Dear TODAY SHOW,
I am writing an Open Letter, not to confess anything, or reveal shocking details, or even to kvetch about the weather, which of course, every New Yorker holds Al Roker personally responsible for….
Just kidding Mr. Roker, we love you…after all, The Fairy Princess knows (from having met you during a prank Matt Lauer pulled on you) that you are a huge afficianado of the show tunes! And anyone who loves Broadway musicals enough to sing a few bars while working on what turned out to be a fake photo shoot, is good enough for me!
But that is what this open letter is about, oh Today Show dwellers…because I have a quick question –
why when Il Divo comes to perform they get to do it here:
But when Broadway’s new musical, BEAUTIFUL, the Carole King Story came to The Today Show, they performed here:
This was yesterday, February 27, 2014. That’s right, and what was the weather like yesterday?
It was around 39 degrees Fahrenheit, on average. Which, can be considered fairly cold. It’s a bit cold for performers who do 8 shows a week, and have to maintain their health in order to continue to work to be singing and dancing in their show clothes OUTSIDE with NO COATS!
The Anchors are outside in down coats, hats, and gloves – they know it’s cold. We all know it’s cold. Even if you did NOT know it was cold because..well, who knows why you would not know it was cold outside if you were in NYC but hypothetically…I suppose it is possible. So even IF you did not know what the weather is outside…
Let’s face it, you could have asked this guy who, you know, works for you…
You had the cast of AFTER MIDNIGHT out there in their scanties on January 21, 2014.
On January 21, 2014 it averaged 33 Degrees Fahrenheit!
But when Tony Bennett came to see you on October 9, 2013, he was here –
When WICKED showed up on October 30, 2013 they were….
Now, it is obvious that Broadway and The Today Show go together like a time step and a glittery hat, but enough is enough! There is a polar vortex going on, and you have trained performers going out in this horrible weather almost nekkid for enough minutes that they could come down with some serious bronchitis – and that is not ok.
I know that lots of other performers sing outside – you have your Country stars, and your Rock stars, and so on – but they dress themselves, and in general, they seem to dress for the weather. (And if they don’t, that is their own damn fault because they have a choice).
Show People have no choice in what they wear because it is set – that is what it means when we say that the show is frozen – all costumes, lyrics, books, music is set into place for the run of the production. If they are promoting their show, which they ARE and THANK YOU, TODAY SHOW for that, it is really the best reason to tune in for me, when a Broadway show is going to be on – they have no choice in what they are wearing.
By the time they get to you, their show is frozen – now they are too.
It ain’t right, Today Show – it ain’t right!
The Fairy Princess is requesting that you move all these highly trained, beautiful people INSIDE until Spring. (And not just, you know, beginning of Spring, like WAY into Spring – LATE SPRING)
You have the studio space – you let other people use it…..
Look, everyone from Broadway who performs for your TV audience and for your live crowd wants them to come see them in their theaters, and they want to give the best performances they can. Broadway people do not want to call out for illness, they want to hit the stage in their high heels and give y’all a fabulous damn show!
But how can they do that with viral pneumonia?
The Fairy Princess finds it hard to concentrate on the performances being given when all she is thinking is ‘DAMN, they must be FREEZING!”.
You with me KINKY BOOTS? Say Yeah for moving The Broadway indoors in winter!
They were in June, look how happy they are!
Perhaps you will not listen to The Fairy Princess…(after all, I’m just a blogger with over 55,000 views) but you do have ONE person on staff who may advocate for showtunes and those who dwell there –
C’mon Kathie Lee! Would you want YOUR show out there with no coats on? I think not.
These are people I know, these are people I admire, and these are people who deserve a little respect…and, heat.
Finally, I thank you TODAY SHOW for shining the light on amazing performances all year around, you do a fantastic job that lends credit to your Staff and your show – it is seeing Broadway performances on your show that brings people to New York and puts their tushes in theaters!
Doing all you do it can not be easy, but it CAN be indoors….just till Spring.
The Fairy Princess