Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Entertainment
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

9-11 museum ceremony avoids odd scheduling: Christie followed by 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, left, and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo talk at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool.)

Enlarge Image

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, left, and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo talk at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool.)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A last-minute change avoided what could have been an uncomfortable moment in the Sept. 11 museum dedication ceremony Thursday: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie followed by "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

The original program for the ceremony had Christie's remarks followed by Idina Menzel's performance of the song. That sent social media aflutter with speculation that the scheduling was a jab at the Republican governor, whose staff was accused of intentionally clogging traffic near a bridge that connects New York City and New Jersey to punish a political adversary.

But just before the ceremony, museum spokesman Anthony Guido announced that Menzel, star of the Broadway show "If/Then," was sick. In her place, Broadway singer LaChanze, a Sept. 11 widow, performed "Amazing Grace."

Guido said the change had nothing to do with Christie or the song.

A spokesman for "If/Then," Tom D'Ambrosio, said Menzel has a cold and had to pull out of Wednesday night's performance at intermission. A post on the show's Twitter account said Menzel also was sitting out Thursday evening's performance.

___

AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Sudden Surge: Flood of 2014
Opportunity Magazine — The Bakken
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media