#h#After Hours Romp#/h#
Voted among the “Top 25 Sexiest New Yorkers” by the New York Post, two actors from two of Broadway’s most wholesome shows — Sarah Litzsinger, Broadway’s longest-running Belle in “Beauty and the Beast ,” and Kate Reinders, Glinda the Good in “Wicked” — have united to form “TASTiSKANK,” a musical comedy duo with a decidedly risque edge.
Noted for songs like “I Heart Dirty Boys” and “We Don’t Do Threesomes,” TASTiSKANK will perform late night at George Street Playhouse in a special adults-only show on Saturday, April 20, following the performance of “Falsettos,” in which Litzsinger plays Cordelia the Kosher caterer (see review page 27.)
The duo won the Breakout Award at the recent HBO Comedy Festival held in Aspen, Colorado, earlier this year. The high-energy, infectious — and sometimes raunchy — songs have proven to be popular with the late night comedy crowd, and have earned the duo legions of devoted fans throughout the tri-state area.
Tastiskank, Friday, April 20, 11 p.m., George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. $15. 732-246-7717 or www.GSPonline.org. For more information about Tastiskank, visit www.TASTISKANK.com or www.myspace.com/tastiskankmusic. You can download their music at Indieclectic.com.
#h#One Step at a Time#/h#
At the age of 14, Amanda White was told that she had rheumatoid arthritis. Being a freshman at the Hun School was already a new experience for White and now she was suddenly faced with a disease that she didn’t even know could affect children. “It was such a big shock when I heard that I had arthritis,” says White. “I went through a period of denial, and I was just so upset about some of the changes in my life.”
As a competitive figure skater, White had to control her longing to get back on the ice. Emotionally, she was faced with disbelief amongst her peers as they couldn’t understand how such a young girl could have arthritis. “I tried to educate my friends because it’s so important to raise awareness about arthritis,” says White. “Kids need to realize that once they step out, they can start getting treatment and start getting help.”
The New Jersey chapter of the Arthritis Foundation has named White youth chair of the 2007 Arthritis Walk to be held on Sunday, April 22, at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual signature event that takes place in communities nationwide to raise funds and awareness to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. White’s mother, Diane, works for Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors in Princeton, and her father, Mark, works for Pfizer in New York City.
Amanda White has also received the honorable Prudential Community Service award and has received a $2500 scholarship for her work with the Arthritis Foundation as well as other organizations. “I hope to be an inspiration to kids my age,” says White, “and I’m glad that the Arthritis Foundation has given me the opportunity to meet other children who are just like me.”
Arthritis Walk, Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m., Arthritis Foundation, Mercer County Park, West Windsor. Rain or shine. Registration encouraged. 732-283-4300.