Ann Reinking Takes in a Private Show at Radio City Music Hall in ‘Annie’
Broadway mourns the recent loss of beloved star Ann Reinking, who passed away unexpectedly on December 12 at the age of 71. As the New York Times once put it, Reinking was "not just a beauty and a comedian," but "one of the great dancing assets of American musical theater. "Best known as the longtime muse of Bob Fosse, the actress / dancer / singer / Tony-award-winning choreographer was best known in 1979 in All That Jazz, 1984 in Micki + Maude and in 1982 perhaps best-known Broadway musical Film "Annie," in which she excelled as Grace Farrell, private secretary to billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney).
Reinking dances its way through several famous locations on the film's east coast, including Monmouth College (400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, New Jersey), which is both the Daddy Warbucks mansion and the White House, and Radio City Music Hall (located at Rockefeller Center on 1260 6th Avenue in New York's Theater District), where Warbucks buys an 8 o'clock show for him, Grace, and the lovable Punjab bodyguard (Geoffrey Holder) Annie (Aileen Quinn) to be their first Hollywood can take away movie.
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The landmark of the Art Deco venue, dubbed "The Nation's Theater," was designed in 1932 by a group of architects called The Associated Architects, led by design supervisor Edward Durell Stone. Industrial designer Donald Deskey was responsible for the interior, from the ornate lights to the furnishings and the carpets.
Originally intended as a live venue for major stage shows, the extensive extravaganza on December 27, 1932, which lasted more than six hours, found no response from the audience and was considered a grave failure. Radio City was quickly converted into a film palace that offered short live appearances at the beginning of each show, similar to "Annie". The venue soon became a New York icon, a must-see for locals and tourists alike.
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