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G. H. Harding

CHICAGO  CHRISTMAS — Chicago’s 37th album, is their fourth holiday collection and it’s just one terrific package. For me, a devout-Burt Bacharach fan, the band’s rendition of his (and, Hal David’s) “What The World Needs Now Is Love” is just sublime. With (Skinny Boy) Robert Lamm handling the vocals (as well as the arrangement) it’s just a sensational rendition and, truth be told, just the right kind of sentiment we need right  now.

Robert Lamm

Produced by the band’s Lee Loughnane, it’s certainly not the cutting-edge Chicago of the James Guercio days, but, is an enjoyable as ever. The lead-off track, “(Because) It’s Christmastime” immediately sets the tone for the whole album … and, its a great track.

We also loved “All Over The World” which stands on its own as a terrific single choice. The tone in this song is vintage-Chicago and probably why I immediately gravitated towards it.

James Panko’s “I’m Your Santa Claus” and “Merry Christmas, I Love You” immediately convey the season’s joys as well.

Touring with Rick Springfield next year (an inspired coupling!) and being in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade … Chicago never disappoints. 

Zach Martin and J. Robert Spencer

SPENCER GOLD  I’ve been around for quite a while (some may even say too long!) and have had the opportunity to write about some terrific personalities, and some not so terrific personalities, but, on a rain-drenched Monday morning in New York, I spent a few hours in the morning, and a bit more at night, with actor J. Robert Spencer (Jersey BoysTONY-nominated in  Next to Normal) and I must say, that he is without a doubt, not only a star-on-the-rise, but one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the good fortune to be around. His determination, his observational skills, his commitment to the art, just knocked me out. A real true breath of fresh air.

I met him Monday AM, with his pr-man David Salidor, at a taping of the Zach Martin podcast (Big Fat American), and for the next hour, listened to his story; his thoughts about family and his commitment to the arts. Heartfelt stories for sure, but with a terrific sense of humor about it. The two also talked about the writing, recording and release last week of his Christmas single, “Waiting On Christmas.” That track has been greeted with a terrific response and, IMO, is on its way to becoming a new holiday must-have.

Listen to it here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/bigfatamerican/waiting-on-christmas-copy?fbclid=IwAR2WOXywUxZMl0ELF9Zd80CwnA1QV45y0Xsyli1bPV6y4W5byRkDphM25DU

 After a few hours drying out, we all re-grouped at the Big Apple Circus tent at Lincoln Center, for this year’s Broadway For All Cabaret At The Circus holiday benefit. With the rain just plummeting down outside, Bobby did a sound-check with the kids who would join him on the chorus, for the world premiere of the song.

Hosted by Tony Shalhoub (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), the show featured terrific performances by Krysta Rodriguez (Hercules); Megan McGinnis (Les Miserables); Amber Iman did a stirring version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Heidi Rodewald and Slew. Just an amazing selection of artists.

There are several projects in the wings for Spencer. He told me a few of them and they all sounded terrific. One of the good guys for sure. Terrifically impressed. Watch his star rise.

We also saw our old friend Pete Sanders at the event; handling PR-for the event. Also seen there: Spencer’s PR-man David Salidor and manager Nyle Brenner;  Broadway For All’s Osh Ghanimag and Noah Harouche; and, Jenny Lynn, Spencer’s wife. A great time was had by all.

 Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam at The Groove 

MILLER’S GROOVE — Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam played NYC’s The Groove – which was totally re-furbished in four days according to the club’s manager Julien, Sunday night and it was one of their best shows ever. Miller’s aggregation played all their signature tunes, but also previewed several new numbers for their next album: which is set for early next year. The new track “I’m Falling Off Of The World” is an instant PGS-classic. Also, their take on The Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Girl” (which Ringo sang) is sensational.

Guitarist Tristan Clark and vocalist Marilyn Castillo both really shined this night, as did Miller on bass. Just a sensational show.

Miller’s PGS is re-imagining jazz-fusion and it was interesting watching the crowd grow and grow and really champion the band. It was an early show this Sunday, but by the time they finished, the house was packed.

Miller’s upcoming show at My Father’s Place (February 2-21-20) in Roslyn, Long Island, will be terrific. There’s a serious number of jazz-fans out there and they’ll love the performance.

Mark Bego with Micky Dolenz 

SHORT TAKES — Celebrity-author Mark Bego visited with Micky Dolenz on one of the final dates of his It Was 50 Years Ago tour, at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix last week. Bego’s Rocketman (Pegasus), on Elton John is out next month … Here’s an interesting new tour going out in the New Year: The Guess Who; Firefall; The Babys and Ronn Moss from Player. Say what you will, but these multiple-headline acts do work very well. But, I wonder how many, if any, of the original members are included. Industry pundits say you need only one original member to make a go of it … Monday’s Golden Globes nominations were sure interesting. For the first time in the TV category, network TV was essentially ignored. Its seems to be now all about, and only about, what you can stream.The Movie noms were more on point. Kudos to Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Those actors, in their respective roles, really deserve the attention. Rocketman was a surprise too. If you recall, the out-of-order sequences really  bothered me. But, the subject matter and songs were well played. Marriage Story on Netflix, I do not understand at all. That movie did bother me, and, Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin can do no wrong … Remember when Micky Dolenz sat in with The Roots on the Jimmy Fallon Show? NBC-mate Seth Meyers’ band often features a guest-drummer. J. Robert Spencer started playing drums because of Micky Dolenz and shortly could be the guest drummer on Meyers. Amazing, right? …

Wendy Stuart Kaplans’s She’s The Last Model Standing

And, finally, for a terrific holiday gift and awesome read, check out Wendy Stuart Kaplans’s She’s The Last Model Standing. Written by Stuart and David Wallace, it is a veritable treasure trove of fabulous intel. Stuarts says: “This holiday season it doesn’t mater if you’ve been naughty or nice cause I’ve been both!.” Available on Amazon. Terrific read.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Justin Packard; William Schill; Alan Kaplan; Andrew Saffir;  Noah Harouche; Michelle Grant; Jane Blunkell; Jodi Ritzen; Alicia Spiegal; Anthony Pomes; Rudy Shur; and CHIP!

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.

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Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe applauds Infolist’s CEO Jeff Gund, even my friend E! TV-Founder Larry Namer joined this VIP event.

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H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe at Jeff Gund Infolist Red Carpet Event

One of the first people I met in Hollywood was Jeff Gund. He runs Infolist and is the secret superhero of the entertainment industry. His network connects actors with directors, casting agents with producers and production companies with networks. watching my friend Jeff working endlessly to make The Industry in Hollywood an awesome and connected place, I am always speechless how he rocks his Red-Carpet extravaganzas. He personally invited me to attend his Infolist.com Red Carpet Pre Comic-Con Bash and it was spectacular.

E! Television Founder Larry Namer and H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Having just messaged with my friend Larry Namer, the nicest of the uber-accomplished Hollywood Moguls  – he founded E! Television – I was happy to see him there and he was the indicator for a great Red-Carpet event. My parents Prince Waldemar and Princess Antonia zu Schaumburg-Lippe have attended an Infolist event with me years ago and its just great fun to see so many industry friends again and meet new ones like Colin Ford from The Hill, Jordan Roman or Leckie Roberts. And all those news: Gennadiy Photography has a new pageant event coming up at the Taglyan, where i opened LA Fashion Week. Silvia Masera is branching out her Gala Events to Europe. And many new celebrity shows popped up on the red carpet, with wonderful hosts.

Infolist CEO Jeff Gund with H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

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24 BACK — (Via TV Line) The clock is ticking (again): A movie adaptation of the hit Fox drama 24  is in early development at 20th Century Studios, our sister site Variety reports.

Keifer Sutherland

Brian Grazer, who executive-produced the original series, teased the prospect of a film version in a June interview with MSNBC’s Squawk Box. In a discussion of different legacy IP brands at his production company Imagine Entertainment, Grazer mentioned a 24 movie in the works “that we’re going to do in a very interesting way with Disney and Fox.”

The project is still in the very early stages, though, so there’s no word yet if Keifer Sutherland will return to reprise his role as counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer in the film. Sutherland starred as Bauer during 24′s original run, which aired for eight seasons on Fox beginning in 2001. The real-time thriller became a hit and won a number of awards, including Emmys for best drama series and for Sutherland as best lead actor in a drama. Sutherland returned as Bauer for the limited series 24: Live Another Day, which aired in 2014. Fox also tried a spinoff, 24: Legacy, in 2017 — with Corey Hawkins taking over the lead role — but that was scrapped after a single season.

The way I see if – and, as a longtime fan of both the show and Sutherland – is that if Keifer is not there, it’s not worth doing. Agreed?

Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford


SHORT TAKES — I watched an interview with Kathie Lee Gifford on Today Wednesday and didn’t even recognize her. Check out the clip here: https://www.today.com/health/news/kathie-lee-gifford-hip-surgery-rcna162079 … Great Micky Dolenz interview from the Monterey Country NOW by Dave FariesMicky Dolenz of The Monkees – and much more – still thrives on stage with songs and stories. | Music | montereycountynow.com

Brad Balfour (Film Festival Traveler) interviewed Steven J. Immerman on his In Search Of Pleasure Island tome this week… Home Depot loads in their Halloween-toys and treats this weekend. It may seem a bit early, but October will here before you know it. A PR-source of ours was about to work on a Halloween-movie coming out in September and had a co-promotion event with the store and the movie; then it all fell apart. Seems to me this would have been a superb tie-in … One of the great A&R men of them all Ed Rosneblatt passed this week in LA. From Peter Gabriel to Madonna to Neil Young; Eddie had a hand in it. Take a look at this story from Hits:https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=341939&title=EDDIE-ROSENBLATT-1934-2024 

Cameron Crowe

Meryl Streep is set to essay Joni Mitchell in a film by Cameron Crowe. Big news for sure. Crowe’s Almost Famous is a stone-called classic; as is Crowe …

Francis Ford Coppola

This year’s Kennedy Center Honors will be awarded to director Francis Ford Coppola, rock band Grateful Dead, blues and rock singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval and the venue The Apollo. The ceremony will take place on Dec. 8, for broadcast on Dec. 23 …

We haven’t weighed in on Apple +’s Presumed Innocent; the re-working of Scott Turow’s book (in 1987) and movie (in 1990), but the finale is next week and the show’s just been renewed for a second season. Jake Gyllenhaal has been great, as has Bill Camp, but David E. Kelly’s words have been just off the charts. For me, it’s the best Kelly’s done since Big Little Lies. If you haven’t seen this series yet, watch all the 8 episodes. It’s a gift for sure. Stunningly good … Just received: NYC’s legendary West Bank Cafe will close …

Tom Viola (by Tristan Fuge)

After an extraordinary run of 36 years, Broadway Cares’ Tom Viola is leaving. Bravo Tom! … RIP Bob Newhart!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Hoda Kotb; Roseanna Scotto; Ray ‘Pinky’ Velazquez; Jim Burgess; Stephanie Shepherd; Monica Lynch; Robert Dragatta; Len Berman; Brad Balfour; Jim Milliot; Sue Simmons; Cindy Adams; Liz Smith; Claudia Cohen; Neal Travis; Richard Johnson; Howard Smiley; and SADIE!

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park

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106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park brought Disney to its 2024 program. The Bryant Park stage is located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Lawn seating is first come, first serve.

This weeks performances came from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

And The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

 

 

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A Tribute to Tony Award-Winning Composer Steven Lutvak

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NYU Skirball Center will honor the late Tony Award-winning composer Steven Lutvak, the musical mind behind the Tony Award-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, with performances and tributes from family and friends in a celebration of his life on Thursday, July 18 – which would have been his 65th birthday – at 3:00 PM. The event will include performances by Broadway Inspirational Voices, Crystal Monee Hall, Bryce Pinkham, Catherine Walker, Scarlett Strallen, Catherine Porter, Lori Wilner, and Jenna Pastuszek, and feature songs from A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical, 2014), his albums Ahead of My Heart and The Time It Takes, and several never-before heard works-in-progress. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. For tickets, please visit tickets.nyu.edu/stevenlutvak

Born and raised in the Bronx, Mr. Lutvak was a talented multi-hyphenate, working as a cabaret performer, music arranger, director, and as a performance coach in addition to his songwriting and compositional work. As a singer-songwriter, he performed across the country, including successful New York engagements at Carnegie Hall, which led to releasing two albums, The Time It Takes and Ahead of My Heart.

Mr. Lutvak made his Broadway debut with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder in 2014, for which he composed the music, and co-wrote the lyrics with Robert L. Freedman. The musical won the Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Musical. The pair had previously written the musical Campaign of the Century together, which won the California Musical Theater Competition from the Beverly Hills Theater Guild.

Other musicals by Mr. Lutvak include Almost September, The Wayside Motor Inn (an adaptation of a play by A. R. Gurney), and Esmeralda. For the screen, Mr. Lutvak composed the title track for the film Mad Hot Ballroom, and the score to Anything But Love, starring Eartha Kitt and Andrew McCarthy. Mr. Lutvak was a highly awarded composer, receiving the Kleban Award for Lyric Writing for the Theater, the Fred Ebb Award for Songwriting for the Theater alongside Freedman, the American Theatre Wing’s Jonathan Larson Grant, the Johnny Mercer Foundation’s Emerging American Songwriter Award, two Bistro Awards, three MAC Awards, and multiple ASCAP Awards.

In his later years, Mr. Lutvak worked as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the New York University Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.

Mr. Lutvak died October 9, 2023 at the age of 64. He is survived by his husband, Artistic Director of Flight Path Dance Project, Michael McGowan, and their daughter, Eliot Rose Lutvak-McGowan.

The tribute to Steven Lutvak will take place at NYU Skirball Center, located at 566 LaGuardia Place, between West 4th and West 3rd Street, on Thursday, July 18 at 3:00 PM. Running time is 90 minutes with no intermission. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. For tickets, please visit tickets.nyu.edu/stevenlutvak

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Allison Eden

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Allison Eden. Allison is the visionary artist who is creating the look at Serendipity 3, which will be opening this year on 47th Street, in Times Square. Today, she stands as a pioneer in the design world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative glass and stone mosaic masterpieces.

To see Allison’s work and learn more click here.

I am so grateful to my guest Allison Eden.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

Suzanna, Allison and Rommel

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

The Daily Geek Report” has also named host Suzanna Bowling on the list of Most Engaging Hosts. Thank-you so much for recognizing us and thank-you Eileen Shapiro who has helped us get noticed, we are so grateful.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

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https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

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Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

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