Breaking news! Whitney Houston will not — we repeat, not! — be playing an obscure bar in Bay Ridge next month.
The neighborhood was buzzing after Pazzo, a Fourth Avenue eatery better known for its calamari than its A-list acts, hanged a banner announcing that the R-and-B diva would perform on Sept. 27.
Some passersby were left scratching their heads, while true fans were waiting to exhale.
But The Brooklyn Paper has learned that Houston has a problem: She ain’t coming.
“The sign is not true,” said Cassie Maruca, a spokeswoman for the singer with the famous five-octave range.
Bolstering Maruca’s denial, Pazzo, which is on a quiet block between 100th and 101st streets, has been closed for weeks.
“I really can’t see Whitney Houston playing this little place,” said Robert Russo of Bensonhurst as he passed the sign. “I don’t see why she would come all the way out here.”
But before the singer’s flack issued the flat-out denial some Ridge residents pointed out that the appearance — or any appearance, frankly — could be a good thing for Houston right now.
“Her career is kind of dead right now, so maybe that’s why she’s coming here, but still, she could do better than this,” said Natalia Hernandez, referring to the former chart-topper’s fall from superstardom amidst persisting rumors of drug abuse during her turbulent marriage with singer Bobby Brown.
“But I don’t think she needs the money that bad.”
Despite the snub, Houston diehards remain confident that she (make that she-e-e-e-e) will always love her fans in the Ridge.
“Why wouldn’t she come here?” one fan of the crooner asked. “If they pay her, she’ll be here — and so will I.”
Owners of Pazzo could not be reached for comment. Their phone has been disconnected (which will really make it difficult to finalize that booking with Houston’s people).
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