With summer here, a new season of The Real Housewives of Orange County is in full swing. Cookie was lucky enough to sit down with the actual "first" Housewife, Vicki Gunvalson along with her business partner in Wines By Wives, Chris Gravagna. Gunvalson talked about her Wines By Wives celebrity wine club, why the gay boys love the Housewives so much and what's next for her in Orange County.
The Paper Mill Playhouse invited the press to a dress rehearsal in New York on November 14 for "Oliver!" This will be one of the largest casts Paper Mill has ever had, yet one of the smallest rehearsal spaces. With a cast of 49, there wasn't much space for cameras and reporters. Shane Austin Miller, director of press relations, introduced Mark S. Hoebee, who directs the musical, and is also the the playhouse's producing artistic director.
The American Repertory Ballet ("ARB") presented the ballet, "Romeo and Juliet," at Raritan Valley Community College ("RVCC") on Saturday, March 8. The ballet was choreographed by artistic director Douglas Martin, with music by Sergei Prokofiev to William Shakespeare's tale of the doomed love of Romeo of Montague and Juliet of Capulet.
Carole Radziwill has gone from Emmy-award winning journalist to "Real Housewife of New York City" on the reality show of the same name. Her first novel "What Remains" detailed her love affair with Prince Anthony Radziwill, as well as her friendship with Anthony's cousin, John F Kennedy Jr and his wife, Carolyn. While "What Remains" detailed a story of great love and friendship, Radziwill's new novel "The Widow's Guide To Sex & Dating" is a more fictionalized departure from her first book.
Right off the bat, let me clear something up: This season of "The Real Housewives Of Miami" is nothing like the first season (which incidentally was scheduled to be a different kind of Miami reality show and morphed into a part of the "Housewives" franchise). There have been casting changes with the Larsa Pippen and Christy Rice being removed from the cast (much more suited for "Basketball Wives") and replaced with several new Housewives, including model and "Dancing With The Stars" alum Joanna Krupa (more on that later).
Kean University hosted the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert at beautiful Enlow Hall on February 9. Five- time Grammy Award winners and winners of two Lifetime Achievement Awards, one from the Grammys, and one from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Blind Boys of Alabama are Gospel legends who have been singing since 1944.
"Coriolanus" features actors who might be little known here, but be assured that they are quite famous in the UK. During the HD show intermission, it was said that the entire Donmar Warehouse run was sold out in days. What a treat this HD presentation is.