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Iconic Treasures From The Legendary Career And Life Of Janet Jackson

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On offer will be a cascade of priceless treasures amassed by Janet Jackson over an esteemed career of unsurpassed and unprecedented success. Over 1,000 illustrious items owned by one of the world’s most celebrated and accomplished creative forces will be presented by Julien’s Auctions in this one-time only special event. juliensauctions.com

The dynamic collection spanning across Jackson’s remarkable 40-year plus career includes influential and historical music video attire such as the original “Rhythm Nation Jacket” from Jackson’s career defining 1989 award-winning musical film-short worn on tour plus, an array of costumes and memorabilia from each of her record-breaking world tours. 

The range of items also includes outfits from her live television performances and prototypical fashion defining red carpet ensembles worn to prestigious events such as The Oscars, Met Gala, NAACP Image Awards, designed exclusively with premiere couture fashion houses including Armani, Versace, Louboutin and many more. All these items will be made available at the auction alongside personal items and accessories owned and used by Jackson. (photo left: Richard Tyler black coat stage worn on 1990 Rhythm Nation World Tour)

Janet Jackson– one of the biggest-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 188 million records worldwide; Grammy Award winner; discerning empathic songwriter; producer; actor; Number One New York Times Best Selling Author; Academy Award / Golden Globe / Emmy nominee; Philanthropist; and youngest member of the legendary Jackson family – lends her esteemed legacy to this three-day auction extravaganza taking place on Jackson’s birthday weekend Friday, May 14th, Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th, 2021. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Compassion International, a global child-advocacy ministry that partners with churches around the world to release children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty.

Born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana as the tenth child of the world-renowned Jackson family, a family known for their archetypal impact on popular culture, Janet Jackson was no stranger to work-ethic and dedication. 

As her brothers, ‘The Jacksons’ rocketed to unparalleled global acclaim and success, Janet would emerge in her own spotlight, young but in control, boldly defying the status quo by creating a lane of her own, cultivating a unique artistic perspective and establishing her worldwide presence and impact which continues today. 

At the age of seven, she performed at the MGM Casino in Las Vegas and made her first television appearances on their variety show The Jacksons in 1976. Jackson’s career took off, appearing on some of the 1970s and early 1980s’ most popular television shows in her portrayals of some of TV’s most beloved and memorable characters: Penny Gordon Woods, J.J.’s friend who becomes adopted by their kind neighbor, Willona Woods, on Good Times, Willis’ girlfriend Charlene DuPrey on Diff’rent Strokesand Cleo Hewitt, an aspiring singer and student at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts on Fame. (photo right: 1993-1995 Janet World Tour “If” performance ensemble)

At the age of sixteen, Jackson released her debut album, Janet Jackson, which appeared on the Billboard Top Black Albums of 1983 as well as landed Jackson the title of the highest-ranking female vocalist on the Billboard 

Year-End Black Album Artists. Two years later, Jackson’s album, Dream Street, was released and produced the Top 10 Billboard R&B Single, “Don’t Stand Another Chance.” But it was her third album, Control, released in 1986 when Jackson was 19 years old, that catapulted Jackson’s career and fame as an international superstar and pop culture icon. (photo left: “All for You” music video ensemble)

The critically acclaimed album, lauded for its lyrical and provocative content of female empowerment and heralded the new jack swing sound in pop music, shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and was certified fivefold platinum by the RIAA, selling over ten million copies worldwide.

In 2021, in true testament to Janet’s timeless and ever-evolving cultural impact, a new generation of listeners have embraced the masterpiece production by once again making The Control Album No. 1 on the Global Pop Charts, Thirty-Five Years later.

The album spawned the mega hit Top Five Singles, “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” “Nasty,” “Control,” “Let’s Wait Awhile,” and the Top 15 Hit, “The Pleasure Principle,” and Jackson’s first number one hit single, “When I Think of You,” as well as produced the singles’ accompanying music videos that would become MTV’s biggest and most popular videos displaying Jackson’s crossover R&B and pop music appeal and spectacular dancing. With Control, Jackson made history by becoming the first female artist to have five Top 5 singles from one album and the first and only female artist to have five #1 R&B singles from one album, the most R&B #1’s from one album. Control won six Billboard Awards, including “Top Pop Singles Artist” and won four American Music Awards and twelve nominations–an unbroken record to this day–as well as three Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year. In 1986, at the age of 20, Jackson became the youngest black female to hit No.1 on Billboard’s 200 Albums Chart. (photo right: “MTV Icon: Janet Jackson” performance ensemble)

In September 1989, Jackson released her fourth album, Rhythm Nation 1814, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified six-fold platinum by the RIAA, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. 

The stunning album produced the blockbuster singles and accompanying must see music videos spotlighting Jackson’s trademark innovative choreography and sexually provocative imagery: “Miss You Much,” “Escapade,” “Alright,” “Come Back to Me,” “Black Cat,” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You).” Rhythm Nation 1814became the only album in history to produce number one hits in three separate calendar years, and Jackson again broke records by becoming the first artist to produce seven top five singles on the Hot 100 from one album.

Jackson’s lead single, “Rhythm Nation,” whose socially conscious lyrics called for unity, became a touchstone due in part to its famous military style choreography and black and white depiction in its Grammy Award winning landmark long form video. Jackson’s military ensemble in the video firmly established her status as a fashion icon and is considered one of the most iconic and popular music videos of all time. Rhythm Nation 1814 became the highest selling album of 1990, winning a record fifteen Billboard Awards with the Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990 becoming the most successful debut tour in history, selling out in 3 continents (USA, Europe, Asia). “Rhythm Nation” received nine Grammy Award nominations and Jackson became the first female artist to be nominated for Producer of the Year in 1990. (photo left: The Jackson Family Honors TV special “Alright” performance costume)

With Rhythm Nation, Jackson became the first female artist to have the #1 selling album of the year and became a phenomenon who was recognized for her cultural impact on music and her style and messages that resonated with

teenage girls all over the world, who revered her as a positive role model. She established the “Rhythm Nation Scholarship,” donating funds from the tour to various educational programs and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990. In 1993, her reign as the Queen of Pop would evolve on her fifth studio album, janet., which opened at number one on the Billboard 200, making Jackson the first female artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era to do so. The album produced “That’s the Way Love Goes,” the Grammy Award winning song for Best R&B Song that year, and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks as well as the No. 1 Hit Single, “Again,” the Top 5 Hit Singles, “If” and “Any Time, Any Place,” and the Top Ten Hit Singles, “Because of Love” and “You Want This.” janet. was certified six-fold platinum by the RIAA, selling over 14 million copies worldwide. (photo right: 2009 MTV Video Music Awards “Scream” performance costume and photo bottom left: “Scream” music video coat)

In 1993, she starred in her first film role in John Singleton’s iconic romantic drama and box office hit, Poetic Justice, opposite Tupac Shakur, and won critical acclaim for her role as Justice, a hairdresser who writes poetry to allay her grief over the death of a murdered boyfriend. 

Jackson’s theme song “Again” to the film’s soundtrack earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and her performance won her the MTV Award for Best Female Performance. She also won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 39th NAACP Awards for her role in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? She collaborated with her brother, Michael Jackson, on a number of albums and singles including, the 1995 smash single and music video, “Scream” for which she became the first female artist to debut in the Top 5 on the Hot 100. In 1996, Jackson became the highest paid recording artist at the time after signing a multimillion-dollar deal with Virgin Records, surpassing her brother Michael, Madonna and Prince. In 1997, she released her sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope, which along with Rhythm Nation 1814, were named by Rolling Stone as two of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

By the end of the 1990s, Billboard named her the second most successful recording artist of the decade. Her seventh album, All for You, was released in 2001 the same year when she became the first artist to receive the inaugural MTV Icon award.

Jackson’s numerous award nominations include, twenty-six Grammy nominations, two Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. She has produced nine Number One Albums on the Billboard Top 200 – Unbreakable; Discipline; 20.Y.O.; All For You; The Velvet Rope; janet.; Design of a Decade; Rhythm Nation 1814; and Control. She was honored with the Billboard Icon Award for her 18 consecutive songs that broke the Top 10 on the “Hot 100” singles chart and is the only artist in Billboard history to have three different albums to spawn at least five top 10 hits on the Hot 100 chart and was honored with the inaugural BET Awards Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award. Among her many breathtaking firsts: Jackson is the first and only artist to be nominated in Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, and Dance at the Grammys; the first artist to have #1’s on various Billboard charts spanning the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s; the first female artist to debut in the Top 10 on the Hot 100; the first artist to produce 4 #1 hits on the Dance chart; the first artist to score a number-one hit simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock singles charts with “Black Cat” and more. To this day, she remains the only artist in Billboard history to hit No.1 on the Dance, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, Adult Contemporary and Top 40 charts.

In 2008, Billboard placed her number seven on its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, and in 2010 ranked her fifth among the “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years.” In September 2009, Jackson became the first artist to have No. 1 singles in four separate decades with the release of “Make Me,” the lead single from her second greatest hits compilation, Number Ones. In 2019, she performed a four-month residency at the Park MGM hotel and casino in Las Vegas, and reissued Rhythm Nation on its 30-year anniversary. Jackson was inducted to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

One of the highly anticipated moments of the auction will be the sale of some of Jackson’s most spectacular costumes worn in her iconic music videos and tour and television performances including: a Helen Storey designed floor-length metallic silver coat with lambskin shearling lining, cuffs, and collars (estimate: $6,000 – $8,000), 

worn by Jackson in the 1995 “Scream” music video with her brother Michael Jackson. Costing $7 million at the time, the music video was listed in the Guinness World Records as the most expensive music video ever made and received 11 MTV Video Music Award nominations that year; a Richard Tyler black coat with velvet lapels, worn by Jackson on her 1990 Rhythm Nation Tour while performing her hit singles “Control” and “Nasty” (estimate: $6,000 – $8,000); Jackson’s 17th century French inspired ensemble worn with a modern twist and worn while performing “If” on her 1993-1995 Janet World Tour, comprising of a long-sleeve cropped ivory lace accented blouse, a suede vest with metal buttons and bone-like rod decorations, a suede cropped jacket with the same rod decorations, beige riding pants with knee guards and thigh-high suede western boots with lace decoration and metal spurs (estimate: $4,000 – $6,000); Jackson’s outfit consisting of a black and white PVC-blend jumpsuit with metal studs and sharp epaulets, a single white glove with two finger cover and metal studs, and a pair of black PVC boots with metal studs and wedge heels with three spikes on the back, worn while performing “Scream” during the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2009 (estimate: $4,000 – $6,000);

her stage costume worn on “MTV Icon: Janet Jackson” show in Los Angeles on March 10, 2001 while performing “All for You,” consisting of a dangling coin pendant push-up bra worn beneath a cropped white cutout top, half of a white leather jacket with distressed silver pins, a pair of white Levi’s jeans and a pair of distressed white Vibram combat boots with a silver chain that ends in a crystal “J” pendant (estimate: $3,000 – $5,000); 

a yellow two-piece suit with thick shoulder pads and a red and yellow polka dotted scarf sewn into the left pocket worn by Jackson while performing “Alright” on The Jackson Family Honors TV special that aired on February 22, 1994 and janet. tour (estimate: $4,000 – $6,000); Janet Jackson’s 2001 “All for You” music video ensemble consisting of a purple mesh sequined sleeveless top, a white cropped top with cutout squares and a pair of Levi’s denim jeans with hanging chain accessory (estimate: $3,000 – $5,000), as well as her 2001 All For You Tour costume comprised of a beige cropped halter bustier with mirror and iridescent crystal accents, suede western-style trousers with crystal accents, a matching belted skirt piece, a silver sequined white hat and a choker necklace (estimate: $4,000 – $6,000); her 2008 Rock Witchu Tour Atelier Versace red chiffon sequined gown (seen in photo top right) with a single sequined shoulder strap accompanied by a pair of Versace metallic red platform stilettos (estimate: $3,000 – $5,000); a tan long-sleeve bodysuit with black mesh and black stone accents and a floor-length black fur coat with mink trim, worn by the pop/R&B diva while performing at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on July 2, 2010 (estimate: $4,000 – $6,000) and more. Other fashions worn at Jackson’s many red carpet appearances and personal events include: an off the shoulder light pink satin Ola Hudson princess gown with white lace overlay and rhinestone accents worn to the 12th Annual American Music Awards on January 28, 1985, in Los Angeles (estimate: $2,000 – $4,000); an ivory sleeveless Liza Bruce bodysuit worn with an ivory tiered Callaghan ruffle skirt with attached sash belt and a pair of low embroidered Sacha London heels, worn during her secret wedding to Rene Elizondo on March 31, 1991 (estimate: $2,000 – $3,000), and an ivory off-shoulder Badgley Mischka gown with fur shoulder accents worn to the Vanity Fair party at the 2005 Academy Awards in Los Angeles (estimate: $2,000 – $3,000).

Additional items include her 1956 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup, designed by Chuck Jordon as an upscale version of GM’s tradition 3100 series, which has been beautifully restored to its near original condition and is one of only 1,452 produced (estimate: $50,000 – $70,000) (photo right)

a pair of 18 karat white gold hoop Dorrit Moussaieff earrings, covered entirely in 1022 black and white diamonds presented to Jackson by Oprah Winfrey at Winfrey’s Legends Ball in May 2005 and housed in a sterling silver case engraved “A Bridge to Now” and “JJ” (estimate: $6,000 – $8,000) (seen in photo top left); a Louis Vuitton Alzer 80 suitcase with monogram canvas with leather Louis Vuitton luggage tag that reads “3” on one side and has Juggernaut Production Inc. return address on the other (estimate: $8,000 – $10,000); a contemporary Asian style armoire, a Ralph Lauren Modern Icons collection bar cabinet as well as other furniture, fine jewelry, stage props, road cases, personal clothing, household items and more.

“Julien’s Auctions is honored to present this auction event saluting one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era, Janet Jackson,” said Darren Julien, CEO/President of Julien’s Auctions. “This collection of items, notably used by Ms. Jackson on some of her greatest and pop music’s most iconic albums–the multi-platinum Control, Rhythm Nation 1814 and janet.–showcase her immense impact on pop culture, style and music, as well as her many achievements breaking down cultural barriers as a pioneering feminist artist and breaking records as one of the best-selling music artists in history.”

Janet Jackson Box Set

Fans and collectors will also have a once in a lifetime opportunity to take home a special keepsake of this auction for their collection. Julien’s Auctions will be offering a beautiful, special edition three volume set of hardcover catalogues featuring a different black and white iconic photograph of Janet Jackson on the covers.

Three hundred of these exclusive-limited Signature Edition hardcover catalogues set with a matching case will be personally signed by Janet Jackson and offered at $800 each with all proceeds going towards Compassion International. Additionally, box sets are available for $200 each with both sets to be sold exclusively at juliensauctions.com.

U.S. EXHIBITION TOUR 

Free to the Public

New York: Hard Rock Cafe New York, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 
Monday, May 3-Thursday, May 6, 2021 (front window display)

Beverly Hills: Julien’s Auctions, 257 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 
Monday, May 10-Friday, May 14, 2021 (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT) 

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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Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Makes Grand Return to New York City This Weekend

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is back in The Big Apple in epic way. For the first time in New York City since 2017, the grand return of The Greatest Show On Earth is running until Feb. 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Feld Entertainment has brilliantly re-imagined this modern take on the well-known show that is something you have to see to believe. It is a bold and beautiful change that children of all ages will love. You have tremendous fun in the moment and the joy created will make sweet memories to last for a lifetime.

The immersive, live, family entertainment experience captivates through thrilling action and high energy music.

Encounter never-before-seen stunts, acrobatic displays, and comedic acts along the way in the new circus format that features amazing details all the way down to a loveable robotic dog. A truly international cast that includes 75 performers hailing from 18 countries including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Ethiopia, Italy, Mongolia, Spain, Ukraine, and the United States will inspire audiences through a variety of unbelievable circus acts.

Traditional circus acts blend perfectly with new awe-inspiring moments such as The Triangular Highwire, led by The Lopez Family, sixth-generation circus artists hailing from Mexico and Chile; as well as The Double Wheel of Destiny which showcases four acrobatic daredevils performing challenging back-and-forth leaps and somersaults atop two simultaneously spinning apparatuses suspended 30 feet above the ground and moving at incredibly high speeds.

The dynamic show is a hit, and you will love it!

SHOW DATES & TIMES: 

Barclays Center  performances will continue to run:

Friday, February 23 – 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

Saturday, February 24 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 25 – 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

There are also two upcoming cities close to Manhattan with performances in coming days.

NEWARK, NJ 

Prudential Center – 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102

  • Thursday, February 29 – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 1 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 2 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 3 – 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

BELMONT PARK, Long Island, NY

UBS Arena – 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Belmont Park, NY  11003

  • Friday, March 8 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 9 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 10 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

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The Glorious Corner

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MORE MURDER — (Via Deadline) Sophie Ellis-Bextor is gearing up to tour around North America for the first time and adding more cities for fans to see her perform “Murder on the Dance Floor” live.

The British singer’s song is featured in the final scene of Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, where Barry Keoghan’s Oliver dances naked around the manor. After the scene went viral, the song, co-written by Ellis-Bextor and Gregg Alexander, also went viral on social media. “Murder on the Dance Floor” was originally released in 2001, but it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100 until now, peaking at 51 recently.

Ellis-Bextor recently made an appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon where she performed the viral hit and the star is now embarking on a North America tour.

The artist announced her first-ever live show in NYC, set to take place on June 6 at Webster Hall, and the date quickly sold out. Ellis-Bextor has now announced more dates across the U.S. and Canada that will take her to San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

“Oh my… the New York show sold out in a day! Thank you thank you thank you,” Ellis-Bextor said in her newsletter announcing the additional tour dates. “So – how about some more shows in some more cities?! My band and I are coming for you! Super excited. Come and dance with me….”

May 30: August Hall (San Francisco, CA)May 31: The Observatory North Park (San Diego, CA)June 3: 9:30 Club (Washington D.C.)June 4: Royale Boston (Boston, MA)June 5: Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA)June 6: Webster Hall (New York City, NY)June 8: Danforth Music Hall (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

I love this record, because its an actual song. Sure, they repeat the title about three-dozen times, but its a great track.

Neil Diamond and Micky Dolenz

NOISE CLOSES — (Via Deadline) Broadway’s A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical will play its final performance on Sunday, June 30, before launching a national tour this fall, producers announced today.

The musical, which began previews on November 2, 2022, at the Broadhurst Theatre and opened that year on December 4, will have played 35 preview performances and 657 regular performances when it closes.

As I’ve said, early reviews of the show, kind of stopped me from going to this. An artist who is even referenced in the play said to me ‘why would I go to a play that got bad reviews.’ Understood.

But, I did see it and absolutely loved it. Of course, I’m somewhat on the business side and loved all the insider-nuances. And, I saw it with the original performers in it.

There will be a national tour and I predict it will be a huge hit as Diamond’s music is multi-generational. As I’ve said, I preferred Diamond’s “Solitary Man”-period more than “America” and “I Am, I Said.” Although, “Turn On Your Heart Light” (written with Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach) was a great record.

An icon for certain.

SHORT TAKES — Warner’s second Aquaman movie; Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will stream on MAX on February 27. The first Aquaman movie, out in 2018, remains the highest-grossing DC film of all time. The sequel, after a plethora of media, mostly about Amber Heard, disappeared in a matter of weeks … Broadway-journeyman and Rockers On Broadway-creator Donnie Kehr recupping. Get well soon brother! … Keith Girard’s New York Independent featured an interview with 17-old wunderkind Kjersti Long. Check it out: https://www.thenyindependent.com/music/1704991/kjersti-long-17-explores-her-jersey-roots-by-way-of-utah-with-power-pop-style-video/

Pet Shop Boys

Just listened to the Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls.” What a tremendous record that hold up amazingly well all these years later. It came out in 1984 and produced by Bobby Orlando … Amazon shuttering Freevee? First off, as an offshoot of Amazon, this has got to be one of the worst monikers ever! I mean, FreeVee ... always sounded like frisbee!  Adios … Thursday’s Law & Order was the ode to Sam Waterston’s Jack McCoy-character (Last Dance).

Sam Waterston

After 404 episodes, we had to say goodbye. It wasn’t the greatest episode, but when McCoy took over the case and presented it to the jury, Waterston shone brightly. When McCoy said to Hugh Dancy (Nolan Ryan), it was a hell of a ride, it resonated terrifically. Thanks Jack! …

True Detective

I loved the finale on HBO of True Detective with Jodie Foster and Kali Reis. I didn’t understand it all, but the look and direction (by Issa Lopez) and Jodie Foster was just superb. I had forgotten just how good an actress Foster was. Sure, she was good in Nyad, but it was a supporting role. Here, she was just stellar. I’d like to see more of her …

Micky Jones

It was a grim week medically speaking as talk-show hostess Wendy Williams was diagnosed with aphasia and dementia and Mick Jones of Foreigner, with Parkinson’s. Sending prayers to both … And finally, news surfaced Thursday that an “inebriated” Andy Cohen harassed Brandi Glanville. I don’t know Andy at all, but his bad-boy antics of the last several years were clearly leading to something like this. Glanville’s lawyers even invoked NBC’s Matt Lauer in their brief. Expect a huge media brouhaha over this one. Sad for sure … Happy Bday Lou Christie; Niki Avers and Chloe Gaier.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Steve Walter; Obi Steinman; Felix Cavaliere; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent Kotal; Ace Frehley; Alex Saltzman; Lush Ice; Tony King; Barry Zelman; Justin Ridener; Kent & Laura Denmark; Mark Bego; Mark Scheerer; Barbara Shelley; and SADIE!

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The Acting Company Honors Stephen McKinley Henderson and William H. Wright II

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The Acting Company (Kent Gash, Artistic Director; Devin Brain, Producing Director; Erik Schroeder, Managing Director) is proud to announce that Stephen McKinley Henderson will receive the John Houseman Award Honor, and William H. Wright II will receive the Joan M. Warburg Award Honor, as part of The Acting Company’s “Fantastic Journeys” Gala on Monday, April 29. Additional details and performers to be announced in the next few weeks.

This one-night-only event will celebrate more than a half a century of developing emerging actors by bringing classics and new plays across the US on fantastic journeys that have changed the American cultural landscape. The evening will include a cocktail hour that begins at 6:30 PM, followed by a silent auction, special guests, performances, dancing and a gourmet dinner.

“The Acting Company is thrilled to honor exemplary Actor, Director, Mentor and Professor of Acting, two-time Tony Award nominee, Obie Award winner, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award winner Stephen McKinley Henderson with the John Houseman Award,” said Artistic Director Kent Gash. “A veteran of theatre, film and television, Mr. Henderson has created an impressive body of work originating varied and indelible roles for nearly 50 years, written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights August Wilson and Stephen Adly Guirgis among many others. Without the work of Stephen McKinley Henderson many of us would not have careers. He is the gold standard of excellence that we aspire to reach.”

Tickets and tables for the “Fantastic Journeys” Gala on Monday, April 29 are available for purchase by calling 212-258-3111 or by visiting https://theactingcompany.org/gala.

Stephen McKinley Henderson has worked on stages throughout the United States and abroad, on and off Broadway, and in television and film. His eight Broadway performances include Between Riverside and Crazy (Tony nomination), Fences (Tony nomination), A Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and A Doll’s House Part 2. Off-Broadway roles include LAByrinth Theatre Company’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Second Stage Theater’s Jitney (Drama Desk, Obie, and Audelco awards for outstanding ensemble). He is the 2023 recipient of the Drama Desk’s Harold Prince Lifetime Achievement Award. His stage directing credits include Signature Theater’s Zooman and the Sign, Ali! in New York, London, and Atlanta, and The Meeting for St. Louis Black Repertory Theater presented at the Kennedy Center.  Stephen’s work appears in six Oscar nominated films: Dune; Fences; Lady Bird; Lincoln; Manchester by the Sea; and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. In his freshman year at Lincoln University in Missouri, a historically black institution, he auditioned for John Houseman and Michael Kahn and became a member of Group l, Juilliard Drama Division in 1968. His conservatory training continued at North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA) where he served as president of the student government and at Purdue University Graduate School (MA), where he was Director of the Drama Workshop for the Black Cultural Center. Stephen was part of a master class taught by Lloyd Richards at the Actor’s Center and he continued to study with Mr. Richards on a Fox Foundation Fellowship for three years. He is a Lunt and Fontanne Ten Chimneys Fellowship Teacher and a former Chair of the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance. John Houseman cited Stephen’s work as a student in his memoir, Final Dress, and Dr. Samuel Hay cites his work as an actor, director, and educator in his text, African American Theater, A Critical Analysis

William H. Wright II is an expert in investment banking, finance and corporate governance. Most recently, he was a managing director at Morgan Stanley, retiring in 2010 after 28 years with the firm. During his career in investment banking, he was a trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation. Wright has been consulted on securities regulation reform by the Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Corporation Finance and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services. He has also served on the faculties of the Ray Garrett Institute of the Northwestern University School of Law and the Practicing Law Institute. Wright is chair of the board of trustees at Doris Duke Foundation, he sits on the board of Mount Sinai Health System, Inc. and its seven member institutions, and he is a member of the board of directors of the New York City Ballet. Wright has also served as senior warden of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and is currently a vestryman of Trinity Church Wall Street. He is also treasurer and a member of the board of trustees of Historic Hudson, as well as of the

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The Eighth Annual LOVE ROCKS NYC Benefit Concert for God’s Love We Deliver

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The eighth annual LOVE ROCKS NYC benefit concert for God’s Love We Deliver will be live from the historic Beacon Theatre in NYC on Thursday, March 7.  Executive produced by iconic international fashion designer John Varvatos, NYC Douglas Elliman real estate broker and prominent concert producer Greg Williamson and esteemed concert/events producer Nicole Rechter, and hosted by Conan O’Brien, Tracy Morgan and Jim Gaffigan, the concert will support and honor the work of the cherished New York-based not-for-profit.  The organization, which was founded during the AIDS pandemic in 1985, now addresses 200+ diagnoses with its medically tailored meals and nutrition services.  Last year, the staff and volunteers cooked, packaged, and home-delivered more than 4 million medically tailored meals to more than 14,700 New Yorkers living with and affected by severe illness.

Since launching in 2017, the annual LOVE ROCKS NYC concerts have brought together an astonishing lineup of musical talent, raising $30 million to date and helping to fund 3 million meals to New Yorkersliving with illnesses.  The benefit concert highlights the organization’s continued mission of providing life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people in the New York Metropolitan area living with severe illness.  As a member of the Food is Medicine Coalition (FIMC), God’s Love we Deliver supports the coalition’s national mission while offering vital services to local communities. God’s Love has seen a 20% increase in meals delivered over the past year.

For the eighth anniversary, the LOVE ROCKS NYC 2024 all-star lineup, led by Music Director and Band Leader Will Lee (The CBS Orchestra), will feature The Black Keys, Hozier, Nile Rodgers, Tom Morello, Don Felder, Bettye Lavette, Joss Stone, Allison Russell, Emily King, Marcus King, Lucius, Larkin Poe, Trombone Shorty, Luke Spiller (The Struts), Quinn Sullivan, Bernie Williams and more to be announced.

The past seven LOVE ROCKS NYC benefit concerts have featured an outstanding array of music stars from legendary headliners such as Keith Richards, Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews, Robert Plant, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, Chris and Rich Robinson, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Warren Haynes, Buddy Guy, Billy F Gibbons, Ziggy Marley, Cyndi Lauper, Heart and John Mayer Trio to contemporary stars such as Andra Day, Sara Bareilles, St. Vincent, Yola, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff, Maggie Rose, Ledisi, The War and Treaty and 2024 will keep the momentum going!

The outstanding house band will include Steve Gadd (James Taylor, Paul Simon), Shawn Pelton(Saturday Night Live), Larry Campbell (Levon Helm, Bob Dylan), Eric Krasno (Soulive, Phil Lesh & Friends), Pedrito Martinez (Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Camila Cabello), Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Michael Bearden (Lady Gaga) and a six-piece horn section. Ken Dashow of Q104.3 Radio will also serve as the evening’s “voice of god.”

The evening’s sponsors are Bloomberg Philanthropies, RJKB Family Charitable Foundation and Secunda Family Foundation. Additional sponsors include Ernst & Young, JT Magen, Samuel N & Dena M Lombardo, The Campbell/Ribbecke Family, DK Display Corp., Daily Provisions, Gramercy Tavern, Shake Shack, Villa One Tequila, RWE Partners and official media sponsors iHeartMedia, Wall Street Journal, Q104.3 and Conde Nast.

God’s Love We Deliver pre-sale tickets go live on Thursday, February 8 at 10:00amET, and public tickets go live on Friday, February 9 at 10:00amET through www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, please visit: loverocksnyc.com

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McCALLUM’S FAREWELL — Last night was the NCIS show dedicated to David McCallum (The Stories We Leave Behind) and it was simply terrific. Written by Brian Dietzen, who essays Dr. Jimmy Palmer on the show, it was extremely touching and featured some great clips from past shows.

The vibrant opening theme for the show was re-cast in a memorial-type tone and worked perfectly. There was also a reference to his cat named ‘Solo’ – a fitting nod to his Man From U.N.C.L.E. costar Robert Vaughn.

McCallum was just a tremendous actor. I one met him once in Bloomingdale’s of all places and he couldn’t have been nicer. There was also last-minute cameo from Michael Weatherly, who left the show several years ago. It was just a brilliant moment and though pundits are already saying he’ll return, I don’t think it will come to pass.

There was also a letter from Gibbs (Mark Harmon) whose shadow always lingers.

A touching tribute well done on every level. McCallum will be missed tremendously; an icon for sure. 7 million viewers thought so too.

Kelly Rowland

SHORT TAKES — Last week’s kerfuffle with Kelly Rowland abruptly leaving the Today Show, where she was pegged to co-host the fourth hour with Hoda, is much ado about nothing. Gossip pundits claimed it was because her dressing room was too small and Hoda herself sort of copped to it on Monday’s show. I predict she’ll be banned from the entire show for quite some time. It was probably more of a stunt pulled by her PR-people, as she generated a heap of press. For those who don’t know: most all of their dressing rooms are small …

Kjersti Long

17-old wunderkind Kjersti Long (her “Sad Song” was just released) looks to have her Relative Space-play begin in the West End, pegged for later this year  …

Vanessa Williams will have for the role of Miranda Priestly in the upcoming musical adaption of The Devil Wears Prada by Elton John, It’ll debut in the West End shortly … SiriusXM’s Evan Levy left the station for Amazon, but has now officially surfaced at Jason Spiewak’s Noble Steed Music.

Congrats … Micky Dolenz speaks to Goldmine’s Tone Scott today about his I’m Told I Had A Good Timebook and upcoming appearance at LA’s Troubadour on April 5 … The media was ablaze Tuesday with news that director Sam Mendes would make 4 movies featuring each of The Beatles. Astonishing. Mendez is a great director and this looms as a challenge for sure. As a group they were invincible, but it’ll be interesting to see how Mendes handles each of their post-Beatles work; which had their ups and downs. Stay tuned, this is a big one …

Rod Stewart sells his catalog for $100 million? … We started watching Feud: Capote vs. The Swans -featuring a bravura performance by Tom Hollander as Truman Capote- and am loving it tremendously. Hollander’s performance is one of the best I’ve seen in years on the small-screen. Absolutely stunning with the direction by none other than the stellar Gus Van Sant. More on this brilliant series next time …

Yoko Ono

Happy 90th Bday Yoko Ono.NAMES IN THE NEWS — Steve Leeds; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Adam Sandler; Jennifer Aniston; Curt Smith; Bob Small; Andy Forrester; Rob Dickens; Daryl Estrea; Jane Blunkell; Jane Berk; Eloise Keene; Eppy; June Pointre; Ken Kragen; Kent Denmark; Mark Bego; Jake Malooley; Graydon Carter; and ZIGGY!

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