Big Apple Buzz | Andrew Lloyd Webber gets key to NYC at ‘Phantom’ closing, Alec Baldwin requests lawsuit get thrown out and more

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber became emotional.
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Alec Baldwin is requesting the lawsuit filed by Halyna Hutchins’ sister and parents be thrown out following the cinematographer’s tragic death on the set of “Rust”, reports the Daily Mail. The beleaguered actor says Hutchins’ parents and sister had not been close to her “physically, financially and emotionally for years before her death.” In court documents filed by Baldwin on April 14, he states that Olga Solovey, Anatoli Androsovych and Svetlana Zemko merely filed the ‘misguided’ suit to ‘obtain compensation over Hutchins’ death in October 2021 outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on “Rust’s” film set……

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Actor Alec Baldwin attends a news conference at United Nations headquarters, on Sept. 21, 2015. A Santa Fe district attorney is prepared to announce whether to press charges in the fatal 2021 film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor Baldwin during a rehearsal on the set of the Western movie “Rust.”(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Angel Bassett, Al Roker and his wife, Deborah Roberts, Spike Lee, and others were among those spotted at Met Opera’s glamorous grand opening night of Terrence Blanchard’s “Champion.” The opera is based on the life story of five-time world boxing champion Emile Griffith, who was openly bisexual in the 1960s. In 1962, Griffith beat his opponent Benny Paret to death in the ring after Paret hurled a homophobic slur at him…..

Tony award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda was one of the members of Broadway royalty who attended the final performance of “The Phantom of the Opera” on April 16 at the Majestic Theatre. Prior to the closing of the play, Mayor Eric Adams presented composer Andrew Lloyd Webber with a key to the city for being Broadway’s ‘greatest of all time.’……

“Happy Phantom day!” Lin-Manuel Miranda exclaimedPhoto by Dean Moses

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos were spotted leaving their apartment in the Big Apple with daughter Lola prior to the “Riverdale” actor’s debut on “Live With Kelly and Mark” on April 17. Former Miss America Suzette Charles, who appeared on “All My Children” with Ripa and Consuelos was a guest in the audience for the new show. Charles also did a stint on the ABC soap opera “Loving”.,,,

Wonderkind and art prodigy Mikail Akar held a New York exhibition “Unbelievable “ which is on display until May 31 at the Modus 10-Rolf Benz Flagship Store in Soho. The 10-year-old’s art was included as part of the Art Expo New York Fine Art Fair 2023 at Pier 36 and in recent days Mikail held a live painting session at dawn at the iconic Empire State Building with graffiti artist Luca…..

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Academy Award-Winning actress, dancer and singer Ariana DeBose as well as philanthropist and long-time patrons of National Dance Institute, Carmen and Ray Debbane, will be honored at the non-profit organization’s 47th Annual Gala on April 17 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan…

Ariana DeBose attends the National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)


Queens native NBA star Carmelo Anthony and his 16-year-old son Kiyan catching an Acela Train at New York Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station on April 14…

Jessica Simpson at JFK airport April 13…