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‘Madame Secretary’ features Sondheim’s opener from ‘Company’


Smart TV shows don’t interrupt with commercials during the first 5+ minutes. Hook-and-keep viewers pattern. On Sunday, the first few minutes of the 7-minute opening of “Madame Secretary” was  underscored with the opening number from the original cast album of “Company.” It featured Erich Bergen’s morning routine as the character Blake, top aid to Téa Leoni‘s Elizabeth McCord’s U.S. Secretary of State.

Image of Eric Bergen
Eric Bergen

Bergen also live tweeted last night. He is best known for playing Bob Gaudio in the biographical musical drama film Jersey Boys. He attended the well-known Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center in  New York for seven years.

Recently, the 31-year-old actor has spoken out about surviving testicular cancer.

Not the only actor on the show with stage credits, Bebe Neuwirth is a Tony Award-winning actress for roles of Nickie in the revival of Sweet Charity (1986), and Velma Kelly in the revival of Chicago (1996). Other Broadway musical roles include Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (2010), Lola in “Damn Yankees (1995) and the ensemble shows “Fosse” and revival of “Chicago.”


Patina Miller is best known for originating the role of disco diva wannabe Deloris Van Cartier in the 2009 West End and 2011 Broadway productions of Sister Act. She also starred as the Leading Player in the 2013 revival of Pippin for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Željko Ivanek, who plays Russell Jackson, has appeared in seven shows on Broadway.

Cast members of "Madame Secretary." Eric Bergen far right.
Cast members of “Madame Secretary.” Eric Bergen far right.

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Making Broadway bucks a crapshoot; ‘Jersey Boys’ investors hit right notes

Image of Jersey Boys poster“You could make a killing, but not a living, in the theater,” said playwright  Robert Anderson in a 1966 Christian Science Monitor interview about “Tea and  Sympathy,” his successful first Broadway play that was turned into a movie. Anderson couldn’t recreate that same success on stage and turned to teaching and writing Hollywood screenplays.

About 75 percent of Broadway shows — musicals and plays — don’t recoup their investment let alone make money for investors. In NY state there is a strict legal formula concerning who gets paid first (Hint: It’s not Max Bialystock). But that’s not what we’re talking about now. Lucky investors of the original production of “Jersey Boys,” the 12th longest running show on Broadway that grossed more than $2 billion worldwide, told the NYTimes in an article published today (1/15/17), they made back about 22 percent on their original investments.

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Stars of ‘Jersey Boys’ featured in NJTV’s live ‘Midtown Men’ concert

"Midtown Men" debuts  at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 on NJTV, followed by its  sister stations THIRTEEN (8:30 p.m. Nov. 29) and WLIW (7 p.m. Nov. 30) in the New York metro area, beginning followed by a national rollout beginning in March 2015.
“Midtown Men” debuts at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 on NJTV, followed by its sister stations THIRTEEN (8:30 p.m. Nov. 29) and WLIW (7 p.m. Nov. 30) in the New York metro area,  followed by a national rollout beginning in March 2015. They are, from left, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, J. Robert Spencer and Daniel Reichard. 

If you loved “Jersey Boys” you’re gonna love “The Midtown Men Live in Concert!” premiering tomorrow (Nov. 29) on NJTV. The special not only features  four members from the original cast of the hit Broadway musical–still packing houses–it will be the New Jersey station’s first nationally-distributed show.

And, according to NJTV General Manager John Servidio, “The Midtown Men” is the first of what he hopes will be many more live events  for local or national broadcast staged at New Jersey performing arts venues.

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