A full house is a happy house, and ours was filled to the gills last Saturday, when Mr. Fox and I hosted a benefit for PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support). Here are a few pictures from the party, which featured actress/singer/animal lover Bebe Neuwirth.
Bebe and her husband, Chris Calkins, arrived about an hour before the event. I had great fun chatting with both of them. Chris and I are planning to communicate again in the future, as he has a coffee-roasting business, and I have this here food blog. Bebe, Chris, and pianist Scott Cady hung out in the upstairs library/den as they awaited “curtain time.”
And speaking of curtain-time…
Scott Cady is an AWESOME pianist! He’s currently playing piano for the Broadway revival of “Chicago.” He gave up both a matinee and evening performance of that show in order to play for the PAWS fundraiser. What a generous soul.
Bebe was beyond brilliant. She held the audience in her palm as she belted out — without benefit of microphone — five show tunes, including “Caberet,” “The World Goes Round,” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Another Hundred People.” She hit that hideously-difficult Sondheim number outta the park. No wonder Bebe has been honored with two Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards!
I covet Bebe’s shoes.
Here’s Bebe with our friends Doug Cohen (left) and Doug’s husband, Barry Brown. Doug is the founder of PAWS, and Barry is a Broadway musical producer. I love them to pieces.
Well. I’m still pinching myself. The benefit was a big success!
One humorous note. The day before the event, just so I wouldn’t be embarrassed when guests arrived, I decided to power-wash the front porch and its myriad Victorian details. Can you guess what happened? I slipped on the wet steps, and fell, with an awful thud, flat on my back. To manage the pain, I simply repeated one of my favorite phrases:
THE SHOW MUST GO ON.