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Copyright: April 14, 2002
By: Laura Deni
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George Goober Lindsey
When the University of North Alabama announced the Dr. George S. Lindsey's annual film
festival will take place April 18-20 - the Dr. George S. Lindsey they are talking about is non
other than Goober of The Andy Griffin Show and Mayberry FRD.
A graduate of the University of North Alabama the former history teacher at Hazel Green high
School near Huntsville, Alabama got his start on Broadway.
The television created stereotype of the goof - lovable but not
necessarily the brightest bulb in the lamp, attests to the skills he honed when he studied
acting with Helen Hayes at the American Theater
The guy who became loved on TV because of his down home southern twang, studied voice and
diction, classics, body movement and ballet. He completed the program and got the lead
role in the class graduation play.
George Lindsey and Florence Henderson in
Following graduation, George hit the streets and began
looking for work. He did bit parts in local productions and some work as a stand-up comedy
in clubs and dinner theaters. His big break came a few months later when he was picked by
director Joshua Logan for a major role in the play All American. The play ran for three
months and after the close, George received another off-Broadway role in the play
George dreamed of becoming a silver screen movie star and headed to Hollywood in 1962
when Wonderful Town ended its
run in San Francisco. Signed with the William Morris Agency George did have a part in the
feature film Ensign Pulver, but his livelihood and fame were found through television with
roles on The Rifleman, Twilight Zone,The
Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and an unforgettable appearance on MASH in 1972 as
Capt. Roy Dupree.
Andy Griffith and George Lindsey
George's most famous role, however, was that of Goober in the popular TV series The Andy
Griffith Show. George had initially read for the role of Gomer
Pyle, but fellow Alabamian Jim Nabors was eventually
chosen for that part. When Nabors was given his own
show, the producers approached George about playing
Goober, Gomer's cousin.
Thus began a fruitful five
years on one of the most popular running series ever
on television. Remembering working with then child actor Ron Howard, Lindsey quipped, "If I
had known he was going to be so successful, I would've been nicer to him."
Following the cancellation of The Andy
Griffith Show, most of the major actors reprised their
roles in a spin-off series - Mayberry R.F.D.
George expanded his talents following Mayberry R.F.D. by recording a comedy album
Nashville called Goober Sings. It was in Nashville that he was approached to continue
the character of Goober in the popular television variety show Hee Haw. It would
to be a successful venture for George and he would work with Hee Haw for the next 20
So what's he doing with a title in front of his name and a film festival?
The guy has spent decades as a quiet do-gooder - and his humanitarian
achievements over the years have been notable.
He has raised more than 1 million
the Special Olympics. For 17 years, he conducted the George Lindsay Celebrity Golf
Tournament in Montgomery, Alabama which raised money for mentally retarded children. He
also helped raise funds for an aquatic center for the Alabama State Hospital for the Mentally
George Lindsey and Ron Howard
In 1992, UNA presented Lindsey with a honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
In 1998, he helped establish the George Lindsey/ University of North Alabama Television and
Film Festival. It is an annual event that provides young filmmakers the opportunity to show their
work and learn more about the filmmaking industry. There is even a division for 5-12 year olds.
Industry experts participating have included Seinfeld/NewsRadio
director Tom Cherones, Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine, Ladies Man/King of
Hill actor Stephen Root and singer/music video creator Ray Stevens.
This year Mike Curb, the chairman of Curb Records in Nashville,
Tennessee, will be the featured speaker addressing the musical aspects of the film
Curb will speak at the film luncheon at 11 a.m., Friday,
April 19, in the University Center Banquet Hall.
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THE KENNEDY CENTER GALA
Leonard Slatkin conducting the National
is a sparkling event which helps raise vital funds assisting the
Center in reaching nearly 5 million young people and their families each year through the
community outreach and national education programs.
The black-tie evening includes a reception on the Opera House Stage followed by an elegant
dinner on the
Roof Terrace level and gala performance in the Concert Hall.
This year, the Gala will pay tribute to the 100th birthday of legendary Broadway
Some of the brightest stars of the stage will perform including - Shirley Jones, John Raitt, Mitzie
Joshua Bell, Celeste Holm, Howard Keel, Audra McDonald, Sylvia McNair, Rita Moreno, and
The Washington Chorus, and the National Symphony Orchestra will have Leonard Slatkin
SINBAD last night appeared at
Detroit's Music Hall
in a benefit for United Way Community Services. Co-sponsored by Comedy Central and
Comcast, the event was part of the Comics Come Home series launched by Comedy Central three
years ago, which presents comics on their home turf for charity. The 6-foot-5-inch actor/comedian is a
will be the center of
17 at the Families of Freedom, Families of Promise Rally, to be held at the Hyatt Regency
The event is part of National Scholarship Month activities sponsored by Citizens' Scholarship
America (SM) (CSFA), the nation's largest private sector scholarship and educational support
Parton, a seven-time Grammy Award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame member, backed
by an acoustic band, will perform songs from her award-winning bluegrass albums Little
Sparrow and The Grass is Blue, plus new songs from her forthcoming album.
who has not toured regularly in the past decade, agreed to perform at the Rally due to her
interest in education.
Other musical guests include Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness, the teen pop group
Jump 5 and internationally known gospel singer Wintley Phipps.
The Minnesota Congressional Delegation and Minnesota Dollars for Scholars will host the
LAWSUIT DROPPED In the Las
Vegas courtroom of District Judge Mark Gibbons a petition was filed requesting that the court
dismiss a lawsuit Michael Crawford had filed against the MGM-Grand Hotel, on grounds that
parties were in settlement negotiations.
Crawford was the original star of the hotel's EFX production show and filed suit
he had suffered serious injuries. The hotel then terminated the former Phantom of the
Opera star from his $150,000 a week contract, replacing him with David
The Omaha Community
Playhouse is currently staging a production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's
Directed by Susan Baer Collins, dancing the famous pas de deux in the show are Jonathon Fagan
Sara Mau, both veterans of the American Ballet Theater and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
bringing in some world class talent, Collins steered the production into a creative financial mode.
carousel horses are plastic horse molds that have been repainted to look like weathered wooden
Each horse had an individual $400 sponsor.
LEGALLY STEALING FROM THE BLIND Braille slot machines are being introduced in Las Vegas affording the
visually impaired the same opportunity to lose as anyone else. Ray Charles has lent his name to
the machines which boast a Braille button deck and audio cues.
WAYNE NEWTON AND HIS WIFE KATHLEEN are
expecting a baby daughter, to be named Lauren, born via a surrogate mother in May. Newton
attorney wife celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary last Tuesday. The new baby will be the
child and Newton's second. He has a 25-year-old daughter, Erin. Newton will be singing
and his hits on stage at the Stardust Hotel where he is performing thru April 25. He takes a night
then returns for performances April 27-May1.
THE 2002 PULITZER PRIZE IN DRAMA was
awarded April 8 to Suzan-Lori Parks' play Topdog/Underdog which opened the night
- to rave reviews - at the Ambassador Theatre NYC. Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def star.
THE COLLEGE OF FELLOWS OF THE AMERICAN
THEATRE on Sunday, April 21, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Washington, D.C. will induct Harold R. Oaks, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and
Communications at Brigham Young University, and coordinator of BYU's Drama Theatre for
Professor Ethel Pitts Walker of San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif., and Andrew Tsubaki,
emeritus, of the University of Kansas.
Founded in 1965, the College of Fellows of the American Theatre recognizes life achievement and
distinguished service to the American theater.
THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCK
the first Broadway play written by master dramatist Arthur Miller explores the mystery of
serendipity through the curious life of David Beeves. He's an ordinary Midwestern man blessed
with extraordinary good fortune that seem to allude those around him. But as hardships
increasingly plague his loved ones, Beeves turns frenetically fearful of the day his luck will run
out. The play wrestles with the justice of fate - how one man failed and another - no more or less
capable, achieved some glory in life.
In their much-anticipated Broadway debuts, Chris O'Donnell, and New York born Samantha
Mathis star in
this new production of an American masterpiece directed by Scott Ellis.
The show also stars Mason Adams, James Rebhorn and Sam Robards. who parents are
Lauren Bacall and the late Jason Robards. The cast also includes Edward James Hyland, Dan
Moran, Ryan Shively, David Wohl, and Mary Catherine Wright.
The design team is headed by Allen Moyer sets, Michael Krass costumes, Kenneth Posner
Eileen Tague sound designer and Tom Kochan original music
Performances begin April 19 at NYSTheater Institute, NY.
Book by Ed Lange, Music and Lyrics by George David Weiss and Will Severin.
Set Design Victor A. Becker, Costume Design by Lloyd Waiwaiole. Lighting Design by Betsy
Adams, Sound Design is Omni Tech of Albany, Inc. Music Director is Michael Musial,
Production Stage Manager is Heather J. Hamelin. Choreographer Adrienne Posner. Directed
Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder.
It is a time of kings, knights, greed and
betrayal. A time of oppression, brutality, courage, honor, tyranny and hope. At this time rose
characters whose lives and personalities live on as unforgettable legends, and whose actions
the world so completely that their story has survived nearly a thousand years. Courageous men
and women who defied the power of
kings and queens and who fought for justice and a future with limitless possibilities. Magna
Carta is billed as an intimate epic of people and kings. The
world-premier musical will be staged April 19 - May 1. Suggested for ages 11 and older.
THE STARLIGHT THEATRE in
Kansas City has announced their lineup of summer musicals which will kick off with Las Vegas resident
Tony Curtis ( See Broadway To Vegas column of September 14, 1998 )
starring in Some Like
It Hot July 9-14; The Wizard of Oz, July 15-21;
42nd Street, Aug. 5-11;
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aug. 19-25; and Les
Miserables, Sept. 17-22.
Starlight Theatre is Kansas City's largest and oldest performing arts organization and is the
second largest theatre of its kind in the United States. It was founded in 1950 and is now in its 52nd season.
Starlight Theatre has a 12,000 square foot fully enclosed and climate controlled stage. The theatre seats
nearly 8,000 people, and is located on 14 acres in Swope Park next to the Kansas City Zoo
The Gala opening of the Tony Curtis - Some Like It Hot National Theatrical Tour will
be at the Gala Opening of the TUTS Theater at the brand new Hobby Center in Houston Texas on June 6.
After three weeks in Houston the show embarks on a 50-city national tour, traveling to Atlanta,
Dallas, Kansas City, and Ft. Lauderdale throughout the rest of the Summer. The Fall Tour will
begin in Washington DC at the Wolf Trap Theater.
Tony Curtis, one of the film's stars, will play millionaire Osgood Fielding (the Joe E. Brown film
role). Dan Siretta will direct and choreograph. Suzy Benzinger a recipient of Theater
Development Funds Irene Sharoff Award is the costume designer. James Leonard Joy is a New
York based Scenic Designer
THE MUSIC MAN opens
Tuesday at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The touring production, based on the 2000 Broadway revival choreographed
and directed by Susan Stroman, stars Gerritt Vandermeier as Harold Hill with Carolann Sanita as
Marian, the straight-laced but vulnerable librarian.
THE ELEPHANT MAN a
Broadway revival of the drama which won the 1979 Tony for best play, stars New York born and
Florida raised Billy Crudup, who attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and
then studied acting at New York University.
Crudup uses his acting skills rather than any prosthetics in tracing the journey of John Merrick
from an abused circus freak to a curiosity of Victorian London's high society.
Making his Broadway debut at age 27 in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, Crudup won the
Outer Circle Critics Award as outstanding newcomer.
The play by Bernard Pomerance, which was based on a true story, also stars
Rupert Graves and Kate Burton, daughter of the late Richard Burton and Sybil Christopher,
co-founder of the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, L.I.
Burton and husband Michael
Ritchie, who runs the Williamstown (Mass.) Theater Festival, have two children, Morgan, 13, and
Opening tonight at the Royale Theatre
on Broadway The Elephant Man is directed by Sean Mathias. The
intermissionless production has original music by Philip Glass; Sets and costumes by Santo
Loquasto; James Ingalls in charge of lighting and David Shapiro sound.
MORNING'S AT SEVEN by Paul
Osborn, directed by Daniel Sullivan, now in previews, officially opens at the Lyceum Theatre,
NYC on April 21.
The stellar cast includes Elizabeth Franz, Julie Hagerty, Buck Henry, Piper Laurie,
Christopher Lloyd, William Biff McGuire, Estelle Parsons, Frances Sternhagen, and
Set in 1939 in a small Midwestern town, Morning's At Seven is an affectionate portrait
a tight-knit family, all of whom have spent their lives together, and whose existence becomes
unsettled when they begin to question how they'll spend their remaining years.
Sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Brian MacDevitt and sound
Morning's At Seven was originally produced in 1939 and was revived on Broadway in
INTO THE WOODS
Vanessa Williams begins previews at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City on April 13.
of the revised Stephen Sondheim/Jams Lapine revival is April 25.
The cast includes John McMartin, Laura Benanti, Gregg Edelman, Dennis Kelly, Christopher
Sieber, Melissa Dye, Kerry O'Malley, Stephen DeRosa, Adam Wylie, Mary Louise Burke, Molly
V. Ephraim, Trent Armand Kendall, Pamela Myers, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Amanda Naughton,
Jennifer Malenke, Kate Reinders, Stephen Berger, Linda Muggleston, Chad Kimball and Adam
The production is directed by the musical's original director and bookwriter, Lapine. Paul
Gemignani is the musical director, with John Carrafa choreographing. Designing the show are
Brian MacDevitt (lighting), Susan Hilferty (costumes), Douglas W. Schmidt (set) and Dan Moses
Wrongly convicted, they sat on death row for years.
Nothing can compare to being on death row when you shouldn't be. Extraordinary
legal measures saved their lives. A new play confronts us with their nightmares.
Actors' Gang Theatre Hollywood, CA. Now playing thru June 2.
Jessica Blank and her boyfriend, Erik Jensen, traveled from New York to Minneapolis
interviewing over 20 people who had spent time on death row before being exonerated and
released. The Exonerated, a documentary drama opening for previews April 13 at the
Actors Gang, weaves together six of those stories.
As might be expected the stories are dramatic and serious,but there is also hope and
Blank double-majored in theater and philosophy at the University of Minnesota, gravitating
in her acting career to documentary theater
Jensen, who earned a bachelor's in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University in
Pittsburgh, cites as an inspiration his friend Moises Kaufman, who conceived and directed
Charles Dutton is credited with bringing the script to Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. They
signed up for a staged
reading at the Culture Project at the 45 Bleecker Theater in November 2000.
gathered momentum. Richard Dreyfuss, Parker Posey, Blair Brown, Steve Buscemi, David
Morse, Cherry Jones, Martha Plimpton, Debra Winger, Ossie Davis and Charles Dutton
participated in four benefit performances, including one at the United
The play's dramatic potential was obvious to Robbins. "I think the thing that makes for
acting and interesting plays is high stakes. I don't think it gets much higher than what you find in
Last winter, Robbins offered to stage The Exonerated at the Actors' Gang where he
as artistic director.
In 1981, Tim Robbins and a group of friends from UCLA formed a theater company called the
The Gang gained prominence in the years that followed, later
its original, often political work.
Since its founding the Actor's Gang has produced
won over 100 awards, achieving acclaim for our innovative interpretations of Shakespeare,
Brecht, Moliere, Aeschylus, Ibsen, and Chekov, while developing in workshop new plays that
address the world today through a prism of satire, popular culture and imaginative
April 16 in Philadelphia, PA at the First Union Center. On Wednesday the superstar is in
East Rutherford, NJ at the Continental Airlines Arena. On Friday he'll be center stage in
Boston, MA at the FleetCenter.
ALAN JACKSON entertaining
April 18 in Knoxville, TN at the Thompson-Boling Arena. On Friday the singer is in
Atlanta, GA at the HiFi Buys Amphitheatre. He closes out the week Saturday in
Charlotte, NC at the Verizon Wireless Amp. Charlotte.
LINDA EDER,/font> April 18 at the North
Theatre in Beverly, MA.
JIMMY BUFFETT the
Margaritaville man performs April 4 in Raleigh, NC at the Alltel
Pavilion @ Walnut Creek.On Thursday the Parotheads gather in Charlotte, NC at the Verizon
Wireless Amp. Charlotte and on Saturday they do it again in Greensboro, NC at the
NATALIE COLE has a four night
Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel April 18-21.
opens a five night stand April 17 in New Castle, PA at the Ancient Scottish Rite
BARBARA COOKBERNADETTE PETERS April
20 at Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, MO.
TIM CONWAY AND HARVEY KORMAN appear April 18-20 in Reno, Nevada at the Silver Legacy
BOB NEWHART tell funny stories
April 16 in Wilkes-Barre, PA at the F.M. Kirby Center. On Thursday he'll do it again in
Ashland, KY at the Paramount Arts Center. On Saturday he'll be on stage in Myrtle Beach, SC
at the Alabama Theatre.
JOHNNY MATHIS crooning
Friday and Saturday at Caesars Atlantic City.
center stage April 16 in Beverly, MA at the North Shore Music Theatre. On Wednesday he is
Trenton, NJ at the Sovereign Bank Arena. Friday and Saturday the show is in Mashantucket,
CT at the Foxwoods Casino.
KEELY SMITH sings April 20 in
Cajon, CA at the E County Performing Arts Center.
Debbie Campbell with her father Glen
extended engagement at Andy Williams' Moon Rivera Theatre in Branson, Mo. on Friday
performing there through June 2. His is a real family show. Performing with him is his daughter
Debby Campbell, who first performed with her father at the 1987 Arizona State Fair, and
his younger sisters Sandy Campbell Brink and Barbara Campbell Frasier.
television series has been dusted off and is being rerun on cable. The Glen Campbell
Goodtime Hour has returned on CMT: Country Music Television as of last Tuesday to
welcome timeless performances by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Cher, Willie
Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Merle Haggard, Neil Diamond and more. Hot country star Keith
influenced by Campbell's music as a young boy growing up in Australia, will host the CMT
"Hi, I'm Glen Campbell" became synonymous with entertainment in 1969-1972 as the country
sensation and accomplished musician opened each installment of The Glen Campbell Goodtime
Hour bringing musical greats from all genres into American homes. Campbell used his connections as
an elite session guitar player on the West Coast to bring top talent to the show. As a player, Campbell
has worked with the true icons in music Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Dean Martin, the Mamas and the Papas, and
even had a tour of duty as part of the Beach Boys.
DAVID SANBORN AND JOE SAMPLE at
the State Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland. April 19.
ARLO GUTHRIE tonight in
Jacksonville, FL at the Florida Theatre. On Friday he is entertaining in Keene, NH at the
Colonial Theatre. Speaking
of things Guthrie - This Land is Your Land: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie
courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute Travel Exhibition Services, is in Oklahoma City through
May 4 at the Oklahoma Museum of History in the Wiley Post Building.
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK crooning April 17 in Lowell, MA at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
On Friday and Saturday he is in Verona, NY at the Turning Stone Casino.
DIANA KRALL sings April 15
Boston, MA at the Wang Center. On Tuesday she can be enjoyed in Rochester, NY at the
in the spotlight April 19 in Charlotte, NC at the Spirit Square Center. On Saturday she is in
West Palm Beach, FL at the Raymond
F. Kravis Center
center stage on April 19 in Los Angeles, CA at the Bovard Auditorium On Saturday the show
is in Escondido, CA at the California
getting magical April 18 in Bloomington, IN at Indiana University.
PENN & TELLER showing how the
hocus pocus is done at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. They are appearing and disappearing on stage
through May 5.
LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON
MARSALIS entertain April 16 in Washington, D.C. at the
Kennedy Center. On Wednesday they'll be in Newark, NJ at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. On
Friday they jazz it up in Lewisburg, PA at Bucknell University and on Saturday the gang is in
Baltimore, MD at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
GARRISON KEILLOR: A LIFE IN COMEDY April 15, 22, 29 He's made people laugh and listen. Every
Saturday night he's welcomed huge numbers of fans into his home and they have welcomed him
into theirs. Now the
Grammy Award-winning writer, performer, and radio personality performs in person. reading
from his wares and scrutinizes the life from which they were drawn. Three Unique Evenings of
Stories! University Theatre, New Haven, Conn.
JARS OF CLAY perform tonight in
Baltimore, MD at
the Towson Center. On Tuesday the group is center stage in New York City at Irving Plaza. The
guys can be enjoyed Thursday in Hershey, PA at the Hersheypark Arena. On Friday they appear
in Cleveland, Ohio at the Allen Theatre. They close out the week Saturday in Eureka, MO at Six
Flags St. Louis.
N SYNC in a two nighter
Monday-Tuesday in Boston, MA at the Fleet Center. Then the group stars at the First Union
Center in Philadelphia, PA on
Thursday. The following night the place is Hartford, CT at the Hartford Civic Center.
THE COMMUNITY THEATRE ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN (CTAM) is a non-profit organization of non-professional theatres in the State of
Michigan. The Spring convention is held every other year, sponsored by a Member Theatre,
and is held in their community.
The next convention takes place at the MacMullen Conference Center April 26, 27, 28,
sponsored by the Riverbend Players. The convention will feature workshops, banquets, and
The purpose of the organization is
To foster a closer relationship among members;
To encourage high standards of theatrical productions;
To stimulate interest in theatre in Michigan; and
To provide a means for exchange of ideas and information about theatrical production, acting,
and theater arts.
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