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“Happy New Year B”

Ladies and gents,

We’re all another year older and, if you indulged over the holidays as much as yours truly, about 15 pounds heavier. I’m back on a strict diet of buckwheat and kefir. I learned about it last year from a taxi driver, and it promises weight loss of up to 10 pounds per week. Basically, I eat as much buckwheat porridge as I can stomach, and am allowed up to a liter of kefir each day. It’s going pretty well so far, though I fainted on the escalator going down to the 6 train yesterday and my coat got temporarily caught in (and permanently shredded by) the track when we reached the bottom. I was revived by a lovely retired plastic surgeon, who I was tempted to ask for some complimentary liposuction so I can start eating solid food again, but I resisted.

My track record with New Year’s resolutions is pretty spotty. One year I decided to learn how to cook, which I was pretty diligent about … until my coop board threatened to have me evicted following a small (totally contained) grease fire. Another year I began a robust fitness regimen, but was disappointed by lack of visible results and gave up after a couple weeks. This year, in addition to the temporary buckwheat diet, I have decided to be better about making plans and keeping them. This will require a new Filofax!

For those of you who’ve yet to identify a resolution, I have one to offer. See more theater in 2016!

And speaking of theater, if you in the Chicago area, make sure you see the Broadway-bound production of Gotta Dance. The cast is a knock-out, including a delicious star turn by the legendary Stefanie Powers. As that town’s chief theater critic said to me, “She’s the hottest thing in Chicago” – especially this time of year!

Tidbits from around town…

Spotted director Joe Mantello, who’s pulling doubly duty on Broadway this season with The Humans and Blackbird, chatting with Laurie Metcalf at Sardi’s.

Overheard everyone’s favorite Monkee, Micky Dolenz, raving about School of Rock—The Musical after a recent performance.

Saw Samuel L. Jackson leaving Sirius/XM after an interview with Howard Stern.

Next week is your last chance to see the Tony Award winning Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway. Don’t miss it!

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