Thursday, January 14, 2016

Jack Jones, Faye Dunaway, Holland Taylor...and MORE!

With Jack Jones (and Patty Farmer) when he appeared at Feinstein's NY June 2012
If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing the world.
- John Stuart Mill, English philosopher (1806-1873)

Happy Thursday, January 14th, 2016!
Brian Bedford
As I sat down this afternoon to write this blog, Ella Fitzgerald was singing in the background, Don't Fence Me In. That's good enough for me. I begin this blog with two more great losses to the entertainment world and beyond. Very sad to hear of the death of Brian Bedford, a fine actor of the old school and a great fan of the theater.
Brian Bedford, the British-born actor, reared in working-class misery, who became a stellar portrayer of the princes, kings, fops and faded aristocrats of Shakespeare, Molière and Chekhov, died on Wednesday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 80. Watch this Video (Courtesy of TheatreMania on YouTube) Drama Desk Award nominee Brian Bedford discusses directing and starring in Broadway's The Importance of Being Earnest. Rest in Peace, Mr. Bedford.
Thanks for the gifts you have given to the world. Thanks for the memories.
Alan Rickman has also passed on.
Rest in Peace, Alan Rickman


On a cheerier note, today is Carole Cooke, Faye Dunaway, Jack Jones, and Holland Taylor's Birthday !  I have been a fan of all for as long as I can remember.

After broadcasting live theatrical productions of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz, NBC has confirmed its next musical pick. HAIRSPRAY!

Pictured: (l-r) Jessica Molaskey as Sister Berthe, Audra McDonald as Mother Abess, Christiane Noll as Sister Margaretta -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)


My Recommendations
TONIGHT IN NYC:
Tonight at the Carlyle! Tommy Tune
Cover Charge:
Tuesday to Thursday
General Seating | USD70 per person
Bar Seating | USD50 plus USD25 food and beverage minimum
Premium Seating | USD120
Friday, Saturday
General Seating | USD80 per person
Bar Seating | USD60 plus a USD25 food and beverage minimum
Premium Seating | USD130 Food and beverage minimum to 8:45 p.m. shows for General and Premium Seating | USD75

Tomorrow night, I will be going to the Metropolitan Room to see Ed Asner in A Man and His Prostate!
Created and Written by Award Winning Ed Weinberger

7-Time Emmy Award winning actor Edward Asner*   (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)  Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist Edward Asner.  Perhaps best known for his comedic and dramatic crossover as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV news room comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show and continued in the newspaper-set drama Lou Grant, which earned him five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards.  Asner received two more Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots.  His prolific and much honored acting career demonstrates a consummate ability to transcend the line between comedy and drama.  One of the most honored actors in the history of television; Edward Asner has been the recipient
of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, as well as five Golden Globe Awards and served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms.  He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996.  Asner received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000, presented periodically for distinguished service to the Guild's Hollywood membership.  In March 2002, he was again honored by The Guild as the 38th recipient of the prestigious Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession.
Asner has more than 100 TV credits, which include starring in the series Off  the Rack, The Bronx Zoo and Thunder Alley.  Numerous guest appearances include roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Arliss, The Practice and a recurring role on Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip and also guest starred in the NBC telefilm Buddy The Elf, and guest starred on the CBS series, The Good Wife and the Hallmark telefilm All of My Heart. Besides commercials and numerous books on tape, he has lent his voice to popular cartoon shows such as The Simpsons, Spiderman and Boondocks.  Asner's dozens of motion pictures include They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, Fort Apache the Bronx, JFK, and the European production of Giovanni XXIII - the highest rated television mini-series in the history of Italian TV as well as the box office hit, Elf with Will Farrell and James Caan.  Asner has done several Hallmark movies and was nominated for another Emmy for The Christmas Card.  Most recently he co-starred in the feature film Gigantic with John Goodman, Zooey Deschanel and Jane Alexander; as well as previously his Emmy nominated guest appearance on CSI/NY.
 (*) Member of Actor’s Equity Association

"Come Dance With Us".. Or just sit back and listen to
Jerry Costanzo And His Swing Orchestra.. Vocalist and Bandleader Jerry Costanzo, has been Wowing connoisseur's of Jazz, Swing and the Great American Songbook since hitting the scene in 1995. Steeped in the tradition of the great Big Bands, Jerry and his swinging pals pay tribute to the Kings Of Swing themselves.
Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Crooners like Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole and others. Jerry's 8-piece ensemble, consisting of 5 Smoking horns and 3 Driving rhythm will set the stage and carry dancers and listeners back to an era when this sultry and swingin' music was the "Pop Of The Day"

It was great to hear from my pal, Paul J. Williams today. We were both nominated for MAC Awards in 2000. Still working for RSVP Vacations on the entertainment staff. Upcoming cruise in February to Caribbean. Most of his work now is focused solely on his "altar ego" Sister Helen Holy.He is doing Helen's show, "The 701 Club" in Ft. Lauderdale on January 30. Back in November, he opened for Leslie Jordan at the Majestic Theater  in Dallas. Will be doing a play in Dallas in April.  

Bernie Furshpan and his father (photo courtesy: Maryann Lopinto)
Kudos to Bernie Furshpan on the celebration of his father earlier this week at the Metropolitan Room. Due to a scheduling conflict I was unable to be there but I hear great things about the evening.  

Record store does something lovely to honor David Bowie.

Congratulations to Rick McKay on the followup to Broadway: The Golden Age! I cannot wait until it comes to New York!  

Have you noticed the nostalgia craze on TV? Johnny Carson and Doris Day are back on TV! Here they are together

Thank to ALL that are mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give! 

Make 2016 the year of YES!

With grateful XOXOXs ,
 



 

Check out my site celebrating the legacy of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!
Happy Birthday, Carole Cook! Read my blog about Carole being Australia's ORIGINAL Dolly Levi!

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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!   
        
Happy Birthday, Jack Jones! Read more on Patty Farmer's Site.

Here's wishing all those nominated for Oscars today MUCH SUCCESS!

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Happy Birthday, Faye Dunaway (Holding her 1977 Oscar for Network)

Keeping Entertainment LIVE!
 
TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED DAY






February 13th, Peter Filichia in conversation with Richard Skipper at American Popular Song Society 

with Musical Director Michael Lavine
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