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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN TODAY WITH ABC'S 'THE VIEW'


Halloween At 'The View'




They have been presidents, queens and stars of the silver screen, witches, cartoons and Disney villains but this year, “The View”’s Halloween is one for the books! A disappearance, a caped crusader riding to the rescue, evolution, climate change, lies vs. facts and the mother of all rhyme …Is this the Hot Topics list or Halloween inspiration from the classics? Find out when “Once Upon A View” airs Tuesday, October 31 (11 a.m. - Noon ET) on ABC.



Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain are joined by funnyman JB Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”; author, “The Book of Leon: Philosophy of Fool”) who is going absolutely mad, the magical Yvette Nicole Brown (ABC’s “The Mayor”) casts her spell and Tony-Award winner Christian Borle joined by the Broadway cast delivers a Halloween treat with a performance from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”





Celebrating Season 21, “The View” (11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT) is the place to be heard with live broadcasts five days a week. Hilary Estey McLoughlin serves as senior executive producer with Candi Carter and Brian Teta as executive producers. “The View” is directed by Sarah de la O. For breaking news and updated videos, follow “The View” (@theview) and Whoopi Goldberg (@whoopigoldberg), Joy Behar (@joyvbehar), Paula Faris (@paulafaris), Sara Haines (@sarahaines), Sunny Hostin (@sunny) and Meghan McCain (@meghanmccain) on Twitter. 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

GRAND OPENING OF ROBIN WILLIAMS NYC CENTER

Whoopi Goldberg



Billy Crystal



Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg were photographed at The Grand Opening of SAG-AFTRA Foundation Robin Williams Center at The Robin Williams Center yesterday in New York City.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CLINTON CAMPAIGN MANAGER TALKS TO 'THE VIEW'

Robby Mook On The View



Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook Talks First Presidential Debate, Plan To Dominate In November.



With the first Presidential debate in the books, Mook is looking forward to win "by a lot." "This election is about people's lives, he told the co-hosts. "Hillary has such great plans and ideas."



As the segment concluded, moderator Whoopi Goldberg called for both campaigns to have better discussions about race: "I don't think anybody did a decent job yesterday."


Photo Courtesy Of: ABC


Friday, April 15, 2016

LGBT CENTER DINNER AT CIPRIANI WALL STREET

Whoopi Goldberg



Michael Stipe



Michael Stipe and Whoopie Goldberg attended the LGBT Center Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street last night in New York City. We guess we know who the REM legend likes for president, Bernie Sanders.


Thursday, October 02, 2014

ROSIE O'DONNELL'S VIEW IS NOT WHOPPI GOLDBERG'S

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Whoopi Goldberg



IDES OF JIM --- I had quite the magical evening the other night; the kind that could never happen again. It was the New York-book launch of the new memoir from Jim Petereik (Ides of March; Survivor) titled Through The Eye Of The Tiger (BenBella Books). First off, it was held at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room which is the perfect venue for an event like this; and, it was a glittering crowd, including Vanilla Fudge-drummer Carmine Appice; Gene Cornish from The Rascals and Peppy Castro from the Blue Magoos.



I had just that afternoon finished reading Jim’s book and found it to be one of the best rock-books like this ever written … and, he wrote every word himself. As he said from the stage, during just a stupendous solo performance, he didn’t think he could write a book like this because there was no major re-hab or career-adjustment drama … just a pretty pristine solo career marked by the formation of the Ides, and their huge hit “Vehicle,” (which he modeled his vocal after Blood, Sweat & Tears’ David Clayton-Thomas who famously snubbed him at a show) and, then disbanding the group and segueing fairly seamlessly to Survivor (1983), where they hit big with “Eye Of The Tiger” for Rocky III. Peterik recounts in amazingly vivid detail how the song came together and his first call from Sylvester Stallone. He thought it was a prank and called his friends who did a pretty good Sly-impersonation to check.



Says Petrik, “At first, we wondered if calling it 'Eye of the Tiger' was too obvious. The initial draft of the song, we started with 'It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight, rising up to the spirit of our rival, and the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, and it all comes down to survival.' We were going to call the song 'Survival'. In the rhyme scheme, you can tell we had set up 'rival' to rhyme with 'survival'. At the end of the day, we said, 'Are we nuts?' That hook is so strong, and 'rival' doesn't have to be a perfect rhyme with the word 'tiger'. We made the right choice and went with 'Eye of the Tiger'.”



The book tracks his growing up in Chicago to meeting the power players in L. A. and is a truly riveting read. I shared a few quick moments with him (remember, I’ve been a fan since 1970) and found him to be funny, smart and, quite the conversationalist. I think he’d be a great hang for an afternoon.



“Tiger” was certified platinum in August 1982, signifying sales of 2 million vinyl copies. The song had sold over 3.8 million in digital downloads in the United States alone by February 2014. It was voted VH-1’s's 63rd greatest hard rock song. Combined sales of original vinyl release and digital downloads total over 9 million copies, making "Eye of the Tiger" one of the best-selling singles of all time.



Also in the mix there, were radio-chick Leslie Gold; Mike McCann from Premiere Radio; PR-pashas David Salidor and Carol Kaye (who put the magical event together); Long Island-musician Victor Kastel, and the club’s Lincoln Foley. Great night.

Rosie O'Donnell




VIEW WARS --- A nasty showdown erupted on the set of The View last week when the show's moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-host Rosie O'Donnell got into a heated spat in front of the studio audience.



Rosie was upset because Whoopi cut her off on a Hot Topic subject that O'Donnell indicated she was passionate about backstage before the show. The segment ran out of time and Whoopi had to cut to a commercial.



The Hot Topic was on spanking and the segment was running long, so producers told Whoopi it was time to go to commercial break in her ear. Rosie refuses to wear an ISD monitor in her ear so the control room was unable to speak to her.




Whoopi told her that if she had an ear monitor, she would have known what was going on. When Whoopi did the abrupt cut to commercial, Rosie let loose, the insider said.



“As soon as they went to commercial break, Rosie took the handheld microphone that they use to engage the audience,” explains our source.



“Instead of talking to the crowd, Rosie spoke directly to Whoopi in the mic that she hurt her feelings, and that she was very upset by it and didn't appreciate what Whoopi had done.”



Standing to the side without a microphone, Whoopi responded by saying: “This isn't the time for this, Rosie.”



Instead of moving on, O'Donnell continued to gripe openly in front of the audience in the microphone about what she perceived as an on-air snub.



“Well I just don't appreciate you saying that you were going to do something and not doing it. It makes me upset and I just don't want to have to go through this,” O'Donnell continued.



Goldberg, looking annoyed, shot back: “I said this was not the time Rosie.”



Not fazed by the Oscar winner's petition to leave matters alone until after the show, the 52-year-old comedienne continued to vent about Whoopi's actions.



The View moderator then fired back to Rosie: 'F*** it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don't want to listen. If you want to go there Rosie, I will dammit. I'm really sick of your s***!”



“At this point, you could've heard a pin drop. It was like everything came to a standstill and Rosie finally backed down,” our tipster explained.



New co-host Rosie Perez then jumped up and made light of the moment, ending the quiet that had fallen over the room.



“Oh s***, Twitter is going to be off the hook now,” Perez quipped, causing the crowd to laugh. “They're about to get it,” she continued.



Producers hurried over to the two ladies with notes and information regarding the next segment and when the show returned live, it was as though nothing had gone wrong.



Relations between Rosie and Whoopi behind the scenes at the show have been tense since the beginning of the season, as sources believe that O'Donnell really wants to be in her old moderator role and is having a hard time playing second fiddle to Goldberg.



Additionally, Goldberg has begged ABC to terminate her contract with the network and pay her the remaining $10 million on her deal to go home, as she hates working on the show now, particularly with all of the changes.



Our tipster goes on to say, “Rosie has been a terror from the get-go, only allowing the three new executive producers and co-hosts; Whoopi and newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, to communicate with her and making it clear to everyone in earshot, she's literally running the show.”



“She has a definitive view of how she would like the show to go and wants everyone else to fall in line.”



It’s been widely reported that when Rosie O and new co-host Nicole Wallace did a test show with two fill-in hosts in an effort to build chemistry. Neither Rosie Perez nor Whoopi were present.



Despite the fact that Whoopi is the regular moderator for the show, leading the discussion, Rosie O took charge of the test show with Nicole.



“It was almost as though she was rehearsing for when she eventually takes over as moderator. It's clear that she would have preferred being in that capacity as she was before.”



YES INDEED --- Eagle Rock has announced the simultaneous release of Yes’ Songs From Tsongas - The 35th Anniversary Concert - Special Edition on 2DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats, and the first-ever release of Songs From Tsongas as a 3CD set.



The Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes’ 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White.



In addition to the Tsongas show, the DVD is packed with an additional 70 minutes of never-before-released highlights from Lugarno, which we actually preferred.



The Lugano disc features the group in a somewhat different setting: first, it’s an outdoor show that has a stripped-down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas while the crowd wields a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which is clearly not preventing them having a great time! It’s a terrific visual and the group is awesome.



All their hits are here, including “Going For The One,” “Roundabout,” “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” “And You And I,” “Starship Trooper,” “Wondrous Stories,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Ritual,” “Turn Of The Century,” and many more captured here in all their glory. Yes, they've aged somewhat … but, the music is as strong as ever. Our favorite? Chris Squire’s inspired bass-solo on “The Fish.” Remarkable!




CLOSING NOTES --- Monday’s The Blacklist (Monarch Douglas Bank) –their second ep this season- was even better than the first. In a funny aside, Entertainment Weekly referred to the show’s pacing as having the viewer flying blind for 48 of the show's 60 minutes; storing away information that might be useful later on … funny and also true. This is one show you must pay attention too. Also, the show’s use of programming music is just off the charts. Monday’s episode concluded with Tom Odell’s “Heal.” Just exquisite and spot on. This show’s Class A all the way …



Guitarworld has a sensational interview with Jim Peterik; check it out.


Gone Girl with Ben Affleck is out Friday. I don’t recall seeing so much positive press on a movie since I don’t know when. The reviews for this David Fincher-directed epic have been, well epic. Looking forward to it.



SIGHTINGS: How Alfo learned to Love Women playwright Vincent Amelio huddling with his director Robert Funaro on Seventh Avenue and 29th street in NYC; Rockers On Broadway’s Donnie Kehr at the Cutting Room.




Monday, September 15, 2014

GET READY FOR ABC'S RE-VAMPED SHOW 'THE VIEW'

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Rosie Perez


Whoopi Goldberg
VIEW DEBUT --- Get ready folks;  today, the re-vamped and re-booted View debuts on ABC. With two Rosie's; a Nicole and our Whoopi … anything can happen. While there’s a new studio, new executive producer; and a new logo, inside sources report that so far (especially during their try-out shows) things have essentially been the same! While Whoopi and O’Donnell will surely give us more of the same, Perez and Wallace are definitely the wild card choices. I'd look for Wallace defending her tenure with George W. Bush and Perez tub thumping her movie career and upcoming stint with Larry David on Broadway. Fireworks? Perhaps … but, I'll definitely miss Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie (who will be there on the sidelines) for their mastery of experiences. With Goldberg as the old warhorse, she’s great, but no Ba Ba. Good luck ladies!



THE BRIDGE PROJECT --- One of the highlights of the San Francisco area's fall music season every year is Neil and Pegi Young's Bridge School Benefit to raise funds for their nonprofit organization that helps children with severe speech and physical ailments.



The benefit has been held every year since 1986, except for 1987 (29 years raising 45 million) and normally draws a high-caliber list of rock, soul and pop artists. While the full list of performers is yet to be announced (there are always surprises), this year's benefit already has a first-class lineup:




Neil Young


Pearl Jam


Soundgarden


Tom Jones


Florence + the Machine


Norah Jones (and her group Puss 'n Boots)


Band of Horses


Pegi Young and the Survivors



One of the most pleasant parts of the announcement was that both Neil and Pegi would appear and continue to support the organization. Neil recently filed for divorce, with the first hearing in December, and has been reportedly dating actress Daryl Hannah (!).



The 28th Annual Bridge School Benefit will be held October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Tickets go on sale this Friday (September 19). www.farmaid.org



LEFTOVERS --- HBO’s brilliant The Leftovers (Damon Lindelof) ended their first season last week with the episode The Prodigal Son Returns. I just loved this show where nothing seemingly happened, but overall, the resonance of this show was at times complex and overwhelming. Justin Theroux was mesmerizing brilliant throughout; especially in this last show where his character read selections from the Bible and just totally sold the scene. I don't remember a show creating so much dialogue …pro and con, well, since Lindelof's Lost and in the end, that’s what this show reminded me so much of.



It wasn't so much what happened on screen, as the major questions it posed. In this last episode, many questions were finally answered and some characters even discharged. I'm thinking the second season will be a lot of tighter and even more focused. This HBO show may not have generated the ratings of The Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire, but it wore its heart on its sleeve every episode. I loved it.



GALLIANO RETURNS --- Vogue’s Anna Wintour is determined to reform John Galliano’s reputation and reboot his career.



The Condé Nast commander failed at getting Galliano a job at Oscar de la Renta after his 2011 anti-Semitic tirade in a Paris bar.



Now Wintour’s using a photo of his Dior work to announce Chinese Whispers, the next blockbuster show at her Costume Institute, and exhibiting the Dior gowns he designed in 2003, inspired by Chinese opera star Mei Lanfang.



Does Galliano deserve a second chance? A designer whose work is certainly on the Alexander McQueen-scale … most definitely!



CLOSING NOTES --- WOR’s Tom Cuddy sent us this link to a trailer of a forthcoming documentary on 4 of the most successful and influential radio programmers in the country. I don't have any more information on when the film will come out, but this looks great:...



Check our Jade Starling’s Pretty Poison Jade Lasagna on the Mark Bego Cooks site:...



SIGHTINGS --- PR-pasha David Salidor at Il Mulino; writer Brad Balfour at 54 Below watching Alexa Green and The Cutting Room's Steve Walter hustling in downtown Manhattan.




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

POWERFUL WOMAN IN SPORTS ON THE KATIE SHOW

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Katie Couric With Whoopi Goldberg And Robin Roberts



Katie Couric With Venus Williams And Robin Roberts




On Thursday's edition of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show “Katie,” guests Robin Roberts, Sportscaster Hannah Storm and Whoopi Goldberg share their passion for powerful women in sports. In the show, an emotional Venus Williams discusses career stress, Robin Roberts Explains Pat Summit's Impact on Players, Hannah Storm discusses Sheryl Swoopes and Whoopi Goldberg Reunites Rutgers '07 Womens Basketball Team. What a show!


Photos Courtesy Of: ABC/Disney

Monday, August 27, 2012

CHERRY LANE HAS 10 EXTRAODINARY ARTISTS

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2012 ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL

BEGINS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 AT CHERRY LANE
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John Leguizamo




Whoopi Goldberg
THE 2012 ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL begins Friday, September 14th at The Cherry Lane Theatre/Mainstage, 38 Commerce Street, NYC, with 10 solo plays and musicals written and performed by 10 extraordinary artists. This second AFO season, which continues through September 30, features the World Premieres of Alice Eve Cohen’s “WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW” based on her bestselling memoir, and “THE PURPOSE PROJECT” by Elizabeth Van Meter; and the NY Premiere of Emmy-winner and theatre favorite Leslie Jordan’s new solo piece “FRUIT FLY.” AFO Festival directors include Lynne Taylor-Corbett, BD Wong and Colman Domingo. With solo icons Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo and Lily Tomlin on its Advisory Board, the AFO Theater Festival’s mission is to present the next generation of solo voices. The Festival offers two performances of each of the 10 plays plus 8 solo workshops with Advisory Board members Nilaja Sun, Gretchen Cryer, Matt Hoverman, Deb Margolin and Lynne Taylor-Corbett among others; a special master class with Leslie Jordan, AFO Advisor and 2012 AFO performer; and panels covering topics such as entering festivals, marketing, producing, and contracting for solo shows. The AFO Theater Festival will also present. works in development and talk-back audience sessions after every performance. Nilaja Sun will lead a special Mentoring Program for high school students.



The 2012 AFO Theater Festival performance schedule September 14 through 30 is: Wednesday-Sundays at 7 PM; Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM and 4:30 PM. All performances, panels and workshops in the 2012 AFO Theater Festival will be at The CHERRY LANE THEATRE, 38 Commerce Street, NYC.



Regular Seats: $25, Student Rush: $15, Senior Citizen: $20, Group Discount (10+): $15, Festival Pass (1 ticket to a performance of each show): $200



Buy tickets online at www.afofest.org/tickets or call Ovation Tix at (212) 352-3101. Tickets for all performances will also available for purchase at The Cherry Lane Box Office, 38 Commerce Street, one hour prior to performance.



The 10 solo plays and musicals written and performed by the authors in the

 2012 ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL




 Jennifer S. Jones



APPEARANCE OF LIFE by Jennifer S. Jones A riveting thriller set in Buenos Aires in 1976 about an upper class woman who becomes radicalized when her daughter is ‘disappeared’ by the Argentine junta. Directed by Jessica Lefkow

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 7pm & Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 4:30pm



ASKING FOR IT by Joanna Rush If you had a strict Catholic upbringing, ran off to pursue a dancing career in NYC, and were sexually assaulted by a ‘helpful stranger’ you meet at Port Authority Bus Terminal…were you just ‘asking for it’?

Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett

Friday, September 14 @ 7pm & Saturday, September 22 @ 2pm




 Aizzah Fatima



DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE by Aizzah Fatima Sex, politics and religion collide as six Pakistani-American women air their dirty lingerie.

Directed by Erica Gould

Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 4:30pm & Thursday, Sept. 27 @ 7pm



FRUIT FLY by Leslie Jordan Emmy-winner and theatre favorite Leslie Jordan asks, “Do gay men become their mothers?”

Directed by David Galligan NEW YORK PREMIERE

Thursday, Sept. 20 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 7pm




 Carlo D'Amore



NO PAROLE by Carlo D’Amore From Peru to the streets of NY, the struggle between a con-artist Mother and her trusting son who tries to save her from her self-destructive habits of lying and stealing.

Directed by Colman Domingo

Sunday, Sept. 16 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 4:30pm



THE PURPOSE PROJECT: THAO’S LIBRARY by Elizabeth Van Meter Video and live performance combine to tell the story of a woman who finds meaning building a library in rural Vietnam.

Directed by Joe Ricci WORLD PREMIERE

Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 2pm & Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 7pm




Cindy Cheung 


SPEAK UP CONNIE by Cindy Cheung “Nice Chinese girl" Cindy learns to speak up - as an Asian American, an actor and a daughter in this ukulele musical.

Directed by BD Wong

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 2pm & Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 7pm



WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW by Alice Eve Cohen Alice has an emergency CAT scan for an abdominal tumor, but is stunned to learn the bulge in her belly is not a tumor at all - she is 6 months pregnant!

Directed by Elizabeth Margid WORLD PREMIERE

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 4:30pm & Friday, Sept. 28 @ 7pm




Debra Barsha 


A WOMB WITH A VIEW Award-winning composer Debra Barsha’s rollicking musical about a Lesbian couple’s quest for a baby

Directed by Frank Ventura

Sunday, September 16 @ 2pm & Friday, September 21 @ 7pm



YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?! by Mary Lou Shriber An original musical about an actress who never intended to be a nurse.

Directed by Joe Ricci

Wednesday, Sept. 19 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 2pm



The AFO Workshops, with a fee of $85 each, are:

Jump Starting Your Personal Narrative/Jennifer S. Jones

Wednesday, September 19 2:30-5:45pm



Tell Your Story: The Art of the Autobiographical Solo Show

Matt Hoverman Thursday, Sept 20 11am-2:15pm



Using Music in Your Solo Piece/Debra Barsha

Thursday, September 20 2:30-5:45pm



Tapping the Source: Creative Writing for Any Reason at All/Deb Margolin Friday, September 21 11am-2:15pm



Leslie Jordan



The Director/Performer Collaboration ($35.)/Leslie Jordan & David Galligan Friday, September 21 2:30-5:45pm




Alice Eve Cohen


Creating Characters From Your Life Stories/Alice Eve Cohen Thursday, September 27 11am-2:15pm



Writing for Solo Performance/Gretchen Cryer 


Thursday, September 27 2:30-5:45pm




 Joanna Rush


Making It Move: Using Movement in Your Solo Piece/Lynne Taylor-Corbett & Joanna Rush Friday, September 28 11am-2:15pm



Moment by Moment: Perfecting Your Solo Show/Nilaja Sun
Saturday, Sept. 15 11:30-1pm & Sunday, Sept. 16 11:30-1pm



The AFO Panels ($5 suggested donation) are:


Behind The Scenes of a Solo Show Sat., Sept. 22 @ 12 noon

Shannon Romines, Matt Hoverman, Cindy Cheung



Marketing your Solo Show Sun., Sept. 23 @ 12 noon
Gioia De Cari, Matt Hoverman, Rock Wilk



Festivals and You Saturday, September 29 @ 12 noon
Elena Holy,Paul Adams, Jennifer Conley Darling, Cheryl King



Producing and Contracting for your Solo show
Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12 noon

Peter Breger, Peter Ligeti, Jenni Wolfson


Michael Wolk is Executive Producer of the AFO Theatre Festival

Associate Producer Megan Kolb, and Town Square Productions as General Managers. The Advisory Board of the All for One Theater Festival includes: Daniel Beaty, Gretchen Cryer, Mike Daisey, Tovah Feldshuh, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Hoffman, Matt Hoverman, Leslie Jordan, John Leguizamo, Deb Margolin, Jackie Mason, Dael Orlandersmith, Eva Price, Mark Rylance, Patrick Stewart, Nilaja Sun, Lily Tomlin and BD Wong.



All performances, panel and workshops in the 2012 AFO Theater Festival will be at The CHERRY LANE THEATRE, 38 Commerce Street, NYC (west of 7th Avenue South, 3 blocks south of Christopher Street), and accessible via the A, B, C, D, F and M trains to West 4th Street or the #1 to Christopher Street. 


Off Broadway Photos By: Carol Rosegg

Monday, October 17, 2011

SCORSESE'S LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD

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THE WEB GOSSIP
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Martin Scorsese



HARI'S BACK -- I finally got the chance to watch the almost three-hour Martin Scorsese/HBO documentary on George Harrison called Living In The Material World. It aired two weeks back, I DVR'd it, but didn't have a chance to watch until this weekend. The early reviews were fairly good, but each one mentioned that much of the source material and photos had been seen before. Truth to told; the reviews were rather tepid. George was always my favorite Beatle; I'll admit I didn't particularly cotton to the whole Hare Krishna-thing (though I did give it some serious research back then), but, face it: he wrote some great songs; his 3-album All Things Must Pass opus still holds up some 30 years later; and, his Concert For Bangla Desh was the first-ever charity concert and set the template for subsequent events like that. That said, I'm happy to report that the entire production was just lovingly put together and was a real joy from start to finish. Part 1 is a bit slower in terms of the narrative and his growing up, and ends, interestingly enough, as Harrison composes and releases his real first masterpiece, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Part 2 picks up with some more terrific back-story and some never before seen videos from Harrison at home. The interviews, especially with Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Neil Aspinall and several members of the Monty Python troupe, including Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam, paint a fascinating portrait of Harrison as a man with conflicted ideals; sure he had millions, but he was also a man often given to the pleasures from those millions. Harrison himself says that he once chanted up to four hours while driving across Europe; and, McCartney says that he was a “man's man and enjoyed what men enjoyed.” Bassist Klaus Voorman, who actually lived at Harrison's home for years gives a very moving series of interviews. I was pleasantly surprised that his first wife, the former-model Patti Boyd, is interviewed and quite honesty too I must say, especially when Harrison's best friend Clapton bluntly announced his love for Patti; she was the inspiration for Clapton's brilliant song “Layla." My only criticism is the barely-there intel of Harrison's battles with managers Allen Klein, and later, Denis O'Brien. Omitting them is probably for the best, but to Harrison-intimates, they were crucial incidents in his life. There's also some great footage from his dalliance with The Traveling Wilburys; Harrison's last full-blown band with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and the late-Roy Orbison. I would have liked to have seen some more interviews, maybe Dylan or even Jeff Lynne. Their omissions are most odd. Also, the terrific concert that Clapton organized after George's death; called The Concert For George is not even mentioned; nor, any footage shown ... very odd indeed as it was a standout concert, with many of Harrison's friends (McCartney; Petty; Starr; and Lynne participating). Lennon's death sets the stage for Harrison’s downward spiral. Ringo Starr gives a positively riveting interview about George's last hours. It is spell-binding. Also, Olivia Harrison gives several brilliant interviews. I've met her (with Q104.3's Ken Dashow) and she is the perfect keeper of Harrison's memory. She is elegant, well-spoken, and somewhat saucy herself. She says she knew Harrison loved women and probably strayed once or twice … “People ask me how do you have a long marriage … you don't get divorced!” Harrison was lucky to have her. There are also several interviews with his son Dhani which are eerily captivating; as he looks exactly like his Father. The entire documentary is without a doubt the strongest thing Scorsese has done in this genre. It'll be out on DVD soon, do yourself a favor and check it out.


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Joshua Jackson



TV NOTES --- Our fave Fringe roared back to form with a rather, brilliant episode Friday night called Subject 9. This show, when everything is working, is just spot-on brilliant. Anna Torv and John Noble had some terrific moments together and proved yet again: If it ain't on the page; it ain't on the stage. Also, the character of Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), as predicted here, returned! Great TV … The much hoped for Charlie's Angels was canceled Friday. No great surprise, but TNT's Memphis Beat, which starred the wonderful Jason Lee was shuttered too. This is a real shame as it was a quirky, yet terrifically well written and well acted show; and, was produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. A real shame. Patrick Wilson’s somewhat derided A Gifted Man continues to impress. He's terrific and if you buy the premise, you buy the show. Still, J.J. Abrams Person Off Interest just may be the show to shine for this rather dismal-TV season. Terrific writing, captivating acting by Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel all works. Terrific show!


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Ali McGraw



MENGERS RIP --- Legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers died Saturday night at her Beverly Hills home after a series of small strokes. She was 81. Mengers was surrounded by her closest friends: Ali McGraw; Joanna Poitier and Boaty Boatwright. “Sue was unlike anyone I've ever met – a true original,” said Boatwright. “Her name became synonymous with women and what she helped us all accomplish, but her legend is really the vitality with which she lived life, and her wit, which will be celebrated in stories throughout our community for years to come.”


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Whoopi Goldberg



KIDS 4 KIDS-- The annual Kids 4 Kids event in lower Manhattan for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS (http://www.pedaids.org/) ( foundation is Saturday, November 4. Look for Micky Dolenz and Dayme to attend the event, as well as James Gandolfini; Julianne Moore; and, Whoopi Goldberg. Thanks to their Bob Yule for his efforts this year. We'll be there with a full report.


Photos By: RD/Kirkland/Dziekan/Walter McBride/Retna

Thursday, April 21, 2011

BROADWAY'S SISTER ACT OPENS TO THE STARS

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WALTER MCBRIDE
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Caesar Samayoa And Demond Green


Patina Miller


Victoria Clark


Fred Applegate


Jerry Zaks And Douglas Carter Beane


La La Vazquez


Jason Tam


Jessica Sutta


Bill And Cheri Steinkellner


Elizabeth Stanley


Whoopi Goldberg With Sly Stallone


Brooke Shields


Adam Riegler


S. Epatha Merkerson


Alan Menken With Chazz Palminteri


Aaron Lazar


Adam Lambert


Susan Haskell And Thorsten Kaye


Broadway Legend Irene Gandy With Freddie Jackson


Patti Murin With Curtis Holbrook


Grace Hightower And Whoopi Goldberg


Hunter Ryan Herdlicka


Barbara Walters With Whoopi Goldberg And Elisabeth Hasselbeck


Joy BeHar With Grace Hightower, Whoopi Goldberg And Mario Cantone


Sheldon Epps


Mario Cantone


J. Smith Cameron


Cady Huffman


Joy Behar


Lewis Flinn And Douglas Carter Beane



It was a star studded Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Sister Act' at the Broadway Theatre n New York City.



Based on the smash-hit film, SISTER ACT features an original score by 8-time Oscar® and 10-time Grammy Award® winner ALAN MENKEN (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Enchanted) and direction by 4-time Tony Award® winner JERRY ZAKS (La Cage aux Folles, A Funny Thing…, Guys and Dolls.)

Disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (Olivier Award nominee PATINA MILLER) has dreams of hitting the big time. But when she walks in on a "hit" of a different kind, the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look - a convent! At first, Deloris - disguised as "Sister Mary Clarence" - has trouble adjusting to life under the strict rule of Mother Superior (Tony Award winner VICTORIA CLARK). But when she transforms the convent's choir into the most glorious new musical act in town, Deloris forms a lasting bond with her newfound friends… and the gang that's chasing her finds itself up against an unstoppable team of soulful sisters!

Don't miss this spectacular and hilarious American premiere. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason for Broadway to rejoice! You can order tickets here....

Photos By:Walter McBride / WM Photography / Retna Ltd.