Legiters show class

Love, valor and compassion for McNally

Readings and songs weaving a thread of love, valor and compassion with a warmly gay sensibility were on display Monday in Gotham.

Operatic arias, dramatic readings, songs from shows well known and not — were the classy compendium saluting Terrence McNally for the Acting Company.

Angela Lansbury, “feeling croaky,” hosted a troupe that included Edie Falco, Alan Cumming, Tyne Daly, Roger Rees, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Raul Esparza and Met soprano Joyce DiDonato.

McNally, 72 and with new musical “Catch Me if You Can” in previews, stepped onstage with his husband, attorney Tom Kirdahy, and saluted his father, “who had show albums and Billie Holiday records and took me to real theater.”

He also thanked three women: Manhattan Theater Club’s Lynne Meadows, “who gave me my artistic life”; Lansbury, who “saved my life by saying, ‘Terrence, I think you drink too much,’ “; and Memorial Sloan Kettering thoracic surgeon Dr. Valerie Rusch, who treated his lung cancer.

A sitdown dinner followed at Times Square’s Blue Fin restaurant, where Kirdahy recalled their decade together, and McNally noted, “April 9 is our first anniversary. We got married on the banks of the Potomac behind the Kennedy Center.”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Legit News from Variety

Loading