Tuesday, August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

"The Lion King" Cast Performs on the NYC Subway

Ever try to read a book or magazine during a ride on the A train and then just plain give up due to the cast of characters parading through the cars??

You've seen them. The kid selling candy so that he doesn't have to rob people. The zealot determined to save your soul. That guy who sells pirated DVDs. The panhandling "deaf" girl who leaves a card dangling precariously off your kneecap (now what are you suppose to do when it falls on the filthy subway ground?). What about that guy who carries around a duffel bag literally screaming whether anyone wants a sandwich as he solicits for the homeless. And finally, those break-dancing kids with their sneakers inches from your head as they flip through the car and twirl around the poles. The joys of riding the NYC subway...

But wait, I think that I found a performance that I wouldn't have mind seeing! 

Recently, Broadway cast members from The Lion King (my favorite Disney film of all time) thrilled strap-hangers when out of the blue they burst into a performance of "Circle of Life" on the NYC subway.  

Oh, why couldn't I have been there? Finally a performance that I would have gladly put away my book for...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Quote From Noel Coward's "Fumed Oak"

Henry in Noël Coward's Fumed Oak:
Elsie, you've got a chance, it's a slim one, I grant you, but still it's a chance. If you learn to work and be independent and, when the time comes, give what you have to give freely and without demanding lifelong payment for it, there's just a bit of hope that you'll turn into a decent human being.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Newport Jazz Festival - 60th Anniversary

As I stroll through the city this weekend, I briefly lament that the weather was not this beautiful last Saturday at the 60th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival. But then I recall the wonderful performances of Gregory Porter and Cécile McLorin Salvant and then I smile...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Playbill's Top 10 Summer Showtunes

What am I doing as I wind down on this humid Sunday evening...why, checking out Playbill.com's It's Too Darn Hot! The Top 10 Summer Showtunes by Ben Rimalower...

10. Blame It On The Summer Night by Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz from Rags

09. Summertime Love by Frank Loesser from Greenwillow

08. The Girls Of Summer by Stephen Sondheim from Girls of Summer

07. June Is Bustin' Out All Over by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II from Carousel

06. A Summer in Ohio by Jason Robert Brown from The Last Five Years

05. Ribbons Down My Back by Jerry Herman from Hello, Dolly!

04. Summer Nights by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey from Grease

03. Summertime by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin from Porgy and Bess

02. Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter from Kiss Me, Kate

01. Manhattan by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart from Garrick Gaieties

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quote from John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"

Crooks in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men:
A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he with you. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Audra McDonald's Stunning as Billie Holiday

Thanks to same day rush tickets, I saw a recent matinee of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill for the incredible price of $40. What was more unbelievable and transporting though was Audra McDonald's stunning rendition of Billie Holiday. Sorry Dee Dee Bridgewater, Audra's Billie has your Lady Day beat.

Check out Audra McDonald's performance on The Colbert Report

Exclusive - Audra McDonald - "God Bless the Child": Audra McDonald channels Billie Holiday in a performance of "God Bless the Child."

And here is clip a number from the show on Youtube. Not sure how long it will be there. So enjoy while you can.

Dee Dee Bridgewater's Lady Day (closed Off Broadway on January 5th).

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Random Happenings - April 2014

Famed Roseland Ballroom closes after recording setting concert by pop star Lady Gaga. David Letterman announces his 2015 retirement from late night TV; Days later, it is announced that Stephen Colbert will take over for him. Some Broadway shows add Thursday matinees to their schedule. Downtown institution J&R shuts its downs to rebrand. India begins the largest elections ever (eligible voters for the month long election - 814 million people!!!). Annie Baker's The Flick takes home the Pulitzer for Drama. Mickey Rooney and Gabriel García Márquez pass away. Actress who departed Motown Musical says she is now cancer free. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder leads with 10 Tony Award nominations. And The Velocity of Autumn says it will close. NBA bans LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks.