Sunday, April 14, 2024

Rewind Exclusive: Sarah Jessica Parker, Blythe Danner Heading to Broadway


We told you exclusively back on March 5th that Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner would appear this fall in a new Broadway play. The play is “The Commons of Pensacola,” written by actress Amanda Peet. Lynne Meadow will direct at her Manhattan Theater Club.

( decided to run the story today as their “exclusive,” which, of course, is funny and sad at the same time. They cannot seem to credit anyone else’s scoops but demand the credit for theirs.)

Nevertheless, we broke the story. Peet told me recently the play is about a Madoff like family who get into financial difficulties. Danner is the wife. Parker’s role is not known yet, although there’s a chance she’s the mistress of Danner’s husband.

Danner, by the way, just became a grandmother in real life for the third time. Her son, Jake Paltrow, a director, and his wife, Taryn Simon, welcome a baby girl just a couple of weeks ago. Her name is Whistler. Blythe’s other grandkids are Apple and Moses, from daughter Gwyneth. I met Whistler on the street over the weekend. She is very cute, and very alert, with a good grip. She’s a welcome addition to our downtown nabe!

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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