After several stalled attempts, the filming of the Real Housewives of New York is in full swing. How do I know this? Last Friday the women gathered in a spacious East Hampton studio, along with several invited guests and ticket holders, for a performance with Speakeasy Moderne. The cabaret featured music, movement, and a special guest performance by Sonja Morgan.
Dressed in a black, wardrobe malfunction threatening, bustier, Morgan performed one of her now infamous “caburlesque” acts. Using feathers and her own unique form of poetry Sonja had the crowd entertained. Front and center were her RHONY co-stars. Aviva Drescher, Heather Thomson, Carole Radziwill, and LuAnn de Lesseps (yes she most definitely is signed for the new season), looked on along with two new rumored Housewives.
Joining the women, and from what we hear the cast, were Kristen Taekman and Amanda Sanders. When I asked one of the ladies if Taekman was indeed a full fledged tag line toting HW the answer was “Oh yes, she will hold an apple.” Another source, who is a friend of Sanders’ said she believed that the New York City stylist will also have one of the starring roles on the hit reality series.
Before the show, VIPs gathered for a cocktail reception with plenty of spirits and passed hors d’oeuvres. It was during this little party that I finally met “The Countess.” Dressed for the Gatsby theme in a black fringe cocktail dress with a red flower tucked behind her ear, the stunning brunette was in a bit of a pickle when her fringe got stuck in the zipper of her clutch. Always the helper, Aviva (in impossibly narrow white satin pants) was trying to untangle the offending fringe. A champion at these kinds of tangles (I’m a lifelong klutz and have learned a few tricks as a result) I offered a hand and separated dress and purse safely. “Have you met Tara” Aviva asked. Want to make an impression on any woman save her dress.
LuAnn later on explained the absence of a certain Frenchman. “My boyfriend’s mother is coming here from Paris tomorrow,” she told me at Almond in Bridgehampton where the cast gathered for a post filming snack. “She hasn’t been to the States in years.”
Speaking of boyfriends Sonja was there with her new man, 23 year old Benjamin Benalloul. Her other half, however, was absent. “Ramona (Singer) is in Africa right now,” a radiant Heather Thomson disclosed. Then I remembered having seen that on Twitter. No worries Ramonja fans, they, and their antics will be back.
Heather arrived with Carole, who I also had never met before. I found her to be warm, friendly, and incredibly down to earth. At Almond the chair next to Carole became vacant and my shy friend Patrice was demanded to sit down. “You are so beautiful,” Carole turned to her and said.
One thing you all need to know is that the New York gals can really cut up a dance floor. These women know how to party and they take their “Turtle Time” very seriously. Their enthusiasm is contagious. After the performance everyone was up on stage…Housewife or not….busting a move. The joint was really jumping.
The event, hosted by Sonja’s event planning company Sonja In The City supported the launch of David Kilmnick’s Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Center. Sonja is very involved with helping the LGBT community as she told us in an April 13th red carpet interview.
In addition to Sonja, the performance was hosted by the “Official Hank” Stampfl and featured Broadway’s Gabrielle Ruiz (Evita, In the Heights, A Chorus Line) Dina Fanai of the Trans Siberian Orchestra, and Jazz Recording Artist Linda Calise.