Circle of Friends - Fall 2006


The Front Row: Kurt Peterson, Steven Bogardus, Stephen Schwartz and his wife Carol, Donna McKechnie, Bebe Neuwirth and Harvey Evans. Also onstage: Nicole Barth, Steve and Denise Boockvor, Don Percassi, Peter Samuel, Kathy Conroy, Susan Danielle, Stephanie Eley, Mary Sue Finnerty, Gary Gendell and Olivia Greco, Penny Worth, Rebecca J. Harris, John and Kyo Mineo and Aren.

Dancers Over 40 celebrated their biggest event ever August 14th at Symphony Space in NYC. Hostess Bebe Neuwirth presided over a Who’s Who of Broadway’s best gypsies from the 50s, 60s, 70s and on…coming together to support the creativity and physical well being of veteran professional dancers in need. In five words or less – You Had To Be There.

Donna McKecknie, doing “Music and the Mirror” from A Chorus Line, Kurt Peterson and Harvey Evans performing Bosom Buddies from“Mame,” Stephen Schwartz accompanying singer Steven Bogardus on“Corner of the Sky” from Pippin; and then singing “For Good” from his own big hit, Wicked. Ladies of the Chorus doing “Big Spender” from Sweet Charity and John Mineo and his son, Aren performing a special tap dance.

A Circle of Friends gathered to honor and to assist dancer Kathryn Hull, who is now living in the Actors’ Home in New Jersey. Her former husband, John Mineo, flew in from Japan to help organize the event with dancers Denise (Pence) and Steve Boockvor. It was a seamless evening of entertainment, bringing together old friends and acquaintances, much in the same manner as DO40’s Phil Black Tribute did in June.



Donna McKechnie performing
“Music and the Mirror” from A Chorus Line.”

Denise Pence and Don Percassi
performing “Sing!” from A Chorus Line.
(Al and Kristine were modeled after
Denise and her husband Steve Boockvor.)


Carol Schwartz and the “boys”
doing “Time for Living” from Pippin.
(Steve Boockvor, Don Percassi, Kurt Peterson,
Harvey Evans and Gary Gendell)


Stephen Schwartz on piano, with Steven
singing “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin.

The Post-Show Dancers Over 40 Champagne Party at the Thalia Café



The Ladies of the Chorus performing
“Big Spender” from Sweet Charity.

John Mineo and his wife Kyo
with Shelley Frankel

Bebe Neuwirth with DO40 President
John Sefakis

Steve Boockvor and Kurt Peterson

DO40 Members Nicole Barth
and Joy Serio Dunbar

The two Felicia Velascos (mom and daughter)
holding up the newest DO40 T-Shirt!

DO40 Board member Ron Stratton
with Donna McKechnie



Photo By Jeff Eason, Wilsonmodels, Inc