We are happy to welcome guest celebrity blogger Phyllis Newman, the famed singing actress who won a Tony Award for her performance in Subways Are for Sleeping as well as the special 2009 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award. Newman, who was married to the late lyricist-librettist Adolph Green, will blog for Playbill.com all week; her third entry follows:
Well, now I'm a real blognik......two under my belt, and here comes the third. This process, as they say, is unlike any other in my experience. I've written a book, a show, many pieces, lyrics, sketches, etc. But this blog, without rules except for a word count, can be about almost anything. Happily, my project plate is full...but what would you like to know about? That's what has kept me awake the last couple of nights...and I mean that literally.
One of the most surprising and satisfying aspects of my life for the last 16 years has been the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of the Actors Fund or PNWHI...as it's mercifully shortened to. There are descriptions of it and the wonderful help it's been to so many women in many places on the web. It is all part of the remarkable and unique Actors Fund, so go to their site and see how the fund impacts all of our lives.
Every year we do a smashing event called Nothing Like a Dame...The thinking woman's vaudeville show. This year it will be on June 21. It is always star studded and a sellout. We have a meeting Thursday..so I will give you...details hot off the press Friday.
I woke up in the middle of last night, which is not rare, not only to take a little trip. I had a mystic revelation..I can mix fiction and fantasy on my very own blog. For example, a few weeks ago Alec Baldwin and I hosted an evening for the Actors Fund at my apartment. The world knows that Alec has an insanely brilliant sense of humor personally...my kind of guy...so we did alot of back and forth jokes about his moving in with me....because I have a lot of space. The people laughed as we got more and more into it. Well, truth be told there was a smidgin of wishful thinking on my part. Well...now it's out there.....tabloids take note......let the rumors begin.
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Now my next fantasy has a few problems to overcome. The gorgeous, brilliant Brian Stokes Mitchell is the president of the Actors Fund, and we have a lot of interaction. BUT...... Brian is happily married to a beautiful woman, they have a perfect little child......so this may get a little ugly. But I wouldn't mind a little notoriety as a cougar home wrecker. I think it would ramp up my real, rather pedestrian social life. I can be a player...even if it's only in my mind or on this page.
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So, don't be surprised when one day soon, you'll open to page six of the N.Y. Post.......or go to TMZ....and see a photo of us fighting off the paparazzi in the meat-packing district, as we make a dash for our custom-made black SUV.
So, as I put on my sparkly red shoes..I bid you farewell for today.