We experienced an evening of musical delight when the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) held their annual gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The evening was hosted by Merv Griffin and featured a performance by legendary pianist and composer Michel Legrand, along with his wife, renowned harpist Catherine Michel. Legrand, who has been nominated thirteen times and won three Academy-Award Oscars, received this year's "Magic Baton" award. This year's Humanitarian Award was bestowed on Anne and Kirk Douglas for their philanthropy where over 400 school playgrounds throughout the Los Angeles school district are able to serve thousands of children because of their generosity and vision. Kirk was looking fantastic and in high spirits throughout the evening.
And last, but not least, you have until December 10th to hurry on down to the Ahmanson Theatre to catch The Light in the Piazza. This musical adaptation of Elizabeth Spencer's 1960 short novel earned six Tony's on Broadway, and is a romantic romp that you won't want to miss. Set amid the sensual city of Florence, Italy, and starring two of the most attractive young performers around, it is a real treat for the ears and eyes. Christine Andreas, who portrays the wealthy Southern woman who travels to Italy with her sweet, but mentally challenged daughter, Clara, is outstanding. Do you recall the screen version of this story, starring Olivia de Havilland in this role? And can you image that George Hamilton portrayed the young Italian lover? Hate to admit it - but we remember it well!