Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Random Happenings - March 2014

John Travolta flubs Oscar introduction and calls Idina Menzel...Adele Dazeem. Robert Lopez becomes youngest EGOT. Department of Health gives Per Se a "C" health grade. Fresh from Broadway run, The Trip to Bountiful airs on TV's Lifetime network. Gas explosion levels two East Harlem buildings. MH370 goes missing. Norm Lewis becomes the new Phantom. Madoff aids found guilty of fraud. Jagger companion L'Wren Scott takes her life. Spring arrives. Lady Gaga begins 7-night run to close the famed Roseland Ballroom.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I May Return to See Broadway's Longest Running Musical

How long has it been...since that Saturday afternoon many many years ago when I dragged my mother and cousin to Midtown, climbed to the heights of the Majestic and experienced what would become Broadway's longest running musical - The Phantom of the Opera? Oh my, that was a long time ago....

When the big box British musical approached its 25th year on Broadway, I wondered if I should return....I procrastinated and then dismissed my return when I saw the show's 2013 Tony performance...boy did it feel dated and creaky.

But now, The Phantom of the Opera has decided to shake things up and cast the delectable Norm Lewis as the first black phantom on Broadway, beginning May 12th, playing aside Sierra Boggess. Oh naughty Phantom, you are determined to have me return to the Majestic with this game changing move...you are very determined...  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Random Happenings - February 2014

Seahawks take Super Bowl XLVIII. Broadway dims its light for actor of depth Philip Seymour Hoffman. CVS announces that they will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products. 2014 Winter Olympics take place in Sochi. Famed Roseland Ballroom announces that it will close in April. Derek Jeter says that 2014 is his last season. East Coast pounced again by winter storms. Diahann Carroll leaves Broadway role in A Raisin in the Sun. The Tonight Show returns to NYC. Alec Baldwin says goodbye to public life. Allen Room renamed the Appel Room.   

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

I Attended A "Smokey Joe's Cafe" Reunion

The Broadway cast recording from Smokey Joe's Cafe is one of my favorites. Last week, members of the cast reunited for two shows at Broadway cabaret room 54 Below and sang a number of tunes from the Leiber & Stoller revue - songs like On Broadway, I'm A Woman, and Spanish Harlem. DeLee Lively even shimmied for us in that little white dress of hers. I re-discovered a few classics like Saved and Fools Fall in Love. And of course, my favorite part of the evening (and the original show) was I Who Have Nothing. What a pleasure it was to relive this show from 15 years ago and what a pleasure it was to rediscover a few tunes that will surely be added to my Broadway Playlist.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sharon Jones Says "Get Up and Get Out" to Cancer

When Sharon Jones entered the stage at the Beacon Theater last week, she apologized in advance should she forget a few lyrics. But no one in the diverse audience cared one bit, our sassy soul sensation...our ball of fire was back...back after months...back after fighting Stage II pancreatic cancer. 

Ms. Jones made us leap to our feet and showered us in tunes from her delayed album - Give the People What They Want - and even took us back 100 Days, 100 Nights. With her family, her friends, her Sharon Springs community and her fans in her bosom, she danced and gave her all and we loved her for it.

I am not sure how Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are faring now on the road with this messy East Coast weather, but if their tour comes remotely close to where you are, they are a must see.    

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Random Happenings - January 2014

New mayor sworn in NYC and NJ Governor Christie deals with bridge scandal. Boy Scouts ban on gay members ends. Marijuana becomes legal in Colorado. Spider-Man, most expensive show in Broadway history, ends run after 1200 performances. Aspiring Hell's Kitchen playwright Daniel McClung tragically dies in Strand fire. The controversial playwright Amiri Baraka fades. Hackers successfully steal millions of credit cards numbers from retailers. 30K pound rotating  Machinal set stops on opening night; show goes on when stagehands unite and manually push set. Later that night after attending Machinal opening, journalist found in pool of his own blood after being beaten for bumping into a woman. The wives of former NY governors Spitzer and Patterson file for divorce and French president splits with girlfriend. First Lady turns 50 and the Apollo Theater turns 80.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Quote from Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"

You know it don't take much intelligence to get yourself into a nailed-up coffin, Laura. But who in hell ever got himself out of one without removing one nail?