Dolenz then started a correct tribute for his fallen bandmates; Davy, Peter and Michael. Exhibiting prime clips from the Monkees TV present; and a number of other uncommon assemblages from their particular person audition tapes and Dolenz’s personal home-movies, it was bittersweet and stirring. Although the followers have seen these clips dozens of occasions beforehand, the adulation that Dolenz hooked up to them -as nicely as the private stories- is terrific.
Significantly shifting for this author have been the transient glimpses of Good Occasions-producer, the late Adam Schlesinger. For people who don’t know or don’t notice, Schlesinger was the proper producer alternative for that album – only a sensational combine. I all the time puzzled a couple of Dolenz-solo effort produced by Schlesinger; sadly we’ll by no means see it realized now.
To me, seeing all these movies and tapes is each bittersweet in addition to a real testomony to their mixed abilities. Certain, Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider created all this, however with out the skills of the 4, magic wouldn’t have been made.
Act 2 started with a stunningly good “Porpoise Tune” that led into “Nice Valley Sunday,” “Valleri” and “Goin’ Down” whereby Dolenz does a faucet dance throughout the stage that’s spot-on. A Broadway veteran for positive, he’s simply wonderful – note-for-note, step-by-step.
On the Huntington present have been Dolenz-pr-man David Salidor, Markos Papadatos from Digital Journal and Vance Brescia, the author of “That Was Then, This Is Now” which was proudly carried out. At Ridgefield, Q1043’s Jim Kerr and WOR’s Tom Cuddy, spouse Lisa and daughter Danielle attended as nicely.
Ridgefield Playhouse soundman extraordinaire Blake Joblin did a implausible job mixing the live performance audio.
The complete present is a dignified and becoming tribute. The true icing on the cake. A terrific effort throughout; among the best I’ve but seen this yr.
COLIN’S PENGUIN — (By way of Deadline) The primary picture and pictures from Matt Reeves’ Batman spinoff Max sequence The Penguin was revealed Wednesday popping out of the Warner Bros Discovery presser for the streaming service. No premiere date was introduced right now; hopefully we’ll be seeing this one make a splash at San Diego Comedian-Con this summer time.
Colin Farrell reprises his Batman villain on this eight-episode DC Studios drama sequence that continues The Batman epic crime saga that filmmaker Reeves started with Warner Bros. Footage’ $771 million-grossing world blockbuster final yr. As we instructed you final week, The Batman, which repped Warner Bros’ return to full theatrical releases popping out of the pandemic final yr, netted a revenue of $177M.
The primary footage of the sequence, which is in manufacturing per Casey Bloys, has the look of a darkish Sopranos, with Farrell taking part in a full-on crime boss. We see him swooning a brunette over dinner, limping and climbing subway stairs and boldly taking pictures somebody from his smoking chair (“You step out of line even as soon as, I’ll intestine you want a goddamn fish,” exclaims Penguin).
“You ask your self, what sort of life do I would like?” says the Penguin in a voice-over. “The world isn’t constructed for guys like us; that’s why now we have to take what’s ours.”
New DC bosses Peter Safran and James Gunn have made it clear that Reeves’ Batman is a part of their else-verse, which isn’t a part of their part one “Gods and Monsters” DC universe. Reeves’ function sequel, Batman II, is hitting cinemas on October 3, 2025. Safran and Gunn have their very own Batman within the works, The Courageous and the Daring, which follows Bruce Wayne and the spitfire, renegade son he didn’t know he had: Damien Wayne, who takes on the alias of Robin.
The beforehand introduced solid consists of Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Deirdre O’Connell, with Clancy Brown and Michael Zegen recurring.
By now you’ve most likely learn or heard that HBO Max has been re-branded as Max; out of your pleasant Warner Brothers. Spectrum, NYC’s main cable outlet was once known as Time Warner, so each few months I assume we’ll need to get used to a brand new title. And, sure, David Zaslav – aka Zaz The Butcher– is accountable for it.
SHORT TAKES –— The Gamers Membership and Mascot Label Group are proud to announce the brand new studio album from Toto legend, Steve Lukather. His ninth solo album, Bridges, couldn’t be extra precisely titled. Bridges presents deep roots and branches from Toto’s household tree, with previous and current members contributing on each the writing and efficiency aspect. Luke shares, “I see it as a bridge between my solo music and Toto music. The truth that Joseph Williams, David Paich and I wrote a lot of the document, and the actual fact I invited most of the outdated Toto gang to return and play, co-writers like Randy Goodrum and Stan Lynch brings all this collectively. It additionally proves that the majority of my outdated friends and I are nonetheless nice associates, and I needed to do a document ‘within the model of,’ as Toto won’t ever document one other studio album. That is as shut as we’ll get” …
And, Jeremy Renner, strolling with a cane, for the premiere of his Disney + present Rennervations. Simply wonderful. He was interviewed by a number of information retailers and acquitted himself terrifically. Bravo Jeremy!
NAME SIN THE NEWS — Dan Mapp; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Tom Masterson; Adam Ellis; Andrew Sandoval; Brett King; Jill Christiansen; Howard Bloom; Donnie Kehr; Angelo Babbaro; Jane Blunkell; Tony King; Derek Taylor; Alison Martino; Dan Zelinski; Mike Greenblatt; Roger Davies; Jason Elzy; Irving Azoff; and BELLA!