Friday, December 19, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Debbie Gibson

CHRISTMAS GIBSON --- In the middle of rather hectic (and, somewhat surreal) Xmas season, we took pause and went out to Prospect Heights in Brooklyn last night to see a special holiday concert featuring none other than Debbie Gibson at The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.

The pop-princess captivated the attendees with a mix of Xmas-delights (featuring her patented two dancers on several numbers) and performed two new songs, which to my studied ear, were just dazzling. Her current style, more cabaret than ever before, but simply terrific.

I was deeply invested in Gibson’s early pop career –she stills holds the record for the youngest performer ever to have written, performed, and produced a #1 pop record- and she delighted critics and audiences alike with magnificent performances in Beauty And The Beast; Cabaret; Grease; as well as being a formidable cast member on Celebrity Apprentice; and, this summer was on the questionable reality show Sing Your face Off.

She was just inducted into the Long Island Rock & Roll Music Hall of Fame and will next appear in the UP movie The Music In Me.

There’s been several dramatic and revelatory behind-the-scenes moments in her career which have resulted in some career mis-steps from which she has never recovered (a movie destined to be for sure!).

She was Taylor Swift before Taylor Swift, but was unable to maintain the momentum of her early days. When Swift came out with “Shake It Off” and her subsequent album 1989; Gibson should have stepped up.

Face it, Gibson did do“Shake Your Love” first and Swift’s video for her song was a direct rip-off of one of Gibson’s. Yet her camp stayed mysteriously silent.

Featured for several songs as well as a wondrous duet with Gibson, was Broadway’s James Barbour (A Tale Of Two Cities; Jane Eyre; Assassins; Beauty And The Beast).

Delightful voice … almost gospel-like! We loved it.

Gibson’s great … always has been. Last night’s show was splendid; but, I would have love to have seen her included in the all-star-lineup for Stephen Colbert’s last show (which featured everyone from George Lucas to Sam Waterston to Big Bird and Barry Manilow). That’s where she belongs. A true icon for sure.

SONY UPDATE --- So, did Sony cave by pulling their movie The Interview? There are strong opinions from both the creative end and business end, but I will say, that had the movie opened and attacks occurred in some fashion, the monetary outlay could have been huge for the studio.

As a writer, I can certainly stand firmly behind people like Rob Lowe and Ben Stiller, but as a businessman, you have to do what’s right for your business too. Sure, it may appear that free speech suffered –and, it did take a hit- but at the end of the day, you have to look at the bottom line.

Sony already is looking a 3-class action suits and it’s only going to get worse from there.

My #1 observation is that once the government got involved, and to me, they were strangely silent from November 25 (the date of the first hack) on, they seemed to have made an overnight determination where and from who this hack originated.

Movies are, I believe the #1 export from America … why did the government wait so long. Had they intervened initially; maybe the movie would have come out. Just a thought.

A GAMBLE STAR MOMENT --- Pretty Poison's Jade Starling shared a special moment on the red carpet with one of her newest fans, legendary Sound Of Philadelphia architect Kenny Gamble at his recent An Evening of Style & Grace fundraiser in Philadelphia.

CLOSING NOTES --- I can’t quite believe that the New York Times’ Bill Carter has accepted a buy-out from the tome and will be leaving the paper shortly. I haven’t always agreed with him, but what he has said always made perfect sense and his access was legendary. He wrote the brilliant book, Late Shift, based on the Letterman/Carson/Leno/NBC debacle. He'll be back soon I hope … but, I'll miss his brilliant musings …

Madonna's music hacked? The cynic in me thinks this is a PR-stunt. I think she's been watching the uncanny rise of Charlie XCX and got nervous? That was some performance by Charlie on this week's David Letterman atop a baby grand piano. Even Dave prefaced his intro with the phrase Happy Xmas ... too funny ...

One more Foxcatcher thought: Steve Carell was utterly brilliant. Been thinking about his strong, strong performance all week ...

SIGHTINGS --- PR-pasha David Salidor and Brit Brashear at Lucky Strike on Grand Street in NYC … Bruce Willis and entourage at Blue Fin in Times Square NYC ...

Thursday, December 18, 2014




Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Mummenschanz, Friday, January 30th 2015 at 8 PM. Purchase tickets to see the pioneering performers at or Box Office at 201.227.1030. 

Since its three year run on Broadway, the Swiss theater troupe Mummenschanz has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy. Formed by founding members Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, MUMMENSCHANZ has since inspired generations of show-goers across five continents over four decades. The 'stories' told are unique in that they have no sound or music; the language of Mummenschanz is universal.

In the wordless universe of MUMMENSCHANZ, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials, everyday objects (like toilet paper) and colorful abstract shapes and forms like the famous “Clay Masks,” “Slinky Man” and “Giant Hands” spring to life.

By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, MUMMENSCHANZ offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.

Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC




Just one day after Christmas, Santa gives Texas EDM fans what they really want when the two-day LIGHTS ALL NIGHT extravaganza takes over the Dallas Convention Center on Friday, December 26 and Saturday, December 27. Featuring headliners such as SKRILLEX, ZEDD, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, DISCLOSURE (DJ set) and more, it’s bound to illuminate the Lone Star State like never before. The set times for LIGHTS ALL NIGHT, Texas’ largest electronic music festival produced by Highland Concerts and MCP Presents, have officially been unveiled.

LIGHTS ALL NIGHT will feature over 40 top-tier electronic artists over two stages with cutting-edge LED and lighting designs encompassing much of each room, dramatically adding to the overall music experience, as well as two silent discos, enhanced VIP and bar areas, elevated and reserved table service with prime sightlines to stages. In addition, premier electronic cigarette manufacturer, blu eCigs, an official sponsor of LIGHTS ALL NIGHT, will present the blu lounge where adult smokers can get a complimentary sample of blu electronic cigarettes, relax in the lounge area and take a commemorative photo at their photo booth. blu eCigs will be providing consumers the opportunity to vape at the festival where the is no smoking or vaporizers allowed in the venue



In a move that is the first of its kind, Hologram USA announces its partnership with the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts to produce a full scale, long running hologram show featuring Liberace. While most recent hologram projects have been short one time appearances, this will be the first to use Hologram USA’s patented technology to present a life-like experience for fans in a feature length, live show format. As Mr. Showmanship said himself, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.”

Coming off the huge success of Hologram USA’s Jimmy Kimmel Live hologram on ABC, this is the first of a whole slate of celebrity resurrection projects that the company will announce over the next 30 days.

All will use the same technology that created the famous Tupac Shakur Coachella hologram which sparked the demand for audience to experience HD, 3D performances by beloved stars. (Hologram USA controls the North American license for the technology).



Katniss Everdeen In Wax

Madame Tussauds Hollywood today revealed its newest figure, Katniss Everdeen, protagonist of the worldwide phenomenon The Hunger Games franchise, in its own immersed backdrop.

Following the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Madame Tussauds has also launched wax likenesses of Katniss, portrayed by Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, at its New York and London attractions.

Hollywood’s figure portrays Katniss’ in her hunting outfit, which she wears in the second installment of the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Teamed with her iconic brown leather hunting jacket, are dark charcoal trousers, knee-length tie-up leather brown boots, plus brown leather quiver (arrow bag) and trademark bow. Her hair is also styled in her iconic braid.



Helen Mirren Stars In The Audience

The producers of Peter Morgan’s Broadway-bound The Audience, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, announced today that Dakin Matthews and Rod McLachlan will take on the roles of Winston Churchill and Gordon Brown, respectively. Stephen Daldry directs the limited engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Previews begin February 17; opening night is March 8. The production runs through June 28, 2015.

The Audience cast is Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth II), Dylan Baker (John Major), Geoffrey Beevers (The Queen’s Equerry), Michael Elwyn (Sir Anthony Eden), Judith Ivey (Margaret Thatcher), Dakin Matthews (Winston Churchill), Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson), Rod McLachlan (Gordon Brown), Rufus Wright (David Cameron), Anthony Cochrane (Cecil Beaton / Detective / Bishop), Graydon Long (Footman / Beefeater), Jason Loughlin (Footman / Beefeater), Michael Rudko (Ensemble), Henny Russell (Queen's Secretary), Tracy Sallows (Bobo McDonald), Elizabeth Teeter (Young Elizabeth), and Tony Ward (Ensemble).

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses.

The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.

Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Elwyn, Richard McCabe, and Rufus Wright are appearing with the support of Actors' Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

Helen Mirren received the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, reprising her Academy Award winning role from the film The Queen, also written by Peter Morgan. The recipient of two Golden Globe, three BAFTA, three Screen Actors Guild and four Emmy Awards, Ms. Mirren has been seen previously on Broadway in A Month in the Country (1995) and Dance of Death (2001).

The production is designed by six-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley with lighting by two-time Tony Award winner Rick Fisher, sound by Tony Award winner Paul Arditti, and music by Paul Englishby.

The Audience is produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.


Tickets for The Audience are available through or by calling 212-239-6200. Tickets range in price from $75 to $145 (all prices include a $2.00 facility fee). Premium seating is available.



Lisa Loeb

Atlantic for Kids presents the New York premiere of Camp Kappawanna, a new family musical featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award® nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty, directed by Atlantic Acting School Artistic Director Alison Beatty, choreographed by MK Lawson (Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money) with musical direction by Nate Weida (Ivy + Bean The Musical).

Camp Kappawanna will play every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. beginning Saturday, March 21, 2015 through Sunday, April 12, 2015, with two weekday performances at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8 and Friday, April 10 at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street between 8 and 9 Avenues). Running time is approximately one hour with no intermission.

Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, an awkward and adorable 12-year-old kid, Camp Kappawanna portrays the fear and excitement of leaving home for the first time. This lighthearted musical, inspired by Lisa Loeb’s own nostalgic summer camp memories, has an acoustic sound that will take you back to nights spent around the camp fire.

Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum selling number one hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the motion picture Reality Bites. In 2008, Lisa took her talents to the non-profit sector to launch The Camp Lisa Foundation, to help raise funds to send kids to camp. She enlisted her musician pals Kay Hanley, Jill Sobule, Nina Gordon and Steve Martin to record a companion cd, Camp Lisa, and released it via partnership with Barnes and Noble.

Atlantic for Kids has presented fun, quality children’s theater for the past 12 years. In addition to its weekend performances for families, Atlantic for Kids has welcomed thousands of NYC public school children to see weekday performances. These performances include talk backs with cast members and discussions about the theme of the play.

TICKET INFORMATION: Single tickets to Camp Kappawanna start at $15 for Kids (ages 10 and under) and $20 for Adults. Group tickets are also available. To purchase, please visit or call Ovation Tix at (866) 811-4111.

Camp Kappawanna is best suited for ages 7 to 11, while kids and adults of all ages are welcome.