February 23, 2015
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to voice the NYPL lions at Radio City
by Nick Davies
This March, New York’s Radio City Music Hall will launch a new show, the “New York Spring Spectacular.” Directed by Broadway veterans Warren Carlyle and Diane Paulus, and starring Tony Award winner Laura Benanti, the show will also feature, as Adam Hetrick and Michael Gioia report for Playbill, a slew of celebrity cameos. NB: they’ll mostly occur over video and voiceover, so don’t expect to see 50 Cent (yes, he’s one of them) in the flesh if you show up to Radio City this spring.
Among the big names lending their talents to the show are Tina Fey and Amy Poelher. Having worked together at Chicago’s Second City improv troupe, on Saturday Night Live, and hosting the past three Golden Globes together to great acclaim, Fey and Poehler have become a beloved comedy duo. Now, they’ll be providing the voices of the New York Public Library’s lion statues in the Spring Spectacular.
As you might already know, the lion statues outside are known as Patience and Fortitude, names they received from Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in the 1930s. It’s unlikely that Fey and Poehler will devote much time to discussing the Central Library Plan, but then again, the show is all about a New York City tour guide who comes up against a villain who wants to use virtual reality to supplant the physical, real-life experience of seeing NYC institutions. So…there actually is a bit of thematic overlap.
Other celebrity cameos will include John Leguizamo, Kelly Ripa, Mariano Rivera, Carmelo Anthony, Martha Stewart, and Donald Trump. Bella Thorne will voice the statue of Alice in Wonderland, though there’s no further word on literary figures being represented in the show. Here’s hoping that we’ll be able to see representations of Edith Wharton, William S. Burroughs (inside his Bunker apartment on the Bowery), and Herman Melville, complete with the Rockettes kick line behind them.
Nick Davies was a publicist at Melville House.