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Artists in Residence Songs Dealing With These Times: Jay Armstrong Johnson



Jay Armstrong Johnson starred on Broadway as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, joining the record-breaking phenomenon for its 30th anniversary year. Immediately following, Jay originated the role of lovable loner (and stoner) Banko in Roundabout Theatre Company’s world premiere of Scotland, PA. Jay received critical acclaim and nominations from both the Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. Jay was the recipient of a 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award Honor for his performance. Jay has appeared in five Broadway shows, making his debut in the original company of the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair, in which he understudied the leading role of Claude. Catch Me if You Can, Hands on a Hardbody, and the celebrated revival of On the Town. For his star turn as Chip Jay was nominations for the Astaire & Clive Barnes Award. Jay is the recipient of a Drama Desk Award.

Known to audiences worldwide as eccentric genius hacker Will Olsen on ABC’s Quantico. He appeared opposite Priyanka Chopra in all three seasons of the show’s run.

Jay has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, New York City Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. At Lincoln Center, he starred opposite Emma Thompson, Bryn Terfel, and Audra McDonald in Sweeney Todd, directed by Lonny Price. The New York Philharmonic production was recorded for Live from Lincoln Center on PBS. Jay starred as the title role in New York City Opera’s Candide, under the direction of the legendary Hal Prince.

Jay’s debut album, Jay Armstrong Johnson — LIVE at Feinstein’s / 54 Below, is available on Spotify, iTunes, and

For Artists In Residence, a collection of brand-new songs written and performed by members of the theatre community (all from their homes) Jay interpreted not one but two songs. On “Rooftop Girl” written by the album’s conceiver Andrew Gerle, Jay brings a joyous moment in the midst of Covid. Ryan Scott Oliver’s “What a Thought” not only appears on Artists In Residence, but also Oliver’s new album Future Demons.

Amanda Williams Ware, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Allison Robinson Roberto Araujo

Speaking of demons Jay is reviving I Put A Spell On You: The Return of the Sanderson Sisters this Halloween.  The free stream, set for October 29, will rally for donations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Video by Magda Katz

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


The Glorious Corner



ELTON: NEVER TOO LATE — (Via NME) Elton John: Never Too Late will show John’s journey through the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which began in 2018 and wrapped up in Stockholm last July. It was the first-ever concert tour to earn over $900 million (£708 million) in gross ticket sales, making it the highest grossing concert tour of all time.

According to  Music News, the documentary will also “pull the back the curtain” on the superstar’s life, featuring “never-before-seen concert footage of him over the past 50 years, as well as hand-written journals and present-day footage of him and his family”

Some of the footage taken from the farewell tour was filmed at his final US performance at the Dodger Stadium in November 2022. The concert was live-streamed by Disney+ and subsequently issued on the streaming platform as Elton John Live: farewell from Dodger Stadium.

Elton John: Never Too Late is jointly directed by R.J. Cutler and David Furnish, John’s husband. The film will screen at the festival sometime in September, with a Disney+ release scheduled for a later date.

At John’s final date in Stockholm, he told the crowd: “Fifty years of pure joy playing music… how lucky am I? I wouldn’t be sitting here… it wasn’t for you. You bought the singles, the CDs, the albums, the cassettes… [and] more importantly, you bought the tickets to the shows. You know how much I love to play live. It’s been my lifeblood to play for you guys. You’ve been absolutely magnificent.”

Meanwhile, John is not done releasing new music just yet. In May, his friend and co-writer Bernie Taupin revealed that John’s 32nd studio album is “all done and recorded.”  “I think it’s quite brilliant and quite contemporary and it will certainly surprise a lot of people and excite a lot of people and hopefully be successful,” Taupin teases. A book covering his farewell tour, authored by John himself, is also due to publish in September.

THE KID AND I — A good portion of my middle-industry career was taken up by the band Kid Creole & The Coconuts.

Seymour Stein.

They were originally on the upstart ZE Records and were later navigated over to Sire Records by the infamous Seymour Stein. Stein had talent for sure and a knowing nose for the business – he worked for Billboard eons ago. He also signed Madonna with the help of DJ- Mark Kamins. The Kid and company – released several LPs, including the brilliant TropicalGangsters, but even Stein (and Sire PR-gal Audrey Strahl)) couldn’t move the needle for them domestically. In Europe, however, they simply exploded racking up one hit after another. and appearing at type-A events like the Prince’s Trust.  Prince even wrote a song for them called “Just For The Sex Of It.”

They had a great run (Tommy Mottola even managed them for a while; then Ron Rainey) then it all sort of stopped. After a decade away, Kid Creole & The Coconuts seems to have re-appeared with Eve Tudor-Jones at the helm as manager. Here’s a fantastic review (certainly from a committed fan) of their comeback performance:

 ZE Records’ Deb Caponetta said it best: Would love to see just one more KC show!”


SHORT TAKES — One man’s poison is another man’s pleasure! The New York Posts’ Steve Cuozzo sort of tipped-the-scales the other way about NY’s beloved Neary’s closing after opening in 1967 (57 years!). Take a read  …


SIGHTING: PR-pasha David Salidor at NYC’s Gupshup celebrating his wedding anniversray! … Hard to believe the West Bank Cafe (closing soon) opened in 1978 …

Carlos Santana

What an odd interview with Carlos Santana and  NBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart.  Jose looked liked he was auditioning for something. He also looked somewhat unprepared; never a good move for a journalist. There’s no denying Carlos Santana’s influence, but this was an odd take for sure. Watch it here: …Micky Dolenz/Buddy Holly? Stay tuned … Old-pirate Dave Mason slogging his book (Only You Know and I Know) signed for $44.95 – with a free CD thrown in.  Wow. He must feel his story is extra-extra special … GUESS WHO DON’T SUE: What 80’s performer, coming to NYC shortly, said no to a former inside team-player request for tickets. Odd, since they successfully guided her through her first two albums. Loyalty again, is a tough play in the music-biz these days. Sad for sure! … RIP Don Buchwald; Happy BDay Buddy Casimano!

 NAMES IN THE NEWS — Harry Burton; Andy Skurow; Nancy Ruth; Teresa Knox; Carson Daly; Elizabeth Taylor; Jane Blunkell; Buddy Holly; Steve Earle; Tony King; Coati Mundi; Peter Schott; Carol Coleman; Winston Grennen; Deb Caponetta; Melissa Davis; Ed Steinberg; Cory Robbins; Rupert Holmes; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Race Taylor; Joe Nolan; William Schill; and ZIGGY!

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From Gucci to Dolce and Gabbana: A Look at Miley Cyrus’ Brand Legacy




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As a pop culture fixture, Miley Cyrus has transcended the confines of traditional celebrity status to carve out a lasting legacy extending past her music and acting career. From her early days as a child star to her provocative reinvention as a boundary-pushing artist, Cyrus has continually defied expectations and redefined what it means to be a cultural force. For instance, in 2023, her singlebecame the most-streamed song in a single week on Spotify, garnering over 100 million streams.

However, perhaps more impactful than her music and on-screen personas is Cyrus’ brand legacy, comprised of elements of rebellion, authenticity, and empowerment. Below, we’ll take a closer look at the brands Cyrus has worked with and how these collaborations have helped cement her status as one of the most influential pop stars in the world.

Miley Cyrus, the versatile entertainer who first captured our hearts as the lead in Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana, has spent the years after her stint on the show on a dynamic and sometimes controversial journey. Moving beyond her initial role as a teen idol, Cyrus has transformed into an artist, musician, and cultural provocateur. Her departure from Disney marked a significant shift in her career, as she embraced a more rebellious persona, often making headlines with her daring performances.

Now in her 30s, Cyrus has proven her mettle as a musician. The same year that Flowers shattered records, Cyrus was featured in her godmother Dolly Parton’s album titled Rockstar for a rock re-recording of Cyrus’ 2013 single, Wrecking Ball. Then, in 2024, Cyrus received six nominations at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, winning Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for Flowers.

An undeniable fashion icon

Aside from her chart-topping hits, Cyrus has also made waves in the fashion industry, capturing the attention of audiences worldwide with her avant-garde style choices. On the red carpet, Cyrus often blends elements of rock ‘n’ roll, vintage glam, and streetwear, creating a signature aesthetic that is uniquely her own. Among the many designers she’s worked with is Marc Jacobs, who’s been a close friend and collaborator of the pop star. In 2014, their friendship resulted in Cyrus becoming the face of Marc Jacobs’ spring/summer campaign, where she modeled dark and edgy pieces from the designer’s ready-to-wear collection.

Since then, Cyrus has been tapped by many more designer brands. Most recently, she was announced as the star of Dolce and Gabbana’s spring/summer 2024 eyewear campaign. From oversized acetate sunglasses to crystal-embellished cat-eye models, Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses are the ultimate embodiment of luxury and craftsmanship. Released on March 6th, the collection is available on Sunglass Hut and select retailers. In addition to being the face of the campaign, Cyrus also created the soundtrack for the advert, penning a song titled Heart.

The partnership with Dolce and Gabbana is only the latest in a line-up of partnerships with esteemed brands. In 2023, Cyrus was chosen to front a Gucci fragrance launch, Flora Gorgeous Magnolia. Her collaborations with these powerhouses have resulted in captivating campaigns that blur the lines between high fashion and street culture, showcasing Cyrus’ ability to embody diverse aesthetics with ease.

As Miley Cyrus continues to evolve as a cultural phenomenon, her indelible mark on the fashion world is unquestionable. From her daring red carpet looks to her groundbreaking partnerships with iconic labels, Cyrus has solidified her status as a superstar. With her fearless approach to style and unwavering commitment to self-expression, she has inspired countless individuals to embrace their authenticity and continue to push boundaries.

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The Heart of Rock and Roll’s Huey Lewis Gets His Portrait On Sardi’s Wall



Huey Lewis had the honor of being placed on the Sardi’s Walls of Broadway fame with his portrait at an unveiling by Max Klimavicius, owner of Sardi’s.

Huey Lewis Photos by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Max Klimavicius – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Max Klimavicius – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey was represented on Broadway this season with the musical Huey Lewis  but he also made his Broadaway acting debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2005 where the iconic Grammy Award wining rocker fell in love with the Broadway community.

Huey Lewis, Mike Baerga – Photo by Tricia Baron

Jonathan A. Abrams, Brian Usifer, Hunter Arnold, Huey Lewis – Photo by Tricia Baron

Brian Usifer, Huey Lewis – Photo by Tricia Baron

Many of The Heart of Rock and Roll’s creative and cast came out to congratulate him!

Lorin Latarro, Brian Usifer – Photo by Tricia Baron

Mike Baerga, Robin Masella, Huey Lewis, Autumn Guzzardi – Photo by Tricia Baron

Kayla Greenspan, Jonathan A. Abrams, Hunter Arnold – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Tamika Lawrence – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Ross Lekites – Photo by Tricia Baron

F. Michael Haynie, Huey Lewis – Photo by Tricia Baron

Autumn Guzzardi, Taylor Marie Daniel, Josh Breckenridge, Michael Olaribigbe – Photo by Tricia Baron

The Company of The Heart of Rock and Roll – Photo by Tricia Baron

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Madonna; Jellybean and David Salidor

MADONNA’S BACK — (via Deadline) Madonna is teasing she is back working on her biopic and is titling it Who’s That Girl.

The singer shared a social media post where she is seen with a typewriter and making edits to a movie script.

“I Need A-lot of Bandz to make this………..OKAY. (Story of my life),” she captioned the post on Instagram.

In one of the pictures from the slideshow Madonna teased, you see a line drawn across the title M Untitled. The new title of the biopic is Who’s That Girl, a nod to Madonna’s 1987 film and song of the same name.

The script is noted as being “Rewritten by Madonna and ECW.”

News of Madonna working on her biopic comes almost a year and a half after the project was paused indefinitely. In January 2023, it was reported that the film at Universal Pictures had been scrapped.

Madonna was set to direct the film about her life and career, penning the script with Diablo Cody and Erin Cressida Wilson. Julia Garner had been chosen by the Queen of Pop herself to star in the film after proving to be a standout in a singing and dancing boot camp.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Garner is still attached to star in the film now called Who’s That Girl.

Following the biopic getting put on pause, Madonna suffered a “serious bacterial infection: in June 2023, which made her postpone her Celebration Tour. After recovering from health complications, Madonna embarked on her tour in October 2023 with stops in cities like London, Paris, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, San Francisco, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and many more.

Having lived through Madonna’s hey-day (and survived) I will admit it’s quite the story: From Patrick Hernandez to 610 Broome Street, Jellybean, Shep, PR-man David Salidor, MTV, Mark Kamins, Preston Powell and Seymour Stein and Warren Beatty too, I wonder just how forthcoming she’ll be. To me, the truth is, those early days were simply astounding and do make a terrific story, but that said, they’ve have to be told honestly and a accurately.

Julia Garner would be great, though I wonder again, what exactly was involved in Madonna’s so-called boot camp? Madonna can be, somewhat demanding!

BIDEN OUT — I knew it was a forgone conclusion after that first (and last debate with Trump) but Biden is officially out; with Kamala Harris eyed as the new choice. Biden did, btw, endorse her, though as of this writing she has not been formally nominated.

Topsy-turvy? Yes. More to come? I’m sure. Stay tuned.

Amos Lee

SHORT TAKES — Amos Lee was terrifically impressive on CBS’ Saturday Sessions this weekend. Stellar in fact.

Adrian Niles

Reminded us of Adrian Niles from years ago … After a seemingly endless heat wave in NYC, I heard one of the weather-heads describe the break in the heat as borderline comfortableGuess Who Don’t Sue: What enterprising director had a red-hot doc ready to go on a iconic superstar, but he let his reps go fingering he could do it with his own mojo? He couldn’t and the deal fell through …

Steven J. Immerman

Brad Balfour interviewed Steven J. Immerman on his In Search Of Pleasure Island tome for the Irish Examiner. Check it out here:

We watched Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks with Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. Coppola’s Lost In Translation (2003) is perhaps my all-time favorite film. This was a different, lighter path, but we definitely give it a thumbs up. Murray, as usual, was terrific …

Katy Perry

I’m a bit bothered by all this media-backlash about Katy Perry and her comeback single “Women’s World.” There were disturbing items about it in both SHOWBIZ 411 ( and the Daily Mail (; citing everything from Dr. Luke’s involvement to a hideous video for the song. It all seems a bit unwarranted. It may not be “Firework,”  but not totally a disaster. Check it out: … And, great quote from Peter Frampton on the passing of Bob Newhart: We were friends and when I took him to lunch, it was the Four Seasons. when he took me to lunch, it was some place else. It was the accountant in him.” Much-missed and thank you Bob! for all the laughs.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Andrew Sandoval; Bob Merlis; Roy Trakin; Roger Grimsby; Bill Beutel; Spike Jonze; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent & Laura Denmark; Susan Storm; Geraldo Rivera; Rosanna Scotto; Paul Mescal; Paul Undersinger; Harrison Jordon; Jordon Gray; Lori Immerman; Vinny Rich; Scott Stark; Don Wardell; Marsha Stern; Billy Smith; Robert Funaro; and CHIP!

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes



Patti Lupone is on a roll. Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes will be released digitally on July 19, and on CD on August 30, from Center Stage Records. Her first new studio album since 2006, the Grammy Award winner’s new double album can be pre-ordered now at Amazon and, and the digital album can be pre-saved at

Never say never, LuPone also returns to Broadway in The Roommate  this fall. It’s been more than two years since LuPone tweeted “Quite a week on Broadway, seeing my name being bandied about. Gave up my Equity card; no longer part of that circus. Figure it out.”

The three-time Tony Award winner will star opposite none other than Mia Farrow in Jen Silverman’s new play “The Roommate,” directed by Jack O’Brien (“Shucked”). The Roommate will begin previews at the Booth Theatre on 45th Street in late August and then open in mid-September.

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