
Annabella Sciorra
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Annabella Sciorra's Publicist
with Alonso Salguero
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Drama Desk Members at Leisure
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Robin Milling, Coordinator,
Sardi's Drama Desk Lunch Panel,
with Richie Ridge and Production Member
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Scott Siegel and Barbara Siegel,
Chairperson, Drama Desk Award Nominating Committee
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel
with Alonso Salguero
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Maxwell Caulfield, Star in "Cactus Flower",
with Alonso Salguero
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Richie Ridge and Maxwell Caulfield
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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