Thursday, March 21, 2013

The LORD'S PRAYER in Popular Culture

The Lord's Prayer, more commonly known as Our Father, is without a doubt the most popular prayer in the world. It came directly from the lips of Jesus Christ himself and it's words are as hallowed now as they were 2000 years ago. In fact, every line in The Lord's Prayer is immediately recognized because of it's enormity. I've done some research and found it's treasured lines in various forms of popular culture. Here is what I have found...

OUR FATHER(s)-- is a 2005 television film directed by Dan Curtis and starring Ted Danson, Christopher Plummer, Brian Dennehy and Ellen Burstyn. The screenplay was written by Thomas Michael Donnelly, based on a book of David France.

Gary Cooper, WHO ART IN HEAVEN (Gary Cooper, que estás en los cielos) movie 1981.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME- is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of The Beast.

THY KINGDOM COME- is the eighth solo album from Grammy Award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans.

THY WILL BE DONE- heavy metal American band from Providence, Rhode Island.

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN- is the third album by the rock band Angel.

GIVE US THIS DAY- is a 1949 British film, directed by Edward Dmytryk.

OUR DAILY BREAD- movie written, directed and produced by King Vidor; released by United Artists in 1934.

AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES- The Closer TV show: Season 7, Episode 5.

AS WE FORGIVE THOSE- Reba TV Show: Season 6, Episode 8

Those Who Trespass Against Us: One Woman's War Against the Nazis by Karolina Lanckoronska

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION- is an album by David Byrne, released in 2003 for the movie Young Adam, a film directed by David MacKenzie.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL- Heavy Metal Band from Indiana.

AMEN- is an American television sitcom produced by Carson Productions that ran from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991 on NBC.

I hope these words stay with you and enrich your life each and every day!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Grand Opening of the SUFFOLK THEATER!

It was 1933 all over again last Saturday night as the newly renovated Suffolk Theater in Riverhead reopened to the thrills of the hundreds who came for the glorious "Back To The 30's" party. And what a party it was!
The theater has just been totally refurbished in every aspect and even the original art deco looks like new. It is nothing short of spectacular!

In front of the theater, old vintage cars lined the street as spotlights scanned the sky. It looked like a Hollywood premiere with the red carpet and the photographers continually snapping pictures. News boys handed out copies of The Suffolk Theater Times, gangsters and old time cops mingled with the crowd as everybody made their way inside. Most of the patrons were clad in 1930's dresses and suits. Fedoras were everywhere!
Once inside, the sounds of Grammy Award winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks filled the air with music from way back when. The ultra classy nightclub setting was unbelievable with plenty of tables and chairs in the multi leveled theater. With a large bar downstairs and another on the upper level, finding a drink was not a hard task.
Unique hors d'oeuvres were brought around all evening and even some celebrities from the past were spotted in the crowd. We had the pleasure of running into Charlie Chaplin and Mae West!
Bob Spiotto, executive director of the Suffolk Theater, did a fine job choreographing the whole evening. Bob is also a well known colorful actor who will be bringing his Danny Kaye Tribute show to the stage on March 10.
He introduced Diane and Bob Castaldi, owners of the theater, to the the crowd. This has been their dream to bring something like this back to life and they sure have accomplished that in a big way. Diane Castaldi has been aesthetically instrumental in the transformation of this unique and historic theater. New York Mayor LaGuardia even made an appearance and spoke to the crowd. It was actually famed actor Tony LoBianco, who is currently playing LaGuardia in an off Broadway play "The Little Flower".
Wonderful world class dancers performed dances from the bygone era as flappers and other patrons joined them. It truly was a sight to see.
There are many great shows coming up and they are happening almost every day. Movies, jazz concerts, tributes ..something for everyone.
As we left the theater, we passed the old time vehicles once again and stepped back into the future. But we will definitely be returning to this new jewel of Long Island!
Special thanks to all who made this happen including Diane and Bob Castaldi, executive director Bob Spiotto, Kim Folks- director of events and development, Susan Gentile Hackett-director of marketing and public relations, LynnAnn Kolesar- office and box office manager, and Jim Vignato- technical director and production manager. Hats off to their fine work and bravo to the new Suffolk Theater! Let the shows begin!
For more information on upcoming shows, please go to:
The Suffolk Theater is located right in the heart of Riverhead: 118 E Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 | (631) 727-4343