By Peter D. Kramer
June 01, 2011
June 13 is shaping up to be a night to remember at Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Major Bowes Theater, where a who’s who of theater folks — locals and Broadway stars — will gather to help Westchester theater luminary George Puello in a one-night-only extravaganza they’re calling “George’s Turn.”
Pulled together by producers Tom Kramer and Dick Nagle, with help from Larchmont’s John Treacy Egan (“Sister Act”), the one-night-only affair will include performances by Tony-winner Bill Irwin (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”), Robert Newman (“The Guiding Light”), Rob Evan (“Jekyll & Hyde”), Brad Oscar (“The Producers”), Glory Crampton (“Death Takes a Holiday”), Patty Goble (“Ragtime”), Robi Hager (“Bye Bye Birdie”) and Doreen Montalvo (“In The Heights”).
Puello, a longtime director and choreographer at the long-gone Mahopac Farm Playhouse and Chappaqua Drama Group and at PMT in Pleasantville, suffered a stroke in October and is recuperating in Peekskill. He plans to be at Stepinac on the 13th, a rare opportunity for his friends to heap praise on the man who started the Cab Calloway awards, honoring lifetime achievements in theater across the Lower Hudson Valley.
Puello, forever clad in white, took the reins of Carol Arrucci’s Westchester Dreamcoats youth chorus and was instrumental in the founding of the Bob Fitzsimmons’ scholarship at Stepinac High School, where the benefit will be held.
Puello was honored at last fall’s 60th anniversary party for PMT, another community-theater fixture in Westchester.
There will be a silent auction, song and dance. $75 premium seats, $50 general admission, $30 students. 7 p.m. June 13. Go to the George’s Turn website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Seth Harrison (at a 2008 PMT rehearsal for “The Baker’s Wife”) and Joe Larese (Tom Kramer, John Treacy Egan and Dick Nagle, talking about “George’s Turn.”)