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by Michael Portantiere


    Rooms Full of Talent

    Rooms, "a rock romance" by Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon, opened at New World Stages last night. And though the after-party was held more than 30 blocks north of the theater, at Calle Ocho (on Columbus Ave. between 81st and 82nd), EVERYONE showed up. Here are my photos of the shindig.

    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    The mega-talented Leslie Kritzer and Doug Kreeger star in Rooms as Scottish musicians and lovers Monica and Ian.


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    Paul Scott Goodman, whose other credits include the musicals Bright Lights, Big City, Him & Her, and Alive in the World.


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    Two generations of Schwartzes: Scott Schwartz (left), who directed Rooms, with his dad Stephen, the composer/lyricist of such shows as Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked


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    Jesse Vargas (left), musical director of Rooms, with the ubiquitous Broadway maven Seth Rudetsky.


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    Rudetsky with Celina Carvajal, who understudies the role of Monica and who has appeared on Broadway in Tarzan, Dracula, 42nd Street, and Cats.


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    Here are Kritzer and Kreeger with Broadway star Raúl Esparza, who appeared in a previous version of Rooms that was presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2005.


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    Among the other notables who attended the Rooms party were Jenn Colella (Urban Cowboy, High Fidelity, etc.) and maestro John McDaniel...


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    ...Kerry O'Malley, who'll soon be appearing in 1776 at the Paper Mill Playhouse, with Jeffry Denman, who recently starred on Broadway in White Christmas...


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    ...Karen Ziemba, last seen on Broadway in Curtains, with Stephen Schwartz...


    Photo by Michael Portantiere

    ...and the hilarious Rachel Dratch, of Saturday Night Live fame.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 12:50 AM | Item Link


    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
    He can be reached at michael@broadwaystars.com


    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

    07/13/2010: Presidential Material

    07/04/2010: Hardy Boy

    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

    For a listing of all features written by Michael, click here.

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