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WEEK IN RECAP: Neal B Covers the Official Oscar Party on the East, Law and Order Shoot, Hair, and more!

What a week!  I swear this stuff ONLY happens in New York!

New York City Neal B Style!

New York City Neal B Style!

Here’s a recap of this week for you!

  • New Opportunities and New Events! I officially become part of the ArtofTalk.tv family! I am on board with them as a web-video entertainment & events correspondent.  So tune in to see all the fantastic content on their page (and of course Elisa’s amazing editing skills put to work!). Press release here

  • Monday’s “Miscast”. The week started off with going to Miscast 2010 is a musical presentation of Broadway stars singing songs from roles for which they would never be cast (for example, last year Alice Ripley belted Sweeney Todd’s “My Friend”).  Cast included: Mo Rocca (The Daily Show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! on NPR) and will feature songs by Raúl Esparza (Company), Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Mille, The Drowsy Chaperone), Montego Glover (Memphis), Ana Gasteyer (SNL alumna, The Royal Family, Wicked), Marin Mazzie (Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime, Passion), David Miller (Il Divo), Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Wicked), and Tom Wopat (Catch Me If You Can, Tarzan). Here’s the article Here are a few pictures from the event

  • My Faceoff with Facebook.  The “F” word began my faceoff with Facebook.  My account was banned (hopefully temporarily).  So much for freedom of speech!  I should have learned by now! Click here for the full story

  • “Law” in Jersey.  Thanks to On Locations Vacations, we got the tip that “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” would be willing in Fort Lee, New Jersey (right over the bridge). Law and Order: SVU is a favorite show of ours and having already saw the production team in action in NYC, we decided to pay a visit to the set.  Surprisingly. we were the only outlet there.  Maybe it was because it was cold?  My hunch was because it was Jersey!  No one wanted to cross the bridge! For the video and pictures click here

  • Nude and Nature. Elisa and I went to the village for a brand new art installation, which is getting huge buzz!  Brian Reed’s “Through the Heart of It All” combines artistic nudity, spirituality and nature for a beautifully done masterpiece.  For more information go to: For pictures and video, please click here

  • “Hair” today, gone tomorrow.   The Broadway revival cast of Hair is going to London (don’t worry- amazing replacements are coming in!) so Elisa and I were there to say farewell to some of the most amazing performers on Broadway!  THANKS ELISA FOR THE TICKETS!!  Sitting with the stars and fans, the show was purely raw, filled with intense emotion.  Click here to see some pictures/videos from the stage

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VIDEO: Watch the final moments with the audience here

On March 7, 2010 the cast of the Broadway revival of Hair took their final bow on US soil.  The Broadway cast is going to London (don’t worry- amazing replacements are coming in!).  This is a show that relies heavily on personalities and interpretation.  They have not only been tremendous performers, but the cast clearly echos the theme of “love”.   Elisa and I were there to say farewell to some of the most amazing performers on Broadway!  THANKS ELISA FOR THE TICKETS!!  Sitting with the stars and fans, the show was purely raw, filled with intense emotion.

New York Times:  Cast of ‘Hair’ Sings Goodbye

Hair on Broadway - Final - March 7, 2010

Hair on Broadway - Final - March 7, 2010

Hair on Broadway - Final - March 7, 2010

Hair on Broadway - Final - March 7, 2010

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From Playbill.com:

The original Broadway cast of the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair will make its London debut when the iconic musical premieres at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre on April 1, 2010.

As previously reported, Diane Paulus will re-create her Tony-nominated direction of the musical that will officially open at the Gielgud April 14, 2010. The Broadway production will welcome a new cast, who will begin performances March 9, 2010, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The new cast will be announced at a later date.

Hair is a movement, and the movement is growing. With our current Broadway company spreading the ‘love’ in London, I am thrilled that another ‘Tribe’ will be born anew next Spring, and that they will take the show to a new level here in New York,” Paulus said in a statement. “With every step along the journey of making this Hair, the show has changed and grown, and it is my absolute intention to continue that process with a new cast. I am looking forward to the unleashing of a new ‘Tribe’ and to this next, most exciting, moment in the life of Hair.”

The London production is being produced by the Public Theater with Cameron Mackintosh and Broadway Across America. Tickets will begin sale Nov. 20.

Much of the original Broadway cast have been with Hair since its 2007 debut in a special 40th anniversary concert staging at the Delacorte Theater. In 2008 the Public mounted Hair as part of Shakespeare in the Park, where the run was extended three times. The production transferred to Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre March 31, 2009.

The opening night cast of Hair includes Tony nominees Gavin Creel as Claude and Will Swenson as Berger, as well as Sasha Allen as Dionne, Caissie Levy as Sheila, Allison Case as Crissy, Kacie Sheik as Jeanie, Bryce Ryness as Woof, Darius Nichols as Hud, Megan Lawrence as Mother and Andrew Kober as Margaret Mead/Dad.

Tribe members include Steel Burkhardt, Brianna Carlson, Lauren Elder, Allison Guinn, Chasten Harmon, Anthony Hollock, Jay Johnson, Josh Lamon, Ryan Link, John Moauro, Ato Blankson-Wood, Brandon Pearson, Paris Remillard, Maya Sharpe, Theo Stockman, Tommar Wilson, Jackie Burns, Kaitlin Kiyan, Nicole Lewis, Megan Reinking, Saycon Sengbloh and Michael James Scott.

The Hair creative team includes set designer Scott Pask, costume designer Michael McDonald, lighting designer Kevin Adams, sound designer Acme Sound Partners and choreographer Karole Armitage.

Featuring book and lyrics by the late Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot, the 2009 revival of Hair earned the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The critically acclaimed production also earned Tony nominations for Best Direction (Diane Paulus), Best Choreography (Karole Armitage), Best Actor (Gavin Creele), Best Featured Actor (Will Swenson), Best Sound Design (Acme Sound Partners), Best Lighting Design (Kevin Adams) and Best Costume Design (Michael McDonald).

Hair is presented on Broadway by The Public Theater, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Kathleen K. Johnson, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Fran Kirmser Productions/Jed Bernstein, Marc Frankel, Broadway Across America, Barbara Manocherian/WenCarLar Productions, JK Productions/Terry Schnuck, Andy Sandberg, JAM Theatricals, The Weinstein Company/Norton Herrick, Jujamcyn Theaters, Joey Parnes and by special arrangement with Elizabeth Ireland McCann.

The cast of Broadway's Hair

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from Playbill.com:

Denzel Washington

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will star in the 2010 Broadway revival of late playwright August Wilson’s Fences, according to the New York Times. (more…)

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From AllHeadlineNews.com:

Musical Version Of “Shrek” To Head Out For Touring Quest
Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7016772222?Musical%20Version%20Of%20#ixzz0UoCX7ZIs

Andy Bockelman – Celebrity News Service Reporter

New York City (CNS) – A green beast man may have worn out his welcome in New York, but luckily for him, he has a place open for him Far Far Away.

“Shrek the Musical” will have its final Broadway performance Jan. 3, 2010 at the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, New York City. The Tony Award winning show – with a run that will have included 441 performances and 37 previews in the venue – will then go on a national tour, starting with a limited engagement kick-off in Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre, running from July 13 to Sept. 5, 2010.

Based on the DreamWorks Animation “Shrek” series – which is originally based on William Steig’s children’s book “Shrek!” – about a grumpy ogre who finds true love with a princess, “Shrek the Musical” opened at the Broadway Theatre in December 2008, setting a house record for weekly ticket grosses early in its run. With a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award winner Jeanine Tesori and direction by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore, the show is the first production of DreamWorks Theatricals.

“Bringing ‘Shrek the Musical’ to Broadway has been a joyous and thrilling adventure, and we couldn’t be more proud of our first Broadway show,” said company president Bill Damaschke in a press release for the show. “We now look forward to taking the production to audiences on tour in the US and beyond.”

The “Shrek” films – which includes vocal stars Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, John Lithgow and Antonio Banderas – are some of the most successful cartoons ever produced. The initial film was the recipient of the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, while “Shrek 2” holds the all-time record for highest grossing animated movie.

“Shrek the Musical” has followed the films’ accolades, winning multiple awards, including eight Tony Award nominations, three Drama Desk Awards and four Outer Critics Circle Awards.

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From Variety.com

In what would be her first film producing project since leaving the CEO slot at United Artists in 2008, Paula Wagner is mobilizing a screen version of “Miss Saigon” as a directing vehicle for Lee Daniels.

Daniels, who has drawn festival acclaim for his second feature, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” has alluded to the possibility in red carpet interviews, but his reps say it’s one of several possible next projects. And movie transfers of big musicals are tough to pull off.

Still, Wagner intends to move quickly, under her newly formed Chestnut Ridge Prods. banner.

She will produce the film with Cameron Mackintosh, who produced the West End-Broadway musical.

A screenwriter is about to be hired, and financing discussions are under way with an eye toward getting the film into production next year for a 2011 release, sources said.

The movie will be faithful to Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s tragic love story of a Vietnamese bar girl and an American soldier before the fall of Saigon in 1975. “Miss Saigon,” which opened on the West End in 1989 and played on Broadway for nearly 10 years, has been performed in 25 countries.

Wagner was Tom Cruise’s longtime CAA agent before becoming his partner in Cruise/Wagner Prods.. After producing such films as the “Mission: Impossible” trilogy, they agreed to steer UA for ex-MGM topper Harry Sloan, generating such films as “Lions for Lambs” and “Valkyrie” before Wagner returned to producing.

Wagner is separately developing a stage musical about the rise of hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC.


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I have an amazing friend Betty Samis, who is a star in the making in Australia!  She asked me to come on FIVEaa – Adelaide 1395AM to chat about life in the city!

Neal Goes International! Click the link!

Neal Goes International! Click the link!

This past Saturday I chatted with Australian Radio 5aa hosts Pam Green and Atomic Betty about life in New York City. I talked about visiting “Sex and the City” sets, his New York experiences and briefly the Broadway show “Rent”.  Click above to hear clips of the interview!

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I am not a HUGE Phantom fan but I have been converted…

Click to Watch!

Click to Watch!


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom ‘suffers from Asperger’s’?

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