David Barton gyms shut down nearly all their gym’s overnight, with no warning and filed for bankruptcy. Clients were emailed last night, in the middle of the night to inform them that they were shutting down.The New York locations placed notices taped to the entrances. stating ‘This David Barton Gym has ceased operations due to competitive market conditions.” Employees and trainers were also taken by surprise and will not be having a good Christmas this year.
David Barton opened his first namesake gym in New York City 1992, and quickly gained a massive following. The entrance to each facility featured the gym’s slogan written in giant letters: “Look Better Naked.” Here clients cam to worship at the nightclub gym. For his first class at his first gym, Barton had drag artist and cabaret singer Joey Arias led an abs workout while dressed in a one-piece bathing suit from the 1930s.
Celebrities were a staple and Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian used the gym while filming Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami. Daniel Craig, Anderson Cooper, Marc Jacobs and Amanda Lepore were are all members.
Barton stepped away in 2013 and sold the rights to his name, opening the new gym TMPL on 49th Street.
Club Ventures, who now run the gyms, has yet to state why they shut the gyms down with no notice. Only the locations in Honolulu, Los Angeles and Las Vegas – will stay open.
T2C Sends Our Prayers to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lea Michele
Saturday, March 25, 2023
A Statement From Andrew Lloyd Webber
I am shattered to have to announce that my beloved elder son Nick died a few hours ago in Basingstoke Hospital. His whole family is gathered together and we are all totally bereft.
Thank you for all your thoughts during this difficult time.
The 75-year-old Oscar-winning composer son Nicholas followed in his father’s footsteps and was a successful composer in his own right, having written Fat Friends The Musical. He was married to musician Polly Wiltshire, who appeared on the soundtrack of his father’s 2019 movie Cats.
During his career, Nicholas also scored music for an adaption of The Little Prince as well as composing numerous TV and film scores, including for the BBC1 drama Loves, Lies, and Records.
Nicholas previously spoke about making his own way in the theatre world away from his famous family name in a 2011 unearthed interview.
He said he wanted to be ‘judged on his own merits’ so dropped his surname when working to see what the reaction would be.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.
Also on Saturday Lea Michele updated her fans on the status of her two-year-old’s health via her Instagram after he was hospitalized earlier this week. Her son Ever was in the hospital, but is now out due to a ‘scary health issue. She posted a picture backstage in her dressing room ahead of her Broadway performance in Funny Girl. Lea had been out to focus on her family.
“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for just so much love and support this week. I really really appreciated it”.
My View: It’s Today! It’s Tonight! Marilyn Maye Rehearses For Her New York Pops Carnegie Hall Debut
Sometimes you have to pinch yourself at the opportunities you are presented with. TODAY would be one of those. Or as Marilyn Maye might sing to you, “It’s Today.”
This afternoon I had the privilege of witnessing the 95 year old star, rehearsing on the stage of Carnegie Hall, under the baton of Maestro Steven Reineke, in front of the mighty New York Pops Orchestra. It all happens tonight and has been a lifetime in the making. As if The New York Times piece, bylined by Melissa Errico, wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for what is sure to be a historic evening, maybe these photos will help get you even more excited. Thank you to all who made this happen for me, to present to you….Humbly Yours, Stephen
My View: Someone Named Storm Caused Lots Of Excitement In New York City Last Night
Storm Large has made a name for herself from tours with Pink Martini to orchestral appearances at Carnegie Hall to the television stage of “America’s Got Talent.” But it is with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, that she grabs audiences. by the lapels and refuses to let go. Love, Storm her new show played 54 Below last night. It’s a playlist of songs by pop luminaries, rock goddesses, and Storm’s fiery originals. There might be someone in the news with a variation of her name currently causing some political excitement, but few entertainers can create the musical excitement that exists in a Storm Large performance.
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