New Artifacts Added to the Fold

January 23, 2019

1931 telegram to Donald BrianThree pieces of Lambs history were recently framed for the Fold. They are all Western Union telegrams that were sent from club members to others. Two are new to the club and contain hundreds and hundreds of signatures of members, some who joined the club in the 19th century. A newer one, from 1972 (yes, Western Union was still in use) was sent by Shepherd Tom Dillon to an ailing member. It was put into a nice new frame. Look for these on the walls of the Fold. Thanks to the Lambs Foundation for preserving these.

The widest, and biggest, has an amazing story. On September 7, 1931, this Western Union telegram was sent to Lambs member Donald Brian on the occasion of opening night of the revival of The Merry Widow. It is signed by more than 200 fellow Lambs and friends. Among those who signed this are Robert Hood Bowers (1877-1941) composer/conductor for silent movies; Albert O. Brown (1872-1945) Shepherd 1921-24, 1930-32, theater manager; R. H. Burnside (1873-1952) Shepherd 1918-21, Immortal Lamb, and writer, director, producer, actor who staged hundreds of shows and ran the Hippodrome; Harold De Becker (1889-1947) Actor; Ernest Glendinning (1884-1936) silent movie & stage actor; John McGraw (1873-1934) member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, won World Series three times; Ray Peck (1874-1950) Shepherd 1945-47, Immortal Lamb, writer, lyricist, composer of musical comedies; Edwin Milton Royle (1862-1942) successful playwright; Percy Wenrich (1887-1952) Immortal Lamb, producer, Tin Pan Alley composer and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. More than a dozen names are illegible; if you can decipher these, please inform the Club Historian.

1. Arthur Hurley
2. Robert L. Hagree
3. John Hobble
4. Frank Allworth
5. Will Philbrooke
6. Karl Stall
7. Franklin Woods
8. Thomas Cowan
9. Percy Wenrich
10. Earle Boothe
11. Robert Hood Bowers
12. John Sibel
13. Eugene Revere
14. Karl Stanton
15. Harold Bowden
16. John Leffler
17. J.C. Dunn
18. Ralph Riggs
19. Lionel Adams
20. Reginald Nessa (?)
21. John Henry Means
22. Donald A. Leonard
23. Carleton Macy
24. Mortimer H. Weldon
25. Leonard Loud
26. Ralph J. Locke
27. Charles Purcell
28. Albert J. Simmons
29. R. Barawall (?)
30. Bruce Elmore
31. Oscar Shaw
32. Ralph Theodore
33. Walter Armin
34. John Burke (?)
35. George Nash
36. John McGraw
37. Ross Hertz
38. ?
39. John T. Hughes
40. Bill Holbrook
41. Averell Harris
42. Hap Ward
43. Harry Short
44. William Carey ?
45. Adrian H. Rosley
46. Robert Pitken
47. Gardner Soper
48. Minor Watson
49. Ross Hertz
50. Vincent Serrano
51. Jack Combs?
52. Charles Brown
53. Henry O’Neill
54. Albert O. Brown (shepherd)
55. Edwin Milton Royle
56. John L. McManus
57. George Drury Hart
58. August Kleinecke
59. Hal Fonde
60. Roy Cropper
61. John Park
62. Albert H. Spink
63. Sam Wallack
64. Thomas L. Martin
65. Carl Simmonay ?
66. Henry Dazian
67. Charles P. Hammond
68. William J. Kelly
69. Jed Prouty
70. Frank Lalor
71. John Kline
72. Clyde Veaux
73. John Clarke
74. Harry McNaughton
75. Lee Kohlmar
76. J. Hammond Dailey
77. Edward Ellis
78. Barry Macollum
79. Percy Hilton
80. Norval Keedwell
81. Al Ochs
82. Lester E. Wallack
83. Jerome (Joe) Daley
84. Arthur Hurley
85. ?
86. ?
87. John Brennan ?
88. ?
89. M.D. Stauffer
90. Walter N. Greaza
91. Clay Clement
92. James Marshall
93. Burke Clarke
94. Eddie Poland
95. Edward Butler
96. Ray Peck
97. Arthur Gordon
98. Dr. William Frieder
99. Charles Halton
100. Thomas P. Shearer
101. William Holbrook
102. J. Sylvester Murray
103. Priestly Morrision
104. James L. Seeley
105. Edward Dillon
106. Harold Woolf
107. Ken Webb
108. Bruce Elmore
109. ?
110. Matthew Smith
111. Frederick Stanhope
112. William J. Rapp
113. George W. Swett
114. John B. Hendricks
115. William Lynn
116. Edwin Campbell
117. ?
118. ?
119. Harold De Becker
120. Robert H. Burnside
121. Franklyn Underwood
122. J.P. Lewis ?
123. William Danforth
124. George S. Christie
125. Louis Morrell
126. Joseph R. Garry
127. Aubrey Yates
128. Richie Ling
129. Mitchell Lewis
130. William H. White
131. Paul Everton
132. Henry Sherwood
133. Hugh V. O’Connell
134. Charles J. Schofield
135. Herbert L. Waterous
136. Harry A. Silvey
137. ?
138. Sudworth Frasier
139. Ernest Lawford
140. Louis M. Jacobs
141. Harold Vizard
142. Tom Fadden
143. Sam Coit
144. Dwight C. Leeper
145. Robert T. Haines
146. Mercer Templeton
147. ?
148. Leo Kennedy
149. Tom Kane
150. Clarence Bellair
151. Edward F. Flammer
152. ?
153. A. J. Wood
154. James ?
155. John D. Ravold
156. Henry O’Neill
157. ?
158. Roy Walling
159. ?
160. Maurice Lavigne
161. Lewis Hooper
162. William Ingersoll
163. Dodson L. Mitchell
164. Albert E. Morgan
165. ?
166. John A. Butler
167. W. Spencer Wright
168. John McGowan
169. Albert Phillips
170. ?
171. Edward Eddy
172. Henry C. Mortimer
173. Oswald Yorke
174. ?
175. Bruce Reynolds
176. Frederick B. Manatt
177. ?
178. John Carmony
179. Harrison Brockbank
180. Emmett Shackelford
181. Samuel H. Wallack
182. Roger Gray
183. Howard Marsh
184. Harland Dixon
185. William ?
186. ?
187. Ernest Glendinning
188. Allen ?
189. Forrest H. Orr
190. Jack ?
191. Hugh Huntley
192. Daniel E. Hanlon
193. ?
194. Victor Baravalle
195. James Wolfe
196. Charles F. O’Connor
197. James ?
198. Jack Roseleigh
199. Thomas B. Findlay
200. Franker Woods
201. Donald ?
202. Peter M. Lang
203. Dick ?
204. Raymond Bramley
205. Ivan Miller
206. ?
207. Horace Braham
208. Detmar H. Poppen
209. William E. Morris

David Friedman at The Lambs

November 19, 2018

The Lambs was the place to be on Monday Evening, November 12th when Lamb Sandi Durell presented the well-known and beloved composer David Friedman.  David Friedman (composer of the recent award winning off Broadway hit Desperate Measures), writer for Disney animated films (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and many more), arranger for 6 Broadway musicals, producer of all the late-great Nancy LaMott’s CDs, who appears monthly with Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today’s Show “Everyone Has a Story” segment, regaled the full house with some of the stories he gathered that are now part of his latest book ‘How They Met’, reading selections and telling humor-filled tales about the relationships between long standing couples.

The audience was riveted throughout as David wove stories in and through his songs of inspiration – longing, love and matters of the heart and soul. With David at the piano singing and playing “You’re Already There,” he introduced the lush voiced Peter Saide (recently The Sheriff in Desperate Measures) who gave meaning to “There is Life,” “Trick of Fate” and the well known “Help Is on the Way.” The lovely soprano Raissa Katona Bennett (Phantom of the Opera), added her luminous vocals to “It’s Never Too Late (lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford), “What I Was Dreamin’ Of” and the much needed mantra of today (or any day), “We Can Be Kind.”

Just about the entire audience lined up for a signed copy of David’s book, including the 17 song CD.

Special thanks to Lamb Magda Katz for her help and for filming the event and taking photos!


Lee Roy Reams at The Lambs

October 30, 2018

“Song & dance man nonpareil” (New York Times), choreographer, and director, Lee Roy Reams has long been a pillar of the Broadway musical theater.  He originated the role of Billy Lawlor in the legendary David Merrick-Gower Champion production of 42nd Street, for which he had Tony and Drama Desk nominations.  He played Roger De Bris on tour and then on Broadway in The Producers.  He had leading roles in Beauty & the Beast, Hello Dolly!, Lorelei, Oklahoma, La Cage aux Folles, and Applause.  Reams directed and choreographed the 1994 Broadway revival of Hello Dolly! and directed and starred in An Evening with Jerry Herman.  His concert, TV, and cabaret performances have taken him to the White House and around the world, performing for Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton.  Most recently, he’s played to sold-out houses at Feinstein’s.

This event is in coordination with our friends at Harvardwood. Lee Roy Reams will be interviewed by Foster Hirsch about his long career and the fascinating people he’s worked with.  Hirsch is Professor of Film at Brooklyn College and the author of 16 books on film and theater, including the classic study Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen, Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre, and, most recently, Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King.

As a special treat, Lee Roy Reams has agreed to cap the evening for us by performing a few songs, accompanied by his Music Director, James Followell. Lee opened with a song, then gave a candid and lively talks about his long career and the numerous people he’s worked with, then ended with a song. Afterward guests convened in the pub for dinner and causal talk, where Lee ran into Lamb Don Pippin. The two have done many shows together and were able briefly catch-up.

A video of his talk is seen people.

Lee Roy Reams Flier – Oct 29

Shepherd’s Portrait Unveiling

October 14, 2018


Oct 12, 2018 – The Lambs followed one of its traditions of the past 144+ years: the unveiling of the Shepherd’s portrait.  Members gathered for a party in our 5th floor quarters to witness the unveiling of Shepherd’s Marc Baron’s portrait, created by Lamb Everett Raymond Kinstler.

Marc Baron has served the membership for over 36 years.  As a member of Council (more than 25 years), as entertainment co-chair, then elected as Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, two-time Boy (VP), and now as a two-term Shepherd, our 35th.

Ray Kinstler (pictured here), a Lamb for over 20 years, has painted Shepherd A. J. Pocock’s portrait, which hangs in our pool room.  Eight US Presidents have posed for Ray Kinstler: Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump. His portraits of Ford and Reagan are the official White House portraits.  Ray is represented in museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the City of New York.  The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian owns more than 100 Kinstler originals, and in 1989 awarded him the Copley Medal, it’s highest honor. Read more about Ray HERE.  The evening began with a showing of a PBS video about Ray, followed by a few words by the artist (see HERE). 

The evening was Collied by Peter Kingsley, Boy, who talked about the tradition and meaning of portraits.  Lamb Rosa Antonelli, a Steinway artist who has performed in major halls around the world – including Carnegie Hall – performed a Chopin nocturne.  Once the portrait was unveiled, Paul Chamlin played party music as members gathered around our baby grand and joined in song, as other members took photographs of and with the portrait, while others enjoyed ample food and drink.  Lamb Doug Gerbino, a member of our Council, revived another Club tradition by creating a caricature of the Shepherd, which was signed by all in attendance. Then the multi-talented Gerbino took over the piano and kept the music playing.

The portrait is the property of The Lambs Foundation and will hang in the pub while Shepherd Baron remains in office, only to be replaced by the portrait of the next Shepherd…after the next unveiling as the tradition continues!

Kingsley’s Unveiling Speech

Portrait Press Release