Among the many events held at The Lambs are play readings in our fifth floor “black box” theater. We host the playwright group [email protected], where authors have their works read by actors, then get feedback as part of the play development process. This reading of February 15th includes cast members Amanda Jones, Lamb Tandy Cronyn, Penny Fuller, Harris Yulin, Kathleen Chalfant, Nick Fondulis and Joe Grifasi.
The Lambs now offers a brief history on the club and its 143 years on contributions to entertainment, music and the arts. The PowerPoint presentation runs about 1 hour, and may be offered on site, or within our clubhouse. We discuss the origins of The Lambs starting in London in 1869, highlight some of the high profile members, and how Lambs were involved in the founding of The Actors’ Fund of America, ASCAP, Paramount Pictures and more.
We have presented at the Long Branch Historical Association, the Bayside Historical Society and at the American Musical Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Organization wishing to schedule the free talk may request one by simply email us at [email protected]
The Lambs, America’s first professional theater club and one of the oldest professional theatrical organizations in the U.S., marked its 90-year association with Sardi’s proclaiming it the Club’s favorite watering hole…outside The Lambs.
The Proclamation may be READ HERE.
Originating in London in 1869, The Lambs, a club for professionals of entertainment and the arts, was founded in New York in 1874. Members over the years have included Fred Astaire, the Barrymores, David Belasco, Douglas Fairbanks, Richard Rodgers and Hal Prince. Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe first met at The Lambs, and Loewe left a share of his rights of Brigadoon to The Lambs Foundation.
From 1905 until 1975 The Lambs’ 44th Street clubhouse, designed by Lamb Stanford White, was located just 1,050 feet east of Sardi’s. The famed theatrical bar and birthplace of the Tony Awards first opened in 1921, and ever since has been a regular meeting spot for members of The Lambs. Among the famed caricatures of theatrical luminaries that line the walls of Sardi’s, dozens have been members of The Lambs, including current Lambs Joyce Randolph and Jim Dale. During The Lambs’ short time without its own clubhouse in the mid-1970’s, members often congregated at Sardi’s Little Bar, and that gathering continues long after The Lambs settled at 3 West 51st Street.
On Wednesday, August 30th, many members of The Lambs gathered at Sardi’s Little Bar presenting a framed certificate, and raised many a glass while proclaiming Sardi’s The Lambs’ favorite watering hole. Among those packing the Little Bar were Joyce Randolph (Trixie of The Honeymooners) and voice-over/actor/producer Joe Sirola….and Sardi’s co-owner, Sean Sardi Ricketts.
Here’s a video of the reading of the proclamation courtesy of Lamb Doug Gerbino
Lamb Rosa Antonelli gave a piano recital for all to enjoy, featuring our new Steinway piano, in The Lambs’ 5th Floor Quarters; Tuesday, August 8th, 7PM. The room was filled to capacity! Rosa helped raise $1,000 toward the purchase of the new Steinway Boston baby grand last fall, and this evening marked its first official performance. See photos below!
Argentinian pianist Rosa Antonelli, a Steinway Artist since 1998 and a member of The Lambs, is one of today’s leading performers and a champion of classical Latin‐
American and Spanish music. She has toured extensively, with more than 1,000 concerts in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America, and she is dedicated to performing and recording the works of these composers for audiences all over the world. Her benefit performance today marks Hispanic Heritage month, and benefits The Lambs Foundation. Ms. Antonelli performed the World Premier of Astor Piazzolla’s Two Tangos in her recital at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage in 2011. Joe Franklin called that performance “Riveting,” and he stated “…incomparable Horowitz and Rosa Antonelli’ is the closest I’ve seen to that master….Ms. Antonelli’s artistry on stage was absolutely stunning; the musical poetry mesmerizing.” Rosa also gave the NY Premier of the Champagne Waltz by Albeniz, and the Tres Argentinian Dances by Luis Gianneo in her last appearance at the same stage of Carnegie Hall, on October, 2014. Her performances consistently garner rave reviews. Most recently Rosa performed at the Consulate General of Argentina, May 18, 2016, for the Alberto Ginastera Centennial Gala.
Her latest recording, Abrazando – Latin Embrace, by Albany Records, is a rich and varied sampling of music, bringing together standard repertoire works with a few less familiar gems. Rosa is also a respected teacher of piano technique and has given seminars and lectures in various European and Latin America countries…and was the chairwoman of the Piano Department at the Provincial Conservatory of Music “Alberto Ginastera” for ten years, held the position of Professor of the Piano Department at the National University of La Plata in Buenos Aires, and was invited to
join the faculty of the Piano Department of Adelphi University when she came to the U.S. in 1999. Her book Piano, the Spirit of Technique and Interpretation for Teachers and Students is available on Amazon. In 2006, the United States honored Ms. Antonelli by granting her American citizenship because of her government status as “An Artist of Extraordinary Ability.”
Visit Rosa’s web site: www.RoseAntonelli.com