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Thursday, June 25, 2015

GLORIA REUBEN AND MCG’s MARTY ASHBY AT HEINZ HALL

Marty Ashby And Gloria Reuben



The Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration featuring Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling, Sean Jones and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, performed at Heinz Hall last week; signaling the start of a new partnership between MCG Jazz and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and WQED.



Actress-performer Reuben (whose new series on USA Network Mr. Robot premiered this week) appears tomorrow night at the Dave Koz club Spaghettini in Beverly Hills, in support of her new album Perchance To Dream.



Photo Courtesy Of: MCG Jazz


Friday, May 01, 2015

BROADWAY'S HELEN MIRREN UP FOR 2015 TONY AWARD

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G.H. Harding
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Helen Mirren



MACHINE & MEN RETURN --- Two of my current new-band faves return with new music next week (and respective albums as well, due next month): the magnificent Florence Welch and her band, Florence + The Machine, return with a perfectly stunning new track, “Ship To Wreck,” from a new album titled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. 



It always amazes me how certain bands tweak their sounds from album to album. Example: after several dazzling acoustic albums, the new Mumford and Sons‘ album Wilder Mind is electric—and I hear that it’s brilliant. Florence‘s new track, however, doesn’t change a thing. It’s quintessential Florence + The Machine, and is everything you’ve come to expect from this visionary singer and the group: an atmospheric and evocative sonic vibe, topped off with her breathtaking vocals.



There’s also an accompanying video that’s pretty good, too. If you like their first two, then you’ll love this initial single.





The Iceland-bred group Of Monsters and Men dazzled last year with the release of their first full-legged album, My Head Is an Animal, which featured the hit tracks “Little Talks” and “Dirty Paws” (which was featured in the vastly-underrated Ben Stiller remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye vehicle The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).


This five-member band, who performed "Little Talks" and "Mountain Sound" on Saturday Night Live on May 4, 2013, saw their career explode into the stratosphere after that spot. Their performance was just so different and mind-bending that they became an overnight sensation. Their new album is titled Beneath the Skin.


Their new song, “I of the Storm,” finds the Icelandic band taking a relatively laid-back and slow-building approach, with lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir taking the reins on vocals while Ragnar Þórhallsson adds a backing harmony on the lower register.


Performing in the accompanying video, Karaoke-style, is Danish actor and MAC makeup-artist Atli Freyr Demantur, whose facial expressions are so powerful that even the smallest muscles in his face can be seen twitching with emotion. With makeup like that of a Las Vegas showgirl’s and the projected physical fragility of a wounded animal, Demantur brings each of Hilmarsdóttir’s words and breaths to fiery life.


It’s a stark and surprisingly poignant video. Great song . . . great band. June’s going to be an awesome month for music!


TONYS NOMS UP --- Brit stars Carey Mulligan, Ruth Wilson and Dame Helen Mirren are all up for Best Actress at this year Tony Awards.


They go up against home-grown stars Geneva Carr and Elisabeth Moss in a year where British talent is particularly well-recognized.


Three of the four Best Director nominees are British, while Bill Nighy and Ben Miles are in the running for Best Actor.


The awards will be presented on June 7, with the show to be hosted by Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth.


The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home are the frontrunners, each landing 12 nominations on Tuesday, and each showing alternate sides of the Broadway experience.


An American in Paris is a sunny and heavily-choreographed adaptation of the 1951 movie musical featuring Gene Kelly and the lovely Leslie Caron. Meanwhile, Fun Home is a moody show based on Alison Bechdel‘s graphic novel about her suicidal father.


The nominations also range from the 11-year-old Sydney Lucas in Fun Home to the 82-year-old Broadway vet Chita Rivera, primed to perhaps receive her third Tony.


British talent accounts for 24 nominations in total, with two West-End transfers—Wolf Hall and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, up for Best Play.


Meanwhile, Dame Helen is nominated for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, which imagines the private weekly meetings between the monarch and eight of her prime ministers.


Mirren already has received an Olivier Award for the London production of The Audience, and an Oscar for portraying the Queen on the big screen.


"I've studied the shape of her mouth," said Dame Helen. "I know her face probably better than anyone else does. But it's only my portrait. I can only surmise and imagine."


Ruth Wilson is shortlisted for her role in Constellations, the tale of a relationship playing out across alternate universes.


Her co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal, missed out on a nomination, joining other notable omissions such as the Larry David play Fish in the Dark and Finding Neverland, the J.M. Barrie musical produced by Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, with music by Gary Barlow.


Harvey “Scissorhands” Weinstein speculated that the slight was directly aimed at him and not the show. He even showed up at the next performance with a huge cake for all its cast. Face it: the man’s made himself a walking target.


I've seen the play . . . it’s really good.


Mulligan and Nighy are both nominated for Skylight, a revival of the David Hare 1995 drama, in which they play mismatched lovers. (Matthew Beard also co-stars in the show).


The director Stephen Daldry—best known for his work on the feature films Billy Elliot (2000) and The Hours (2002)—is also up for Best Director on Skylight.


Daldry, who also directed The Audience this season, made the following statement: "It is a fantastic day for British theatre on Broadway. I am personally thrilled for The Audience and Skylight, and delighted too for Wolf Hall and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."


Other notable nominees also include Bradley Cooper, up for Best Actor in his portrayal of Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man (the same part played by the great English singer/songwriter David Bowie at the Booth Theater on Broadway back in the 1980-1981 season). And speaking of English singer/songwriters, we see here that Sting is up for Best Original Score, despite the fact that his first written musical, The Last Ship, closed early.


Cooper, who will continue to portray Merrick when the production heads to the West End next month, said: "To be a part of a community that gathers together in a 13-block radius, eight shows a week, no matter what, in the greatest city in the world—for one sole purpose, to tell stories—I can't think of a better job to have. Thank you for letting The Elephant Man be a part of this season's storytelling."

Gloria Reuben With Donnie Kehr



CLOSING NOTES --- Jersey Boys stalwart Donnie Kehr showed up at Gloria Reuben’s final NYC show at The Metropolitan Room. Also there was SiriusXM ’s talent guru Steve Leeds . . .


Hard to believe that YouTube is ten years old, we take it for granted so much now. Congrats—and in recognition of its first decade, here below is a link to the first video ever shown on MTV in 1981, the great “Video Killed the Radio Star” from The Buggles (can’t believe it’s been more than 30 years since this first aired—time sure does fly). Check this out



NBC’s Today show this morning announced their summer concert series, beginning with Meghan Trainor on May 22 … followed by their usual regulars, like Pitbull, Carly Rae Jepsen, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy and Jennifer Lopez. Actually, the only elder-statesman was James Taylor. It’s great for the kids, but how about Diana Ross, Florence Welch, The Monkees, Joan Jett or Peter Gabriel. The one surprise addition, at least for me, was fun’s Nate Ruess. It’s all about the kids … right? ...

OUT HOTEL DAMAGE CONTROL RUMORS: We hear that the Out Hotel owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass have hired master publicist R. Couri Hay for damage control. The pair have apologized for "hurting the gay community" after facing backlash for hosting a dinner for Sen. Ted Cruz.


Expect Master Hay to convince the media what good guys they are. We at least will not fall for it. The NY Times recently profile R. Couri Hay and said the R. Stands for ruthless. Gotta love R. Couri Hay, he knows damage control. One of the best in the business!


CORNER EXCLUSIVE: Steve Gouveia, Original Broadway Cast member of Jersey Boys, will join Donnie Kehr on stage in a surprise appearance tonight at Bar 9 (807 9th Avenue, NYC) …

RIP Ben E. King!




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DARK PART OF MARVELS DAREDEVIL IN HELL'S KITCHEN

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Gloria Reuben And David Salidor



NETFLIX’s Daredevil --- I watched the first three episodes of Netflix’s Daredevil yesterday . . . and really, really loved it. My favorite, though, is the third episode where Vincent D’Onofrio is introduced as the bad guy Wilson Fisk (a.k.a., The Kingpin).



Even though the first shot of D’Onofrio in Episode Three is taken from the back—while he stares at a piece of art, no less—it was positively chilling. Vinny definitely has the patent on bat-shit craziness (first shown to the world when he gained upwards of 70 pounds to play Private Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence in the late great director Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam-war masterpiece Full Metal Jacket.



The locale of Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen exists in a dark, dark part of the Marvel Universe. It’s not the colorful Agents of Shield, or even The Avengers. And yet, there are references throughout all three episodes to certain incidents that occurred in every single Marvel film; most notably, The Avengers’ battle in Manhattan. You have to be vigilant and look close for these Easter eggs . . . but they're there, for sure.



Charlie Cox, who plays the Daredevil in this new series, is excellent. I wasn’t all that familiar with him before, but you can’t take your eyes off him whenever he’s on the screen.



Daredevil is the blind lawyer Matt Murdock, who lost his sight at an early age and is forced to engage with his boxer-father, portrayed by an especially good John Patrick Hayden. Elden Henson, who plays law associate Foggy Nelson, is good as well. But make no mistake, Cox’s the star here.



The show opens with Matt in a confessional; not apologizing for what he has done, but rather for what he is going to do. And there you have it: An unremittingly dark Hell’s Kitchen in the midst of Daredevil-land.



The fight scenes—and there are plenty—are all staged terrifically. And when Murdock gets pummeled in Episode Two, you can really feel his pain.



Comic-book geekdom aside, series creators Drew Goddard and Marco Ramirez have done this one the right way, matching the feeling and passion so consistently delivered in the comic book. A bang-up job!



LAST SHIP’S NOMINATIONS --- Sting's musical, The Last Ship, may no longer be playing on Broadway but it has not been forgotten by the first awards group to announce nominations.



The Outer Circle Awards nominations count three for the show, including: Outstanding New Broadway Musical; Outstanding Book for a Musical; and Outstanding New Score.



While the awards listings don't list the people who wrote the score, Sting alone wrote both music and lyrics and would receive the award alone if the show were to win in that category. John Logan (who penned both The Aviator and Hugo for Martin Scorsese, while creating the screenplay for Tim Burton’s ultra-bloody adaptation of Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd) and Brian Yorkey (best known for writing both book and lyrics to the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Next to Normal) wrote the book for The Last Ship.



The show’s three nominations were on the lower end of the list, while the musical Something Rotten! received twelve; the revival of On the Twentieth Century pulled in nine; and the new Broadway version of the film classic An American in Paris earned eight.



The Last Ship only had a few good weeks during its run, and that was when Sting (whose real name is actually Gordon Sumner, in case you wondered) bit the bullet and joined the cast. The show ran last year from September 29 to October 25 in previews, and officially played 105 performances between October 26, 2014 and January 24, 2015.



We saw the show two nights before it closed, and just loved it. These nominations are most deserved. Congrats!



NEW FLOWERS --- I listened to Flamingo (2010), the debut solo album from Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers last night, and marveled at what a tremendous record it is. Really creative and very well-produced.



While The Killers has played numerous festivals so far this year, Flowers has also been working on his second solo album. "The record's not done yet, but I'm excited about it . . . I'm liking it," said Flowers.



The title of the new album is The Desired Effect, and it should be officially released next month.



Over the course of four albums and a “greatest hits” collection, The Killers have worked with an eclectic mix of heavyweight producers like M83, Stuart Price, Alan Moulder, Brendan O'Brien, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite. Flowers' next solo LP will follow in that tradition, thanks to his latest collaborator Ariel Rechtshaid.



"He's taking me out of my comfort zone," Flowers said of working with Rechtshaid. "Normally, I make demos and they're pretty similar to how the song ends up, but he'll take a song and be like, 'I hear this.' It's incredible–his palette and his range, what he's able to say. At first we were butting our heads together, but now we're hitting it off."



In the past year alone, Rechtshaid has helped shepherd Sky Ferreira's Night Time, My Time; Haim's Days Are Gone; and Rolling Stone magazine's Number-One Album of 2013, Vampire Weekend‘sModern Vampires of the City.



Organic, yet mesmerizing captivating. That Haim record was spot-on brilliant.



Although The Killers recorded two new tracks for their Best Of compilation, Direct Hits (which also includes their cover of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" performed live at the V Festival), the band hasn't been released an album since their release of 2012's Battle Born. While Flowers is focusing on his solo disc now, he says that the band will return to the studio at some point. "I wanna keep being in this band," Flowers said. "I don't think we'll get too morbid about it, I think we wanna keep going."




CLOSING NOTES --- I am terrifically enjoying the 4 CD/Live DVD set Last Band Standing from The Ides of March with Jim Peterik. It was a thrill watching their live performance of their early ‘70s signature hit, “Vehicle.” All those signature horn licks are there, and Jim’s enthusiasm is palpable. He’s the legendary journeyman musician, who also wrote and performed the early ‘80s hit“Eye of the Tiger” with the group Survivor. A top-notch high quality listen, for sure . . .



Gloria Reuben’s last performance at NYC’s Metropolitan Room is next week. Don’t miss it. Broadway World called her show, Perchance to Dream, a “welcome contrast to so many cabaret performances that, charming as they may be, can tend toward flamboyant, even garish territory, with the performer sometimes going over the top. Reuben, on the other hand, knows how to intoxicate with just a droplet of the necessary spirits.”



Lastly, are you one of the over 88 million people who watched within 24 hours of its release the brand-new second “teaser trailer” on the new STAR WARS film planned for release this Christmas? I am—and if you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?! Check it out asap – it looks like the Force was definitely with J.J. Abrams while at the helm of the forthcoming seventh film in the world-famous George Lucas franchise, The Force Awakens . . .



Just listened to some of the new Florence + The Machine record, due out next month, with the fab title of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. "Ship to Wreck" is classic Florence. Can't wait for this one.


Photo Courtesy Of: Bobby Bank

Friday, April 10, 2015

BLOWN AWAY BY GLORIA REUBEN'S METROPOLITAN GIG

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Gloria Reuben




REUBEN GOOD --- I really love nothing more than being invited to a show—not really knowing what to expect—and being totally blown away. It doesn't happen all that often. Happily, that was not the case last night when we saw actress Gloria Reuben’s debut in NYC at The Metropolitan Room.



The twice-nominated Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress has a new album out (her second one, actually) called Perchance to Dream, which is just sensational. Sultry, moody, atmospheric jazz that’s just a pure delight, this is one of those albums that you can’t help but fall in love with as soon as you hear it. Its level of performance, production, and song selection is spot-on and delightful.



Her delicate, yet soulful voice (with echoes of Al Jarreau and Michael Franks in the air) immediately grabs you and doesn't let go; but it’s a delightful ride for sure.




In her performance, Reuben pretty much followed the sequence of songs on the album, beginning with the lush and enticing “Change Partners” and then shifting seamlessly to the song “Poor Girl” (based on a Maya Angelou poem, with music by Jay Ashby).



The packed audience (which included Debbie [David – you’d know better than me, but doesn’t she prefer “Deborah” as her first name these days?] Gibson and actor Robert Funaro from HBO’s The Sopranos) was totally in sync with Gloria from start to finish.



Another high point of the show was the final song (in which Reuben accompanied herself on piano) called “Here’s To Life.” The song left the audience breathless as they beheld the end of a night’s performance that was very nearly perfect in every way. Reuben’s band, fronted by her producer Marty Ashby on a beautiful hollow-bodied guitar, was exceptional. Kudos!



It really was an extraordinary show; one of the best that we’ve seen so far this year.




DIVAS UNITE --- Legendary dance divas Martha Wash, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Linda Clifford have formed the new diva super-group—First Ladies of Disco—and released their first collaboration, the single “Show Some Love.”



The initial release also features a B-side “bonus mix” – a dance remix by John LePage and Brian Cua.



“What I like about ‘Show Some Love’ is the song and its cross-genre appeal gave all of us a chance to use our talents and range in an uplifting song that I know is going to inspire,” says two-time Grammy nominee Martha Wash, who gained fame in the 1970s as a member of Two Tons of Fun, and who was also the back-up vocalist for the late disco legend Sylvester.



She also, as it turns out, recorded “It’s Raining Men” (1979) as one of The Weather Girls, and is the voice heard on No. 1 dance-track hits by C&C Music Factory and Black Box. (Fun fact: Did you know that “It’s Raining Men” was written by Paul Jabara and none other than David Letterman’s longtime music-director sidekick Paul Shaffer?



Wash is joined by Evelyn “Champagne” King (her classic hit, “Shame, “cracked the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1977) and five-time Grammy nominee Linda Clifford. The three plan to tour as well.



Listen to The First Ladies of Disco single “Show Some Love” on Soundcloud:




BILLIE HOLIDAY CENTENNIAL --- As a special birthday gift to the woman widely considered to be one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century, The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is proud to welcome Billie Holiday as its newest inductee on the centennial anniversary of her birth in the City of Brotherly Love.



Billie Holiday was also known as “Lady Day,” a beloved name given to Holiday early in her career. The name was further immortalized in pop culture by original Four Seasons member/songwriter Bob Gaudio and co-writer Jake Holmes, whose song “Lady Day” was then sang with great affection by Frank Sinatra on his 1971 album Sinatra and Company). Holiday is only the first of this year’s inductees to be announced. The Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA) will hold a press reception in late May to announce the rest of the Walk of Fame’s Class of 2015. Holiday and the rest of the new honorees will be formally inducted together in October during ceremonies along the Avenue of the Arts.



"The Philadelphia Music Alliance wanted to present what we think is a 'perfect' birthday gift to an extraordinary vocalist, Billie Holiday, and announce her induction on her 100th birthday," said Alan Rubens, Chairman of the PMA. "It will be an absolute pleasure to be able to walk down Broad Street and see her name where it rightfully belongs, on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, with other homegrown jazz giants like John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington Jr.”



Holiday was born Elinore Harris on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia General Hospital in West Philadelphia. As the official marker on Lombard Street (west of Broad Street from the Pennsylvania Historical Museum and Commission) says, “[S]he was called the greatest jazz vocalist of her time. Starting in 1933, she recorded with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, and others. Notable songs include ‘Lover Man,’ ‘Strange Fruit.’”



As Philadelphia’s own Jill Scott tells Vanity Fair: “Billie Holiday is guts. She is guts, and pain, and challenges. She is the sweetest pain…. Her voice gave me permission to have pain on a record. To convey the heart’s heart. To be able to sing songs about what is happening in society, as well. She did all this with a lot of freedom. There wasn't a bunch of production. It was just Billie Holiday, being herself. All the miseries and all the wounds, and then reporting it, basically, to society. That is an artist. There is a difference between being an entertainer and an artist, and Billie Holiday is a true artist.”



CLOSING NOTES --- Great to see photographers Bobby Bank, Derek Storm; PR-pasha David Salidor; and, writer Brad Balfour at the Gloria Reuben event last night . . .



Well, concert albums in Japan may be a rock-band cliche (see Deep Purple’s Made in Japan or Cheap Trick’s 1978 live album recorded at Budokan) . . . but within two minutes of listening to the new Van Halen live album Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, it’s clear that Van Halen (with original frontman David Lee Roth standing front and center, and speaking fluent Japanese at certain quiet points in the show) is back with a vengeance. Recorded in June 2013 before 44,000 adoring fans, this is as much proof as anyone might need to know that the VH machine is ready to do some fairly incredible shows this summer. Roth may not be able to hit some of the high notes, or yelp out that banshee cry, but he sure knows how to give one hell of a show. Glad to have the band back . . .



We work right near where Hillary Clinton is about to open her new campaign HQ in Brooklyn and it’ll be interesting to see what happens. I predict a mess, for sure . . .




Friday, March 27, 2015

FANTASTICKS TO CLOSE ONCE AGAIN ON BROADWAY

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Gloria Reuben



ROCK N’ ROLL PR GUY CALLING --- Ever see the 1957 movie The Sweet Smell Of Success with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis? It’s a pretty good tutorial on exactly what a PR-guy does and how he works. Plus, the film's a stone-cold classic for sure!



In the record business, the 70’s and 80’s were prime time for the PR-guys who really made the business what it was ... in addition to the brilliant music. Me, I’m old enough to remember guys like Norm Winter, Dick Gersh, Howard Bloom and Ren Grevatt … who handled many of the big names like Linda Ronstadt, Steve Martin, James Taylor, Jerry Garcia and Willie Nelson.



I remember when I was a young buck breaking into this business, meeting Ren (always wondered what his real name was!) and trying my best to worm my way (for lack of a better word) into his good graces.



The right relationship with the right PR-guy would reap much for an burgeoning in-stained wrench like myself. Though I remember Howard Bloom handling the bulk of the hits acts, from The Rolling Stones to Hall & Oates and Billy Joel, Ren always had some of the more classier clients for sure.



He’s just put out a book called Confessions of a Rock n' Roll PR Guy: Can I Get Back to You? … with an intro by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, who our PR-pal David Salidor reminded me was his editor, along with Kurt Loder, at Long Island’s venerable Good Times rag.



Am reading in this weekend. Details to follow. Btw: His son, Jonathan Clarke, is one of the best voices on NYC’s Q104.3 … especially his continually outstanding Out Of The Box series each Sunday.



FOLLOW FOLLOW --- The Fantasticks is closing … again! The current producers of the show, at The Snapple/Jerry Orbach Theatre in Times Square, announced yesterday that the show will play its final performance on May 3; the 55th anniversary of its downtown opening date.



The show, a simple story of a boy, a girl and growing up, with dueling parents no less, will have played 20,672 performances. By way of contrast, Broadway’s longest-running show, The Phantom of the Opera, is at its 11,295 mark. In London, the play The Mousetrap has passed 26,000 performances.



In 2013, when the show reached 20,000 performances, lyricist and book writer Tom Jones, who created the show with composer Harvey Schmidt and original producer Lore Noto, said that he couldn’t believe it. “I didn’t think it would run 20.”



Both writers have done other shows, but none have resonated with audiences around the world like this one has.



Tony Noto, Lore’s son and one of the original producers as well, said it was a “Bittersweet time … again. I grew up with this show and here’s another milestone. The show will no doubt be back, it’s just that good. Always has and always will be.”



In 1960, when the show opened May 3 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Manhattan's West Village, critics were mixed. The show considered closing after a week, but decided to tough it out.



The original production there of The Fantasticks closed on Jan. 13, 2002, after 17,162 performances. The show was a casualty of decreasing audiences, rising operating costs and the sale of the building that housed the theater.



I well remember the closing night performance, when Lore Noto arrived to a packed media reception, including Pravda from Russia covering the event.



With a broad smile, he said “It wasn’t an opening … but a major closing.” A master showman, Noto's enthusiasm kept the show going along with the play’s authors for certain.



The original run helped launch the careers of Jerry Orbach, Elliot Gould, F. Murray Abraham and Kristin Chenoweth. A film version was released in 1995, to middling response.



The show was revived in 2006 at the Snapple Theatre.



The show’s most famous song — “Try to Remember” — is a wistful reminder of what’s gained and lost as we grow up. “Try to remember when life was so tender, that no one wept except the willow. So follow."



PEGG’S THREE TIMES --- Kill Me Three Times is a darkly comedic thriller from rising star director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog). The brilliant Simon Pegg (Star Trek; Mission Impossible) plays mercurial assassin, Charlie Wolfe, who discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren of a sun-drenched surfing town (Alice Braga).



Charlie quickly finds himself at the center of three tales of murder, mayhem, blackmail and revenge. With an original screenplay by James McFarland, the film also stars Sullivan Stapleton (as a gambling addict who attempts to pay off his debts through a risky life insurance scam), Teresa Palmer (as a small town Lady Macbeth), Callan Mulvey (as a wealthy beach club owner simmering with jealousy), Luke Hemsworth (as a local surfer fighting for the woman he loves) and Bryan Brown (as a corrupt cop who demands the juiciest cut).



Juicy fun for sure; Pegg’s a winner.



CLOSING NOTES --- Tonight in Palm Springs is the first of a slew of new Monkee-shows with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. They play in Toronto next month …



Actress Gloria Reuben, Emmy-nominated from TV’s ER and striking turns on The Blacklist this season and Spielberg’s Lincoln, releases her new album next week called Perchance To Dream on MCG Records. We're listening to it this weekend and will have our review next week …



Went to the new cavernous sushi-haunt Zuma last night on 38th and Madison in NYC, and though the food was simply exceptional, I felt like I was in the city's latest nightlife mecca with booming music and a crowd looking not much older than 30. We had a somewhat private spot, but I felt like I was at Studio 54 back in the day ... oy!





Saturday, February 02, 2013

STAR STUDDED 2013 NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

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FASHION RULES NAACP FETE
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OMG Girlz


Kerry Washington


Halle Berry


Gloria Reuben


Garcelle Beauvais


Frida Pinto


Angell Conwell


Archie Panjabi


Alfre Woodard




The 2013 NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angelas California brought out the stars in high fashion.



Sunday, December 13, 2009

GLENN CLOSE ATTENDS 'ONE OF A KIND' BASH

Chris Terio And Glenn Close


Gloria Reuben


Singer and Actress Gloria Reuben along with Chris Terio And Glenn Close attended the "One of a Kind" event at Pier 94, New York City.
Photos By: Noah Dodson / Retna Ltd.

Friday, February 27, 2009

THE KENNEDY'S AT WATERKEEPER LAUNCH

Andre Balazs


Nicole Miller


Gloria Reuben


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. And Bobby Kennedy Jr.


Nicole Miller along with Andre Balazs,Activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his son Bobby Kennedy attended the Waterkeeper Alliance's launch of "The Dirty Lie" National viral campaign to debunk the myth of clean coal at the Greenhouse in New York City.
Photos By: RD/ Leon / Retna Digital

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ALL AROUND THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

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Angela Bassett


Spike Lee


Gloria Reuben


Spike Lee and Gloria Reuben along with Angela Bassett attend the 'Movies with a Message' morning reception at Earl's Restaurant the other day in downtown Denver, Colorado. Spike didn't look too happy to have his photograph taken. Gloria seemed to love it. Meanwhile Matthew Modine heads down 16th Street Mall in downtown to promote his 'Bike for a day' in downtown Denver. Then our Buzz Foto photographer Christopher Peterson caught Hilary Clinton around town. And if one party wasn't enough for Earls Restaurant, Actress Annette Bening was honored by the Creative Coalition and celebrate the film '14 Women', which chronicles the life and times of the 14 female Senators in the 109th Congress. Annette received the Spotlight Initiative Award sponsored by the Perennial Strategy Group, Nehemiah Corporation and Screen Media Films. Annette was introduced by superstar Anne Hathaway. Seems everyone is there and Times Square Gossip is there too !

Anne Hathaway