Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Newman held a book party at her apartment on Central Park West for What's New At The Zoo? on Monday, September 26. This newly published children's book from Blue Apple Books is illustrated by Travis Foster and features an introduction by Newman.
The book features the lyrics to the song "What's New At The Zoo?" from the Betty Comden/Adolph Green musical, Do Re Mi. Both song and book tell the tale of an overcrowded zoo and the amazingly witty animals who want OUT! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative.
At the event, children from PS 212 in Hell's Kitchen performed the number for the assembled audience, which included Kate Baldwin, Polly Bergen, Joan Hamburg, Sheldon Harnick, Nancy Opel, Alexandra Silber, and Jean Kennedy Smith.
Newman, who was married to Green, won a 1962 Tony Award for Subways Are for Sleeping, and also received a special 2009 Tony.