If you are a girl between the ages of 4 and 14, Hannah Montana is the center of the universe. HUGE superstar.
My daughter was watching an episode called “We’re So Sorry Uncle Earl” on the Disney Channel this evening. At one point Hannah leaves to go to her rehearsal and the establishing shot they cut to show you the “Tower of Blues” where she is going to perform is a shot of the Paramount Theatre.
How did that get to Disney and better yet do we get a cut of the profits?
You can see the shot of the Paramount at the very end of this YouTube clip:
I didn’t go to the concert. I didn’t take my daughter. I can barely stand the show, but my daughter loves Hannah and somehow gets the difference between Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus which still has me confused. I mean I undertand the whole double-identity thing for the TV show plot, but why has it carried over into the real world?
So at my age, it’s not Hannah Montana, it’s Martie Maguire for me. If this Dixie Chick had a show, I would make it mandatory viewing for my daughter. And now that I have gotten to know her husband, Gareth Maguire, I am even more a fan. We had dinner tonight as part of a fundraiser for the Nobelity Project. Martie and Gareth were so kind to give their time to host my table. I have gotten to know them each a little bit during visits to the theatre (most recently The Nutcracker with their two daughters) and each time I like them more… so down to earth and so in love with their little family…picture perfect and baby number three is on the way.
Also at the dinner tonight was Owen Wilson (a bit distracted if you ask me), Andrew Wilson (looked like he is boycotting shampoo and shaving cream), Willie Nelson (talked about maybe stopping by to see his friend Kris Kristofferson at the Paramount on May 17 for our Gala), and enough other celebrities to bring out a hollywood-style paparazzi line at the Four Seasons. Guests were treated to entertainment from Pinetop Perkins, Bob Schneider, Joe Ely (who coaxed Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock onto the stage for an inpromptu Flatlanders reunion) and the magic of Night Court’s Harry Anderson.
All this came after an evening with Olympia Dukakis who captivated the audience on Saturday night with a concert reading of “Rose”. Her performance was spellbinding and I am still shocked she had any energy left after the show to come mingle with theatre donors who had gathered for a reception at the Stephen F. Austin. She was so generous with her time and was very complimentary of the Paramount which was a perfect setting for her show.
It was quite a weekend in Austin, but now I am off to bed…