Katie Couric threw a birthday bash for husband John Molner’s 60th at the Cutting Room, we hear — and a slew of A-Listers surprised him with messages on his big day.
Apparently Molner is a big fan of magic trick, so the legendary broadcaster hired sleight of hand man Steve Cohen to wow his pals at the Flatiron club.
Sources say familiar faces including Rosanna Scotto, Bob Costas and “Sex And The City” star John Corbett were among the revelers, and the couple’s favorite musician, Peter Cincotti, played tunes including “You Don’t Know Me” and his own composition, “Killer on the Keys.”
We’re told that at one point in the evening, the club fired up a video made for the party that included messages from famous friends of the couple, set to the famous theme tune from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg admitted “I can be your father and then some!,” and Norah O’Donnell, the current occupant of Couric’s one-time anchor’s chair on the “CBS Evening News,” said “may you have more martinis and birdies in the year ahead… As they say tee it high and let it fly.”
Hugh Jackman fooled around trying to think of an excuse for not coming before settling on helping with his daughter’s homework,” and “Billions” creator or Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin said, “Sorry I couldn’t be there tonight. I’m in the alps with the beautiful people, business leaders and policy makers – all who have been coming up to me asking me to wish you a happy birthday.”
George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth appeared together and the comic quipped, “I just celebrated 40. I’d like to know what 60 is like.”
Richard Marx and Daisy Fuentes, Michael J. Fox and Julianne Moore all appeared to give their birthday wishes, and “Family Guy” showrunner Rich Appel was “hysterical” “giving lame excuses about why he couldn’t come from LA,” including the fact that Whole Foods was introducing a new smoothie that day.
Kristen Chenoweth ended the piece by singing “Happy birthday Mr. Molner” in style of Marilyn Monroe serenading JFK.