Tina Fey won plenty of laughs by playing Sarah Palin next to Amy Poehler's Hillary Clinton on "Saturday Night Live" back in 2008. Now, Tina Fey is the off-stage force behind the new musical "Mean Girls," opening tonight on Broadway. How she brought her original hit movie to the Great White Way is the story she recently shared with Jane Pauley: For some people Tina Fey is synonymous with "Mean Girls." She wrote the 2004 movie. So, maybe Pauley arrived for her interview a little nervous. "Well, just don't worry about it," Fey said. "If it's something I'm uncomfortable with, I'll just flip this table." "You'll just flip this table! All right, with me hangin' on!" "Toward you, yes!" "Mean Girls" was a kind of anthropological dig through the treacherous terrain of a very particular slice of American teen girl psyche. And now, 14 years after the movie, audiences are lining up again, for "Mean Girls," the musical. And tonight is opening night. Fey is not in the show. But she wrote the … [Read more...] about Tina Fey brings her “Mean Girls” to Broadway
Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Tina Fey has earned international acclaim as a comedy writer, actress, author and producer, but she's always wanted her name in a copy of the Broadway publication Playbill, she tells Jane Pauley in an interview for CBS' "Sunday Morning," to be broadcast April 8. Fey has finally gotten a chance to see her dream come true. Fey, who wrote the 2004 hit movie "Mean Girls," about a group of teenagers all fighting for social status, is also the writer of the Broadway musical adaptation of the film. The stage production opens Sunday, April 8, at New York's August Wilson Theatre. "I didn't grow up in New York City. So, if we came to New York to see a show and we got this real Playbill, it was just so special," Fey tells Pauley. "I really did feel, like, a burning desire to have my name in one of those Playbills someday." Fey sits down with Pauley to talk about her career; her path to Broadway; what she was like in high school, and her life on- and off-stage … [Read more...] about Preview: Tina Fey finally lives her Broadway dream
According to a lawsuit filed in New York, on December 9, 2010, Brian Johnston, 34, and Nile Charles, 25 walked into the Apple Store on Broadway. The two black men, wearing "baggy jeans and large sweaters with hoods", had entered the store in search of a pair of headphones to purchase. The men claim that at around 3:20pm, they were confronted by a white Apple Store employee in his 50's, 6 foot 2 inches in height and about 225 pounds, who invaded their "personal space" in an intimidating fashion. He said to the pair, "You know the deal. You know the deal". The employee told Johnston and Charles that they had to either make a purchase or see a Mac specialist. But before they could respond, the pair were told that they were not welcome in the store because of their race. The lawsuit quotes the employee as saying, "And before you say I'm racially discriminating against you, let me stop you. I am discriminating against you, I don't want 'your kind' hanging out in the store."Using a … [Read more...] about Employees of the Broadway Apple Store charged with racial discrimination in lawsuit
Last week, the Downtown Examiner claimed that Apple has leased a modest "several hundred thousand square-feet" inside downtown LA's Broadway Trade Center, a landmark building of 20 century history. Reportedly, the space will feature offices, a huge Apple store, and possibly a dedicated Beats outlet. The building itself was opened in 1908, and it was initially known as the Hamburger Department Store - an old-timey mall that housed a restaurant, market, post office, a theater, a physician, a soda fountain, and a roof garden. Must have been quite the dating spot! Anyway, in 1923, it also became one of the USA's first parking garages, and in 1979, the building was put in the National Register of Historic Places for "contributing character" to downtown LA.If the rumors spell any truth, then Apple has landed a really special place. We suspect it was the keen eye of Apple's current retail chief, ex-Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, that envisioned the famous building as the new Apple fort. … [Read more...] about Apple taking over downtown LA’s Broadway Trade Center for secondary office and retail HQ?
Broadway shows, churches, schools, sporting events, and other organizations that heavily rely on wireless microphones that operate on the 700 MHz band have been given a deadline to find an alternative spectrum to call home or a totally new system. The FCC has announced they’re being given 5 month, with the deadline set for June 12, to vacate US airwaves which are intended for high-speed web services by Verizon and AT&T – additionally it’ll be used for emergency communication. The two largest wireless carriers in the country won a 2008 auction for rights to the airwaves; which have been used by broadcast television and unlicensed microphone transmissions.Thomas Ferrugia, director of government relations for the Broadway League, said that it would cost around $100,000 for a theater to replace existing equipment with ones that would comply with the new ruling. Older shows like “Wicked” that purchased equipment prior to the FCC’s order would be … [Read more...] about Broadway shows & others asked to vacate airwaves for LTE’s arrival