Tony Winner Thrown Out Of Carol Channing Screening!

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As the lights were going down for tonight's Tribeca Film Festival screening of the doc Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, the entire theater heard a woman screaming "Security! Security! Come here!"

Had a drag queen choked on an eyelash?

Two burly guards who had been standing in the aisle watching over Channing came running to the front, where the cry for help had sounded.

And they ended up dragging out a guy who an usher said had crashed!

And was putting up a fight!

And it was ...

Gerard Alessandrini!

He's the genius who created Forbidden Broadway, the hilarious and highly successful franchise of Broadway spoofs and sketches.

Did Gerard feel he'd satirized Channing for so many years that he deserved guest-list admittance?

Not sure; I put a call out to him and am awaiting a response.

But the next time I'm on Broadway -- even if I'm just walking on Broadway -- he's totally invited.

Update:

Alessandrini just called me back!

Said he:

"I think they thought I was stalking Carol or something.

"I'm friends with her -- my mother way very close with her -- and we had just talked Wednesday. I said, 'I'll come to the movie and I'll see you afterwards.'

"I went to will call and was sent to the third floor, and everyone seemed very nice.

"They said 'Write a note to Carol' and we'll see if she knows you.

"So I did. A guy came back and said, 'OK, you can come in now'. He brought us in and we found seats near the front.

"But the woman I'd given the note to started screaming for security!

"She thought I had a gun or something.

"We were escorted out like criminals. By time we got outside, there were four guards and the manager. I said, 'I'd be glad to buy a ticket,' and they said, 'It's sold out. You have to leave.'

"I wish they had been better organized."

He added wryly,

"Then I thought, 'Gee, maybe I am a stalker and I never did meet Carol Channing and I imagined the whole thing with her and my mother, and even my Tony!'

"But I checked with some friends and they assured me I do know Carol Channing!"


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Oren
Oren

And where is this vindication we keep hearing about? There's been no official comment at all and it happened last Friday!

Luv
Luv

Hey, Westsider:

We don't appreciate being bullied by an anonymous person who "heard the whole story right after it happened" and was "slightly involved in trying to get Gerard into the screening."

Go fuck yourself, you second-hand bully.

Ithacaguy
Ithacaguy

Oren--I think someone working in NYC theatre/film who is not aware of who GA is is hardly a cogent source. Whether he was right or wrong to do what he did isn't the point. Lisa's response is disrespectful and rather poorly written, it seems to me.

Oren
Oren

Speak for yourself, "The Theatre Community." I think Lisa sounds pretty cogent.

Fordclinic
Fordclinic

Dear Lisa,You're a fucking moron. Love,The Theatre Community

Wheaton
Wheaton

So it sounds like in HIS version, Alessandrini left out the part where his note to Carol got a response of "negative." He plowed his way in anyway. And he disrupted the whole screening with his behavior! Gross!

lisa
lisa

full disclosure: i work with the festival. i have the upmost respect for the organizers who do a good job despite running on very little sleep (how NYC is that!) i agree it could be better organized but this night, regarding this problem, it's very simple. i don't care who he was/is, he was NOT on any guest list. we did our job and it was crowded and hectic. we went above and beyond to let him write the note and when Carol herself said they didn't want him there, what else could we do? simply, he was NOT invited, moreover, they were NOT expecting him and his guest so there were NO seats reserved, so duh, we escorted him out. yes, i heard him offer to buy a ticket, but it was SOLD OUT. you'd THINK a bigwig Bway winnner (i'm rolling my eyes, folks, i mean, i've never heard of him) would KNOW what "sold out" means, as in THERE ARE NO FREAKING SEATS. guess he wanted to sit on carol's lap? hello, mister entitled, sorry but please leave. to be fair, he was very calm and not irate. he wasn't causing a scene or anything to make security act all hyped up, but it IS carol channing and they said they knew who he was but he was not anyone special...sorry, but that's what we got from her and her team. he tried to play like he's "someone" when in fact, sorry, he wasn't anyone to us. he was NOT on any guest list.

sadly his ego got in the way of his logic because while there was a rush line, i believe everyone got in, SO if he'd just acted like a rational human being instead of an egomaniac, he could have stood in the rush line and paid for a ticket like everyone else, you know, like REAL celebs that were there (i won't name them here, but i could)...he clearly thought he was SOMEONE when he isn't. BOOM. therein lies the rub.

maybe he couldn't afford the $16 ticket for him & his friend. now THERE is your story, Musto....and btw i love your column. i just think you're making a story outta nothing here. the story is why a Bway SUPPOSED talented man would try to crash a screening....is Bway that cheap now? again, there's another column perhaps.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

Hmmm...my inner Judge Judy says there's something missing from this tale. If you "know" Carol that well, you'd know who to call (or be redirected to) for a comp.

Writing a note to Carol from the box office is the first clue to "sus (whistle)pected crasher".

Musto
Musto

PS: He wasn't 100% sure there'd be tickets there for him, but he showed up hoping for the best.

Sandur
Sandur

Well, if there's a movie you'd want to crash, that would be the one.

But I'm sure G.A. has a very good explanation, right?

Mims
Mims

Maybe times are tough. I don't think they do "Forbidden Broadway" anymore.

Westsider
Westsider

Dear Luv and Oren:

The Internet is unfortunately a haven for those who would ANONYMOUSLY perpetuate the character assassination of an innocent person based on the dishonest statements of someone like "Lisa" above. If you can't see the danger in this, I'm sure it's beyond my powers to explain it to you. At any rate, I have been in communication with the Tribeca Film Festival, and while they say it is simply not their policy to make any official statement or comment via blogs (which is understandable), they have profusely apologized to Mr. Alessandrini for the appalling treatment he received at the screening. They also tell me that this Lisa person was a volunteer who will never again be working for the festival. That is all.

Oren
Oren

Well, she was working for a film festival, so she didn't know a guy who did an off-Broadway series of shows. Whatever. The point is, he obviously acted entitled and he simply didn't have a ticket.

Westsider
Westsider

So because this obviously disturbed "Lisa" woman contends that's what Carol Channing said, you believe her? Incredible.

David Colby
David Colby

"He was pretending to be someone when in fact he wasn't anyone"? LOL

Michael Dale
Michael Dale

Lisa, if you've never heard of Gerard Alessandrini then I've guessing you're not much interested in New York theatre. Have you never heard of Forbidden Broadway? Whatever happened that night, he actually is a REAL celeb.

Westsider
Westsider

To all who read this blog, please be aware that "Lisa" is lying about several details of the story, including her statement that there were no more tickets available to the screening. I am currently in communication with Tribeca about this incident in the hope that she will be held accountable for her actions that evening, as well as for blogging (and lying) about what happened.

To "Savannah Montgomery": Your "inner Judge Judy" shouldn't speculate about things like this without knowing all of the facts. Mr. Alessandrini did go through the correct channels by phone and email earlier that day. Please stay tuned for details about the Tribeca Film Festival response to this extremely unfortunate situation.

robin stelmach
robin stelmach

i wonder if her plumber was on the list ,or if he would have just used the john till it started .

latenitebump
latenitebump

good job lisa in protecting one of america´s national treasures--la channing--from another looney bin terrorist.

Westsider
Westsider

I hard the whole story just after it happened, and it sounds like a total, weird mess. I was (slightly) involved in trying to get Gerard into the screening. On Monday, I'll be making calls to try to identify the woman who called security and see if we can get her confined to a mental institution, where she belongs.

Rockchick
Rockchick

 But Lisa is the one who gave her real name. "Westside" never did. Why is "Westsider" complaining bout anonymity when Lisa said exactly who she was in  the whole process, not some second hand pseudo entitled person. 

Westsider
Westsider

Oren, you know nothing of what happened here, so you should refrain from further comment. More details to follow shortly.

Westsider
Westsider

"He obviously acted entitled." And you take this at face value because that's what "Lisa" wrote? Unbelievable.

Guest
Guest

If he went through the proper channels, why weren't there tickets?

Westsider
Westsider

Sorry for the typo, I "heard" the whole story ;-)

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