A wonderful friend of mine, Kathryn Kinley, and I met when we worked together at VH1 back in late '80s. Kath was the anchor of "Entertainment Watch" and covered all the show biz news. She was a Miss America contestant one year before starting her broadcast career. As lovely a blonde as she is on the outside, that loveliness is topped by her heart. Her heart is a truly beautiful thing. She is one of the dearest, kindest, most supportive and resilient people I know. Kinley's probably the only former beauty pageant contestant who got on national TV and said that the Academy should nominate Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing for Best Picture. She said that in a segment we did together on VH1.
One day at work, she told me she was really excited about the opening of a Broadway show she'd be attending that night. I asked her what show she'd be seeing. She answered, "Carrie: The Musical."
Kathryn told me that, during intermission, she went to the lobby to get a beverage. She ran into the show's publicist. The publicist asked her what she thought of the show. Kathryn sincerely and honestly replied, "You have got a hit on your hands turning this into a musical comedy."
Apparently the publicist stiffened and declared, "It's not a comedy."
Kathryn told me, "I just assumed it was comedy. Just about everybody in my section was laughing at it." She fretted that the publicist would never speak to her again. I'm sure Kathryn's comment was forgiven considering the reviews that came out. I heard one entertainment reporter on the local news say, "The most frightening thing about Carrie: The Musical was that it had a second act."
After all these years, that famous Broadway flop has been revisited and streamlined. A redone, reduced version of it opens tonight off-Broadway. Sometimes less is more. Break a leg, cast and crew. I'm eager to read the reviews for this new version. So is Kathryn Kinley.