Thursday, April 18, 2024

John Legend, Mary J, Marc Anthony Shape Up; Michele Lee Welcomes Liza, Clive


“There is too much going on in this city.” That’s what Lou Palumbo of Elite Security told me last night outside the Hammerstein Ballroom while hundreds of Howard Stern fans braved the cold weather and a phalanx of undercover cop cars went sailing by in another direction. New York! It’s just crazy and we love it!

David Pecker’s American Media threw quite an A list Super Bowl party last night at Cipriani 42nd St. for Men’s Fitness and Shape magazines. The humongous former bank vault was filled to the edges with plenty of A-listers from Gina Gershon to Gayle King to Lara Spencer, not to mention model Petra Nemcova who was there to raise money for her Tsunami charity. She was introduced by Pecker, whose speech energized the crowd!

No less thanĀ  three superstars — Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Marc Anthony — performed hot hot hot sets, too, rocking the house. John’s gorgeous wife Chrissy Teigen led the cheering when her husband did his emotional version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” Ice T and wife Coco, Stacey Keibler, Stephen Colbert, and Harvey Weinstein were just some of the other guests. Katie Couric even popped in for a bit.

Supermodel Iman Chanel and a beautiful model girlfriend really danced themselves into a frenzy for Marc Anthony. Marc pretty much stopped the show when they approached the stage. Oh to be a Latin rock star!

Meanwhile: tonight is Michele Lee’s last of three shows at 54 Below. Liza Minnelli, Clive Davis, and Sandra Bernhard have been just some of her guests. The TV, Broadway and movie star has had quite a success at 54 Below. I expect we’ll see her back soon. Michele should be in a musical comedy pronto. She is simply sensational mixing Joni Mitchell with Cy Coleman and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “As If We Never Said Goodbye.” She’s also charming as all get out.

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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