Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Watch Rosie Live! Tonight


Rosie O'Donnell is ready to 'Live' a little on variety show

NEW YORK — It's Rosie with a Z.
Even comedian Rosie O'Donnell can't quite believe she's on stage with Broadway legend Liza Minnelli this rainy Tuesday morning. The two performers are rehearsing City Lights, which opens Rosie Live, an NBC variety special hosted by O'Donnell that's airing tonight (8 p.m. ET/PT).

During rehearsals, the two women shimmy across a Midtown stage working on a tune Minnelli hasn't sung in 30 years.

"Brightly lit by pretty city lights!" the two women sing in tandem. "Love those city lights."

"Good," O'Donnell says, nodding to Minnelli after they complete their duet.

On stage, O'Donnell, 46, is both practical and comical. "It's gonna be a very gay show, whether they know it or not. Gay is the new black — or at least the new pink," O'Donnell quips to the backup dancers and crew.

In fact, Rosie Live is meant to be neither political or controversial. It's an hour-long show featuring performances from Alanis Morissette, Clay Aiken, Gloria Estefan and 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski. If the special does well, it could become a series.

"It's like being shot out of a cannon. Tomorrow is going to be fantastic. I'm so nervous!" Krakowski says after a second performance of her number, a parody of You Gotta Get a Gimmick.

Those who work with O'Donnell say she's a perfectionist.

"For her, it's all about surrounding herself with people she likes and trusts," says Rosie Live executive producer David Friedman. "She's got a million ideas. Everyone says that (she's difficult), but she knows what she wants to do and she wants people around her who can execute and work hard. There is nothing difficult about her."



  1. Chexxxy,

    Thnx for the news about Clay's appearance on "Rosie Live."

    Have a great weekend!


  2. My tummy is full of butterflys waiting for "Rosie Live" to start.
    Would you believe it's because Mr. Clay Aiken is there???

  3. I enjoyed Clay's appearance. I know the show is getting rocky reviews but I am so pleased that Rosie is a friend and seems to want to give Clay air time. Should the show get picked up, I think Clay will appear again.

  4. "Gay is the new black — or at least the new pink" Bwah! It's probably true though. And it's a good thing.

    I just can't get enough of him though. He can be black or pink as far as I'm concerned. Just wanna hear him sing (or talk... or just sit there.)

    Always enjoy your blog Chex!