The greatest love of all may be the fondness Americans share for peak-era Whitney Houston. Want proof? Check out the following video — courtesy of Gothamist — which shows what happens when a pair of buskers start performing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” on a Brooklyn subway platform:
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Alec Baldwin has already lined up his first post-30 Rock gig: The actor will star in the Broadway debut of Orphans, directed by Daniel Sullivan and produced by Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole.
“I have dreamed, for a long time, of doing this play with this director,” Baldwin said in a statement that was put out with the announcement. “It’s an honor to work with Dan Sullivan in Lyle Kessler’s Orphans.”
The play features three characters. At the center of it all are two orphaned brothers who live in a run-down row house in North Philadelphia. There’s Treat, the eldest, who supports his damaged younger brother Phillip by stealing. The house turns into a prison for Phillip, who appears to be simple-minded. On one particular occasion, Treat kidnaps a rich, older man, Harold — this is the role Baldwin has been cast in — who, as it’s revealed, has his own motives and becomes a father figure for the boys. The roles of Treat and Phillip have not yet been cast.
An exact location for the play has yet to be set, but Orphans will be staged at one of the Shubert theaters in New York City. Orphans first premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, before heading off for a Steppenwolfe Theatre engagement in Chicago in 1985 and a successful runs in off-Broadway in New York and in London. A film version was made in 1987.
Baldwin’s last hit the New York stage in 2006, when he starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off Broadway production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane. More recently, he appeared on stage in the 2010 Guild Hall production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Tony Walton, in East Hampton, N.Y.
The upcoming seventh season of 30 Rock will be the NBC comedy’s last and, although Baldwin has a tradition of wavering before returning for each season, he will appear in the series’ final 13 episodes, including a one-hour season finale. 30 Rock will likely wrap its shooting for the season before Orphans debuts.
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Out-of towners got the chance to be part of the upcoming season of Project Runway when Heidi Klum hosted a fashion show smack dab in the middle of New York City’s Times Square last night.
After welcoming the crowd, Klum took her seat beside fellow Runway stars Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and guest judges Lauren Graham and costumer Patricia Field to view the designs created by the new crop of contestants, 16 hopefuls competing for the chance to win prizes including $100,000 seed money from L’Oreal Paris, a fashion spread in Marie Claire, a 2013 Lexus GS 350 and the chance to design and sell their collection at retail chain Lord & Taylor.
Though the audience didn’t get to see anyone auf’d, they were treated to a lesson on the realities of reality television. “I warned you, because this is TV we’re going to do it one more time,” Klum explained after the 32 models (each contestant presented two designs) completed their first finale walk. “And maybe this time we can get some different music, something a little more groovy.”
Here’s some unexpected stage news for you: During the 2010-11 season, the Broadway industry pumped a total of $11.2 billion into the New York City economy, according to a report released today.
The Broadway League, which acts as the national trade association for New York’s stage industry, reported that the hefty chunk of cash was a result of three distinct areas of direct spending: spending by producers, in order to put on shows and keep them running; spending by theater owners, in order to maintain and renovate their venues; and spending by “Broadway tourists,” an abstract group made up of non-New Yorkers who said that Broadway was “a very important reason” for their visit to New York.
The total contribution of the tourist group was $9 billion, while producer costs added $2.2 billion and theaters an additional $22.3 million. The statistics mark a 9 percent increase overall since the last time the report was released; in the 2008-09 season, Broadway raked in $10.2 billion, although one notable difference to highlight is the difference in theater capital expenses, which shrank by more than half this year (the lost excess seemed insignificantly split between the other larger spheres). The Broadway League’s report also stated that the industry generated $550 million in taxes to New York and supported an estimated 86,000 jobs.
Is the inflated number any surprise, given the year’s big contributions by shows like The Book of Mormon and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark? The former can hit up to $477 for a premium ticket, while the latter’s super sets were super expensive, to the tune of a rumored $75 million cap. Factor in long-running cash suckers (a term of endearment, I swear) like The Lion King and Wicked and the hefty economic sum suddenly makes more sense.
Surprised? Underwhelmed? Or are you waiting for the industry report that will finally give us hard numbers about how many old women crinkled plastic wrappers during the emotional apogee of Mamma Mia!?
It’s a good thing Tony Stark is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist — because New York City may need him to take off his super suit and pull out his checkbook. The Hollywood Reporter asked disaster assessment firm Kinetic Analysis Corp to estimate how much it would cost, theoretically, to repair the damage done to midtown Manhattan in The Avengers. The firm’s dedicated number-crunchers gleefully tented their fingers, put aside their real work, and came up with a hypothetical total: a staggering $160 billion.
Looks like Thor might have to break into Asgard’s treasury as well.
A very wealthy buyer is about to discover that there’s an oven stuffed with Manolos inside his new home. The New York Observer writes that the townhouse at 64 Perry Street — a facade known to viewers everywhere as Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment building — has sold for $9.85 million. Though Carrie herself lived on the Upper East Side, the house is in Manhattan’s West Village; in fact, it’s just two blocks away from the Bleecker Street outpost of Magnolia Bakery, a shop that was made famous by a season 3 episode of Sex and the City.
The buyer’s identity is a closely guarded secret, as is the seller’s. This makes sense, since even eight years after the show’s finale, SATC tours include a stop at 64 Perry Street. But constantly having to wave fans away from your stoop may be a small price to pay for an abode that features five bedrooms, herringbone wood floors, and six fireplaces. Six! That’s how many seasons Sex and the City aired. That’s bananas.
Oh, Elizabeth Lemon. Don’t you worry. You’re not the only one following the rules of being a human being. But since I live in New York City, too, I totally feel your pain. And perhaps NYC is overrated. During last night’s “The Tuxedo Begins,” Jack and Liz were debating this very issue. Liz was irritated that everyone around her seemed to be incapable of following the simple rules of living. (You let the people out of the subway car before you enter. Come on!)
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