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Bette Midler, Garry Marshall, Sophie von Haselberg

Bette Midler, Garry Marshall, Sophie von Haselberg

Garry Marshall produced some of the most popular television shows in the 1970s, including, Happy Days and Mork and Mindy. He also directed the films: Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Beaches, The Princess Diaries, and so many more.

Marshall majored in journalism at Northwestern University and served a stint in the army before becoming a reporter for the New York Daily News. With writer Jerry Belson, he wrote episodes for The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. In 1970, Marshall produced the sit-com The Odd Couple, based on a popular Neil Simon play, starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. He reached the height of his career as a television producer during the 1970s with such hits as Laverne and Shirley (a Happy Days spin-off starring his sister, Penny Marshall).

Marshall turned his talents toward the big screen in 1968 when he co-produced and co-wrote his first film, How Sweet It Is! He made his directorial feature film debut in 1982 with Young Doctors in Love. Marshall’s films enjoyed box office success, such as the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell comedy, Overboard and the Bette Midler/Barbara Hershey drama Beaches. Marshall tried his hand at a serious drama with Frankie and Johnny (1991), starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

As an actor Marshall has also appeared in films and television shows. During the mid-1990s, many TV audiences came to recognize him for playing Candice Bergen’s ratings-crazy boss, Stan Lansing, on Murphy Brown.

Marshall has received the David Susskind Television Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 and the American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1990. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.

Recently, Mr. Marshall braved the chilly New York weather and directed Billy & Ray at the Vineyard Theatre.

T2C: What made you want to take on Billy & Ray the first time in LA and now in NY?

Garry Marshall: My daughter, Kathleen is the assistant director of the Falcon Theater, which I own in Los Angeles. I always do comedies and my daughter wanted me to do something out of the box. I had a wonderful time and the show was picked up for New York at the Vineyard, and I went with it. I had admired Some Like It Hot, but had never seen Double Indemnity. I enjoyed it very much. Wilder knew how to shoot things and be under the nose just like I do. I liked the play a lot

T2C: Were you a fan of film noir before the play?

GM: Not really, I had never seen it. It was the right time in my life. The weather was not too hot or cold. I grew up in the Bronx and in college I froze. Then Korea. On the set of New Year’s Eve I contracted walking pneumonia. After that I was done with the cold. On any film I work on the set must be set in warm weather. It’s in my all my contracts.

T2C: You have an eye for seeing people before they become stars. In Billy & Ray you use Bette Midler’s daughter Sophie von Haselberg. Is she your newest find? She is quite good.

GM:  Yes, my newest find. I saw her do a workshop at the Falcon and the Vineyard people liked her. She did Beaches for me. She has a major part in the play. She has a future and I hope I’m a part of it.

T2C: What people are you the most thrilled to have nurtured and brought to stardom?

GM:  My sister Penny, because it made my mother happy. It was good for the whole family. I will also add Robin Williams and was quite sad to have him rise to the top and never really be able to handle it. I was never so sad personally. When I take people under my wing, I take responsibility for their personal life as well.

Gary Marshall, Julia Roberts

Gary Marshall, Julia Roberts

T2C: Can you talk a little about Pretty Woman, the musical?

GM:  Very excited about that. Finally, I got the team to make-up and Disney is behind it, but not adding their name. Paula Wagner, the original writer, is working on it as well. There is a reading at the Falcon and another reading in April. It’s about another year away.

T2C:  You’ve worked with all the greats in comedy, who were your favorites and why?

GM:  Robin Williams because he could do everything and was always ready. My sister, Anne Hathaway, Chris Pine, Henry Winkler and Julia Roberts. Joey Bishop because he brought me to Hollywood and got me involved in the Rat Pack. Oh I can’t forget Carl Reiner.

T2C: They say that comedy comes from tragedy, where does your humor come from?

GM: Mostly from sadness, I had a wonderful childhood, but I was always sick and everyone else was out playing. I was in my bed. I listened to Jack Benny instead. At North Western, I was the sports editor. When your team is always 1-11 you start to write humor. Also in Korea you had to make comedy out of it and it becomes fun. I was allergic to everything and still am.

T2C: Is there a show you would you like to do either as an actor or as a director?

GM:  I direct my own shows, but I’d like to play Betty White’s boyfriend in Hot in Cleveland and I would say Two and Half Men, but I did it.

T2C: Comedy, TV, film, theatre, writing, acting, directing you’ve done it all. What gives you the most fulfillment?

GM:  Writing, because all the rest comes from that. The show Hey Landlord was my first. I’m not afraid of anything. I will fix the script, no credit needed. I am a script nurse.

T2C: What is the one thing you would like our readers to know about you?

GM:  That I have a new knee and I am back to playing softball. You can still play with a new knee and you should kept active. I can still pitch.

Mr. Marshall, turned 80 on November 13th. Happy Belated Birthday!

Billy & Ray: Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15th St. closes November 23rd.

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: suzanna@t2conline.com

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TRAINOR’S TODAY — She first hit the airwaves a decade ago with “All About That Bass” and has managed to remain a headliner since. A new album Timeless dropped Friday and though she was pretty great on the Today Show; she’s certainly not in the same atmosphere as Beyonce or Cardi B or Janelle Monae. Why? Her performance on Today was without a band; with backing tracks; and six dancers. Corny? Perhaps.

Her whole allure seems to be somewhere on the Peggy Lee-spectrum, which if memory serves, was cute, but a tad boring.

As to her backing tracks, veteran PR-man David Salidor (who has worked with everyone from Madonna to Debbie Gibson) says, “It’s ironic, because if an artist used backing tracks in the 80’s, it was widely criticized and looked down upon. I think the audiences today don’t really care and it’s a shame because there’s a real artistry in having a band, Sadly, these audiences are missing that and they don’t even know it. I bet if they knew what they were missing, they’d demand it.

MORE BEACH BOYS — No doubt about it, this Disney doc has ignited opinions both pro and con.

The Brian Wilson-fans said since Brian couldn’t really be interviewed, the opinions were somewhat one sided, while fans of The Beach Boys loved it. Variety’s Roy Trakin perhaps said it best: Survivors get to tell the story. This is more hagiography and tribute than biopic but the music saves it. Beach Boys 101. Nothing new to see here. But it did look good in IMAX.

The last hour was quickly wrapping up all the pieces – perhaps a tad too quickly. Love’ s suit against Brian claimed to be about the publishing rights, which father-Murray sold years ago for peanuts, figuring they’d never be worth anything.

Dennis Wilson

“Kokomo” which was a big hit isn’t spoken about at all, instead used as a closing theme. and, Dennis’ death hardly mentioned. Pacific Ocean Blue not mentioned either.

As with most of these docs .. they leave you wanting more … and I did with this one.

Benny Harrison

SHORT TAKES — What ever chapped to Benny Harrison’s Back To Front series. This was to be a show featuring the backing musicians and studios that go into making a show. Great idea but apparently Harrison couldn’t find the right producers. There’s another show very similar out right (featuring The Power Station studio now owned by Berklee) now and that probably didn’t help … Eminem and Jellyroll dueted on “Sing For The Moment” for this week’s Detroit-concert. celebrating the re-opening of Michigan Central Station. They sounded great together. Also, there Diana Ross; Melissa Etheridge and Jack White …

New Eels album out- titled Eels Time ... Carol Klenfner was married to industry magnet Michael Klenfner. Here’s what she’s up to now: https://w42st.com/post/carol-klenfner-west-side-story-ping-pong/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR2qx06-OGVRqdQ-Uq_5Vban37FBUlmbINGjXI45lSRt2yDropCNpBIg9lU_aem_AUwj8G9hZ961orkpaRbod2lsomw3aHTWWS6h7ymamZxSKBXHozIvFkracqZg2NLQ4eHi-c_jC7H7zc6Pl1u0kRaL

Cheap Trick/John Lennon

Did you ever take a look at the John Lennon video with Cheap Trick doing his “I’m Losing You?” It was producer Jack Douglas’ idea. Brilliant if you ask me. Take a look: https://www.loudersound.com/features/cheap-trick-rick-nielsen-john-lennon-double-fantasy

… Great Neil Finn tale of how he joined Fleetwood Mac in Mojo:https://www.mojo4music.com/articles/stories/neil-finn-on-joining-fleetwood-mac/HBO/MAXjust canceled Toyko Vice after 2 seasons. I loved it … Happy Bday London Records’ John Boulos!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Ed Steinberg; Vinny Rich; Adrian Niles; Anni Bella; Nicole Nirvana; Lucy Woodward; Robert Miller; Alan Rothstein; Kneecap; Tony King; Jane Ayer; Pete Gidion; Ray Free; Ron Alexenburg; Herbie Rosen; Juggy Gayles; Jerry Lembo; Wayne Rosso; Tone Scott; Dan Zelinski; and ZIGGY!

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It’s been a busy April. Spring has sprung into action and we love this starry sightings this season.

Kendall Jenner and Emma Chamberlain JUST dropped their limited-edition Emma & Kendall’s Espresso Martini Kit. It features Chamberlain’s NEW Limited-Edition Candied Pecan Cold Brew Singles (inspired by the flavors of 818 Tequila Reposado) and comes complete with a cocktail shaker and martini glass.

Espresso Martini Kit ($72) can be purchased on chamberlaincoffee.com or gopuff.com. Plus, the cold brew singles and 818 Tequila Reposado are also available for purchase bundled on Gopuff in participating cities.

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – APRIL 23: Livvy Dunne, “Sports Illustrated” model and first-time LSU NCAA National Champ celebrates historic victory at Raising Cane’s on April 23, 2024 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Raising Cane’s)

LSU gymnast and social media sensation Livvy Dunne celebrated with teammates at Raising Cane’s in Baton Rouge following program-first NCAA championship win

 

(Photo courtesy, Slaven Vlasic/WireImage)

Nick Barrotta from Tyler Perry’s :The Oval” joined his friend Tyler Cameron at the NYC launch for Cameron’s series “Going Home with Tyler Cameron.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LSU gymnast and social media sensation Livvy Dunne celebrated with teammates at Raising Cane’s in Baton Rouge following program-first NCAA championship win

 

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THE WRIGHT STUFF — I was, and am, a huge Gary Wright fan. From Spooky Tooth to Wonderwheel to his terrific work with George Harrison and his solo work, he was always strikingly memorable. I well remember his appearance on the Dick Cavett Show in 1972, where after Cavett interviewed George Harrison, he introduced Wonderwheel, with Gary Wright and Mick Jones and Harrison himself on guitar.

They performed “Two Faced Man” from his solo album Footprint and it was very excellent.  Here’s the clip:


For those who don’t recall, Dick Cavett was a terrific chat-show host and always had somewhat controversial guests on and music personalities like Harrison, John Lennon and David Bowie. Part-Letterman, part-Carson, he was terrific and is much missed.Gary Wright began with the Brit-band Spooky Tooth and enjoyed some success as well as a close relationship with Island Records Chris Blackwell kept him at the forefront of music. As Wright said, he was invited to play on Harrison’s All Things Must Pass album by Klaus Voorman and once there, had some difficulty following Harrison’s complex music. When producer Phil Spector shouted out, who’s not playing the right notes … Wright admitted it was him, Harrison went over and said to take his time. They became lifelong friends. He played on every subsequent Harrison album.

Wright’s career took off with the release of his solo album The Dream Weaver in 1975 and the single “Love Is Alive,” which to me is one of the greatest pop records ever. The bass-synth of that song is just riveting and holds up today as good as ever. The album reportedly was the first-ever to feature all keyboard-work. I read where Wright himself played all the bass-synth parts.

Numerous performances followed and Wright is well remembered for playing the Keytar – a portable keyboard, strapped on which allowed him to move about onstage.

Albums and tours followed, most notably with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. Truly a legend. RIP Gary!

Here’s a great tribute from Variety on Wright: https://variety.com/2023/music/news/gary-wright-dead-dream-weaver-1235713097/?fbclid=IwAR1g1z3mzrOP7QxFACbSQqYNOt_D6NirjlhtgYAdsAFaElCeS0O14sUP2po

SHORT TAKES — As we’ve mentioned, big news coming next week on the launch of celebrity-scribe Mark Bego’s 68th book, Joe Cocker: With a Lot of Help From His Friends via Yorkshire Publishing. Stay tuned …

Chloe Melas

Chloe Melas – the Today’s Show new entertainment correspondent is good, but an odd choice. She certainly has the button-down look nailed, but as an entertainment writer for years, I was never ever aware of her. Definitely more Jenna Bush Hagar for sure. Carson Daly was on with her -for the first time- Tuesday and they made for an odd pair. Good luck …

Micky Dolenz and Ian McDiarmid

Here’s Micky Dolenz with Stars Wars Ian McDiarmid at last weekend’s Fanboy Expoin Orlando …

Ken Costner

I’ve spoken repeatedly about my admiration for Yellowstone; sure, it’s Dallas-updated, but that’s a good thing. Kevin Costner broke his silence on what’s happening on the show in the Hollywood Reporter. Take a look here: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/kevin-costner-yellowstone-7-seasons-1235580306/ I’ll say one thing: Taylor Sheridan is right about once the lawyers get involved, it gets crazy.

Rolling Stones

Stay tuned … Wednesday’s Rolling Stones album launch (Hackney Diamonds) with Jimmy Fallon was pretty cool. Mick, Keith and Ronnie talked for a half-four with Fallon, from London, and introduced the new video (directed by Francois Rousselet) for their single “Angry” which features actress Sydney Sweeney undulating in a car on Sunset Blvd. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mEC54eTuGw  … The threesome looked great and were funny for sure. Their first album of new material in 18 years! Simply amazing. Guests on the album include Lady Gaga; Stevie Wonder; and Paul McCartney. The Stones are in a  class all by themselves. Bravo … Looks like that long-awaited memoir from Dave Mason (Only You Know and I Know) won’t now arrive till 2024. Geeze, this book has been in the making for years … New York Governor Kathy Hochul paid a brief, but surprise visit to striking writers and actors outside Netflix offices Wednesday saying “You’re fighting the right fight” … Happy Bday Nancy Jeffries and Henry Diltz!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Roy Trakin; Roger Friedman; Andrew Sandoval; Glenn Gretlund; Bruce Haring; Jane Berk; Mark Bego; Kent and Laura Denmark; Kent and Laura Denmark; Randy Lewis;  Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Nancy Ruth; Teresa Knox; Steve Walter; Chris Noth; Nancy Ruth; Teresa Knox; Chuck Pulin; Derek Storm; Paul Undersinger; and ZIGGY!

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As the season starts so does the plethora of things to attend. Here are our picks for September

92 Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave. 9/11: Cabaret Conversations. Michael Kirk Lane interviews James Jackson, Jr. and John-Andrew Morrison; 9/12: Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks in Conversation with George Stephanopoulos: Build the Life You Want (In-Person); 9/14: Katie Couric in Conversation with Jennifer Wallace – Never Enough (In-Person) and 9/22: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Linda Evangelista (Online)

Birdland Jazz: 315 West 44 St. Every Monday at 9:30pm Jim Caruso’s Cast Party; Every Tuesday at 8:30pm The Lineup with Susie Mosher; Every Saturday at 7pm Eric Comstock with Sean Smith (Bass) & special guest Barbara Fasano (Voice); 9/1 -2 Catherine Russell; 9/18: Amanda McBroom and “Such Good Friends” and 9/25: Bill Russell “My Side Of The Show”.

Cafe Carlyle: 35 E 76th St. 0/2: John Lloyd Young; 9/12 -23: Brook Shields and 9/26 -30 Joaquina Kalukango.

Carnegie Hall: 881 7th Ave at 57th St.

Daisy Joplin

Chelsea Table + Stage: Hilton Fashion District Hotel, 152 W 26th St. 9/8: Daisy Joplin and Frank Skinner; 9/10: Reeve Carney and 9/28: Karen Mason.

Don’t Tell Mama: 343 W. 46 St. 9/28: Quinn Lemley.

Dizzys Club Coca Cola: Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street.

The DJango: 2 Avenue of the Americas. 9/21: Lee Taylor


54 Below: 254 West 54 St. 9/1 -2: Adam Pascal; 9/3 LIVESTREAM | Brenda Braxton: Stars Tonight! Feat. Ken Ard; 9/7 – 8: Tony Yazbeck; 9/10, 11 -14 Santino Fontana; 9/11: Christopher Sieber; 9/15 -16: Christine Andreas: Paris to Broadway; 9/19 – 23: Cheyenne Jackson; and 9/28 – 29: Jenn Colella: Out and Proud

The Green Room 42: 570 10th Ave. 9/8 and 9/10: Josie de Guzman and 9/11: Linda Purl.

Sony Hall: 235 W. 46th St. 9/12: Broadway Sings Celine Dion;

Theatre at the West Bank Café: 407 West 42 St. 9/28: Alison Angrim

The Triad: 158 W. 72 St. 9/9 and 9/12: Adrienne Haan.

The Town Hall: 123 West 43rd Street. 9/18: Voices: Stars for Foster Kids and 9/22 – 23: David Spade.
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CHAINSAW DAVE — Zaz The Butcher was pretty grim, but many inside the Warners/Discoveryheadquarters this past week have started referring to there errant leader, David Zaslav, as chainsaw.Since assuming the mantle there, Zaz cut The Batgirlmovie; fired Jeff Zuker; hired and fired Chris Licht at CNN; fired most of the original staff at HBO (One gal there I know well had been there for 32 years!); is slowly phasing out the HBO name to MAX; in the process of decimating TCM (reportedly 70 of their 90 employees were cut); and as of last Friday, starting to sell off assets from Warner Brothers – music and such.When you have stockholders to account too; bean counters are in; the creatives are out. Point in fact: Director Christopher Nolan -one of the brightest and best out there- is now making his films at Universal. He won’t work for WB any more and I’m sure there are dozens who will follow.

Tough times out there for the creatives; no question.

Ron Delsener

HERE’S RON — I’ve talked about the impresario Ron Delsener before. I first became aware of him when he did his standout shows in Central Park in NYC … eons ago. I seem to recall I had a friend who actually worked for Ron and he would let me through the steel gates. Suffice to say, I was there a lot.

Little by little I got to know Ron and he was a charmer of the highest degree. Fashionably cool; he could hang with them all. He had a great office at 67th and Madison and we’d meet there a lot as I was based on the East Side at the time, quite near 67th street. I met his sister Harriet who was a doll and we’ve often met at a candy store on Lexington and 82nd which served the best egg creams I’d ever had.
I had absolutely no idea that there was a doc coming on is and it apparently premiered at the recent Tribeca Festival.
Retired now, he left an indelible mark on the entertainment business. To me, one of the brightest lights ever in this definitely crazed and somewhat misunderstood-music arena. I miss him.
I can’t wait to see it!

Debbie Gibson

SHORT TAKES — Can it really be 35 years since Debbie Gibson’s “Foolish Beat” ruled the airwaves? It is and congrats> PR-man David Salidor, helming the press for Gibson back then, recalls the video shoot on a cold, cold night in Lower Manhattan.  “She had a lot of scenes near the water, making it especially tough to shoot, but we got it done. Director Nick Willing did a fabulous job and Gibson, as always, was spectacular” …Woodstock-legend Melanie has penned the intro to Mark Bego’s forthcoming book on Joe Cocker With a Lot of Help from His Friends (Yorkshire Publishing). More news on this shortly … Per Roger Friedman in his Showbiz 411: Last night (Friday), “The Flash” fell 81% — shocking — and made just $4.5 million. Another $9 million this weekend will bring it to just $85 million over two weekends. “The Flash” won’t get near $100 million until next weekend — at least. With a budget of well over $200 million, “The Flash” will cause a huge write down at Warner Bros Discovery. It will go down in history as one of the studio’s biggest flops …

NBC just canceled Magnum P.I., which switched over to the Peacock network from CBS. Great writing; terrific acting; who knows what happened. Sad …

Frederic Forrest

RIP Frederic Forrest – brilliant in Apocalypse Now and The Rose and Happy BDay Alex Salzman and Jann Klose!

Michael Des Barres

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Cory Robbins; HeatherMoore; Jann Klose; Pat Monaco; Brian Chin; Tony King; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Daryl Estrea; Glenn Gretlund; Ian Lee; Jodi Ritzen; Marsha Stern; Bruce Haring; Brian Lowry; Angela Tarantino; Robert Funaro; Vince Aletti; Bob Siegal; Craig Kostich; Kent and Laura Denmark; Michael Des Barres

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