Neverwuzez wuz at The Lambs

June 26, 2018

The Lambs and The Lambs Foundation pride themselves in creating an atmosphere that encourages the creative spirit by providing a “place where they come to enjoy each others’ company, and to display and hone their crafts in an atmosphere of creativity and support, and to nurture creative endeavors.” That’s part of our mission statement. Last night, June 26, 2018, was a perfect example when a staged reading of The Neverwuzez went up before a packed house at The Lambs.

Written by Ian Finkel, this dramedy featured Lamb Bob Greenberg, Cheryl Ann Allen, music and puppets. Ian is no stranger to The Lambs – his father, Fyvush Finkel, was a Lamb. In fact, Ian brought his father’s old Lambs’ membership card…and he brought his whole family! Not as audience members but as active players in this event. Ian wrote the book and music, and his brother, Elliot Finkel, provided incidental music on the piano. The actress in the production was not only well cast, but Ian’s wife, Cheryl Ann Allen. Dara Finkel, Ian’s daughter, was the puppeteer for ‘Wheezle’ along with her partner Sam Alicea, the puppeteer for ‘Beezle.’ Ian’s grandson, Landen Finkel, was the stage manager. Even though this was the first time on its feet with only a few rehearsals, The Neverwuzez is well on its way!

Among the packed house were Lambs, guests, Finkel fans, and the Amazing Kreskin, the well-known television mentalist. Attendees made generous donations that benefit The Lambs Foundation.

The below photos by Lamb Dave Konig and Shepherd Marc Baron.

Lambs History at AMDA

June 19, 2018

Jun 18, 2018: New York
Marc Baron, Shepherd of The Lambs ,along with new Lamb Maya Avisar, gave a brief talk on the remarkable history of The Lambs at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)
The Lambs, founded in New York in 1874, is the first professional theatrical club, and the oldest professional theatrical organization in America . The social club had origins in London in 1869, and has had major impact on American Theatre for 143 years.  Members of The Lambs were founders of the Actors Fund of America, ASCAP, Paramount Pictures, Actors’ Equity and Screen Actors GuildStalag 17 and Mark Twain Tonight first hit the boards at The Lambs, and Lerner and Loewe first met in Club’s Pub.
AMDA celebrates more than 50 years as one of America’s premier conservatories for the performing arts, and is recognized throughout the industry for its rich history and tradition of launching some of the most successful careers in theater, film and television.
Fred Loewe left The Lambs Foundation a portion of his royalties to Brigadoon, and the Foundation remains active today supporting non-profit theater and education in the Arts.  In 2017 the Foundation started its Scott Glascock Scholarship at AMDA, which includes two awards for tuition assistance plus a 1-year junior theatrical membership to The Lambs.  Lamb Avisar, a 2017 scholarship recipient, talked about her experiences as a young member of The Lambs.
Similar talks on the Brief History of The Lambs have been presented at the Long Branch Historical Society of NJ, and the Bayside Historical Society of Queens, NY. Organizations interested in the talk may request so by email to [email protected], and may have the presentation on-site or at The Lambs.
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2018 Tony Party

June 11, 2018

Sunday, June 10th, a merry band of Lambs gathered for a pot-luck Tony Awards watching party in our 5th floor quarters. Members brought drinks and snacks to share as we watched on our new 4K 55″ HDTV unit.

Our clubhouse, 3 West 51st, is just a few hundred feet from Radio City Music Hall where the Tony Awards were held. Each year the entire press corps descends and takes over 5 floors of 3 West. Some floors dozens of writers sit at laptops reporting live during the presentation. Other floors have step-and-repeat banners with dozens of photographers and videographers waiting for actors, producers, writers, and other nominees and winners, to pose and give interviews before heading off to after parties.

One floor acts as a food stop with snacks and drinks. Lambs remain on the 5th floor, but you never know who you might meet in the lobby or elevator. The Boy of The Lambs, Peter Kingsley, had chance meeting and very brief chat with Glenda Jackson (Lead Actress, Play, in Three Tall Women) in the lobby. Shepherd Marc Baron, who stayed late along with Lamb Gary Shapiro in order to put the 5th floor “whole” after the party, rode down the elevator with Tony winner Katrina Lenk (Lead Actress, Musical, The Band’s Visit).

In the future The Lambs will hold similar events for other award nights for the Oscars, SAG Awards and .. well ,who knows! Members should log in frequently and check our calendar for upcoming events.