“I’m gonna be famous… I’m gonna be like the next Marilyn Monroe Madonna”
Tonight’s edition of “48 hours” offers a quick tour of Times Square, part of it in the company of two South Carolina women named Thelma and Louise, part along with a couple of police officers named Sullivan (yes, Ed) and Kissinger (no, not Henry).
“Tales of Times Square,” on CBS at 10 (Channel 2 in New York) is generous with cliches: Dan Rather reminds viewers that “There’s a broken heart for every light on Broadway,” and Phil Jones reveals that New York is “the city that never sleeps.” You can meet, very briefly, two current stars, Faith Prince of “Guys and Dolls” and Gregory Hines of “Jelly’s Last Jam,” and a dancer’s understudy who is waiting for her big chance.
The freshest scenes take place in the basement of St. Malachy’s, the Actor’s Chapel, where old-time performers remember better times and dream of more to come. “I’m the only homeless bag lady in New York that has a press agent,” says one. You can also catch a glimpse of young boxers in the Times Square gymnasium, which is due to be torn down soon; they tell of their own rough pasts and their own dreams. And there’s a peep into a peep show.
Thelma and Louise get to see the more wholesome sights, like the Statue of Liberty. but they break away from their Christian Tours group to take a subway ride. “Isn’t this divine!” one says. Looking out the tour bus window at some 42d Street habitues, Thelma, or maybe Louise, remarks, “Oh, these are interesting people, aren’t they?” 48 Hours Tales of Times Square CBS, tonight at 10. (Channel 2 in New York.) Written by Tom Flynn; Eric Shapiro, director; Al Briganti, senior producer; Liza McGuirk, producer; Andrew Heyward, executive producer.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on June 13, 2014