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Autumn Agenda

by Debbie Bancroft Photographed by Jenna Lyons, Courtney Crangi
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Here we are, at the autumn bookend to my biannual question: What are you looking forward to this fall? The season is ripe with delights: football games (and the viewing parties that go along with them); wardrobe updates (bring on those cozy knits); more political debates, perhaps with some new faces (or hopefully fewer); dazzling stars coming to the Great White Way (James Earl Jones, Al Pacino, Clive Owen, and even Bruce Willis); new restaurants: Jonathan Waxman’s Jams redux, Dan Kluger’s solo project, and hopefully something on the Upper East Side! But you hear all too much from me—here are some fresh voices on what they are eagerly anticipating:


Owen Wilson: Football and rooting for the Cowboys!


Harvey Weinstein: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, School of Rock—and no, it’s not mine.


Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi (life partners, and answered as one): We grew up in Southern California and southern Florida (respectively), so we love the changing seasons. We are excited about apple picking with the kids and wearing sweaters!


Daryl Roth: There are two things I’m very excited about this fall; one on Broadway and one on the West End. Gurney’s heartwarming play, Sylvia, starring Matthew Broderick, Annaleigh Ashford, Julie White, and Robert Sella, directed by Daniel Sullivan, will begin previews at the Cort Theater on October 2. This wonderful play will be especially appreciated by all of our dog-loving friends! And I’m happy that Kinky Boots has began performances in London at the Adelphi Theatre. Plus, I’m always happy to revel in the beautiful fall colors that envelop Central Park.


Marisa Acocella Marchetto: I’m looking forward to wearing square-toed shoes, enjoying my favorite Macoun apples, and reading new books from Erica Jong and Adriana Trigiani. And to everyone, EVERYONE, coming back from the Hamptons, because they spend way too much time there and not enough time in the city with me. I’m also looking forward to the book festivities around Ann Tenna. It’s the payoff for working on a graphic novel for eight years!


Susan Rockefeller: I always love the crisper temperatures and the sense of renewed purpose and energy that the autumn season brings upon us. I look forward to the launch of my film, Food for Thought, Food for Life on October 24 (available for all to watch), and also celebrating the bounty of the fall harvest; apples, peaches, Concord grapes and more!


Ivana Lowell: I’m looking forward to smaller crowds in Sag Harbor, reading the first episodes of my television series Black Gold, (which is in production at BBC), and planning on getting properly stuck in my new book, which I have been rather neglecting due to having too much fun in the sun this summer. I’m also looking forward to sitting by the fire at the American Hotel and eating comfort foods without the guilt of having to look swimsuit ready!





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