Chanteuse Rosemary Loar has been delighting audiences for well over three decades, not merely in cabaret but also on Broadway, and even more recently proved herself adept as a major developer of new musical theater pieces (as with "Spoolie-Girl" at New York Theater Festival two seasons ago). Three seasons prior she released an evening of music comprised primarily by pieces by Sting and The Police,
Legends aren't born, they are made. Blessed with an indescribable electricity whenever and wherever she dances, Chita Rivera is one of the most memorable and iconic Broadway performers in theatrical history not only because of the seminal shows with which she was and is associated, but also because of her innate ability to virtually stop the show with a mere movement, no matter how small or subtle it may apear to be.
Isn't it nice when you finally unearth a pleasant secret that has been hiding just under your nose for a long time? Or, when you find that metaphorical "diamond in the rough" that is perched on the verge of coming out of the shadows into the light of a multitude of followers and fans? Well, I believe I have discovered the new secret that you've been waiting to hear.
Long before there was Jack Paar or Steve Allen or even Johnny Carson, there was Joe Franklin. From his ground-breaking 1950 talk show in the early days of television to his 30-plus year run on WOR-TV, Joe Franklin was the trail-blazer for all the Carsons and Lettermans. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, Joe Franklin, "The King of Nostalgia," passed away at 88.
Interviewing over 300,000 guests during a 43-year span, Bronx-born Joe Franklin began his career as a teenager, selling jokes to Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor.