Happy Bloomsday everyone! June 16 may be the most famous date in literary history -- it's the day Leopold Bloom made his epic journey around Dublin in James Joyce's influential novel, Ulysses.
To commemorate the fictional event, every year famous performers gather at NY's Symphony Space to read 18 excerpts from the Joyce novel. Among the readers expected this year are such notables as Cherry Jones (The Heiress, Pride's Crossing), Frank and Malachy McCourt, Barbara Feldon, Terry Donnelly, Pauline Flanagan, Charles Keating, Stephen Lang (Hamlet), David Margulies, Ciaran O'Reilly (Shadow of a Gunman), Rochelle Oliver, Charlotte Moore and Fritz Weaver (Ring Round The Moon). Fionnula Flanagan will cap the evening's final two and a half hours (yes she will, yes) with Molly Bloom's monologue.
NY radio station WNYC 820 AM, will carry 18th annual the ceremony live, 7 PM to midnight. Isaiah Sheffer again serves as program director and host.
Broadway-philes have a special love for Bloom because Zero Mostel appeared on Broadway in the adaptation of a passage from the book, Ulysses In Nighttown, and later appeared in the Mel Brooks film, "The Producers." His co-star, Gene Wilder, played a character named...Leo Bloom.
For tickets ($10-$15) and information on Bloomsday at Symphony Space call the box office (after 1 PM) at (212) 864-5400. -- By David Lefkowitz