THE NEW PRE-TONY SEASON BEGINS
WITH A HIT
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS photo by Jerry Dalia
& A MISS!
CONSTELLATIONS Photo by Joan Marcus
A BLIZZARD BLITZED BROADWAY
ALL BROADWAY PERFORMANCES IN NEW YORK CITY CANCELLED TONIGHT,
MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015
BUT BROADWAY BOUNCED BACK!
Most Broadway evening performances in New York City will play as scheduled tonight, Tuesday, January 27, 2015
BROADWAY THEATERGOERS MOURN THE LOSS
OF TWO FRIENDS OF THEATER
“I T ’ S O N L Y A P L A Y”
TO THE MEMORY OF
Franklin was a fixture on late-night radio and TV in New York,
The theater world lost two luminaries who each lent another dimension to the community – not in front of the footlights but from the periphery
What both men had in common despite divergent backgrounds was their friendliness and love of theater
On any press night in any given theater one was likely to spot Joe Franklin in the audience, a lovely young woman on his arm. He said “hello” to everyone and often invited anyone connected with theater to guest on his show along with the many celebrities who did.. His affability was undeniable and constant – always smiling, basking in being recognized, his happiness at just being there was contagious and brought a smile to those around him. He was 88.
OWNER OF CHEZ JOSEPHINE
Jean-Claude Baker, right, and Josephine Baker in 1973,
Jean-Claude Baker similarly had the capacity to make anyone and everyone who entered his restaurant, named for his adopted famous step-mother Josephine Baker, feel special, while offering gigs to needy musicians.
Whether a celebrity or an out of town-er he greeted you so graciously you felt like a
relative. The first time I there he swooped down on me and enveloped me with such a flattering sense of importance - he was irresistible. He had no idea who I was and it didn’t matter. Perhaps that’s why he and his restaurant were so beloved.
He was 71.
It was his wish that the restaurant, on Theater Row,
414 West 42nd Street, remain open.
In addition to the myriad of off Broadway openings
(including New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Westchester)
Joel Benjamin, Eugene Paul, Dierdre Donovan, Eric Grunin,
Roberta Pikser, Linda Ameil Burns, Michall Jeffers,
David Schultz, Stewart Schulman, Dorothy Marcic
for the fifteen plus shows scheduled to open before the Tonys:
March 5 Fish in the Dark
March 8 The Audience March 12 On the Twentieth Century
March 19 The Heidi Chronicles March 29 The Heart of Robin Hood
April 2 Skylight April 7 Hand to God April 9 Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2
April 12 An American in Paris April 14 It Shoulda Been You
April 15 Finding Neverland April 16 The King and I April 21 Doctor Zhivago April 22Something Rotten! April 23 Airline Highway
New shows covered in this issue:
Honeymoon in Vegas
A Delicate Balance
Nevermore - The Imaginary Life And Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe
A Good Thing Going
NJ SHAKESPEARE CONCERT
you in the theater!!!