Showing posts with label ROCKERS ON BROADWAY. Show all posts
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Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Debbie Gibson

The Path Fund’s 22nd annual ROCKERS ON BROADWAY 80’s REWIND benefit concert will honor 80’s Pop Princess, Debbie Gibson with the Rockers Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, November 9, 2015 at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker Street) at 7:30 p.m. ROCKERS ON BROADWAY is a fun and unique charity concert that will feature Broadway’s best rockers performing the biggest hits in 80’s Rock n’ Roll. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA) and non-profit performing arts education programs.

Debbie Gibson burned up the charts in the 1980’s with teen pop smashes like “Lost in Your Eyes,” "Only in My Dreams" and “Shake Your Love.” In 1988 the Guinness Book of World Records named her the youngest female artist to write, produce, and perform a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, with her song “Foolish Beat.” She has gone on to star on Broadway and National Tours, as well as television and film. Gibson continues to write, record and produce music for herself and other artists in addition to touring the world.

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY is pleased to announce an exciting roster of Broadway performers, including Tony Award nominees Eric Anderson (Soul Doctor), Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway), Jarrod Spector (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), along with director Donnie Kehr (Jersey Boys), Andrea Dora (Tarzan), Preston Truman Boyd (On the 20th Century), Brian Gallagher (Jekyll & Hyde), Michael Lanning (Bonnie & Clyde), Amma Osei (Rock of Ages), Jen Perry (Kinky Boots), Aaron Ramey (The Visit), Megan Rice (Evita), Jeremy Schonfeld (Spun), Tony Vincent (NBC’s “The Voice,” American Idiot), and Angela Wildflower (Motown). Additional performers will be announced soon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Donnie Kehr

Donnie Kehr’s Rockers On Broadway (their 21st annual event) delivered another knockout show Monday night, at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village, this year celebrating Teen Idols. “Everyone had one” says Kehr, as they hosted a terrific ensemble of acts, and honored Micky Dolenz and Frankie Valli with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Radio-personality Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie) was also honored with the Ambassador of Rock award.

Courtney Reed (Jasmine in Aladdin; Carla from In The Heights) began the proceedings with a blazing version of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” that clearly set the right tone for the evening.

Jarrod Spector - the second actor to play Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys - wowed the packed house with a medley of "Grease," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and"Beggin'."

Monday, November 10, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Micky Dolenz

ELLA HENDERSON – Every so often we get surprised too! Earlier this year, Brit-group London Grammar just knocked us out, but two weeks back we saw a new performer on The Today Show, Ella Henderson, and she just stunned us. Now, having heard her debut album Chapter One, it’s immediately in my Top 5 albums of the year (along with London Grammar).

We've written a lot over this year and last about the brilliant Brit-pop singers coming to our shores, starting with the indomitable Amy Winehouse and continuing with, Florence Welch, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding, Duffy, and still coming with the additional of Henderson.

Coming off the fastest selling debut from a U. K. artist this year with her single “Ghost,” Ella’s debut album Chapter One entered at #1 on the UK Albums Chart.

She was a finalist on the ninth cycle of The X Factor in 2012 and finished in sixth place, despite being a strong favorite to win. She was subsequently signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Music.

Described as honest, assured, vocally astonishing and unmistakably special, the teenager (born 12 January 1996) co-wrote the album with some of the world’s greatest songwriters including Babyface, Al Shux (Alicia Keys) and Salaam Remi (Winehouse). Adds Ella, “There are lots of times I can’t believe what’s happening to me, but when it comes to my music I just completely found myself. This is the album I always wanted to make.”

There’s a track here, called, “Mirror Man,” that’s a combination of Adele, Dusty Sprinfield and Duffy, that’s a total home run. With the line, wish I could love you better than a mirror can, the track is splendidly irresistible and one of the best songs we've heard this year.

You can take Ella all the way to the bank. I think, the best Brit-pop artist yet!

OPRAH’S OWN --- Last night was the eagerly anticipated Micky Dolenz-profile on the Oprah Winfrey Where Are They Now. Micky’s segment was the closing one; after George Hamilton, Morgan Fairchld and Randy Spelling and, didn't disappoint at all. Opening with the Monkee-man walking through his garden beside his sumptuous home in the L. A. hills it was an invigorating and revealing look at the man, reflecting on his career and the upcoming Monkees 60th anniversary in 2016.

We also got a glimpse of him with wife Donna in the kitchen and his daughter Georgia, with whom he has launched the wildly successful Dolenz and Daughters fine-furniture company.

Dolenz will be in New York next week, first to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Donnie Kehr and Cori Gardner’s Rockers On Broadway outfit. The show will be held next Monday at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwhich Village.

He’s also doing several interviews while here, including Gilbert Gottfried’s radio-cast and catching some shows … including the Carole King-musical Beautiful with Jessie Mueller), where The Monkees are referenced several times during the play.

Twitter blew up before and after the broadcast. Well done all.

DAZED & CONFUSED --- In a story that will only add to the legend of Led Zeppelin, the band's lead singer Robert Plant reportedly turned down the chance for the surviving members to bank a staggering $800 million for a reunion tour. Our U. K. source King reported that Virgin boss Richard Branson, a life-long Zeppelin fan, proposed a contract of a 35- date three city tour that would have made Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones just over $300 million each before tax.

Drummer John Bonham, whose death in 1980 effectively ended the band, would also have been represented through his son Jason, who would have been paid as well.

Needless to say, the prospective tour would have been the most lucrative for any artist or act in the history of live music, and continues our source, Page, Jones and Bonham all eagerly signed up.

However, the implacable Plant wasn't so keen and reportedly tore up the contract in front of shocked promoters as he felt it was the right thing to do.

“Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately," said our source adding, "It was a no-brainer for them but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock. There is no way they can go ahead without him.”

Plant's refusal was absolute and there is no going back says our source. “They have tried to talk him round but there is no chance... His mind is made up and that’s that.”

The failure to agree to the mega-tour killed Branson's grandiose plans that included re branding one of his Virgin jets as The Starship to fly the band to venues in London, Berlin and New Jersey. Branson also offered the band an option to do 45 more gigs in five venues.

“Branson tried to pull out all of the stops. But even his money was not enough to get Plant to sign up. He is gutted,” said our source.

Since their split in 1980, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin have only performed together a briefly four times, the last occasion being a one night only gig at London’s O2 on Dec. 10, 2007 to celebrate the life of record executive Ahmert Ertegun.

My two cents: call Adam Lambert.

CLOSING NOTES --- Chris Gilman’s downtown boite Yerba Buena Perry will cater the backstage food for the Rockers On Broadway event next week. Note to all: go straight to the fish tacos …

Congrats to Brad Waddell’s site which celebrates 20 years today …

Adoroma and Cannon present photographer David Bergman and his new book Bon Jovi – Work, this Wednesday at The Altman Building in NYC …

Joy Behar, that mouth that roared on The View, is performing her one-woman show Me, My Mouth & I. Previews began last Thursday at downtown’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Limited run through Dec. 21. Her husband Steve is the producer.

Sunday, October 26, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Micky Dolenz

A CORNER EXCLUSIVE --- We heard the rumors, but yesterday Rockers On Broadway’s director Donnie Kehr called and confirmed to us exclusively to that Monkee-Peter Tork will indeed be a special guest for their upcoming November 17 event here in new York, joining mate-Micky Dolenz on stage for several songs, and the presentation to Dolenz of his Lifetime Achievement Award. So, basically we’re having a mini-Monkee reunion here in Manhattan. The event will take place at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village. Check out their site here for more info:

JERRY MEETS MARTY --- The Grateful Dead will celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary with an authorized feature documentary that will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, helmer of the terrfici films The Tillman Story and most recently the Penn State football scandal Happy Valley. Martin Scorsese, whose own rock docus have provided the template for how to make these kinds of movies, will be executive producer. Longtime Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will serve as the film’s music supervisor.

The makers say their as-yet-untitled film will include never-before-seen footage of performances and backstage stuff involving the band, as well as new interviews with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, as well as many other characters and pranksters (and, they are legend) from the Dead universe.

The film will go back to the band’s formation in the Bay Area amid the rise of the psychedelic counterculture of the 1960’s. They continued to record albums and conduct tours where Deadhead fans would follow them all over the country for lengthy rave-like jam sessions. The good times came to an end when band leader Jerry Garcia died in 1995, though surviving members have done their best to carry on. There have been numerous attempts to mount a narrative feature on the band, but this docu is clearly on the fast track.

The band issued this statement: “Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living In The Material World, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them,” said surviving members Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Weir.

Scorsese said: “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved.”

CHILLER --- Another successful Chiller Theatre Expo event in the quaint laurel of Parsippany, New Jersey this past weekend. Spotted were Butch Patrick from TV’s The Munster’s; Debbie Gibson; Jimmy Hart; Terri Garr; Hulk Hogan; Brit Brashear; Henry Winkler, Jacqueline Boyd; paparazzo-Bobby Bank; Dawn Wells from Gilligan’s Island; Tony Orlando; Chuck Ziti; Lita Ford (Runaways); May Pang; Joyce Randolph: and, PR-pasha David Salidor.

And, if that wasn't enough, there was a Saturday night concert featuring The Cowsills and The Smithereens!

JACK BRUCE PASSES --- One of the premiere bassists in rock, Jack Bruce, has died over the weekend at 71 of liver disease.

Bruce was bassist in the 1960's supergroup Cream which also boasted Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, and are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history. Selling 35 million albums in just over two years they were awarded the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire. Bruce penned and took on vocal duties on most of the songs, including “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine Of Your Love.”

John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce (May 14, 1943 - October 25, 2014) was the founding member of Cream, in the late 1960's.

He maintained a solo career that spanned several decades, and also participated in several critically acclaimed musical ensembles. Known as a memorable vocalist and pioneering bass guitarist, Bruce was also an accomplished songwriter. His first solo album Songs For A Tailor was released in 1969 and his most recent, Silver Rails released earlier this year. His albums were a rather distinct departure from that music of Cream; thoughtful, provocative, intricately arranged and performed, they were nothing short of brilliant.

Bruce was trained as a classical cellist, and he considered himself a jazz musician, although much of his catalog of compositions and recordings tended toward blues and rock and roll. He also played in Alexis Korner's Blues Inc, the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann.

Bruce's death was revealed through his official website, and confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers who said "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family."

A statement from his family said:

It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father and granddad and all-round legend.

The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.

CLOSING NOTES --- Despite scrambling to post its Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer a week early after a leaked version went viral last Wednesday, Marvel broke viewing records with the first peek at its 2015 summer blockbuster. The company said Friday the Avengers 2 trailer notched 34.3 million views globally in its first 24 hours. Over 26.7 million of those came after the initial leak when Marvel responded by posting a high-resolution HD version to its official YouTube channel. Makes you wonder if this all wasn’t part of a carefully-crafted promo campaign. Me, I'm quite sure it was. Going viral is where it’s at these days …

SIGHTINGS --- Micky Dolenz drummer Rich Dart and friends at B. B. King’s catching legend Jerry Lee Lewis; Rocket’s Tony King on Manhattan’s Highline with friends last week; Chrissy Teigen at Casamigos Tequila presents Tacos & Tequila: A Late Night Fiesta hosted by Bobby Flay during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Micky Dolenz

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY the unique annual event (which has raised over $300,000 with over two decades of performances) featuring Broadway’s finest, performing something for everyone - has announced the line-up for their next event, Monday, November 17 (at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge) Celebrating five decades of music from our favorite teen idols.

Says Rockers’ Kehr, “This year we will honor two of America’s teen idol icons Micky Dolenz and Frankie Valli with Lifetime Achievement Awards and legendary DJ ‘Cousin’ Brucie Morrow with the Ambassador of Rock Award.”

Continues Kehr, “Teen idols have always been a special kind of rock star! When their songs came on the radio our hearts skipped a beat. We tacked their photos to our bedroom walls, faithfully watched their TV shows and bought their records --and we might have even written some of them a love note or two… we all had one.”


Micky Dolenz, The Monkees

Lena Hall, 2014 TONY Award Winner – Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Kinky Boots

Nick Cordero, 2014 TONY Nominee – Bullets Over Broadway

Jarrod Spector, 2014 TONY Nominee – Beautiful

Donnie Kehr, Rockers Founder, Jersey Boys (Broadway & Film), Billy Elliot, Aida

Preston Truman Boyd, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway

Steve Gouveia, Jersey Boys

Michael Lanning, Bonnie & Clyde, The Civil War

Constantine Marloulis, TONY Nominee – Rock Of Ages

Tracy McDowell, Motown The Musical, Rent

Vinny Pastore, Sopranos, Bullets Over Broadway

Sara Schmidt, Jersey Boys, Brooklyn

Jeremy Schonfeld, Drift


Tuesday, July 01, 2014


Micky Dolenz

Donnie Kehr and The Path Fund Announce ‘Rockers On Broadway – Teen Idols’ to be held on Monday, November 17th at Le Poisson Rouge; Honoring Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) and other teen idols.

New York -- For over two decades, the annual Rockers On Broadway Benefit Concert has raised over $300,000. Proceeds from 2014’s event benefitting The Broadway Dreams Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, says Cori Gardner, Executive Producer of The PATH Fund, the nonprofit organization that produces the event.

Friday, October 26, 2007


Darlene Love and Deborah Gibson

The other night at BB King's in Manhattan, the ROCKERS ON BROADWAY group celebrated the music of MOTOWN. Rockers, led by JERSEY BOY's DONNIE KEHR, had as performers, MICKY DOLENZ; DEBORAH GIBSON; LARRY GATLIN; CHRISTINE EBERSOLE; DAPHNE RUBIN VEGA; LALA BROOKS; DARLENE LOVE; and, the event was hosted by TV's CAROLYN RHEA. Dolenz performed "When A Man Loves A Woman" and "Ease On Down The Road"; Gibson performed FREDA PAYNE's "Band Of Gold"; Kehr sang "For Once In my Life"; the wonderful KATE TAYLOR sang "How Sweet It Is"; VEGA performed a soul-stirring "Midnight Train To Georgian"; and, EBERSOLE stole the show with a breath-taking "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."Honored also, were the songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland ... who came onstage, with the original Mr. Motown himself BERRY GORDY, Dolenz, who is on his way back to California for a performance at next week's MAKE A WISH celebration, is eyeing several Broadway shows, says, "I can't say which ones just yet, but I'm ready to get back to it." His last series of performances were on the revival of PIPPIN'. Gibson, who appeared at the club with her own show two weeks back, said she's eyeing a TV project for '08. Seen amidst the throng, were PR-pasha DAVID SALIDOR; RANDY JONES (who's book with celebrity-author MARK BEGO is out in March - called MACHO MAN); JACKIE MARTLING; and, COUSIN BRUCE MORROW, who served as radio-caster.

Micky Dolenz and Berry Gordy
Photos By: Bobby Bank/Wireimage