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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My Review of This Year's Kennedy Center Honors.

There was a request for this in the comment section.
So, okay, here goes.
First, they were all good choices.
And it would have been unfortunate if any of them were to die before they were awarded this.
Show wise, I think the batting order was right on.
Open lively with Rita Moreno, with dancers performing "America".
She should have gotten this award years ago.
Certainly before Chita Rivera, her closest comp.
Chita won it nine years ago.
I'm sure Rita has been stewing ever since.
She is far more famous, at least outside of New York City.
What took so long?

Same thing with George Lucas.
He invented everything that Spielberg "appropriated" in his films.
As they showed the montage of Lucas's films, I was surprised how many of them I thought were directed by Spielberg.
Maybe the nominating committee thought so too.

Seiji Ozawa---They needed someone classical. He was as good an idea as anyone.

Cicely Tyson---Great body of work, still working at 90. Great idea.

Carole King---The highlight of the evening. They showed highlights from "Beautiful", her Broadway show.
Just the kind of show I had no desire to see, until I saw those highlights.
I think it's playing in Chicago at the moment, and I think I want to see it, although I'm pretty sure this version doesn't have
James Taylor singing "Up On The Roof".
And this gave the audience the best opportunity to do a sing-along since they honored Neil Diamond and he was serenaded by the audience with
"Sweet Caroline", ending with Caroline Kennedy leading the serenading.
They then did the most anti-climactic thing I've ever seen by closing the show with a very subdued tribute to Yo-Yo Ma.
Somebody was asleep at the switch.

That's what I've got.

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  1. Happy New Year Mark!

    Kennedy Centre Hono(u)rs are not something I get to see in Australia, so I have no idea what was shown in the Lucas montage, but his body of work as a director is four Star Wars movies, American Graffiti and THX-1138 (and uncredited work on Red Tails.) The bulk of his work is as producer, including the Indiana Jones movies.

    All the best,


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."