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'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.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Economist Magazine - "Is College Worth It?"

From The Economist magazine (April 5th) - Is College Worth It?
Arts and humanities courses... nourish the soul, but not all fatten the wallet.An arts degree from a rigorous school such as Columbia or the University of California, San Diego pays off handsomely. But an arts graduate from Murray State University in Kentucky can expect to make $147,000 less over 20 years than a high school graduate, after paying for his education. Of the 153 arts degrees in the study, 46 generated a return on investment worse than plonking the money in 20-year treasury bills. Of those, 18 offered returns worse than zero.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Quote from Donald Margulies‏' "Dinner With Friends"

Gabe in Donald Margulies‏' Dinner With Friends
How do you keep love alive when you're shoveling shit all day long?

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.