THE FOURTH WALL
Dean M. Shapiro
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA PRESENTS
A SPECTACULAR LION KING PRODUCTION
Once upon a time (how’s that for a non-original fairy tale opening line?) there was a “Rumble in the Jungle.” The savannah, actually, to be more technically correct. Anyway, it’s not the 1974 Ali-Foreman heavyweight boxing matchup I’m referring to here. It’s THE LION KING, a Disney-fied live musical stage take-off on Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, transposed from 15th century England to the timeless African grasslands.
It must be nice to be an Obama. Instead of worrying about driving and the high gasoline prices, Barack Obama and his family just take Air Force One and other government planes everywhere. Last week, the President enjoyed some NCAA basketball action in Ohio with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Instead of catching the game on cable, the President and his pal ran up a $500,000 travel bill, charging it to the greatest group of suckers in the world, the taxpayers of America.
Turn your tube onto the Ellen DeGeneres show today to watch New Orleans native interview adopted-son, Brad Pitt who’s “Make It Right”, an organization that Pitt started to help rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
One down and one big one to go.
The same agent who negotiated a sweet deal for Peyton Manning now turns his sights to help Drew Brees maneuver around the current mess on the New Orleans Saints free-agency field.
Tom Condon has helped Manning, a New Orleans-product to a deal reportedly that averages $18.5 million per season but with an injury waiver.
Perhaps it is time for a quick lesson on how things are really done in government. For starters, you can throw out that civics book and forget those lessons about checks and balances and separation of powers. That’s pure theory with the current administration in Baton Rouge and about as close to reality as those flying pigs you hear about.
will take an unprecedented interest in Louisiana’s presidential primary.
Already the state has been saturated with political mail, phone calls and television advertisements from the contenders aiming to replace Barack Obama and Super PACs “independently” advancing their cause.
NFL might drop the hammer this week.
The National Football League owners and executives convene their annual meeting next weekend in Palm Beach, Florida, but my guess is they will dispense with their most visible old business before they board their private jets. Who Dat Nation has been waiting anxiously the past few weeks for Commissioner Roger Goodell to drop the hammer on their favorites since revelations of Bountygate were made public.
According to ESPN, Peyton Manning’s new home will be Denver Broncos “barring a snag during intensified contract negotiations that have commenced under the instruction of the four-time MVP to his agent Tom Condon, according to multiple sources.”
Should the deal be consumated, the Broncos could be buying an older injured Colt in place of young Bronco and healthy.
I have read the tea leaves and have come up with probable penalties for involvement in the Saints' bountygate. And, according to Sam Wyche of NFL.com, judgment day could be today.
What should Drew Brees do? After all, he’s the ultimate team player, the voice and face of New Orleans Saints, a team which came back from the depths of the NFL grave after Hurricane Katrina.
He is unhappy with the Saints posting the NFL Franchise tag on his surgically-repaid shoulder.