Bradley Cooper brought his and ex-lover supermodel Irina Shayk’s 2-year-old daughter Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper — who’s smaller than her name — to the Philharmonic for the debut of composer Karen LeFrak’s “Sleepover at the Museum.”
In a pink princess dress, the toddler held her father’s hand until he picked her up, carried her down the aisle, and she sat in beaming Daddy’s lap for the entire concert. It also featured Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie narrating the composition inspired by LeFrak’s children’s book about a sleepover at the Natural History museum, where a theater is named after the family.
Blonde bombshell is back
Slinking our way is a Marilyn Monroe TV exposé based on Keith Badman’s book “The Final Years.” Monroe’s estate, owned by the Authentic Brands Group, cooperated. The series, from Seven Seas Films, deals with her last film, addiction struggles, drug overdose, death, plus affairs with JFK and his brother Robert.
It will reenact naked pool scenes from her final movie, “Something’s Got to Give.” I know that photos taken on the set by Lawrence Schiller — her actual signed images splashing nude in the water just before she died on Aug. 5, 1962 — are grabbable for $4,500 apiece at M.S. Rau in New Orleans.
If you’re hot on MM, there’s also her second husband, Joe DiMaggio’s 50th birthday gold watch ($54,500), 1984 Cartier silver tray ($56,000) given him by the Yankees, plus — since Marilyn was obviously very busy — a red abstract painting ($145,000) by yet another lover, Frank Sinatra.
After 9/11, the mantra was “Eff them all — keep NYC open.” Go to museums, theaters, gyms, parties, openings, premieres, movies … no matter who/what, New York is always open for business.
Now, not. One venue that does multiple functions nightly had nine cancellations in one week. Workers laid off. Tourists who usually come to the Great White Way — aren’t. Sales slipping. Broadway not selling. Life upon the wicked stage weakened. Producers meet this week to decide what to do. Discussion’s been a version of airport metal detectors and pat-downs. This medical version of swabs and hand sanitizers would mean huge delays entering the theater. And how to lure tourists who want to avoid buses, trains, planes? How to handle an Act of God — insurance, contracts, layoffs, unemployment?
It’s shows closing, not opening, casts being paid off, producers losing fortunes, tryouts not trying out, audiences not leaving their houses. How does this get handled contractually? Will craft unions help?
Epidemiologists note the Philippines has fewer than 50 cases. What’s that mean — “West Side Story” could be a big hit in downtown Manila?
Bits & pieces
Movie theaters stay empty, but TV sets are busy. Chris Walken may do a BBC miniseries … Also full is Café Carlyle. Tony winner Betty Buckley — the original Glamour Cat Grizabella in 1982’s “Cats” — can now be seen, heard and applauded there . . . ALSO busy is West 44th’s Hunt & Fish Club. Besides steaks and lobsters, the restaurant also serves famous faces.
4 offices are not enough
Between LA’s #MeToo, DC’s You Too, and NYC’s de Blasio Too, the busiest are lawyers. Manhattan’s latest Brooklyn transplant Sal Strazzullo just opened his fifth office. It’s in Tribeca, across from De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel. Strazzullo has closed deals for Billy Crystal and Matt Lauer. OK, but Lauer’s making deals?