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GLOBES– Comedian Jerrod Carmichael hosted the 80th Annual Golden Globes Awards and his monologue was so raciest and biased – even blasting the Beverly Hilton where the event is held, as the place where Whitney Houston died. Boy, talk about killing a career. Have you heard about him since?

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Jo Koy who served as Sunday’s Globe host was somewhat offensive too, even though he wisely said that his jokes that caused the most outraged weren’t written by him. He’s supposed to be a great comic, but you certainly couldn’t tell from this performance.

The HFPA organization, which put on the show, I think is kaput, but no one really talked about it until Robert Downey Jr., accepted his award and he saluted the change. Downey was exceptional in Oppenheimer; which also brought awards for Christopher Nolan, who gave a very moving acceptance speech as well.

After Hollyweird’s two strikes last summer and fall, that impacted thousands, the show was a relatively smooth go. I wanted Downey to win, and he did, but also The Morning Show’s Bill Crudup, who I felt was sensational.

Barbie was somewhat shut out – winning for Best Song (Billie Eilish) and the Globe’s new category Cinematic and Box Office Achievement which is eligible for films that have hit 150 million and up. Truth be told, no way this category doesn’t sound a tad pretentious. I bet it’ll be canceled by next year.

Oppenheimer soared tonight. Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Supporting Actor. Coupled with below the line stuff like editing and cinematography, Oppenheimer is firmly in the lead for the Oscar’s.

Paul Giamatti’s Best Actor win — even in music or comedy — vaults him up to Number 2 behind Cillian Murphy in the Oscar race. In the cold right now is Bradley Cooper, whose masterful performance in Maestro still needs consideration. Even though I had mixed feelings about it, he was masterful.

Kevin Costner as a presenter was cool (although he looked like this was the last place on earth he wanted to be), as he went over some of the dialogue from Barbie with America Ferrara, but mostly it was calm and underwhelming. Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren sitting front-and-center were tremendously underused.

A final bit with Will Ferrrel and Kristin Wiig was hilarious. When Ferrel said the room smelled like hot sushi -which was served- the crowd erupted in laughter.

Face it, with faces like Jack Nicholson not available anymore, Ford and Mirren and Meryl Streep -who was there as well as Steven Speileberg and Martin Scorsese- definitely represent old Hollywood. And congrats to my neighborhood-friend Paul Giammati for his win for The Holdovers. He was, as usual, superlative.

Also, on an ironic note: Ricky Gervais won for Best Comedy. He should return as next year’s host.

BEGO & COCKER –— Tuesday night may well have been stormy, but scribe-Mark Bego had a blowout event at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room for his 68th Joe Cocker biography – With a Lot of Help from His Friends (Yorkshire Publishing). Bego’s pr-man David Salidor (re-covering from a leg-injury) told me that he had received 20 emails from guests bowing out of the event due to a torrential storm. Rain and wind.

We actually watched the outdoor elements for a time through the Cutting Room’s window and it was brutal. Kind of a Woodstock-night if you will.

Maria Milito and Mark Bego (by Jeff Smith)

Seen there were Dan Zelinski; Lou Christie; Maria Milito from Q1043; Getty’s Gary Gershoff; Bego’s manager Dave Marken and photographer Jeff Smith.

SHORT TAKES — 40 years later Purple Rain coming to Broadway. The story broke Monday AM. Stay tuned … Jodie Foster spoke to the U.K.’s Guardian about the trouble with Gen Z-ers. Ill advised? Check it out here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/jan/06/jodie-foster-generation-z-annoying-interview … Great interview on producer Ken Scott on his Beatle-memories via Music Radar. Check it out here: https://www.musicradar.com/news/abbey-road-engineer-ken-scott-on-recording-the-beatles-i-was-there-when-eric-clapton-played-the-solo-on-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps-but-it-was-just-another-day-at-the-office-so-it-didnt-mean-anything-at-the-time … And can The Sopranos really be celebrating their 25th anniversary? HBO/MAX is releasing some never-before-seen snippets of the show. To me, they shouldn’t. Let’s keep those memories as is …

Andy Cohen

I never would have thought Andy Cohen, of all people, would be the voice of reason on these incessant scammers. He’s right, but Andy Cohen? Amazing …

Micky Dolenz

Is there a secret Micky Dolenz gig coming up in LA? Stay tuned …Barbie’s Greta Gerwig’s next project, C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles Of Narnia … And, you know you’re big when a press release comes out announcing the start of filming: Stranger Things Season 5 has begun HAPPY BDAY Ami Dolenz; Donald Fagen; and Hap Pardo!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Barry Fisch; Eloise Keene; Perter Shendell; Jim Dawson; Eppy; Brad Balfour; Kent Kotal; Debbie Gibson; Barry Zelman; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent & Laura Denmark; Mark Alpert; Tony King; Markos Papdatos; Eppy; Maggie Vespa; Mark Simone; Bruce Spizer; Doug Weston; 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.

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Four Award-Winning Musical Theatre Writers Who Turned to Writing Books

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I am so pleased to announce our guest for next Wednesday’s show on April 17th are four award-winning musical theatre writers who turned to writing books.

For a veteran musical theatre dramatist, getting a new musical on is rarely easy, even at the healthiest of times. But when a pandemic stops everything cold—and a restless creative spirit is driven to both keep writing and reach an audience—what can be done? Well, four musical dramatists independently decided to meet the challenge head on with the same answer: Write a book! But their creative paths to near- simultaneous publication would be as unique as the rave-reviewed books themselves. And when they realized that their musical theatre backgrounds cast them as an equally unique quartet…they decided to come full circle back to the theatre community …to tell that story…the story of how their incredible books came to be…which in its way is also a universal story; a story for our time. A story of taking stock, taking a deep breath, taking new steps…and turning the page. Here are our writers:

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David Spencer is an award-winning musical dramatist, author, critic and musical theatre teacher, whose work has been produced in the US, Canada and England. His most well-known credits as lyricist-librettist are two musicals in collaboration with composer Alan Menken: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, based on the novel by Moredecai Richler (original cast album on Ghostlight Records) and Weird Romance (co-librettist: Alan Brennert; original cast album digital-on-demand from Columbia Masterworks). He made his professional debut writing the acclaimed colloquial English-language adaptation of La Bohème for the Public Theatre; and as composer-lyricist wrote scores and orchestrations for Theatreworks/USA’s young audience versions of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables (librettist-director for both: Rob Barron). His published books are The Musical Theatre Writer’s Survival Guide (Heinemann), the acting edition of Weird Romance (Samuel French)—and, pulpsmith proud, Passing Fancy, an original novel based on the TV series Alien Nation (PocketBooks). He recently completed a draft of his first straight play, Spirit Run (story by him and Jerry James).

David is an ex officio steering committee and faculty member of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, where he taught for over 25 years, and has also taught at HB Studio, Workshop Studio Theater in New York; and Goldsmith’s College and BML in London.

His book is The Novelizers: An Affectionate History of Media Adaptations and Originals, Their Astonishing Authors—and the Art of the Craft

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 Stephen Cole is an award-winning musical theatre writer whose shows have been produced from New York City to London to the Middle East and Australia. His off-Broadway musical with Matthew Ward, After The Fair, was nominated for the Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Best Musical and was subsequently produced in London to great acclaim. The Night Of The Hunter won the prestigious Edward Kleban Award and was produced in New York City, Dallas, and San Francisco, where it was nominated for several Bay Area Theatre Awards. The award-winning 1998 concept CD features Ron Raines, Sally Mayes, and Dorothy Loudon. Saturday Night At Grossinger’s has had successful runs in Texas (starring Gavin MacLeod), Los Angeles, and Florida. Broadway legend Chita Rivera toured in Casper, and Hal Linden and Dee Hoty starred in the world premiere of his musical adaptation of Dodsworth. In 2005, Stephen was commissioned to write Aspire, the first American musical to premiere in the Middle East. This experience resulted in another musical about the creation of that show entitled The Road To Qatar!, produced to rave reviews and awards Off-Broadway, in London, and at the Edinburgh Festival, garnering a Best Musical nomination. Among his other produced shows are Rock Odyssey, which played to hundreds of thousands of kids for ten seasons of productions at the Adrienne Arscht Center in Miami, and Merman’s Apprentice, presented in concert at Birdland in New York City, followed by an all-star cast album on Jay Records, and an acclaimed premiere production in Sonoma, CA in 2019. Stephen’s latest critically acclaimed musical is Goin’ Hollywood. Stephen’s published books include That Book About That Girl and I Could Have Sung All Night, the Marni Nixon story, currently in development as a feature film from Amazon. Stephen has also written several published stories and his real-life friendships with Ethel Merman and Mary Martin resulted in this, his first novel. Visit www.stephencolewriter.org.