Sunday, April 14, 2024

Saturday Night in NYC: Harry Styles Wows at MSG, plus The Temptations’ Otis Williams Celebrates Bday, Musical Reopening


Is New York back? I’d say so!

Saturday night was busy. At Madison Square Garden, Harry Styles came back for a third show this month and sold out the arena. I’m told the famed concert venue was “packed.” Interesting note: no boas or dresses or other gender fluid costumes. Harry is dressing conservatively. Maybe it’s his relationship with Olivia Wilde. The former One Direction star sang all his solo hits including “Watermelon Sugar” and his old group’s signature hit, “What Makes You Beautiful.” Actress-director Zoe Kravitz was among the celebs spotted in the audience…

On Broadway, shows are reopening left and right. Saturday marked the return of the Temptations musical, “Ain’t Too Proud.” Original Temptation Otis Williams celebrated his 80th birthday on stage with the cast. A day earlier, John Legend visited the cast for a rehearsal and went backstage. He recently performed with them on the Tony Awards special. Legend has added his name as an executive producer of the show, which means he invested in it and maybe his eye on a movie.

The show was featured today on “Good Morning America.” I can’t wait to see it again!

PS Saturday afternoon at the Metropolitan Opera I caught Terence Blanchard‘s amazing opera, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” Baritone Will Liverman stars as Charles, alongside soprano Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta, soprano Latonia Moore as Billie, and Walter Russell III — an insanely talented young man — as Char’es-Baby. I was knocked out by the production, directed by James Robinson and Camille A. Brown. Camille A. Brown is the choreographer, which is important to know because this is an opera with dance and movement that is glorious. There’s a gospel chorus scene in a church and a fraternity dance that must be seen along with the sensational voices.

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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