Rosemary Harris
(© Tristan Fuge)
Rosemary Harris
(© Tristan Fuge)
A preliminary lineup of events for the Noël Coward - New York Festival 2012 has been announced. The Festival is being offered in conjunction with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center's previously reported Star Quality: The World of Noël Coward exhibit.

Many of the events in the Festival will be offered at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, including Noël Coward: Off the Record (April 9), a performance by Steve Ross and guest artists; a cabaret evening of Coward's songs presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation (May 17); Mad About the Boy: The First Noël (June 4), a lecture by Alan Pally about the library's ongoing efforts to highlight and explore Coward's work; and Talking Of Noël Coward (June 11), a panel discussion that will be moderated by Geoffrey Johnson, who was Coward's American representative for his last ten years.

Other events in the Festival will include a reading of Design for Living, featuring Amy Rutberg, Kevin Collins, Keith Merrill, Mary Ellen Ashley, Anthony Newfield, and Seth Duerr, along with harpist Erin Hill and featuring an opening performance by Ross. This event will be offered at The Gershwin Hotel's 'Living Room' by Noel Coward and Company. Additionally, The Acting Company will offer a reading of Song at Twilight (April 16), featuring Jayne Atkinson, John Glover, and Laila Robins, directed by Maria Aitken.

Aitken and Robins, along with Nancy Anderson, John Behlmann, Jim Dale, Rosemary Harris, Edward Hibbert, and Sally Ann Howes, will also be featured in Curtain Up…on Noël Coward, a special event devised by Barry Day, to be offered on March 19 at AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences). This venue will also host a screening of Coward's Cavalcade (March 12), to be introduced by Brad Rosenstein, who has curated the NYPL exhibit; and an exhibit of poster and film art will be on display at the Academy Theater from early March to June.

Among the other events scheduled for the Festival are a reading/discussion to be held at Drama Bookshop on April 5, featuring Hibbert and Ross, along with Simon Callow and Dana Ivey; a presentation of Coward's Bitter Sweet by Light Opera of New York (May 11-12), and a season of Coward's film work to be offered by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (May 11-13).

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