NY1’s Frank DiLella on how NYC theaters will re-open

Frank DiLella, TV’s NY1 hotshot, does information, views, schmooze and Broadway interviews.

Theater seats are small, jammed collectively, if any individual behind you sneezes, it travels all the way in which to Greenpoint. Rearranging seats might take till I permit my grey roots to truly present earlier than theater homeowners determine this out. How will this work?

Frank: “They’ll advertise, but to rearrange plans they can’t open yet. There’s singers close together, dancers on top of one another, backstage techies, orchestras. In Australia, theatergoers are wearing masks.”

What in regards to the theater’s new social justice motion?

“Actors stand with their brothers. All equal for everybody whether or not you’re black, Latino, homosexual, and so forth.

“It’s not all glamour backstage. During Hurricane Katrina, everybody centered on the loss of life toll, however Liza Minnelli saved saying, ‘What about kitty-cats. We have to help the kitty-cats.’ Asking me to her house for extra interviewing, she mentioned to carry my digital camera, lights, all of the gear so I might tape her. I confirmed up. On time. Lugging all of the gear. She wasn’t even there.

“And Elaine Stritch? In curlers, wearing stockings, no pants, not dressed, she said: ‘My costume’s not ready. I can’t remember my lyrics. People think show business is glamorous. It’s not.’”

For DiLella, the stage is his life. He noticed his first present at age 6. “Phantom of the Opera.”

A theatergoer lately advised me: “I remember seeing ‘Phantom.’ So thrilled I couldn’t stand it. And then, across my shoes, a mouse skittered. I screamed. Our whole row lifted their feet up. Wow, do I remember seeing ‘Phantom of the Opera.’”

That efficiency little Mickey was the Phantom.

Saved from maize maze

We simply misplaced Pulitzer Prize winner Lucinda Franks. A reminiscence: She and husband Robert Morgenthau, NYC’s former DA, had this monumental farm in East Fishkill, NY. The flowers, crops, bushes, timber, vegetable gardens, animal pastures, big property included a big cornfield. It was a maze. They mentioned I wanted a map. I mentioned, “I know my way.” They mentioned I wanted a information. I mentioned, “I know directions.” They mentioned I wanted a compass. I mentioned, “Please, I can get through corn ears.”

As the solar dimmed, I panicked. I’d been round, up, down, left, proper. No technique to exit this limitless maze — the place the corn was as excessive as an elephant’s eye — and I used to be completely hidden. My screaming ultimately led to rescue.

She saved me — however we’ve misplaced her.

Another TV Abbey

Big-selling novel “Loch Down Abbey” is turning into a Brit TV collection. “Downton Abbey”-ish, it’s set in Nineteen Thirties Scotland in wherever’s Inverkillen and the place some illness that’s not as we speak’s pandemic is raging.

It’s for a small display and a few haute class English household, the sort whose pinkies stick out when balancing a cuppa. There’s a murdered lord. A housekeeper who is aware of one thing. Everyone’s in lockdown. The assassin’s inside. We’re speaking hisses, secrets and techniques, murmurs, whispers, stares. Already a sequel’s being written.

Original sins

In taking part in playing cards, every king represents a historic ruler: Spades, King David; Clubs, Alexander the Great; Hearts, Charlemagne; Diamonds, Julius Caesar … In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses have been tied on. Ropes tightened made the mattress firmer. Thus the phrase “good night, sleep tight.”

Babylon 4,000 years in the past. The bride’s father gave new son-in-law mead, a honey beer. The calendar being lunar primarily based, it was the Honey Month — a ok a the honeymoon … Old England’s pub ale was in pints and quarts. The barkeep advised unruly prospects: “Settle down. Mind your pints and quarts.” It begat “mind your P’s and Q’s.” And cup handles had whistles. For a refill, they’d whistle. It begat “Wet your whistle.”

USA’s nice. Citizens purchase mutual funds with unemployment checks.

And not solely in New York, children, not solely in New York.

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