10.04.12 A Classic NY Night: Seinfeld, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, Sting and All Star Rockers...


Thursday was the kind of classic night New York night you only get when the stars line up just right.

At the Cort Theater, Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon, with Kate Arrington and the great veteran actor Ed Asner opened in a new play called "Grace". The theater was literally jammed, with plenty of stars who were friends of the stars. Among them Carla Gugino, and Steven van Zandt with beautiful wife Maureen. The performances in "Grace" are all A plus, but Michael Shannon is the standout this time. And Ed Asner remains a treasure.

Then: quick, uptown to the Beacon Theater for Jerry Seinfeld's kick off show of his fall tour. Colin Quinn did ten minutes of opening act, very funny, of course, riffing on New York subjects. Then Jerry, The Master: standing ovation. His 90 minute or so show is brilliant, topical, fresh. Years ago Jerry said getting married and having kids wouldn't become his material. Of course, it has - I do think he's found his groove there marrying his observational humor with the pace and gentility of the late Alan King. When he gets to that area of the night, it's a mature Jerry you could never have imagined from the old days.

This is still a PG rated show, too. No cursing, nothing coarse, totally sophisticated, hilarious. The writing and delivery are sharper than ever.

But I prefer the riffs on cell phones, modern communications, language. His opening bit about the audience getting ready for the show is terrific. Jerry mixes in some old routines - star 69, etc - and it all works. The amazing thing is you don't get tired of hearing the greatest hits. Seinfeld is more fluid than ever on stage, more relaxed, completely at home. Why is he there? He has no place else to be, he jokes. He wants to be out. You think it's a show about nothing but it's about everything, deftly woven together. There needs to be a real recording of this show. It's like medicine. Are there still comedy albums? Wherever Jerry is, don't miss him.

And back to Radio City for Paul Simon's Children's Heath Initiative 25th anniversary fundraiser. Star studded? Some couples performed together - Sting and Trudie Styler - she was very very cute and sexy in her singing debut - performed after making a pit stop at Tony Bennett's fundraiser for his Exploring the Arts. Rita Wilson sang and let Tom Hanks accompany her. James Taylor performed with his wife, Caroline. Stevie Wonder pretty much stole the night singing three numbers with daughter Aisha Morris. They also did "Loves Me Like a Rock" with Paul Simon.

It was literally a night of 100 stars: Vince Gill, Amy Grant and their kids; Steve Martin on banjo; Ann & Nancy Wilson; Paul Simon with talented daughter Lulu (also daughter of Edie Brickell); Ruben Blades with wife Lulu Mason - who has an astonishing voice; lots of videos and presentations - Hillary Clinton, Spike Lee, Julianne Moore, Oprah, Tina Fey. Lorne Michaels was a guest. Aaron Neville sang with Sting and Allen Toussaint. What a night!

Now the weekend comes - Mary Wilson of the Supremes plays a show in Fairfield, Connecticut tonight at the Edgerton Center. Trudie Styler is off to be part of the Hamptons Film Festival jury. David Chase premiers his "Not Fade Away" at the New York Film Festival on Saturday and Hamptons Film Festival on Sunday. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is the surprise screening Monday night at the New York Film Festival.

(c) Showbiz411 by Roger Friedman
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gmsdma - 10.05.12
Starry night
It truly was a star-studded event and all were out for a great cause. I of course went soley for Sting and came away with such appreciation of getting to see so many talented and gifted artists who I may not have otherwise seen perform: Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Paul Simon and Steve Martin on his bango! All were amazing! Paul Simon's daughter was absolutely incredible and would have loved to hear more from her. Sting on the other hand was so-so, and that is being kind. It was disappointing to see his duet with Trudie, even giving her kudos for getting out there and singing off key. I know it was for charity. Call it cute, playful or gutsy-it seemed forced and contrived and really was painful to watch. Sting sang with Aaron Neville and that really was not much better. Paul Simon sang with his daughter, Amy Grant sang with her daughters, Stevie Wonder with his. I would have much preferred to see Sting perform with Coco or Joe at this event.
On December 5, 2012, Sting will perform at the Olympic Gymnasium #1 at Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea! For this performance, Sting will be joined by a 5-piece band featuring Dominic Miller (guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), David Sancious (keyboards), Peter Tickell (electric fiddle), Jo Lawry (vocals). Members of the Sting.com Fan Club will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the general public. Sting.com Fan Club presales begin at 10AM (local time) Tuesday, October 9. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 2PM (local time) Thursday, October 11...
Two new packages are being auctioned to benefit the Children's Health Fund, an organization founded by Dr. Irwin Redlener and singer/songwriter Paul Simon that is dedicated to providing healthcare to America's most underserved and vulnerable children. Bid on the opportunity to meet Sting and attend his concert at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic on November 19, 2012. The winner and one guest will receive two tickets to the concert, plus a pre-show meet and greet with Sting. Also available is a Sting Signature Series Fender Precision Bass Guitar that Sting will autograph and personalize with the winning bidder's name! The 1950s-style guitar features a vintage-style, single-coil pickup, contoured body with 2-color Sunburst finish and Sting's signature in the block pearl inlay at the 12th fret...

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On the occasion of the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations, Sting & Trudie Styler, founders of the Rainforest Fund, received the honorary "International Green Film Award"- a Green Oscar for the ongoing and tireless work of the Rainforest Fund - at Cinema for Peace New York 2012. Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development presented support for the Rainforest Fund and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Cinema for Peace New York was held Tuesday, September 25 at The Harvard Club in New York City. This year, Cinema for Peace New York introduced an evening on Climate Change and Development. Last year, Cinema for Peace New York introduced the Universal Human Rights Logo... (Photo credit: Kevin Mazur)

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Sting's critically-acclaimed Back to Bass tour will stop in Manila, Philippines on December 9 at the Mall of Asia Arena and in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 15 at the Mata Elang International Stadium! Tickets for the Manila performance will be available beginning Friday, September 21 at 12noon. Tickets for the Jakarta concert will be available exclusively to Sting.com Fan Club members beginning Wednesday, September 26 at 10AM . Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, September 28 at 3PM at the Hard Rock Café in Plaza Indonesia Mall, and will be available for purchase online beginning Saturday, September 29 at 10AM. All times are local venue time...

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The Rainforest Foundation US is a partner of the Global Citizen Music Festival, taking place on Saturday, September 29 in NYC's Central Park, featuring performances by Neil Young with Crazy Horse, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, and many more. The event will celebrate the progress made in fighting extreme poverty, while aiming to secure commitments for tackling poverty and disease and mobilize thousands of ambassadors for change. Please register at www.globalcitizen.org and check out information on the Rainforest Foundation to earn the chance to receive a free pair of concert tickets!