Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Streisand, Tony Bennett, Bill Clinton, Mad Men, Broadway: New York on Hyper Drive Monday Night


This is it. This is the week feared by everyone. The last week of the Broadway Tony season overlaps with the Tribeca Film Festival. Plus, other movies are opening, celebrities are all over town, and there’s a major event at Lincoln Center tonight. Barbra Streisand gets the Chaplin Award from the Film Society tonight at Avery Fisher Hall.  Former president and rock star Bill Clinton is presenting her the award. Both Tony Bennett and Liza Minnelli are set to perform. It’s going to be wild. At the same time, there’s an event cross town for “Mad Men” from BAFTA (or batty, depending on how you read it) New York with most of the cast including Jon Hamm, John Slattery and Christina Hendricks, plus Matthew Weiner. On Broadway, Scott Rudin and Jean Doumanian are opening “Testament of Mary” with Fiona Shaw, said to be just great. The advance word is sensational. Plus, I’ve heard there’s a premiere for Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” somewhere Monday night.  Yes, April 22nd is Earth Day, but a lot of pollution will be created as limos criss-cross midtown all night. Too many choices!

Roger Friedman
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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. 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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