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About a year ago, Carrie Fisher (script doctor, memoirist, recovering Princess) took to Broadway a one-woman show called “Wishful Drinking” – an account of her struggles with alcoholism, failed romances, and brushes with death that proved Fisher had a knack for stand-up.  A filmed version of her stage show airs this weekend on HBO.

Fisher has long been outspoken about her problems, but seeing is believing.  When she came to Studio 360 to talk with Kurt late in the afternoon, a couple hours before showtime, she arrived in dark glasses, and yawning.  “To me there’s Carrie and there’s Carrie Fisher,” she explained, “and Carrie has to make sure Carrie Fisher gets enough sleep so Carrie Fisher can do her show, [because] Carrie wants to go shopping.”

You can hear their full conversation here:

– Jenny Lawton

About a year ago, Carrie Fisher (script doctor, memoirist, recovering Princess) took to Broadway a one-woman show called “Wishful Drinking” – an account of her struggles with alcoholism, failed romances, and brushes with death that proved Fisher had a knack for stand-up.  A filmed version of her stage show airs this weekend on HBO.

Fisher has long been outspoken about her problems, but seeing is believing.  When she came to Studio 360 to talk with Kurt late in the afternoon, a couple hours before showtime, she arrived in dark glasses, and yawning.  “To me there’s Carrie and there’s Carrie Fisher,” she explained, “and Carrie has to make sure Carrie Fisher gets enough sleep so Carrie Fisher can do her show, [because] Carrie wants to go shopping.”

– JL

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Alfred Molina as Mark Rothko in the Donmar Warehouse's Broadway production of "Red" (photo by Johan Persson)

Last week, Alfred Molina stopped by Studio 360 to chat with Kurt about his Tony-nominated performance as Mark Rothko in the play “Red.” Bet you didn’t know that he grew up in London as Alfredo Molina, the son of Spanish and Italian immigrants.  In this sneak preview of their conversation, Molina explains that he was determined to be English through and through:

The full interview will air in a couple of weeks.  Stay tuned…

– Michael Guerriero

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UPDATE: Kurt’s interview with Alfred Molina aired the weekend of May 29th – listen to it here:

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Perhaps you remember the dead-on Broadway-style music in South Park’s 1999 movie Bigger, Longer, & Uncut.  The plot of that movie, advanced by escalating tension between Canada and the United States, is carried by full-scale animated production numbers like “Blame Canada” and “What Would Brian Boitano Do?”

Now South Park’s creators — Trey Parker and Matt Stone — are taking their act to the Great White Way.  Yesterday they announced plans to open a new musical comedy in Spring 2011 titled “The Book of Mormon.”  Parker told the New York Post, “Matt and I both grew up around a lot of Mormons.  I’ve never met a Mormon I didn’t like. They’re really nice people. They’re so Disney. They’re so Rodgers and Hammerstein.”

They’ll team up with “Avenue Q” co-creator, composer, and lyricist Robert Lopez.

Parker and Stone have been equal-opportunity offenders throughout their careers, picking out targets across the political spectrum, as well as most major organized religions (namely Christianity and Scientology).  And it’s difficult to see this show debuting without some sort of protest.  Parts will be foul, to be sure.  Parts will be cringe-worthy.  But just like Lopez’s R-rated take on “Sesame Street,” this new show should also be entertaining and caustically intelligent.  And successful: between the three creators, they’ve already got four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and a Tony Award.

And the music should be tight, too… (though not suitable for the “Sesame Street” set):

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-Michael Guerriero

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