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Time is of the essence! In order to accommodate the WSS reunion, we have 3 events in September! And to order tickets for our events, you need the 2017 – 2018 member discount code/password! So please renew NOW!

Wednesday, September 27th, 8pm

Almost exactly 60 years to the day West Side Story opened on Broadway, DO40 presents a panel with video and performance to honor this incredible breakthrough musical.

Sixty years ago this month West Side Storyopened on Broadway to become one of the best-loved musicals of all time. To celebrate this historic event, Dancers Over 40 will assemble a spectacular “once-in-a-lifetime” panel of original cast members nearly to the day of their 1957 debut. Cool! The 60th Anniversary and Reunion Event will be hosted by Matt Rodin and also feature live performances by Drama Desk winner Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, Sweeney Todd, PBS) as well as surprise guests, video and plenty of photos on display.

Eleven of the original actor-singer-dancers of West Side Story will share their stories and what it was like to work with Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins and Peter Gennaro, particularly in the days leading up to opening night at the Winter Garden Theater on September 26, 1957. Taking the stage will be Martin Charnin (Big Deal), who will moderate the panel, Grover Dale (Snowboy), Marilyn D’Honau (Clarice), Carol Lawrence (Maria), Ronnie Lee (Nibbles), George Marcy (Pepe/Bernardo), Liane Plane (Marguerita), Tony Mordente (A-Rab), Chita Rivera (Anita), Jaime Sanchez (Chino) and David Winters (Baby John). The cast’s insights, their recollections, thoughts and experiences will be videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts.

Producing partners with DO40 are Broadway and film producer, former dancer and Tony Award winner Dennis Grimaldi (On the Town, A Gentleman’s Guide, Angels in America, Other People’s Money) and Award-winning producer and actor Joey Dedio (Tio Papi, Musical Chairs, Downtown). Grimaldi and Dedio are currently working on a documentary on the making of West Side story with the 21 remaining original cast members and creators. Emmy and Tony Award-winner and original cast member Martin Charnin will direct.  Also, this evening, musical segments co-produced by Ben Holtzman and Sammy Lopez and special music arrangements by Ross Baum and music direction by Curtis Reynolds.  

That Thrilling DO40 Threesome: DO40 Advisory Board Members Chita Rivera and Carol Lawrence,
with DO40 former board member George Marcy.

An excerpt from West Side Story cast member and DO40 Legacy Award honoree Gene Gavin’s autobiography (which is soon to be released - see related article), will be read by his nephew, Richard Tutttle, who discovered the manuscript shortly after Gene’s death. Gene also worked for Robbin’s in the early ‘50s with Ballets USA.

Chita Rivera and George Marcy Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert

Carol Lawrence and Chita Rivera have been long-time Advisory Board members of Dancers Over 40 and have participated in past DO40 panels on Jack Cole and Peter Gennaro. George Marcy is a former DO40 Board Member.  The thee of them have also performed at our DO40 CARES song and dance concerts at The Joan Weill Center for Dance/Ailey Citigroup Theater in 2012 and 2013.

But for right now, tickets are currently on sale at the St. Luke’s Box Office and on Telecharge as well for the panel event . Members $25.00 with your 2017 -2018 discount code/ membership card; no-members, $45.00; Premium seats available for $65.00. Non-members call the regular TeleCharge number, 212-239-6200 or go to  Members call Telecharge at 212-947-8844 or go to  The St. Luke’s Box Office is open 7 days a week, 2-6pm (save phone and online charges by going to the box office if you’re in NYC).

DO40’S Dying Swan Class Taught By
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo Alum
Roy Fialkow Sunday September 17, 2017

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo alum Roy Fialkow (1979)  taught The Dying Swan to a bunch of determined DO40 members Sunday night at our annual Membership Meeting. What a hoot! 92 year old Norma Doggett-Bezwick (Magdalena, 1947, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, 1954), Darlene Larson, former Ziegfeld girl, former Radio City Music Hall Corps de Ballet member Sharon Wendrow, DO40 Legacy Honorees Leni Anders, Joy Serio Dunbar and Eileen Casey (who had to leave early to see Prince of Broadway) were there for the festivities! This starts off DO40's 10 days of madness! Next up the BC/EFA Flea Market next Sunday, Sept. 24th and then the West Side Story Anniversary and Reunion event at St. Luke's Theater Sept. 27th!  The Trocks are now teaching The Dying Swan everywhere, especially where there is minimal activity like this going on, like SAGE and the Ali Forney Center, two LGBTQ organizations that are there to protect and ensure quality of life for their community.  Thanks to Roy Fialkow and Liz Harler (who set this up) for doing this!

L to R:  DO40 board member Patrick McCarthy, New DO40 Legacy Honoree Leni Anders, Legacy Honoree Norma Doggett-Bezwick, Darlene Larson, Sharon Wendrow.  On the floor, DO40 Legacy Honoree Joy Serio Dunbar and Trock alum and teacher Roy Fialkow

L to R:  Sharon Wendrow, Roy Fialkow, DO40 board members Patrick McCarthy and Eileen Casey, New DO40 Legacy Honoree Leni Anders, Legacy Honoree Norma Doggett-Bezwick and Darlene Larson

Barre work first, of course!

L to R:  Roy Fialkdow, Sharon Wendrow, DO40 Prez John Sefakis, Norma Doggett-Bezwick, Leni Anders, Darlene Larson

Getting Tipsy with the Trocks!  L to R, Patrick McCarthy, John Sefakis, Darlene Larson and Roy Fialkow

Shubert Alley, West 44th Street between Broadway and 8th Ave

(Right: DO40 member Joy Serio Dunbar at our 2016 BC/EFA Flea Market table, displaying a poster from our Verdon/Fosse event. It went for $100.00!)

Come join us as we hawk our wares to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  We have raised over $22,000.00 for them since 2007.  If you have posters, Broadway cast jackets, playbills and other interesting memorabilia, please contact us. Our midtown location accepts deliveries 24 hours a day! Again, email or call us for location/directions or if you would like to help us sell the goods! We need lots of coverage as we have 5 tables this year!

Dancers Over 40 honors our own, at the 9th annual

Monday, Dec. 11th, 6 – 9pm
LIPS RESTAURANT, 227 East 56th St., NYC

We’re back at the fabulous LIPS Restaurant, for another boffo evening of food, fun and festivities honoring the best of DO40!  So much talent, so many to honor!  And this year, we have our first husband and wife/team honorees!  Here are our five 2017 Honorees all of whom have contributed decades of brilliant dancing to the American stage and are always there to support DO40!

Leni Anders Mary Jane Houdina Ron Young Pat and Bert Michaels

Some of these performers began their professional careers when Kennedy was president!  And actually they all have overlapped in some way or another over the years, either on a Broadway Stage, television or film.  Definitely over 100 years of performance between them all!

Tickets will be on sale at the St. Luke’s Box Office in November, and on telecharge as well.  Members, $40.00 with their 2017 – 2018 discount code/membership card; non-members, $55.00.  Members call the telecharge number 212-947-8844 or go online to Non-members call telecharge at 212-239-6200 or go to  The St. Luke’s Box Office is open 7 days a week, 2 – 6pm (save phone and online charges by going to the box office!).


We are currently planning to provide another Casting Seminar for our members in February at Shetler Studios, and a social/mixer in March, featuring a get together of generations of gypsies, at Therapy Bar’s Broadway Mondays, hosted by Marti Gould Cummings.  Today’s singers/dancers/actors are interviewed and Marti has graciously asked us to provide a generational counterpart to the evening!  These are both free events.  More information on our Spring season in a few months!  Marti’s previous guests included Baayork Lee, Adam Pascal, Alice Ripley and Michael Cerveris, as well as a gaggle of gypsies!


Our own 2014 Legacy Award Winner, Carolyn Kirsch has garnered yet more awards, this time for the production of her first play The Waltz. She received the "Recognition of Playwriting Excellence" along with Best Actress, for her work which is based on the life and artistic times of Camille Claudel, the 19th Century French Sculptress. Produced by The Lake Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Meredith, New Hampshire, the theatre earned 6 awards for the play including Best Production, Director, Supporting Actress, Costumes, Lighting, and Sound. Carolyn says that the whole night "was a wild, beautiful ride." And her Legacy Award stands proudly in the midst of these awards as a reminder that no matter what achievements may come your way, once a dancer always a dancer!


DO40 Legacy Award Honoree Gene Gavin never got to accept his award in December, 2015. He died unexpectedly from a fall in his apartment in October. But his three nephews came to accept the award, and were thrilled by the love and warmth shared by the audience to them – and of course, to Gene. Well, it looks like Gene WILL have the last word! Gene, a contributing writer to our Newsletter, kept a diary! And nephew Richard Tuttle found it – and it is being published by Glendale Press in September! Matter of fact, a portion of Gene’s book about Jerome Robbins will be read at our West Side Story event September 27th!!

Gene danced in the original West Side Story, Shinbone Alley, Sail Away, Skyscraper, Litte Me, How to Succeed, Walking Happy, Bravo Giovanni and Ballets USA. He toured Europe and Japan with the New York City Ballet as well.

Richard Tuttle writes in the forward, “Gene Gavin, my uncle, wasn’t a star with his name in lights on the Great White Way but he was a star to me, and I thank him for giving me his memories.”

DO40 will announce when the book is ready for sale.