On The Avenue

The Bay Street Theater Celebrates

by Missy Hargraves Photographed by Barry Gordin and Leny Stucker
Monday, July 9, 2018
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Some enchanted evening! Some enchanted sunset!


There was plenty of drama as Bay Street Theater (BST) celebrated its 27th Annual Summer Gala, Some Enchanted Evening: A Celebration Of The Golden Age Of Broadway on July 7th. Jane Lynch emceed the final celebration on The Sag Harbor Wharf, which honored board members Erik Batt and Luigi Caiola, and The Businesses of Sag Harbor.


Lynch, who is taking time off taping The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, kicked off the evening by introducing “the perfect guy,” Howard McGillin, the longest running Phantom in Broadway history at over 2400 performances, to sing the night’s title song from South Pacific.


The evening’s celebrity auctioneer, Richard Kind, has known the Emmy and Golden Globe winning Glee star for “over 35 years.” After shushing the crowd saying, “I am far too self important to hear you talk,” he went on to sell off vacations to St. Barths, Anguilla, as well as a cruise along The Rhine and a walk-on BST’s production of Evita opening July 31st.


BST opened its doors on The Long Wharf as the only year-round non-for- profit theatre in Sag Harbor in 1992. Artistic Director Scott Schwartz and Executive Director Tracy Mitchell handed out the awards during the show penned by award winning playwright Jonathan Tolins, which included performances by Joshua Bergasse, Sarah Bowden, Nick Cearley, Wayne Alan Wilcox, Robert Fairchild and Phyre Hawkins.


“Sag Harbor is Provincetown on steroids,” noted Steven Fales, first-time guest and Outer Critics Circle Award Nominee, who is appearing in his acclaimed one-man show, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, this month at BST.


Taking in the sunset and the show were Steve Kroft and Jennet Conant, with son John. Also in the audience were stage royalty Jaimie de Roy, Patty Watt, Riki Kane Larimer, Patricia Birch, and Lorna Luft, who is awaiting the September release of her book A Star Is Born: Judy Garland And The Film That Got Away.


Though professing to favor vacations in New Jersey, stage and screen star Kind who has performed in five productions here, reminded the crowd, “How lucky you are to have this theatre in your backyard! It’s pretty astounding!”


As was the sunset.


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