Big Apple Buzz | Lin-Manuel Miranda planning Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee project, Martha Stewart’s new TV deal and more

Washington Heights native Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed at the Met Gala on May 2 that he is collaborating with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber – on a secret project for Queen Elizabeth II‘s Platinum Jubilee, which is a recognition of the 70 years that she has served on the throne.

This will be the longest that any monarch has reigned in the United Kingdom. According to The Mirror, Webber called the collaboration a “once in a lifetime project,” and the mysterious creation will be unveiled at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 15.

The four-day Platinum Jubilee is slated to begin June 2……

Martha Stewart arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, U.S., April 30, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Martha Stewart inked a new deal with The Roku Channel. Lost Remote reports that the domestic doyenne will have three new shows.

Stewart appeared during Roku’s first in-person New Fronts presentation on May 3, where the shows “Martha Cooks,” “Martha’s Garden” and “Martha’s Holidays,” were all announced.

Stewart also joined Emeril Lagasse and Christopher Kimball on stage to announce their series: “Emeril Cooks,” “Emeril Tailgates,” “Milk Street’s Cooking School” and “Milk Street’s My Family Recipes.” Stewart also has new Tik Tok ad campaigns with makeup and skincare brand Cle’ de Peau……..

Alicia Keys arrives at the In America: An Anthology of Fashion themed Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, U.S., May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Now also in the beauty business, Alicia Keys launched her new Keys Soulcare Color Care collection on May 3 in Manhattan.

Called Make You, the skincare line includes: the Comforting Tinted Lip Balm, Stay Soft Brow Gel, Sheer Flush Cheek Tint and a Natural Flush Complexion Brush. While the collection is reflective of the native New Yorker’s current day-to-day essentials, its versatility and buildable formula also make it easy for Keys to fluctuate between makeup looks based on her mood and specific needs.

The multi-Grammy award winner told Harper’s Bazaar, “I love this routine. it’s totally me.”……….

“The Real Housewives of New York City” star Dorinda Medley hosted an art opening for celebrity artist Romero Britto, whose work has been collected by everybody from Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber, to Giselle Bundchen and Tom Brady.

The exhibition will be held at Charles Saffati‘s Carlton Fine Arts on Madison Avenue, where the show will run through mid-June. The show includes over 100 paintings, sculptures and limited -edition prints, spread over three floors of the gallery.

Britto’s portrait of Brigitte Bardot was unveiled for the first time. The artist was a friend of Michael Jackson‘s, who collected his work and visited Britto’s studio in Miami. In turn, the King of Pop invited him to Neverland in California for a weekend.

Britto, who supports over 200 charities, will give a portion of all sales to the New York Academy of Art……….

Jean Shafiroff, Mayor Eric Adams, Tony Veizis, Michael Pitsinos and Victoria SchnepsProvided

On May 5, Mayor Eric Adams was among the notable attendees at the New York City Ballet’s annual Spring Gala, which reportedly raised $2.6 million for the institution.

The following evening, he attended a party given in his honor at The Kimberly Hotel Rooftop, where Hizzoner was joined by Schneps Media mogul Victoria Schneps, celebrity philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Michael Pitsinos. The evening was hosted by Tony Veizis……

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“And Just Like That” star Sarah Jessica Parker and wrestling icon John Cena are part of a group of celebrities co-founding a pre-mixed beverage brand.

Thomas Ashbourne is debuting this month with a variety of ready-to-drink cocktails, which will cost about $22 for a 375-ml bottle or $30 for a four-pack of 200-ml cans.

Cena has an Old Fashioned, and Parker’s drink is, what else?, a Cosmo, reports Bloomberg…….

Jon Batiste arrives at the In America: An Anthology of Fashion themed Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, U.S., May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Jon Batiste has tested positive for COVID-19, days after attending the Met Gala on May 2.

According to reports, the crooner had been slated to debut his new show American Symphony at Carnegie Hall on May 7, but had to withdraw after testing positive for the virus. An announcement from the iconic 57th Street venue stated that the Grammy-winning performer ‘must regretfully postpone this concert, as he and members of his team have tested positive for COVID-19, adding that the outing will be rescheduled.

Said Batiste, “I thank all my supporters for their love and understanding. See you all soon.”……..


Alec Baldwin and his pregnant wife, Hilaria, in Manhattan on May 5, pushing their youngest children, Edu and Lucia, in a couple of strollers. Later that day, according to the Daily Mail, Hilaria posted a photo of their four older children eating ice cream at an outdoor cafe……

Julia Louis-Dreyfus eating ice cream while filming “Beth and Don” in Manhattan on May 5………

Neil Patrick Harris and Sara Bareilles on stage in “Into The Woods” at New York City Center on May 4……

Brooke Shields and daughter Grier posing in front of a portrait of the actress/model by artist Tara Lewis at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in Manhattan on May 4……..