Saturday, April 20, 2024

Clive Davis Says Director is Hired for Broadway “My Fair Lady” Revival


Clive Davis is on a roll. Last night he spoke or was interviewed– or both–at the 92nd St. Y for his book. “The Soundtrack of My Life” comes in at number 2 on the New York Times Best Seller list this Sunday. His collaborator, Anthony DeCurtis, was the appointed interviewer on stage in front of a sold out crowd that barely noticed the increasing snow storm outside.

But many times, Clive simply addressed the audience without DeCurtis having to ask a question. Clive’s shpiels, especially about Whitney Houston, were sort of mesmerizing. He also played some interactive games with the audience, asking them to identify different artists from unreleased recordings or demos. We got to hear Macy Gray warble “The Game of Love” with Santana–something I didn’t even know existed.

Anyway two headlines from this evening: first, that Clive did not tell Simon & Schuster he was including the story of his bi-sexuality in the book. It wasn’t in the outline or proposal, and they didn’t know about it until they read it. How do you like that? Also, he says Bartlett Sher has definitely been hired for the Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady” that he’s producing. Clive wants Colin Firth and Anne Hathaway for Doolittle and Eliza, but that’s still being discussed. I love Anne Hathaway but I could also see Amy Adams in that part.

Back to the Times: no head of a record company has ever had a hit book like this. It’s quite an achievement.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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