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“After All These Years”

Ladies and gents,

Age is only a number, right? You want proof? Fine. Exhibit A: my old buddy John Kander, who just turned 88. The man has more spring in his step than your average 30-year-old, and he is keeping himself quite busy with a new show opening on Broadway this season.

I was invited, along with a select group of other media types, to witness the cast of said show, The Visit, led by the one-and-only Chita Rivera (Exhibit B — eternally youthful at 82), present their legendary composer with a custom made cake – designed to look like a tiered piano (with, appropriately enough, 88 keys) – from Empire Cakes. The cast, along with book writer Terrence McNally (Exhibit C — in the midst of a giant career moment at 76) belted a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” as Kander grinned (though I had secretly hoped they might perform one of his own compositions, like “New York, New York”).

The Visit begins performances on March 26 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre.

Tidbits from around town…

Spotted John Slattery riding his bike, against traffic, sans helmet, down 8th Avenue , and looking (dare)devilishly handsome as ever.

Overheard Neil Patrick Harris congratulating director David Hyde Pierce following the first performance of It Shoulda Been You.

Caught Ben Stiller window-shopping outside the Tumi store at Rockefeller Center.

As always, a toast of something sparkling to you and yours!