If you’re thinking about a long weekend in New York City, consider going at the end of March. By then the snow should be melted (fingers crossed), and the first crocuses might even be peeking out in Central Park. If you plan things right you can take in a musical, a one-woman cabaret act, and an auction — all with special appeal to jewelry lovers. Warning: You better book your tickets now…these dazzling events are sure to be sell-out hits.
“The Night They Invented Champagne”
Sad news of the death last week of debonair leading man Louis Jourdan reminds us of his leading role in the 1958 film Gigi. Vanessa Hudgens takes on the title role next month when a revival of the much-loved Lerner and Loewe musical starts previews on Broadway.
In a unique collaboration between Swarovski and the production, the sumptuous fin-de-siècle gowns worn by Hudgens are aglow with Swarovski crystals. Click here for a sneak peek at her costumes and jewelry.
“Josephine And I”
Following a successful run in London, actress and writer Cush Jumbo (The River, Julius Caesar, “Getting On”) brings her one-woman show “Josephine And I” to The Public Theater in NYC (February 27 through April 5).
Born in the slums of St. Louis, Josephine Baker became one of the most glamorous and groundbreaking stars of the 20th century. She was the first African-American entertainer to reach international fame, and along the way she served as a French Resistance spy and civil rights activist. Ernest Hemingway called her “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw.”
Forty years after her death, Baker’s life will be immortalized in jazz, song, fantastic (if scant) costumes, and fabulous jewels. To learn more about this legendary style icon, read her nephew Jean-Claude Baker’s fascinating book, “The Hungry Heart.”
“The Lauren Bacall Collection” at Bonhams
Consisting of 750 artworks, antiques, decorative objects and fine jewels, the Lauren Bacall Collection will be auctioned at Bonhams New York Madison Avenue galleries on March 31 (preview days prior to the sale).
Bacall, who died in August at the age of 89, was married to and appeared with Humphrey Bogart in such films as The Big Sleep and Key Largo. Her collection is estimated by Bonhams at $3 million, but after a worldwide preview tour her jewels by Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co., and Elizabeth Locke will no doubt exceed their estimates.
Sources: GigiTheMusical.com; The Public Theater; Bonhams, New York.