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G. H. Harding

LOST IN SPACE 2 — One of the best cable shows I’ve seen in years (along with Maisel; Fleabag and Mindhunters) was the 2018 re-booted Lost in Space on Netflix. Sure, I was a fan of the original show (1965-1968): campy and fun for sure. Created by the legendary Irwin Allen (he also created Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea); it dealt with the lost-in-space Robinson family.

The re-boot, developed by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, switches to a very-dramatic and dark take; and, re-imagines the evil Dr. Smith (originally played by the whimsical Jonathan  Harris) as a woman; which is a spot-on performance by Parker Posey.

For some reason the 2018 take was only a middling hit and there was some question as to whether there’d be a Season two. On December 24,  Season Two debuts. Yes, it’s a strange time to drop a new season, but from the trailer, it looks tremendous.

Season One ended with the Robinson’s officially leaving the robot, which had helped only young-Will, but is seemingly possessed by some sort of trauma, which left many of its actions in question.

Parker, as Smith, befriends young Will to do her bidding. Again, Posey, known for her quirky roles, hits a high mark here.

Also tremendous are, Molly Parker, Toby Stephens and, Maxwell Jenkins. For fans of the original series (and, yes, there are still some around!) the robot has been given a re-boot too; now looking terrifically menacing.

If you haven’t seen this show yet; start with Season One. The money it cost to do this is all on the screen; sumptuous special-effects. It’s tremendous. 

GOLDBERG PASSES — (Via Deadline) Leonard Goldberg, a former president of 20th Century Fox and Head of Programming at ABC who’s numerous producer credits include creating Charlie’s Angels and Blue Bloods, along with such shows as T.J. Hooker, Family and Fantasy Island and many other TV show and movies, has died. He was 85. The Emmy winner died from injuries resulting from a fall December 4, his publicist told Deadline.

In partnership with Aaron Spelling, Goldberg was behind a string of hit TV series including Charlie’s Angels, Hart to Hart, The Rookies, Starsky & Hutch, Fantasy Island, Family and S.W.A.T. He won the NAACP Image Award for Television Producer of the Year for LAPD drama The Rookies.

Classic ABC series that bowed during his tenure include The Mod Squad, That Girl and Marcus Welby, M.D. He also was a pioneer of the made-for-TV format in the 1970’s.

“Television will always be here,” Goldberg said in a 2004 interview for the Television Academy Foundation. “It is the most powerful medium I’ve known of since the first time I saw it and why I switched from advertising to television. And when it’s used for all of its good, it’s fabulous.”

Goldberg also produced many feature films, including Charlie’s Angels (2000) and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and had an EP credits on this year’s Charlie’s Angels reboot from Elizabeth Banks. Other feature credits include Unknown (2011), Double Jeopardy (1999), The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), SpaceCamp (1986), WarGames (1983), All Night Long (1981) and Little League comedy sequel The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977).

The many 20th Century Fox hits released during his run as president include Broadcast News, Big, Die Hard, Wall Street and Working Girl.

“Unlike the engineer who builds a bridge to span a specific space or the lawyer who deals with the finite laws of our society,” Goldberg once said, “We, in the entertainment industry provide only flickering images on a television or movie screen. All we are bound by is our imagination, our creativity and our passion.”

Goldberg shared three Outstanding Drama Series Emmy noms for Family, which aired on ABC from 1976-80, and won an Emmy for the drama special Something About Amelia in 1984. He received a motion picture Showmanship Award from the Publicists Guild in 1984, was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame two years later and was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2007.

Born on January 24, 1934, in New York, Goldberg began his broadcasting career with ABC’s research department. He moved over to NBC a year later, advancing to the position of Supervisor of Special Projects. He then joined Batten, Barton, Durstine Osborne Advertising but returned to the ABC Network as Director of New York Program Development, and quickly rose to become VP Daytime Programming..

During his tenure at ABC Daytime, Goldberg introduced such memorable shows as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and Dark Shadows. A year later, he was named Head of Programming for ABC, a position he held for the next three years. It was during this period that he developed and introduced the new primetime format — Movies Made Directly for Television — which immediately became a favorite with viewers everywhere and which still provides some of the medium’s most innovative and stimulating shows. Among those ABC telefilms with John Travolta starrer The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

Under the aegis of his Mandy Films, Goldberg produced Something About Amelia, the 1984 ABC telefilm starring Glenn Close and Ted Danson. The highest-rated two-hour movie of its season, and one of the highest-rated ever for television, it reached as many as 70 million viewers. Amelia was internationally acclaimed for the frank and sensitive handling of the subject of incest.

NO NBC LOVE FOR DARLENE — From Darlene Love: Once again I was snubbed by Brad Lachman Productions who produce the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and instead they book another artist to perform my song “Christmas Baby, Please Come Home” each year!!!

Such an insult and let down!

They book these young artists who can’t even hit the notes properly and are off key.  Makes NO sense!!!

That’s my song and I’m still alive. Show me some respect!

My publicist has been trying for over ten years to lock this performance down for me and they keep saying that I’m not their demo or big enough and would only book me if Bette Midler or Bruce Springsteen would do it with me.

I would NEVER ask my friends to do that.  If you want them, go thru their team.

This business can be so unfair at times.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m TRULY blessed for what I have accomplished at 78 years of age, but it’s still a constant struggle to stay relevant and convince those who control the industry that I’m worth it.

I’m turning off the TV.  Gotta rest up for my holiday tour.

Thank you to all my fans and friends who do support me.  You keep my spirit happy and alive.



Forgotten Hits’ Kent Kotel summed up my thoughts perfectly: “It IS a shame that they ignore the artist who made this song famous … especially when she is ready, willing and able to sing it every year.  (What demo-friendly artist did they get to sing it instead?  When I saw the guest list for this show, I didn’t even know half of the names!)

So sad that anything to do with Christmas “tradition” is thrown by the wayside.”

You’d think that with the year NBC has had, they do it for the  positive ink they’d get. Amazing!

SHORT TAKES — Broadway’s J. Robert Spencer performs his “Waiting On Christmas” Monday night at the Broadway For All event at Lincoln Center, with Tony Shalhoub (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) hosting. It will be the debut performance for this new-Christmas-classic. Earlier Monday Spencer gets the podcast treatment from Zach Martin on his nationally-syndicated Big Fat American Podcast …

 Mark Bego with Linda Solomon

Celebrity-author Mark Bego guested at Linda Solomon’s book-launch last week in Tucson (and, even talked about his encounter with Ms. Franklin to the assembled gathering) for her new book on Aretha Franklin, The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin – An Intimate Portrait. Bego and Solomon are veterans of the legendary Kelly & Company TV show in Detroit, on WXYZ. Bego also visited with Micky Dolenz at his 50 Years Ago show Friday night show at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre. Dolenz by the way, is interviewed by Alec Baldwin this Tuesday for his podcast … As predicted, the Palm Restaurant empire is for sale. The legendary white-table cloth restaurant chain has been in Chapter 11 for the past year and in the opinion of many, in serious decline for years. We spoke to someone who ate there last week (after the David Bryne show) and said it just wasn’t what it once was. PR-pasha David Salidor, who handled the PR-for the West Side location for five years, said, “It was inevitable. When they jettisoned all the PR-people years ago, the writing was on the wall. The personnel, who went onto to run everything, just didn’t have their hearts in it. I can’t really comment on the court case which they lost, but it was unacceptable that they apparently attempted to defraud some of the original owners. With the right people running it, it could have reclaimed its original glory. Very sad for sure” … Happy Bday to Anthony Noto … Legendary photographer Reanne Rubinstein has passed. Here’s an excellent obit from The New York Times: …What is up with Nancy Peolosi’s right hand? Truly disturbing. Like something from a Hammer-horror epic … Nashville’s Dennis Scott, the man behind the terrific Thank You Mister Rogers CD, with artist like Micky Dolenz; Lee Greenwood; Jon Secada; The Cowsills;

Amy Billings; Dennis Scott and John Billings at Wine Down

Rita Wilson; and Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, visited Wine Down last week, in Nashville, to discuss the CD before an audience. Wine Down is the brainchild of musician John Billings and his wife Amy; a mainstay in Dolenz’s band for years …

Kjersti Long

We raved about 12-year old Kjersti Long earlier this year; a rave review in Digital Journal on her debut album (Stronger Than You Think I Am) … then nada. What happened? We tried to get to her PR-man, then found out he had resigned the project. Last week she appeared at a talent show in Flemington, New Jersey. We hear a major magazine is doing a story on what happened and the behind-the-scenes drama. Stay tuned  … Been listening heavily to Robbie Robertson’s latest album, Sinematic. Just terrific. A beautiful, sonic journey. Its close to being my #1 album of the year along with Stephen Bishop’s terrific, but way under-promoted We’ll Talk About It Later In The Car  … Top movies of the year so far include: One Upon A Time In Hollywood; The Irishman; and, Dolemite Is My Name … Best play so far: David Bryne’s American Utopia … We watched Netflix’s Marriage Story last night. The film has so far received just exemplary reviews and awards. I didn’t care for it. Sort of like a 2020-Kramer vs. Kramer. I love Adam Driver and he is the best thing in the movie. But I just didn’t get it …

Just got the new Chicago Christmas album, Chicago Christmas 2019. It’s been a great last few years for the band and we’ll get into the album next column … Not for nothing, but the version of “Electric Youth” that Debbie Gibson performed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade was not the original. It was a nice updated version for sure, but I miss the original. Great track for sure …RIP Ron Leibman.

NAMES IN THE NEWS: Jill Rappaport; Vinny Rich; Zach Martin; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Donna Quinter; Jason Elzy; Bruce Bozzi, Jr.; Sandy Gallin; Chris Gilman; Tony Shalhoub; Joel Diamond; Robert Funaro; Lee Jeske; Geoff Perren; Billy Jaymes; and, Ziggy!

G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outlets. His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.


My View: Clint Holmes Is In Town!



In the golden age of Manhattan night life top vocalists of the day would begin their engagements in venues like The Copa, Latin Quarter, Oak Room, Living Room, and similar glamorous nightspots.  In the same month you might have Jack Jones at the Plaza’s Persian Room, Buddy Greco swinging in the Americana’s Royal Box and Vic Damone headlining the Rainbow Room.  It all created a special kind of entertainment euphoria and excitement in New York City.

When the 54 Below advertisements came out heralding Clint Holmes’ engagement it rekindled that feeling for me.  Clint’s talent and fame have been well established over decades and he’s just the type of performer who makes a town more exciting when he’s appearing in it.  Seeing Clint’s extraordinary performance last night at 54 Below in his  show celebrating Peter Allen, (back to back after being thrilled by Tom Jones at The Beacon and Barry Manilow at Radio City) brought me back to that era of New York’s glittering night life.  What a joy to be in the audience and get that adrenaline rush from legendary performers whose artistry and charisma have not diminished, and are now communicating an even deeper expressiveness and musical eloquence than in their earlier years.

Here are photos from the closing night of Clint Holmes sensational run at 54 Below and an after party hosted by Producer Sunny Sessa saluting Director Will Nunziata, Music Director Michael Orland, guest artists Nikki Renee Daniels and Kelly Clinton- Holmes.




















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Theatre News: Doubt: A Parable, Here Lies Love, Prayer for the French Republic, Eisenhower and Hell’s Kitchen



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Tyne Daly and Liev Schreiber will star in a revival of Doubt: A Parable on Broadway. The production is to begin performances next February at the American Airlines Theater.

The new production is produced by the Roundabout Theater Company, and will be directed by Scott Ellis, who has been serving as the nonprofit’s interim artistic director since the death of artistic director Todd Haimes in April.

The play, by John Patrick Shanley, is about a nun who suspects a priest has sexually abused a student at a Catholic school. In 2005, the year it first opened on Broadway, it won both the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play; it was later adapted into a film and an opera.

Daly, who will play the nun who serves as the school principal, and Schreiber, who will play the parish priest, are both Tony winners. Daly, is known for her role in  “Cagney & Lacey”. She won the 1990 Tony Award for her portrayal as Mama Rose in the revival of Gypsy. Schreiber, is the star of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” He won a Tony Award in 2005 for a revival of Glengarry Glen Ross.

Doubt is one of three plays to be staged by Roundabout this coming season. The others are I Need That, a new play  by Theresa Rebek starring Danny DeVito alongside his daughter, Lucy, and Home, a 1979 revival, directed by Kenny Leon, by Samm-Art Williams.

David Byrne, Fatboy Slim and Here Lies Love are causing controversy with their July Broadway debut. The show’s extensive use of prerecorded music has the American Federation of Musicians’ Local 802, up in arms. The Local’s Broadway musical contract stipulate that productions employ 19 live musicians.

In response to the union’s concerns, Byrne and the show’s PR team released a statement on Instagram to lay out the production’s revolutionary format and genre-bending originality. Here Lies Love is not a traditional Broadway musical. The music is drawn outside of the traditional music genre. The performance of the live vocals to pre-recorded, artificial tracks is paramount to its artistic concept. Production has ripped out the seats in the theater and built a dance floor. There is no longer a proscenium stage. The Broadway Theater has been transformed into a nightclub, with every theatergoer immersed in the experience.

Here Lies Love is on Broadway because Broadway must support boundary-pushing creative work. Broadway is also the venue for a well conceived, high-quality show that highlights the valued traditions of specific cultures whose stories have never been on its stages. Here Lies Love does not believe in artistic gatekeepers. Here Lies Love believes in a Broadway for everyone, where new creative forms push the medium and create new traditions and audiences.

I saw Here Lies Love at The Public and not sure what kind of fast talking this is, but this statement rings false and full of how can we cut the costs while sticking it to the audience.

Photo by Murphymade

Prayer for the French Republic, by Joshua Harmon is coming to Broadway this season.This award-winning Off Broadway production played to rave reviews at The Manhattan Theatre Club. The production was the winner of the 2022 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. Broadway performances will begin previews on Tuesday, December 19, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with an official opening night on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. David Cromer directs.

Off Broadway: Tony winner John Rubinstein starts previews June 13 at St. Clement’s in one-man show Eisenhower.

Alicia Keys’ musical Hell’s Kitchen will run at The Public Theater from October 24 – December 10, starring Shoshana Bean. Inspired by Keys’ own life, the new musical features an original score by the 15-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, with a book by Kristoffer Diaz. Hell’s Kitchen will be directed by Michael Greif and choreographed by Camille A. Brown.

Leading the cast will be Maleah Joi Moon as Ali, opposite Bean as Ali’s mother Jersey, with Brandon Victor Dixon as Ali’s father Davis, Chad Carstarphen as Ray, Vanessa Ferguson as Tiny, Crystal Monee Hall as Crystal, Chris Lee as Knuck, Jackie Leon as Jessica, Kecia Lewis as Ali’s piano teacher Miss Liza Jane, Mariand Torres as Maria, and Lamont Walker II as Riq.

Completing the cast are Reid Clarke, Chloe Davis, Nico DeJesus, Timothy L. Edwards, Raechelle Manalo, Sarah Parker, and Niki Saludez, with understudies Badia Farha, Gianna Harris, Onyxx Noel, William Roberson, and Donna Vivino.

The musical is described as a coming-of-age story set in a cramped apartment in the neighborhood of the title near Times Square, where 17-year-old Ali is desperate to get her piece of the New York dream. Ali’s mother is just as determined to protect her daughter from the same mistakes she made. When Ali falls for a talented young drummer, both mother and daughter must face hard truths about race, defiance, and growing up.

The production has set design by Robert Brill, costumes by Dede Ayite, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Gareth Owens, and projection design by Peter Nigrini.


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Countdown to The Tony Awards: Who Will and Who Should Win in Best Performance in a Musical



The countdown is on and the winners of the 2022/2023 season will be announced in a live televised ceremony on Sunday, June 11. 

Here is who we think will win and who should.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical 

The Nominees

Annaleigh Ashford, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sara Bareilles, Into the Woods
Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo
Lorna Courtney, & Juliet
Micaela Diamond, Parade 

This to us is a no brainer … Victoria Clark performance has stood out since she brought Kimberly Akimbo to life off-Broadway in 2021. Though Annaleigh is a terrific performer this is Victoria’s year.

Will Win: Victoria Clark
Should Win: Victoria Clark 

J. Harrison Ghee photo by Marc J. Franklin)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical 

The Nominees

Christian Borle, Some Like It Hot
J. Harrison Ghee, Some Like It Hot
Josh Groban, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Brian d’Arcy James, Into the Woods
Ben Platt, Parade
Colton Ryan, New York, New York 

This is another no brainer J. Harrison Ghee gives a textured layered performance. Ben Platt and Josh Groban cancel each other out, though both are riveting performances.

Will win: J. Harrison Ghee
Should win: J. Harrison Ghee 

Bonnie Milligan photo by Joan Marcus

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical 

The Nominees

Julia Lester, Into the Woods
Ruthie Ann Miles, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo
NaTasha Yvette Williams, Some Like It Hot
Betsy Wolfe, & Juliet 

Bonnie Milligan took the theatre community by storm in Head Over Heels, but it was not her time. This year Milligan commands the stage and you definitely remember her performance.

Will win: Bonnie Milligan
Should win: Bonnie Milligan 

Alex Newell photo by Matthew Murphy & Evan Zimmerman)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical 

The Nominees

Kevin Cahoon, Shucked
Justin Cooley, Kimberly Akimbo
Kevin Del Aguila, Some Like It Hot
Jordan Donica, Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot
Alex Newell, Shucked 

Many think Alex Newell was snubbed in 2018 for his performance in Once on This Island. Newell gets standing ovations over at Shucked for “Independently Owned” and they are well deserved. Kevin Del Aguila to me was a breath of fresh air and made me love his performance not once, but twice.

Will win: Alex Newell
Should win:Kevin Del Aguila



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National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Summer Soirée With Barry Manilow, Julie Benko, Adam B. Shapiro, Michael Zegen and More



On June 19 the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Summer Soirée at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers is set to impress. Adam B. Shapiro (from the cast of the award winning Fiddler on The Roof in Yiddish), will be the Master of Ceremonies The celebrity address will be by Michael Zegen, co-star of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” with a special performance by Julie Benko, the sensational breakout star of Broadway’s Funny Girl. Benko has joined the cast of Harmony coming to Broadway this fall.

Musical Moments from NYTF’s Upcoming Season including a performance by Danny Kornfeld from Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Broadway Bound New Musical ‘Harmony

The evening will also feature performances from artists who have been part of  NYTF’s stellar productions, including a special appearance by The Mameles, whose singing trio – Maya Jacobson, Raquel Nobile and Jodi Snyder – met while starring in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish.

Throughout the night, attendees also will be treated to performances by: Dani Apple, Joanne H. Borts, Aaron Diskin, Brian Glassman, Sophie Knapp, Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Yosef Kogan, Frank London, Avram Mlotek, Jenny Romaine, Rachel Yucht, Avi Fox-Rosen, Ilya Shneyveys, Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, and Matt Temkin and the Schechter Bergen Children’s Chorus

Indulge in a delightful cocktail reception followed by an exquisite dinner as you prepare to be dazzled with exclusive previews of musical moments from NYTF’s upcoming 2023-2024 Season.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban in Sweeney Todd



Sweeney Todd is a show that thrilled me when I saw the original Broadway production in 1979. The current Broadway production is just as thrilling, with Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban making the roles of Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd their own unique creations. The entire cast is excellent.
I wish I had the time to draw everyone in this terrific production. I consider Sweeney Todd to be the best of all of his greats. Each song is so special.
Here in my drawing, I tried to capture the feeling and atmosphere  that Annaleigh and Josh put on that stage.
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