Joy Behar hits the nail on the head in her response to Elisabeth Hasselbeck's meltdown over Rosie O'Donnell negotiating a return to The View. I just wish she'd hit Hasselbeck on the head instead, don't you?
Whoopi's response (prior to the O'Donnell confirmation) was reminsicent of “Elaine Benes” complaining about everyone's excitement over catfights.
ABC has canned Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy from The View, leaving only Whoopi Goldberg. I guess viewers could only handle so many years of stupidity. Will be interesting to see which three or so women replace these two and the recently retired Barbara Walters.
In engaging remarks on The View, President Obama talks about his former support of civil unions, his now fully evolved marriage-equality views, his belief that DOMA is not Constitutional and his ignorance of 50 Shades of Grey.
Free album stream until Wednesday at noon for Ghost: The Musical if you wanna sample Broadway's next probably mega-hit. With so much Whoopi on Broadway, I should see if I can get a job adapting Jumpin' Jack Flash.
I was invited this week to The Ghost Light Sessions, a cocktail hour and presentation at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre designed to give critics a sneak peek at Ghost: The Musical, which begins previews March 15 and opens April 23. I wasn't exactly champing at the bit to see it—I've never even felt the urge to see the movie! (I was in college, so I spent my money on things like the University of Chicago's Hitchcock retrospective.) But from what I saw, it looks like this production will be haunting that venue for a long time to come.
Stewart & Ballard
I was in the front mezzanine, and watched as the musical's collaborators—Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, Glen Ballard, the movie's Oscar-winning writer Bruce Joel Rubin, director Matthew Warchus—took turns talking about how they conjured up this creation. They seemed dead serious that this is not a cheesy Broadway version of the cheesy movie; rather, it's its own entity. They did all seem to have entered into this in the right spirit.
The highlight was seeing most of the cast perform a bit. Richard Fleeshman, a soap and singing star (he opened for Elton John—hopefully not in that way!) from the U.K., is absolutely adorable and has presence, though his vocals were a bit ethereal, at least that night. He has great chemistry with Caissie Levy, who's got pipes to spare and reminded me of a young Bette Midler singing "With You." In the famous Whoopi Goldberg role ("You in danger, girl!") is Da'Vine Joy Randolph. I found the song she sang a bit pat ("I'm Outta Here") but there's no denying her voice and star quality.
Sister Act is hosting a boys' night on September 7. The package includes a discounted ticket and a pre-show reception at Industry (355 W. 52 St.) that begins at 6:30PM.
If you want to get in on the Sister Act, the prices are $87.50 for orchestra/front mezzanine, $65.50 for rear mezzanine A-E, $51.50 for rear mezzanine F-J, and you can get them using the code SABYSN97 at Broadway Offers or by calling (212) 239-6200.
I am seeing the show at the end of the month, so I can't tell you if it's great or not—but people I know who've seen it have found it divinely inspired.
I don't usually like Joan Rivers, but I'm with her on this one—Whoopi Goldberg (and Jodie Foster, too) is wrong to give her buddy Mel Gibson cover. Joan's right that it's not about one-on-one relationships, it's about what someone says and espouses. Had Mel slipped up and said something offensive and apologized, that would be different. Instead, he's shown a clear pattern of being anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-Latino...the list goes on. Just because he can play nice with the very famous, rich black lady, that doesn't negate those things...video after the jump...
Bethenny Frankel may have GLAAD-handed the press at GLAAD Manhattan, but as I pointed out, she left without ever going up to the party in spite of being signed on to host. The New York Post now makes note of her faux pas.
I still like her better than Jill, and I will boycott any GLAAD event that glorifies these slimy Tareq & Michaele Salahi characters!