Frank DiLella, TV’s NY1 hotshot, does information, views, schmooze and Broadway interviews.
Theater seats are small, jammed collectively, if someone behind you sneezes, it travels all the best way to Greenpoint. Rearranging seats might take till I enable my grey roots to truly present earlier than theater house owners determine this out. How will this work?
Frank: “They’ll promote, however to rearrange plans they’ll’t open but. There’s singers shut collectively, dancers on prime of each other, backstage techies, orchestras. In Australia, theatergoers are sporting masks.”
What concerning the theater’s new social justice motion?
“Actors stand with their brothers. All equal for everybody whether or not you’re black, Latino, homosexual, and so on.
“It’s not all glamour backstage. Throughout Hurricane Katrina, everybody centered on the loss of life toll, however Liza Minnelli stored saying, ‘What about kitty-cats. We’ve got to assist the kitty-cats.’ Asking me to her house for extra interviewing, she mentioned to convey my digital camera, lights, all of the gear so I may tape her. I confirmed up. On time. Lugging all of the gear. She wasn’t even there.
“And Elaine Stritch? In curlers, sporting stockings, no pants, not dressed, she mentioned: ‘My costume’s not prepared. I can’t keep in mind my lyrics. Folks assume present enterprise is glamorous. It’s not.’”
For DiLella, the stage is his life. He noticed his first present at age 6. “Phantom of the Opera.”
A theatergoer not too long ago instructed me: “I keep in mind seeing ‘Phantom.’ So thrilled I couldn’t stand it. After which, throughout my sneakers, a mouse skittered. I screamed. Our complete row lifted their ft up. Wow, do I keep in mind seeing ‘Phantom of the Opera.’”
That efficiency little Mickey was the Phantom.
Saved from maize maze
We simply misplaced Pulitzer Prize winner Lucinda Franks. A reminiscence: She and husband Robert Morgenthau, NYC’s former DA, had this monumental farm in East Fishkill, NY. The flowers, crops, bushes, timber, vegetable gardens, animal pastures, large property included a huge cornfield. It was a maze. They mentioned I wanted a map. I mentioned, “I do know my approach.” They mentioned I wanted a information. I mentioned, “I do know instructions.” They mentioned I wanted a compass. I mentioned, “Please, I can get by means of corn ears.”
Because the solar dimmed, I panicked. I’d been round, up, down, left, proper. No strategy to exit this limitless maze — the place the corn was as excessive as an elephant’s eye — and I used to be completely hidden. My screaming ultimately led to rescue.
She saved me — however we’ve misplaced her.
One other TV Abbey
Huge-selling novel “Loch Down Abbey” is changing into a Brit TV sequence. “Downton Abbey”-ish, it’s set in 1930s Scotland in wherever’s Inverkillen and the place some illness that’s not right this moment’s pandemic is raging.
It’s for a small display and a couple of haute class English household, the sort whose pinkies stick out when balancing a cuppa. There’s a murdered lord. A housekeeper who is aware of one thing. Everybody’s in lockdown. The assassin’s inside. We’re speaking hisses, secrets and techniques, murmurs, whispers, stares. Already a sequel’s being written.
In taking part in playing cards, every king represents a historic ruler: Spades, King David; Golf equipment, Alexander the Nice; Hearts, Charlemagne; Diamonds, Julius Caesar … In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses have been tied on. Ropes tightened made the mattress firmer. Thus the phrase “good night time, sleep tight.”
Babylon 4,000 years in the past. The bride’s father gave new son-in-law mead, a honey beer. The calendar being lunar primarily based, it was the Honey Month — a ok a the honeymoon … Outdated England’s pub ale was in pints and quarts. The barkeep instructed unruly clients: “Calm down. Thoughts your pints and quarts.” It begat “thoughts your P’s and Q’s.” And cup handles had whistles. For a refill, they’d whistle. It begat “Moist your whistle.”
USA’s nice. Residents purchase mutual funds with unemployment checks.
And never solely in New York, youngsters, not solely in New York.