National Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces Remaining Casting For The 33rd Annual Festival of New Musicals
National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce this year’s casting for the performances of Little Duende, Māyā, Private Gomer Jones and TL;DR featured in the 33rd Annual Festival of New Musicals. This year’s festival will be held on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021 and will be presented as a unique digital and in-person hybrid, allowing wider accessibility for attendees.
Now in its 33rd year, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals attracts theatre producers from around the world to discover eight new musicals over two days. Production costs are underwritten by NAMT, which funds the Festival entirely through donations and sponsorships.
Joining the previously announced cast are Courtney Bassett (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Stephen Bogardus (Broadway:Love! Valour! Compassion!; Bright Star), Sommer Carbuccia (Netflix’s Riverdale), Meetu Chilana (Regional: Monsoon Wedding), Ruben Eduard Flores (Broadway: In The Heights), karen EiLbacher (Film: Dietland/ Lady Liberty), Gabriela Garcia (Broadway: Chicago), Daniele Hager (Regional She Loves Me), Dickie Hearts (Film:Tales of the City), Adam Hyndman (Broadway: Hadestown/ Once on this Island), Cedric Leiba Jr. (National Tour: RENT), Johnny Link (TV: Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist), Jared Loftin (Film: Tick…Tick… Boom!), Patrena Murray (ART: Gloria: A Life), Jamen Nanthakumar (Regional: Diana), Mason Alexander Park (National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Daniel Plimpton (Tour: White Christmas), Sara Porkalob (Broadway: 1776), Zully Ramos (Regional: RENT), Majo Rivero (Regional In Arabia We’d All Be Kings), Ben Roseberry (Tour: Gentlemen’s Guide), Christina Sajous (Broadway: Spongebob/American Idiot), Heath Saunders (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Storm Thomas (Regional: Baltimore Center Stage), Vishal Vaidya (Broadway: Groundhog Day), Sonya Venugopal (Regional: Evita), Kuhoo Verma (Off-B’way: Octet), Skyler Volpe (Broadway: Sing Street), and Ada Westfall (Regional: A Play on War).
The Festival has introduced musical theatre producers to nearly 300 musicals and over 500 writers from around the world. As a direct result of the Festival of New Musicals, more than 85% of the shows presented have gone on to subsequent readings, workshops, productions or tours; have been licensed; and/or recorded on cast albums. Some past Festival shows include Come From Away, Lempicka, The Drowsy Chaperone, Lizard Boy, Benny & Joon, Darling Grenadine, Ordinary Days, Striking 12, It Shoulda Been You, Interstate and Thoroughly Modern Millie, among many others.
NAMT will film live presentations of all Festival musicals this year. Those presentations will then be screened at an in-person event on October 21 and 22. Members of the industry are invited to attend the screening, where they also can meet the writers, or they can view a livestream of the presentations, which will be shown in collaboration with Broadway on Demand. The general public will be able to view the streaming portion of the event by making a small donation to NAMT.
Festival registration is now open and available at namt.org/festival.
This year, a committee of 15 theatre professionals selected eight new musicals out of over 200 submissions. The musicals chosen for the 33rd Annual Festival are: AZUL (Book by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani, Music by Jacinta Clusellas, Lyrics by Jacinta Clusellas with additional lyrics by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani, Vocal Arrangements by Jacinta Clusellas and Kurt Crowley), Fanny & Stella (Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer, Book by SEVAN), Little Duende (Music & Lyrics by Robi Hager, Book & Lyrics by Georgina Escobar), Māyā (Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng, Book & Lyrics by Eric Sorrels), Missing Peace (Book, Music & Lyrics by Kalani Queypo and Kyle Puccia), Private Gomer Jones (Written by Marshall Pailet), Senior Class (Book, Melodies & Lyrics by Melvin Tunstall, Music by Greg Borowsky, Conceived by Kevin Duda), TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix (Book & Lyrics by EllaRose Chary, Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn).
Little Duende Music & Lyrics by Robi Hager, Book & Lyrics by Georgina Escobar
Director: Rebecca Martínez, Music Director: Erika R. Gamez
Cast includes Majo Rivero (Regional In Arabia We’d All Be Kings), Daniele Hager (Regional: She Loves Me), Mason Alexander Park (National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Sommer Carbuccia (TV: Riverdale), Cedric Leiba Jr. (National Tour: RENT), Ruben Eduard Flores (Broadway: In The Heights), Gabriela Garcia (Broadway: Chicago), Zully Ramos (Regional: RENT)
Little Duende: In the land of Elflán, life and beauty flourishes. Adelita, an adventurous and curious young elf, is eager to find what lies beyond the horizon. When the evil spirit of La Mancha kidnaps her mother, Adelita is forced to travel north to the land of the Hadaseñas in hopes of being reunited with her again. Little Duende is a musical with the aesthetic tones of Pixar’s Coco and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. With fairy tales and mythological themes, this musical comments on real-world matters as it explores the border crisis, dual-citizenship, and the consequences of a family secret.
Māyā Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng, Book & Lyrics by Eric Sorrels
Director: Arpita Mukherjee, Music Director: Nate Hopkins
Cast includes Meetu Chilana (Regional: Monsoon Wedding), Jamen Nanthakumar (Regional: Diana), Daniel Plimpton (Tour: White Christmas), Ben Roseberry (Tour: Gentlemen’s Guide), Vishal Vaidya (Broadway: Groundhog Day), Sonya Venugopal (Regional: Evita), and Kuhoo Verma (Off-B’way: Octet),
About Māyā: Māyā is many things: it’s a philosophy of Hinduism; the idea that the world around us is really an illusion; and a girl’s name. Set in the British Raj in 1930, Māyā is the story of a struggling poet in need of an awakening, not unlike India herself. When Gandhi’s non-violent Independence Movement arrives on Māyā’s doorstep, she is thrust into one of the most turbulent political climates in history. When she commits herself to the cause, she begins to shatter the illusions that have been deceiving her to discover the difference she’ll really make.
Private Gomer Jones Written by Marshall Pailet
Director: Sammi Canold, Music Director: Mona Seyed-Bolorforosh
Cast includes Stephen Bogardus (Broadway: Love! Valour! Compassion!; Bright Star), Dickie Hearts (Film: Tales of the City), Adam Hyndman (Broadway: Hadestown/Once on this Island), Jared Loftin (Film: Tick…Tick… Boom!), Johnny Link (TV: “Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist”), Patrena Murray (ART: Gloria: A Life), Christina Sajous (Broadway: Spongebob/American Idiot), and Heath Saunders (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812)
About Private Gomer Jones: 1914. Young Gomer Jones has ambitions to join the Welsh army. But since he’s lost his hearing, he needs the help of a nurse with ties to the Deaf community to fake his way past the recruiters. And so begins Gomer’s journey as a deaf soldier pretending not to be a deaf soldier. He loses friends, his moral compass and his humanity. And then, through a series of moments in an increasingly senseless war, he finds himself again. When he returns to Wales, his sense of purpose has been decimated. But hope for a humanistic life has been found.
TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix Book & Lyrics by EllaRose Chary, Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn
Director: Sherri Eden Barber, Music Director: Rose Van Dyne
Cast includes Courtney Bassett (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), karen EiLbacher (Film: Dietland/ Lady Liberty), Sara Porkalob (Broadway: 1776), Storm Thomas (Regional: Baltimore Center Stage), Skyler Volpe (Broadway: Sing Street), and Ada Westfall (Regional: A Play on War).
About TL;DR: TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix is a fantasy-driven, irreverent, rocking meta-analysis of queer women in media that asks, “why do strong female characters always gotta die?”. The cast and band, made up of six queer folks, defies the traditional cis, white, femme, skinny, able-bodied, male gaze-inspired concept of queer women in media. We start with T and L suspended in mid-air over the Grand Canyon – they promptly make out and then, with the help of their newfound queer community (The Band), seek a queer future that has never been modeled for them, the happy ending they deserve.
Previously announced casts.
AZUL Book by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani, Music by Jacinta Clusellas, Lyrics by Jacinta Clusellas, with additional lyrics by Tatiana Pandiani and Melis Aker, Vocal Arrangements by Jacinta Clusellas and Kurt Crowley
Director: Elena Araoz, Music Director: Kurt Crowley
Cast includes Danny Bolero (Broadway: In the Heights), Blanca Camacho (Broadway: In the Heights), Renata Eastlick (The Public’s For Colored Girls…), Henry Gainza (Broadway: On Your Feet), Robi Hager (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago), Claudia Mulet (National Tour: On Your Feet), Martin Sola (Broadway: On Your Feet) and Claudia Yanez (National Tour: On Your Feet)
About AZUL: In an epic world of magical realism, Bluebird, an idealist poet, seeks a better life in a new land. Years later, in present-day Jackson Heights, Rita, a composer, struggles to forgive her father, understand her roots and reconnect to a land she has never known. AZUL is a bilingual spectacle, as well as a psychological deep-dive into the immigrant father-daughter relationship. It questions the place of art in capitalism and explores how memory and imagination reshape immigrant identity. The score is a constellation of songs rooted in Latin American folkloric traditions, along with jazz and chamber music.
Fanny & Stella Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer, Book by SEVAN
Director: Stephen Brackett, Music Director: Emily Marshall
Cast includes Jake Boyd (Broadway: Rock of Ages), Nathan Lee Graham (Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Eddie Korbich (Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), Judy Kuhn (Broadway: Fun Home, Tony nom), Orville Mendoza (Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher), Mason Alexander Park (National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Jamila Sabares-Klemm (Chicago: Hamilton) and Heath Saunders (Upcoming Broadway: Company)
About Fanny & Stella: London, 1870s: Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton were unremarkable middle-class boys growing up in Dulwich, who fled their suburban upbringing to live as Fanny & Stella in frenetic Victorian London. A run-in with the law casts them in their own coup de théâtre: the sensational show-trial of the ‘He-She Ladies.’ Dominating the press and scandalizing the nation, the investigation exposed every sordid detail of their wild lives. In a time when simply being themselves made them a threat to the establishment, this ordeal would test their extraordinary friendship and the resolve of an empire.
Missing Peace Book, Music & Lyrics by Kalani Queypo and Kyle Puccia
Director: Jesca Prudencio, Music Director: Steven Cuevas
Cast includes Phoenix Best (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen), Nick Dalton (National Tour: Legally Blonde), Carolyn Dunn (Regional: Neechie-itas), Kyla Garcia (Regional: Sovereignty), Nic Rouleau (Broadway: The Book of Mormon) and Glenn Stanton (TV: “The Walking Dead”).
About Missing Peace: Chase wakes up from a coma, his past a blur. To his family’s surprise, Chase is happy and free until the dark memories begin to flood back like quick cuts of a movie trailer that just don’t add up. As Chase grapples with his attempted suicide, bad choices he’s made and the people he’s hurt along the way, he begins to work through his pain and heal relationships with those he loves the most.
Senior Class Book, Melodies & Lyrics by Melvin Tunstall III, Music by Greg Borowsky, Conceived by Kevin Duda
Director: Amy Anders Corcoran, Music Director: Andrew Bourgoin
Cast includes Amina Faye (Regional: Love in Hate Nation), Olivia Hardy (Broadway: Summer), Emma Lord (Regional: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Jose Luaces (Broadway: A Christmas Story, The Musical), Madison McBride (Regional: Godspell), Zachary Noah Piser (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen), Darius Wright (Upcoming Broadway: MJ The Musical) and Daniel Yearwood (Broadway: Hamilton)
About Senior Class: When the Senior Class Musical production of My Fair Lady is canceled due to budget cuts, two theater nerds in Harlem convince the school to do a one-night-only, royalty-free staging of Pygmalion. When they meet a subway dancer named Alizé, art begins to imitate life as they try to transform her into their perfect Eliza Doolittle. However, this new modern-day Eliza schools them all as she proves she can Doolittle and so much more.
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MORNING GLORY — (Via Deadline) Jennifer Aniston is teasing the new season of The Morning Show ahead of its Apple TV+ premiere this fall.
The Friends alum plays a morning show anchor named Alex Levy on the Jay Carson-created drama and is opening up about what to expect in Season 3.
“It’s a good, juicy one,” Aniston told People. “Everybody’s getting in trouble. Everybody has a secret. And everyone’s just walking the line. It’s a lot more sensual this year.”
Aniston shares the screen with Reese Witherspoon and they both executive produce the series. With Season 3 not even airing yet, the stars have already secured a fourth season When the show returns this fall to the streamer, it’ll pick up right after Season 2 ended and as the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged the fictional network UBA.
While making an appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this year, Aniston teased the new season of The Morning Show and talked about Jon Hamm joining the show.
“Everybody has a secret. We’re revealing a lot of secrets. There’s definitely romance,” Aniston said. “Mr. Jon Hamm is a big one. We were very excited to get him. Isn’t he the nicest guy? He’s this very handsome leading man and then he’s got this funny and… it’s just so fabulous.”
The cast of the show also includes Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Néstor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley, Desean Terry, Nicole Beharie, and many more. Steve Carell was also part of the show in its two first seasons.
Season 1 of the show was just sensational with Steve Carrel turning in a great performance. Season 2 was rather awful and because of that I was surprised it was even renewed at all. Aniston and Witherspoon are fantastic; terrific chemistry, but the real stars, at least for me, are Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass. Somehow, Crudup’s character was not given the same attention in Season 2 and that was a huge mistake IMO.
I’m a big Jon Hamm fan as well, so, I’m ready. Bring it on.
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Broadway’s Donnie Kehr delivered a superb show Sunday night at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room in NYC. He performed his current album Beautiful Strange in its entirety. With a top-notch band, it was just sensational. Seen there were: Cori Gardner; Benny Harrison; the China Club’s Danny Fried with daughter Gabriella and Lou Christie. Kehr’s pr-man David Salidor was also on hand. Kehr and his band even performed “Running Back” which was a hit 35 years ago when Kehr was in a rock-ensemble called Urgent. Stellar night …
Jann Klose was at Philadelphia’s Sellersville Theater a week back and Annie Haslam (Renaissance) was on for several songs. His new album Surrender is out and just an excellent work … The long-awaited movie The Flash is out next week and the first reviews are in and they’re sensational. Even Deadline’s moribund Pete Hammond, whose reviews are usually a snore-and-a-bore loved it. He event cited Michael Keaton’s return as Batman as brilliant. Check it out here: https://deadline.com/2023/06/the-flash-review-ezra-miller-michael-keaton-in-brilliant-return-batman-1235409735/ …
I hear there’s a new Project Grand Slam album out? One of Robert Miller’s former PR-persons (and there have been many) tipped us off about it. Congrats Mr. Miller … HBO, in their infinite wisdom, just cancelled Perry Mason after two seasons. Sad, but not surprising as it was a terrific show that had not only great writing, but great acting. Matthew Rhys and Juliet Rylance were sensational. Their second season was definitely harder to get through than their debut season, but still well written and performed. Sad … NBC’s Carson Daly just previewed what Spotify believes could be the songs of the summer. Taylor Swift; Jack Harlow; Rema with Selena Gomez were all picks; the only thing is, they all sounded the same … CNN’s Chris Licht – supposedly the savior to the network’s failing fortunes was fired Wednesday by David Zaslav after a disastrous article in The Atlantic. From our spies at CNN, this was no surprise and a most welcomed development. Zaz The Butcher should bring Jeff Zucker back …
Comic-legend Pat Cooper passed yesterday. Anthony Pomes from Square One Publishing said: “Pat was a mighty American comedy legend. He was brash, brave, and fearlessly original in his presentation of all his life’s truths. We (Square One) feel honored to have published his memoir. Having accompanied Pat to several shows and such for PR and to sell his book, I came to see the pussycat behind the scowly owl front. If he yelled at you, that meant that he LIKED you. Godspeed, Mr. Caputo – you were a great one” … And, RIP George Winston and Astrud Gilberto.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Benny Harrison; Steve Walter; Tony Sachs; Barry Fisch; Eppy; Peter Shendell; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Lush Ice; Joe Cocker; Kent Denmark; Kim Garner; Elizabeth Warner; Andrew Sandoval; Jason Elzy; Irving Azoff; Anthony Pomes; Anthony Noto; Robert Funaro; Joel Diamond; Vinny Rich; Benny Harrison; The Smith; Sasha Prendes; and ZIGGY!
Sainte Marguerite en Provence Set to Launch at Stylish New York Affair
Three cheers to summer! It means Rosé season is here!
Pernod Ricard USA has announced the launch of Sainte Marguerite en Provence rosé wines in the US market, offering free spirited rosé lovers an avant-garde approach to Provence rosé this summer. We hear that to celebrate there will be a soiree tomorrow where at the private stylish affair glasses will be raised in grand style.
In 1977, Brigitte and Jean-Pierre Fayard discovered Sainte Marguerite in La Londe-les-Maures, Provence, and immediately fell in love with it. They purchased seven hectares of vines and restored the “mas” (traditional farmhouse) surrounded by palm trees, now the symbols of their vineyard. These two self-taught, visionary, determined entrepreneurs identified the potential of Provence rosé wines – well before its rise to popularity in the early 2000s – and have actively contributed to their reputation by adhering to uncompromising quality standards.
Sainte Marguerite en Provence joined Pernod Ricard’s portfolio of premium wines and spirits in late 2022 and makes its debut in the US market ahead of National Rosé Day on June 10. Sainte Marguerite en Provence is characterized by a family history based on passion, high standards and a vision for the wines of Provence. Sainte Marguerite en Provence has two signature rosé wines – Symphonie and Fantastique – beloved for their finesse and elegance.
The Sainte Marguerite en Provence vineyard is a unique site of around 200 hectares, consisting of 11 plots spread over 22 kilometers, situated in one of the best Côtes-de-Provence AOC terroirs. This diversity of terroirs – including the famous La Londe, facing the Iles d’Or – offers a complete aromatic palette for blending Sainte Marguerite wines. This remarkable vineyard has been crafted patiently, over time, to suit the quality of the terroirs and the selection of grape varieties. Château Sainte Marguerite is also striking in appearance, with modern infrastructure of cement and glass alongside impressive walls of pink and orange, complementing the extraordinary taste and quality of its creations.
Out of the 17 grape varieties present in Provence, Sainte Marguerite en Provence has chosen three to blend its rosés. Grenache is its signature varietal, while Cinsault and Rolle have been selected for their complementary qualities. Grenache brings uniform elegance and fruity aromatic intensity. Cinsault expresses itself finely and delicately. Rolle (or Vermentino in Italian) completes the aromatic structure of subtle fruitiness. Planted according to the soil types and plot orientations, these three varietals form the style that differentiates Sainte Marguerite en Provence wines, which are popular for their elegance and finesse.
“Our top priorities at the vineyard are respect for the environment, our customers and our staff. This echoes the standards that guide us in everything we do. We gained knowledge of the different terroirs while building up the vineyard. Over 46 years, we’ve learned how to understand them in order to express their best qualities,” Olivier Fayard, Sainte Marguerite en Provence CEO and Winemaker, said. “We could have created traditional rosé wines, but we decided to go against the grain. This is all part of the heritage and positioning of Sainte Marguerite. The hallmark of a great wine producer is to know how to think outside the box and continually evolve.”
Symphonie Rosé: The Symphonie cuvée exemplifies an established savior-faire. It offers a harmonious composition distinguished by finesse, fresh notes and a generous aromatic profile, making this rosé a perfect introduction to the House style. Symphonie is a delicate shimmering pink color with a light, airy nose of citrus and white peach aromas.
Fantastique Rosé: Fantastique Rosé is the only organic Cru Classé in Côtes de Provence. This certified organic and vegan fine rosé wine is balanced, structured and precise. Fantastique Rosé is blended from Grenache, Cinsault and Vermentino grapes from the best parcels of the Château Sainte Marguerite vineyard. Tasting notes include peach, pear, citrus, floral notes and other exotic flavors.
Sainte Marguerite rosé wines do not conform to a moment, a place, or even a season. They can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with dinner in a gourmet restaurant. They go well with the flavors of Southern European cuisine as well as more exotic inspirations. Learn more at smpwines.com or following @saintemargueriteenprovence on Instagram.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Set to Return in Grand Style
The nation’s biggest Independence Day party will fill the night sky with jaw-dropping sparkles as the 47th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® caps off Independence Day with an explosive celebration. On Tuesday, July 4th at approximately 9:25 p.m., Macy’s will begin its signature pyrotechnic salute to America, featuring an array of dazzling shells and effects that will captivate spectators live in New York City and on television from sea to shining sea. This year’s revelry will launch 60,000 shells and effects from five barges positioned between E. 26th and E. 40th Streets along the East River with prime viewing from three boroughs in New York City.
“This year’s Macy’s Fireworks celebration will be nothing short of showstopping,” said Will Coss, executive producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. “Millions of spectators come together every year to witness the spectacular performance along the East River and we are ready to deliver a high-flying, jaw-dropping fireworks display that will fill the night sky with color, light, shapes, and thunderous sound. Paired with a score featuring American classics, this year’s celebration will honor trailblazers that have forged our past, present, and future.”
An annual New York City tradition since 1976, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks continues to dazzle millions of spectators across the nation with a showstopping experience that is sure to delight the senses. The 47th edition of Macy’s Fireworks is conceived, designed, and produced by Macy’s with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza. The 25-minute extravaganza is synchronized to a spectacular musical score and will feature a host of shells and numerous effects in 30 colors and shapes.
New effects that will enthrall revelers include a mile wide waving flag created by a combination of red, white, and blue palm and strobing shells, sunflower ring with crackling pistil shells, red stop sign shaped effects, and new Ghost pyro that turn from one color to another in an on/off design featuring four different hues.
This year’s pyrotechnic design will feature the most dynamic collection of animated shells ever launched during Macy’s annual spectacle. Dancing, swirling, pulsing, and sweeping across the skyline, the show will launch an average of 2,400 shells and effects per minute. With 60,000 total shells showcasing multiple effects the resulting pyrotechnic firepower will span a mile across the East River in a multi-layer presentation, reaching dramatic heights of 1,000 feet to the water’s edge.
Fireworks fans can get a sneak preview of the magic behind the spectacle by enjoying a special behind the scenes episode of Macy’s Live. Leading up to the big day, the Macy’s Fireworks team will showcase the inner workings of the pyrotechnic celebration. Visit macys.com/macyslive for the programming schedule.
For more information on the 47th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks visit macys.com/fireworks. In addition, follow and take part in the excitement on various social platforms via @macys and #MacysFireworks.
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MAISEL ENDS — In a season of major, major finales, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ended with just a stunningly good episode that tied up most of the loose ends from previous seasons and gave us a final, tragic look at Lenny Bruce as played by Luke Kirby.
Bruce was an acquired taste for sure. I well remember the fist time I heard him, I couldn’t quite believe it. Kirby had him down pat; so much in this final episode, as Bruce was beleaguered with legal troubles and his drug addiction was nearing an end. It ultimately killed him and his act back then essentially consisted of him reading from his lawsuits. It wasn’t funny at all, but sad and tragic.
CYNTHIA WEILL RIP — Cynthia Weill, who wrote with husband Barry Mann and Phil Spector “You Lost The Lovin’ Feeling” for the Righteous Bothers in 1964, has passed. She also wrote “Shades Of Gray” for The Monkees’ Headquartersalbum in 1967. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9ZxRjItD1o
SHORT TAKES — Criminal Intent revival? Vincent D’Onofrio has been bantering about on twitter. Great idea. It was always one of my favorites. Note to Dick Wolff : Chris Noth should return … Here’s Micky Dolenz with Queen’s Brain May on rehearsal day for the James Burton event in the U.K. … Terrific report from Roger Friedman in his Showbiz 411 column about the Queen-catalog. He’s absolutely on point -as always – check it out here: https://www.showbiz411.com/2023/06/02/queen-1-billion-catalog-deal-very-possible-says-expert-freddie-mercurys-heirs-like-mary-austin-and-band-members-could-become-very-very-rich…
In 1995, Cher did a version of of Marc Cohn’s brilliant “Walking In Memphis” for Warners. It was included on an album called It’s A Man’s World and was right before her huge hit “Believe.” Take a look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOJTKpzqk6M
Golden Moments – Grand Weekend at Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
The East Coast Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic this year was a grand and golden moment in 2023. More than 7,000 spectators joined together to watch in New Jersey at Liberty State Park on June 3.
Team Veuve Clicquot led by Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina Blaquier took on Team Liberty Comets for an exciting, action-packed match. To kick-off the day, Broadway star Brennyn Lark gave a heart-warming performance of the National Anthem for event attendees.
The summer weekend was stylish and fun as Emma Stone stunned in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton for a day out with her husband and friends. Simone Ashley then arrived in a bold colored Valentino mini dress for the fun afternoon of polo and champagne. And Jeremy Pope rocked a standout suite and enjoyed champagne with Darren Criss and Danai Gurira.
Delfina was the star player on the field and took home the award for MVP and made this a weekend to never forget.
Veuve Clicquot is a Champagne house founded in 1772 and based in Reims. It is one of the largest Champagne houses. Madame Clicquot is credited with major breakthroughs, creating the first known vintage champagne in 1810, and inventing the riddling table process to clarify champagne in 1816.
Photos Courtesy Veuve Clicquot / BFA
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