Sunday, June 16, 2024

“Hamilton” All-Star Send Off for Original Cast: John Kerry, Jane Fonda, JLO, Charlie Rose


They wouldn’t let press into the showing of “Hamilton” tonight– just photographers. I don’t know why– totally random.

But the publicist has sent word there’s an all-star cast in the audience including Secretary of State John Kerry, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez (did she bring Casper?), Charlie Rose, Spike (and presumably Tonya) Lee, Mariska Hargitay (probably with husband Peter Hermann), Marla Maples (formerly Mrs. Donald Trump), and Rosie O’Donnell–who’s seen the show so many times she could fill in on any of the parts on the spur of the moment!

At today’s matinee and tonight’s show, creator Lin Manuel Miranda received standing ovations upon hitting the stage.

I wonder what all this hoopla over today’s shows will do to the box office once people realize the three main stars are gone. I think the show will be just as good if not better. But I wonder if all this attention for this show won’t do some harm to it. I guess we’ll see over time.

PS Louise Mensch, former British conservative MP and stooge for Rupert Murdoch in the hacking hearings, now his employee in New York, was at the matinee. She tweeted from it with her kid. Can you imagine if she’d identified herself to Manuel and the cast? I wonder how much she paid for those hard to get seats.

If there are any updates, I’ll add them.

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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