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CRAIG’S STAND — Tony winner and Blue Bloods star Len Cariou and UnREAL‘s Craig Bierko will co-star in Harry Townsend’s Last Stand, a new Off Broadway play set for a limited run this fall at New York City Center.

Written by George Eastman and directed by Karen Carpenter (Love, Loss and What I Wore), the new play is set for City Center’s Stage II for a strictly limited engagement beginning previews November 18 and opening December 4.

Harry Townsend’s Last Stand follows 85-year-old Harry Townsend (Cariou), a widower, living alone in the Lakeside home he built in Vermont. While he still possesses a sharp mind and a dry wit, he is getting up there in age. Beside his daughter, Sarah, the one happiness in his life is his son, Alan (Bierko), who is finally coming home after an 18-month absence. Yet Alan’s return is accompanied by an agenda that puts the aging father and his concerned son at odds.

The production describes the play as “a story of complex family dynamics, passion, humor and the shorthand of communication that we have with our loved ones.”

Cariou won his Tony for 1979’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the Stephen Sondheim musical in which he starred opposite Angela Lansbury. His extensive stage credits include A Little Night Music, Night Watch, The Speed of Darkness, Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party and Proof.

Feature film credits include Spotlight and Flags of Our Fathers. He stars as patriarch Harry Regan on CBS’ Blue Bloods.

Bierko was last on TV in the Lifetime/Hulu series UnREAL, with other credits including Boston Legal, Damages and The Good Wife. He starred on Broadway in Des McAnuff’s Guys & Dolls, Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man and most recently in Matilda.

GOOD ‘n SCREWED — In this column’s second generation, we raved about a proposed TV-series entitled Good ‘n Screwed, from the very talented actress Joanna Bonaro. Cindy Adams raved about several times and the media people who saw the sizzle-reel just adored it. Robert Funaro, from The Sopranos and the upcoming The Irishman, was in it and just dazzled everyone with his portrayal of a possible suitor for Joanna’s character.

Joanna Bonaro

It was unspooled at least a dozen festivals and even took several prizes, but then, just stone silence.

With the success of such shows as Grace and Frankie and the current Kominsky Method, this plot, about a suddenly divorced middle-aged woman, was topical, timely and just beautifully done.

We were given an advance look from their press agent and just feel in love with it. What happened? If you know … clue us in.

Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (10248414h) Neil Young performs at the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo, in Napa, Calif 2019 BottleRock Valley Music Festival – Day 2, Napa, USA – 25 May 2019

NEIL’S HARVEST — Neil Young has long shied away from performing his classic albums in concert, and, in a new interview with AARP, he says that is unlikely to change any time soon.

“I was just offered millions of dollars for a tour to do Harvest,” he told writer Edna Gundersen. “Everyone who played on Harvest is dead. I don’t want to do that. How about planting instead of harvesting?”

Sadly, Neil Young isn’t exaggerating when he says that everyone from his Harvest-era band the Stray Gators is dead. Pianist Jack Nitzsche died in 2000, drummer Kenny Buttrey died in 2004, pedal-steel guitarist Ben Keith died in 2010 and bassist Tim Drummond died in 2015. “I miss my old friends, all of whom are gone, except for the wonderful music they made while they were here together on Earth,” Young wrote on his Archives website in 2018. “I was so lucky to know them and make our music together.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Young talks about his possible 2020 tour plans. “If I decide to go on the road, I’d like to do a democracy tour next year with different people that keep changing,” he said. “Not right or left. Democracy is not you on this side and me on that side just to see who wins.”

He also said his poor relationship with David Crosby makes a CSNY reunion unlikely. “Crosby should write an introspective book: Why People Won’t Talk to Me Anymore,” he said. “He made a lot of great music for a long time. I don’t know what happened with David. I got nothing to say. I love Stephen. I love Graham. If a reunion happens, it would be a surprise. I won’t close the door on anything. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there’s a reason for it.

Finally, he said that a retirement tour will never happen. “I’d feel like Cher,” he said. “Don’t retire unless you really aren’t interested. I’m interested. It hurts a little to play now where it didn’t before. I don’t hear quite as well as I did before. My voice is not like it was before. Show me something that is like it was before. I feel good about the future. The idea is, do not stop moving.”

SHORT TAKES — There’s a new album set for OD’s Harry Styles, called Fineline which has as its cover, a photo of Styles that must have been shot with a fisheye lens, wearing a flamboyant pink ruffled plunging Gucci shirt and high-waited white flared trousers with gold buttons on them. It’s positively daft. Legions of Styles-fans must be re-arranging their wardrobe even as we speak. It’s due Friday, December 13.

Kjersti Long

Stay tuned … 12-year old wunderkind Kjersti Long was shooting a new video for a track off her debut album for Van Dean’s Broadway Records. What happened to it? She’s one of this year’s star-breakouts if you ask me … Industry blog-blubber Bob Lefsetz has been dating Felice Mancini; daughter of the legendary composer Hank Mancini. Hmmmm

The Orville

…. Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville, a terrific show btw, moves from FOX over to Hulu sometime next year. Hulu is a pay-streaming service. I don’t get it and don’t think I will. I’d love to know the intrigue behind why a successful network shows moves over to a pay-for-play service. To me, the show’s history … I watched last week’s The View where Supreme-Mary Wilson was a guest. Cory Booker was the lead guest and essentially hi-jacked the show; with his girlfriend Rosario Dawson sitting in the audience … looking quite sensational btw. With a scant five minutes left, Wilson was introduced and was interviewed by Whoopi Goldberg, who wrote the foreword to the book Supreme Glamour,written with celebrity-author Mark Bego. The interview was just fine, but it seemed liked a countdown clock was on. Surely, The View could have done better … My colleague Roger Friedman (Showbiz 411) broke the news, but I’m going to relay it: The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies is joining the fifth season of Showtime’s Billions. Also, actor-Corey Stoll will be joining the show as well. I’ll be honest, I don’t watch it, but with Margulies joining, I just may have too … Some of the early reviews of Marty Scorsese’s The Irishman were almost biblical. Now that it’s being shown and screened, some are saying that it’s about an hour too long. Me? I’m a huge fan of Scorsese and will see it as he released it. Stay tuned! …

And, Donnie Kehr’s Rockers On Broadway is next Monday, 11/11 at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge. He’s here with Motown’s Morgan James in rehearsal.

Donnie Kehr, Morgan James

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Evan Levy; Tracey Jordan; Harry Burton; Tony Seidl; Dan Melinski; Jim Milliot; MA Cassata; Andrew Sandoval; Henry Mancini; Michael Jensen; Stephen Bishop; Tom & Lisa Cuddy;

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.


Did You Know Andrea Bocelli and Hauser Performed Live from Times Square



Combining world-class musical performances with intimate conversations across the awe-inspiring Italian countryside, The Journey: A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli is an exploration of the moments that define us, the songs that inspire us, and the relationships that connect us to what matters most. The film hits theaters April 2 – 9 and you can watch it through fantom events.

The Journey is an exploration of the moments that define us, the songs that inspire us, and the relationships that connect us to what matters most. Bocelli and his wife Veronica travel on horseback along Italy’s Via Francigena, an ancient road traveled by pilgrims for centuries in the footsteps of the apostles and saints. Along the way, they are joined by friends Michael W. Smith, Tori Kelly, Tauren Wells, and TAYA for world-class musical performances in some of Italy’s most magnificent venues and majestic locations. Following a blessing from the Pope, Bocelli’s children Matteo and Virginia make appearances in this amazing adventure, as well as musicians and singers Katherine Jenkins, Clara Barbier Serrano, 2Cellos, 40 Fingers, and many others.

To celebrate this release Andrea Bocelli and Hauser performed Melodramma live from Times Square.

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Wanna Be A Rockette? Open Auditions Are Here!



Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Radio City Rockettes are having an open call audition for the 2023 Christmas Spectacular on Thursday, April 20 at Radio City Music Hall, with callbacks on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2023. Audition for male identifying auditions will be held April 26th.

You have to be proficient in jazz, tap and ballet. You must be between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 1/2  inches tall and You must be at least 18 years of age.

The Radio City Rockettes are a world-renowned dance company known for their athleticism and iconic precision style combining elements of ballet, jazz, and tap, as well as techniques of modern and contemporary dance. In addition to the Christmas Spectacular, the Rockettes perform annually in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree lighting, and have appeared on some of the biggest events in entertainment, including the Tony Awards, the MTV VMAs, the NYC Pride Parade, and “Saturday Night Live.” Most recently, the Rockettes were featured in the Hallmark movie “A Holiday Spectacular” and performed with Mariah Carey in her holiday special filmed at Madison Square Garden, “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All!”

As a Rockette, dancers have access to excellent benefits, including year-round health insurance, a competitive 401K, and a tuition assistance program for accredited and approved courses, as well as a reimbursement plan for many voice, dance, technique, wellness, and fitness classes.

Audition registration for the Radio City Rockettes, ensemble and more is officially open for the 2023 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes presented by QVC. Audition to be a part of New York City’s favorite holiday tradition and you can register today. Click Here.

Dancers auditioning for the Radio City Rockettes will also be considered for Rockettes Conservatory, the dance company’s invite-only, week-long training intensive, which serves as the main talent pipeline for the line.

Female Identifying Dancers*, Voice Ensemble and Principal Roles will be cast through invited agent calls only – there will be no open call audition for these roles.

*Includes gender expansive identities (trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and gender queer.)

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Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live: The Tour Starts in North Texas for a Limited Engagement



The global stage sensation Magic Mike Live: The Tour is created and directed by Channing Tatum, Magic Mike Live is bringing its magic to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for a limited engagement for five weeks only starting May 11.


The Tour is co-directed and choreographed by film franchise choreographer Alison Faulk with co-choreographer Luke Broadlick and associate choreographers The Bartley Brothers (Anthony and Charles), with original music by Jack Rayner, and production design by Rachel O’Toole.

Producing is Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh, Reid Carolin, Greg Jacobs, Peter Kiernan and Nick Wechsler in association with Vincent Marini, Bruce Robert Harris, Jack W. Batman, Julian Stoneman, Louis Hartshorn, Brian Hook, Gavin Kalin, Hunter Arnold, Los Angeles Media Fund, ZKM Media, Richard Winkler, Alan Shorr, Dawn Smalberg, Marlene and Gary Cohen, and Simon Thomas. Emmy and Tony Award-winner Michael Cohl and his partner Tony Smith, principals with Bat Out of Hell Productions, will serve as the lead promoters. The tour

Hot on the heels of the hit film Magic Mike’s Last Dance, the North American touring production will perform 10 shows a week in a custom-built venue located in the center of the action at the vibrant Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, TX. The tour’s North Texas engagement was announced today with an electrifying performance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, giving viewers across the country a sneak peek at the spectacular production. A limited number of tickets starting at $69 are on sale now and going fast at 

Thanks to the incredible audience support of Magic Mike’s Last Dance in North Texas, the magic is heading live and in-person to Frisco! Magic Mike Live features professionally trained dancers delivering a thrilling 90-minute show that packs in sexy and daring dance routines, acrobatics, live music, comedy, and more in front of, above, and all around the audience. Equal parts empowering and exhilarating, provides an unforgettably fun night of live entertainment, perfect for date night or the ultimate girls’ night out, that’s guaranteed to leave guests feeling inspired and ready to ignite their inner magic.

“We considered a number of amazing cities to open our first production of Magic Mike Live  after the release of Magic Mike’s Last Dance, but the Dallas-Fort Worth area rose to the top,” said Magic Mike Live Executive Producer Vincent Marini. “North Texas audiences have been visiting our Las Vegas show in huge numbers for years, but this touring production is something new. It’s the culmination of everything we’ve learned about our show and our guests after selling over a million tickets around the world. It’s joyful, it’s sexy, and it’s just a ton of fun. I just know that people will be blown away the minute they walk into the venue!”

Guests will marvel as they enter the multi-story, 600-seat venue which incorporates the best design features from Magic Mike Live productions around the world. Every performance, every fabric, every finish, every detail of the venue has been meticulously curated by Tatum and the Magic Mike Live  creative team.

Guests are invited to come early and stay late to enjoy the indoor-outdoor lounge complete with music, multiple bars, and comfortable seating. The venue’s bars will offer a curated cocktail experience created in collaboration with Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s spirit brand Singani 63, featuring signature beverages inspired by moments in the show.

 Epic experiences await those looking to up the ante on their visit to Magic Mike Live :

  • Ultra Seats – Experience Magic Mike Live  like never before from one of just 12 available Ultra Seats. Priced at $299 per person, each Ultra Seat package includes:
    • Front-row, plush couch seating as close to the action as you can possibly get.
    • Complimentary cocktails paired with special moments throughout the show.
    • Complimentary preferred parking.
    • A commemorative lanyard.
    • A personal concierge, who will provide each party with direct communication before, during and after the show.
    • Dedicated waitstaff during the show.
    • All offerings from Mike’s Exclusive Package, including a post-show meet and greet with members of the cast, cocktail, and live music.
  • Mike’s Exclusive Package: No matter where you sit for the show, upgrade your experience to score access to an intimate meet and greet with select cast members after the show with the purchase of a Mike’s Exclusive Package add-on for $99 per person. With their commemorative lanyard, guests will get to meet and take photos with members of the cast while enjoying live music and a specially curated cocktail. A show ticket is required to purchase the Mike’s Exclusive Package add-on.

To take full advantage of all that the region’s premiere shopping and entertainment destination has to offer, ticket buyers can also pair their experience with an afternoon brunch on Saturday and Sunday at Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza & Taproom. Priced at $50 per person, the 2 p.m. brunch seating offers up a three-course menu that includes stuffed cheese bread and your choice of pizza, wood-fired breakfast sandwich, or full salad, and either a delicious apple pie or cinnamon glazed knots for dessert, all topped off with a $20 Tap Wall credit to indulge with your favorite beer, wine or cocktail. A limited number of weekend brunch packages are available to add-on to any 4 p.m. performance ticket purchase on Saturday or Sunday. 

The North American touring production of Magic Mike Live  is led by South Africa-born Kalon Badenhorst, who has performed the titular role of “Mike” in Berlin and Las Vegas, and emcees Crystal Powell and Nikki Lowe. The ensemble features alumni Gianluca Briganti, Clare Billson, Nate Bryan, Kiana De Van der Schueren, Marcquet Hill, Burim Jusufi, Jake Paul Green, Nicholas Phillips, Blake Varga, and Joshua Williams. Additional casting to be announced.

While thrilling more than 1.2 million guests around the world with shows currently running in Las Vegas, London, on tour across North America, and past engagements in Berlin and Australia, Magic Mike Live has earned its place at the center of the zeitgeist with regular appearances on major TV shows including The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Drew Barrymore Show, The Talk, SHERRI, ELLEN, The TODAY Show, The Graham Norton Show, This is Us, Britain’s Got Talent, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and more. MAGIC MIKE LIVE also inspired HBO Max™’s instant-hit unscripted reality series Finding Magic Mike, and continues to fuel popularity for the Magic Mike film franchise, including the latest hit, Magic Mike’s Last Dance.

Starting May 11, MAGIC MIKE LIVE: The Tour will perform a 90-minute show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday with 10 p.m. performances Thursday through Saturday, and a 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday; no shows on Monday and Tuesday. For tickets starting at $68, upgrades, and information for groups of 10 or more, visit or call 833.624.4265.

Connect with the show on social media: @MMLTour on Instagram and Twitter; @MagicMikeLiveTour on TikTok and Facebook / #MMLTOUR.

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