Class of 1953 NYC Theater Weekend

Class of 1953 NYC Theater Weekend
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 2:00pm - Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:00am


Class of 1953

New York City Theather Weekend

 Friday, Feb 8th –  Sunday, Feb 10th 2013

Register online at

Friday, February 8th

2:00 pm: Special Tour of The Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle

Gil Kinney has again set up an enormously interesting event at one of New York City’s important museums. The featured show, Doris Duke’s Shangri La exhibition, has been extended due to its popularity,  it features the architecture, landscape, and Islamic art from her estate in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Gil suggests a pre-talk luncheon in their highly regarded restaurant. The cost of the tour is $17 per person.

Also, it is worth climbing the stairs  to visit with the sculpture of Christopher Columbus in its newliving room environment.       


6:00 pm:  Annual Class Dinner and Cocktails

Peter Van Doren will again head up our annual class dinner at the Yale Club, located at Vanderbilt Avenue and 44th Street.  Zagat considers this a top choice among establishments not open to the public, and each year we have been attracting over 100 classmates and guests for quality food and wine, and socializing with classmates.  Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm and dinner about 7:15 pm.  This year Martin Van Heuven, our reigning expert on European and international affairs, will once again be our guest speaker, and we, as usual, will welcome his timely perspective.

The cost of dinner will be $95 per person (dinner and dinner wine included).  Drinks prior to dinner will be extra.  With Peter again personally selecting the wine, you can understand why wine critics from the East Coast beg to be included in this affair.


Saturday, February 9th

10:00 am:  Group Brunch on the Yale Club Roof This has become an annual event with classmates joining us whether they stayed at the club or not.  The club clears half the restaurant for us, and we have a group of 50 of us every year.  No reservations necessary.

2:00 pm: Our Traditional Theatre Matinee Party

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street)

Virtually the only good thing about our original choice last year Bonnie & Clyde was Bonnie, in the person of Stephanie Block. The show was unanimously panned and the Wall Street Journal called it “the worst musical to ever hit Broadway.” We quickly switched shows, but Stephanie reappears in the title role of Edwin Drood.  As with most of the shows we’ve picked over 15 years, this one is a significant hit. The New York Times praised “the boisterous revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood which was a major Tony winner in 1985. Its music and lyrics, exuberant and handsome production, offers a generous feast for the eyes trimmed in holiday cheer.”  Everybody loves this humorous romp; it was praised by virtually every reviewer in New York.  Our group rate is $98 per ticket.  We guarantee you’ll have fun.

5:30 pm:  Post-Theater Reception at The Yale Club

This has become a happy post-theater gathering for well over 50 of us who return to the Yale Club tap room for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This year should attract an even bigger crowd because Paul Gignilliat has arranged to have one of Yale’s premier singing groups, The Baker’s Dozen, sing for us at the party.  The reception has been followed by groups of classmates spinning off to convenient New York City restaurants or staying at the club for dinner.


Sunday, February 10th

11:00 am:  Sunday Brunch at Paul and Jane Dietche’s

For the last couple of years, Marvin and Jane Deckoff have offered their apartment for an informal Sunday brunch for members of the class.  This year, Paul and Jane Dietche have generously offered to host Sunday brunch at their home, 1158 Fifth Avenue.



For your convenience we encourage you to register and make all event payments online via a secure site at The deadline to register online or via the enclosed paper registration form for the Museum of Art and Design, the class dinner, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, all requiring payments, as well as the post-theater reception at the Yale Club and the Sunday brunch at the Dietche’s apartment is January 7, 2013.


The 60th Reunion: May 23rd to May 26th

This used to be the big one and it still is, but now there is a 65th reunion and Harvard celebrates a 70th. You’ll be hearing all about the wonderful events John Potter has lined up for this historic occasion.

Bill Nightingale