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A Father’s Day Tradition, Ode to a Tragic Character

From Carousel…Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

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Happy Feet !

Because this video is so cool and a great antidote for miserable unHappy Feet in the media and politics 🙂 And I’m a behind the scenes Broadway nut too!


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Broadway’s Tonys ! Let the Horse Race Begin !

My favorite….

Broadway’s Besties will be announced tommorow morning, May 1, Tuesday, Eastern.

My personal favorite: Spiderman !

The starting bell for Broadway’s biggest horse race rings at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards will be announced. By 8:35 a.m. the shrieking and moaning from armchair critics and show queens should be underway as well, about which productions and performers were robbed of Tony nominations and about which of the lucky ones were – how shall we put it? – undeserving.

While some Broadway insiders complain that the coming Tonys lack breakout hit shows like the 2011 contenders “The Book of Mormon,” “Anything Goes,” and “War Horse,” this year’s competition is expected to be more ferocious than usual in several races, especially for plays, while some of the musical categories are harder to predict. Most years there is a heavy favorite for best musical – “The Book of Mormon” was a shoo-in last season – but all bets are off at this point, with strong arguments for/against the all-but-certain nominees “Newsies” and “Once” (with six other musicals competing for two other best musical slots)……more…

Good luck to all !

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Press Secretary Jay Carney ?


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Time Off: Classic Broadway, OccupyTalent

Be back soon ! I hope 🙂

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I survived the Obama’s NYC/Broadway “date night” !


Unfortunately, I wasted a good rant at Not Your Sweetie’s blog, but she had the NYC tabloid covers up and I couldn’t control myself. I was there on that “magical” night. And it sucked taxes and lost revenue for those establishments who depend on post theater patrons for their desserts and drinkies before they head back to their hotels/outer boroughs after the commoners version of “date night”. If they could get out of their garage….they were on lockdown too.

Here’s my rant:

June 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm
Just got back from NYC….my hotel was next door to that theater! Of course the street was on lockdown, with sand trucks blocking 6th ave and Times Square. Also lined with NYPD and SS, bomb trucks, police cars AND snipers on the roofs of all the buildings near the theater.

I was getting back from the South Street Seaport, but allowed to go to my hotel when I showed the NYPD my key. Several guests where standing out front, so I stood with them to “catch the action”. As soon as the “word” was issued they were on their way out of the theater, we were shoved back into the hotel lobby and the doors locked and blocked with baggage carts. The drapes were drawn shut. Phftttt. So I ran out the back door, up 45th to 6th (passing several thousand cops!) I was told to keep moving, don’t stand still. So I did and whipped around to 44th, showed them my key at that end and moved down the sidewalk across from the theater. Very slow (I even added a limp). Still no O sighting. Sigh. Though noticed people locked in the bars (darn their luck, eh?) So I walked up and down the sidewalk with a bunch of people who had the same idea. For another half hour. (My dogs were barking, I’d been walking all day). They finally shut down the sidewalk and my group was shoved up to 6th ave in time for the dozen or so motorcycles to rev up to lead the leader back to the heliport. Saw the top of his car, which seemed to go from 0-60 in a matter of seconds. A blink. President of the People, riiiiight.

So yes, date night probably cost us about a cool mil when you think of the NYPD payroll and vehicles tied up for blocks, maybe miles (he grabbed his ride at Wall Street and that route was closed to traffic).

Not to mention the bars and restaurants closed to post-theater patrons all around Times Square. There was some lost revenue for sure.

I’ll give him and MO their date nights, but at what cost is it worth it to taxpayers? Why didn’t he take her to see Ragtime at the Kennedy Center last month? Great play with that inspirational “black” history edge? And as good as any Broadway show I’ve seen.

Don’t get me wrong, I do respect the President and First Lady’s private life, but when it infringes on ME, I get mad. Also, after the taxpayers’ numbers are crunched, would it have been cheaper to move Joe Wilson’s Come and Gone to the White House? Better yet, a run at the Kennedy Center?

Are the Obamas out of touch, or am I ? Love that Hot Air’s covering this too 🙂

td notices he did keep his campaign promise to someone !

The foreign press was not quite as “slobbery” as the U.S. media. JFK was shutdown leaving many planes circling and idling on the tarmac. Cha-ching.


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The Bill and Ann Show – Smackdown on Broadway


Perhaps nothing divides left and right more than Ann Coulter and Bill Maher, but when you’re in the center, they’re both quite enjoyable! Even when you don’t often agree with them.

Now on the road with the 2009 Speakers Series – Live and Uncensored it’s definitely a rock show/sporting event for political junkies. Having attended Clash of the Titans, I highly recommend catching one of these events in person. No soundbytes, No editing, No bull!

I especially enjoyed Michael Colderone’s Politico play-by-play of their recent debate at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC. It was definitely a “home team” advantage for Bill, but Colderone also noted Ann “was no shrinking violet”.

Some of the highlights from the article:

Ann at bat…

“Overnight, the media went from being watchdogs for the people to guard dogs for the government. That’s with the exception of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, who are lapdogs of the government,” she said.

“Time magazine got the ball rolling by comparing Obama to Jesus Christ,” Coulter said moments later. “So I lost a bet: They do know who Jesus Christ is.”

Coulter riffed on the media’s comparisons of Obama not only to Jesus, but also to Lincoln, asking: “Did Lincoln do blow mostly in high school or did he wait until college?”

Bill’s up…

To start off, George Bush did a lot more blow than Obama ever did,” Maher said. “Please don’t ruin the only thing I like about him.”

Maher, the host of HBO’s “Real Time,” aimed at the other side — such as congressional Republican indignation about debt.

“Who put two wars on a credit card?” Maher asked. “There is this debt because George Bush spent money like a pimp with a week to live.”

However, they both agreed on one thing….

But even the two political opposites had something in common — that is, in addition to enjoying talking in front of a big audience and getting publicity.

At one point, Halperin (moderator) asked if the debaters thought Obama regretted any of Obama’s personnel appointments.

Maher said he regrets Obama’s choice of Geithner, because, he said, the treasury secretary “sounds like he’s sh–ting in his pants.”

“Do you think he inspires confidence, or you more in the pants thing?” Halperin asked Coulter.

“No, I agree with Bill 100 percent on this,” she said.

“We’ve reached consensus here,” Halperin declared. “You both think Tim Geithner’s doing a bad job. If you were Tim Geithner, and heard that Bill Maher and Ann Coulter both thought you were doing a bad job, would you say, ‘Oh good’ or ‘That’s a bad thing’?”

And on that, there was one more point of agreement: Both Maher and Coulter said that a Cabinet secretary wouldn’t want their support.


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Will Ferrell as Bush on Broadway


Good news for fans of Will Ferrell and Broadway:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) – Will Ferrell says audiences should expect the unexpected from his upcoming one-man Broadway show and HBO special about President George W. Bush.

Ferrell, known for his Bush impersonation on “Saturday Night Live,” said Friday there’s nothing derivative about the production. He says it will surprise people with its twists and turns and what it has to say about Bush.

Executive producer Adam McKay says the show aims to be funny but also hold the Bush administration’s feet to the fire.

McKay and Ferrell spoke to the Television Critics meeting in the Los Angeles area by satellite from New York.

“Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush” is set to begin previews Jan. 20 and open Feb. 5. It will air live on HBO March 14.

I loved Ferrell’s Bush on SNL, as he was never mean spirited (like Tina Fey’s Sarah), but always spot on capturing the humor and the caricature of the Bush “pretzelidency”. And before him, there was the affable SNL “President Clinton” by the late, great Phil Hartman. Will we be able to laugh again with 44 ? Or Mrs. 44? It’ll be a shame if we can’t.

Now Keegen Michael Key is funny as Obama! Unfortunately, Madtv’s been cancelled, great timing, huh?

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