Michele Lee came in from L.A. and got last minute tickets to everything. She and Fred Rappaport sat fourth center at Radio City where Michele rekindled her old friendship with Jane Fonda. On Saturday night, Michele sneaked in a performance of “Blithe Spirit” to see pals Angela Lansbury and Christine Ebersole. There was a time when Michele and Angela were the cornerstones of the CBS line up with two of the network’s longest running series ever, “Knots Landing” and “Murder She Wrote.” Michele co-starred on Broadway a few seasons ago in “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.” Now the Tony nominee for “Seesaw” — who’s had sensational reviews for a Houston production of “Hello, Dolly!”– is looking for a musical return to Broadway.

P.S. A new list of top TV episodes of all time omits the best “Murphy Brown” — when Ebersole is hired by Murphy’s newsroom buddies to be her sister, as a birthday gift. Ebersole’s actress turns into Murphy’s stalker. It’s genius…

…Meantime: who in New York City government approved one of those traffic-snarling, rat infested “Street Fairs” to run all day Sunday right in from of Radio City Music Hall? Does any keep a calendar in this city? How is it possible that such a spectacle of unncessary tchotcke selling and greasy sausages could take place on the same day as the Tony Awards? The “fair” — the same one that will snake around the city all summer for no reason — tied up traffic as Tony Award guests, dressed in black tie, had to step through the trash on the way to the show. If Mike Bloomberg wants to be mayor again, his first campaign promise should be to get rid of these things, pronto…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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