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CELEBRATES 80 YEARS
As the Official California State Outdoor Play, the Ramona Outdoor Play is one of
Southern California's great traditions.
On April 26 Ramona, will unfold in lush pageantry, bringing romance, adventure,
dancing and history to a panoramic amphitheater, just as it has for 80 years.
Ramona historian Phil Brigandi discussed the Ramona Outdoor Play with Broadway To
"This year is our 80th Anniversary; we are the oldest outdoor play in America. We are
emphasizing the term "outdoor play" over "pageant" these days - too many people here pageant and wonder
where the beauty queens are!"
A journey back into early California history, this grand outdoor drama, set in late 1800s
California, tells the story of the star-crossed lovers, Ramona and Alessandro.
In 1959 Raquel Welch, known then as Raquel Tejada, starred as Ramona. A decade later , in
1969, Anne Archer had the role. Longtime character actor Victor Jory was associated with the show for more
than 40 years.
As to whether Welch has ever returned Brigandi answered, "I do not believe Raquel has ever been
back. She played Ramona in 1959, billed as Raquel Tejada. All in all, a pretty small pebble in our
A big pond, it is.
"Celebrities and politicians have attended many times over the years," continued Brigandi . And
we just this year are adding a "box seating" area that among other things can be used for VIPs. A
number of California's governors have attended over the years, State Senators, Assemblymen, etc.
And many Hollywood stars have also come to see the show."
Featuring a cast of more than 400 actors, singers, dancers and horsemen, the play is based on
Helen Hunt Jackson's classic 1884 novel, Ramona, which was written in an attempt to change public opinion
towards the American Indian. The harsh treatment of the Indians portrayed in the novel was based on actual
events taking place in Southern California at the end of the 19th century.
Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), one of the most popular woman writers of her day, came west
to investigate the conditions and needs of Southern California's Indians. What she found shocked
her. The few surviving villages were scraping out a meager existence in isolated areas, living in constant
fear that any day the white men might drive them from their homes.
Jackson wrote an official report that was sent to Washington, describing what she had seen, but it
was largely ignored. She realized that she needed to find another way to get her message to the
American people. Then it came to her: "I am going to try to write a novel, in which will be set forth some
Indian experiences in a way to move people's hearts", she explained. "People will read a novel when they
will not read serious books."
Thus Ramona was born. First published in 1884, Jackson's novel has never gone out of print.
As early as 1906, plans were proposed to produce a stage version of Ramona in the valley. But it
wasn't until 1922 that the Hemet Valley Chamber of Commerce took hold of the idea and decided to try
staging an outdoor Ramona Outdoor Play as a way to bring tourism to the valley.
to the Rancho Camulos in Ventura County, which was dubbed The Home of Ramona or to Casa de
Estudillo in Old Town San Diego for Ramona's Marriage Place.
Preparing for the first season was a major job, but the Chamber was able to secure the services of
Holme (1873-1929), California's greatest outdoor dramatist, to write and direct the show. It was
suggested staging the show in a natural amphitheatre, leading to the location of what is now the
Ramona Bowl. It was Holme who stressed the need for relying on the talents of local volunteers. And most
importantly, it was Holme who wrote the script for the Ramona Outdoor Play--the only
truly successful dramatization of Ramona ever written. Holme transformed Jackson's lengthy novel into
a fast-paced drama spread out across an entire mountainside. On April 13, 1923 the
Ramona Outdoor Play premiered to rave reviews.
in 1927 the non-profit Ramona Pageant Association was incorporated to oversee the production
on behalf of the people of Hemet and San Jacinto.
Built in 1936 the adobe hacienda
replica is used in act one
Construction at the Ramona Bowl began in 1925. The first seats were built in 1926; the last block
of seats were added in 1965 bringing the total to 6,600. A permanent ranch house set was built in
1936, and is still in use. A full-size replica of an adobe hacienda, built in 1936, serves as the
backdrop for the first act. In 1941 an Administration Building was built. More office space was added in 1961 and 1972, and the
original building now serves as the museum and gift shop.
Since 1923 there have only been five years when the Ramona Outdoor Play was not produced;
first in 1933 at the depths of the Depression, and again from 1942-45 during World War II.
Today, the Ramona Outdoor Play is the oldest continuing outdoor drama in the United States. In
1993, it was named the official California State Outdoor Play. More than 800 volunteers take part in the
production each spring; some families have been involved with the show for generations, many for over 50
The show's artistic director is Dennis Anderson. The Ramona Pageant Association maintains both
a Museum and a Research Library, which is open to scholars, students, and anyone interested in the history of the
"The Ramona Bowl Museum features exhibits on the history of the play,
the background of the story, and local Indian artifacts. We also have a research library
documenting the history of the show," continued Brigandi who indicated that "several thousand people a year
visit the Museum."
"Each year since 1964, we have done a special free dress rehearsal performance for local 4th
students, which is the year they study California history. These days, we get around 4,000
each year," explained Brigandi.
"The Museum is open only in the spring, opening about the same time as the ticket office, and
closes after the run of the show in May. But even when the Museum is closed, people come up all
year 'round the visit the Ramona Bowl and see the setting for the play," Brigandi added.
Gates open at noon on showdays, with Mercado festivities at 1 p.m. Visitors can stroll through
the marketplace, a
courtyard filled with folk music, Spanish and Indian dancing, historical talks, and artisans
displaying their crafts.
Opens April 26. Tickets are priced from $16 to $28.Mother's Day package, including a buffet
lunch and "comforts of home" care package - seat cushion, water, sunscreen, sun hat and souvenir
booklet - is $40. Ramona Bowl in Hemet, California.
IT'S JAZZ, BABY
DENTON ARTS & JAZZ FESTIVAL
April 25, 26, & 27, in Denton, Texas.
Denton's annual big spring shindig will feature performances by more than 1,300 musicians.
Branford Marsalis headlines April 25. Double Trouble and Brave Combo will play April 26. Trout
Fishing in America plays April 27.
The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is a free 2 1/2 day event held in the Center Park. Over 1,300
on six stages, 140 juried artists, children's art tent, food and games, and three hundred festival
members volunteer their time each year for this annual event on the last, full weekend in April.
Proceeds from concession booths benefit the arts in a community where officials are proud that
arts and music are "nurtured at every level, every day."
V ARGENTINE FESTIVAL IN MIAMI billed as
the "Largest Argentine Festival In The World" features Vicentico
(Los Fabulosos Cadillacs), Soledad, Leon Gieco, Los Autenticos Decadentes, and Adriana
Varela. April 27 at Bay Front Park Amphitheatre, Miami, Florida.
CHELTENHAM INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
ranks among the top British festivals of its kind. Since 1996 the Festival has brought some of the
biggest names in jazz to the town, as well as providing a platform for the stars of the future, now
raking it as a major player on the national and international scene.
Featuring stars such as Esbjorn Svensson, Chris Barber, Michael Brecker, Otis Grand, James
Taylor and Gilles Peterson, this year's program demonstrates that jazz is more wide-ranging, vital and
exciting than ever.
Pianist Uri Caine is the Festival's first ever Artist-in-Residence, presenting four of his major
projects. Also new for this year is an expansion of the Festival into the Daffodil restaurant, plus a rare UK
appearance by the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, who will be appearing around the town as well as in their very
own breakfast show.
The Jerwood Rising Stars series, featuring young jazz musicians, with major commissions from
Denys Baptiste and Richard Fairhurst, new collaborations, and performances by the stars of tomorrow.
The Jazz Fringe both complements and offers an escape from the Festival - with a healthy mix of
big names and local talent, the Fringe is a laid-back program of jazz-related events in bars, clubs and
restaurants in and around town. Many of the events are free. April 30 - May 5.
THE MUSIC GOES ROUND AND
Are your stressed out? Maybe depressed? Both?
You've got those meditation tapes memorized and they didn't work. You're sick of tapes with
never ending wind chimes, waterfalls or birds chirping. Try listening to Varekai the RCA
Victor CD based upon the latest avant guarde Cirque du Soleil show.
As inventive as you'd expect from those creative Cirque folk - this CD is either relaxing or
invigorating depending upon the track. Listen to it or use it as background Varekai, is an
interesting compilation of musical notes, instruments and voices both spoken and sung, which
transports the listener to the next level of thought.
Varekai is based on the theme
of Icarus, the mythical Greek hero who flew too close to the sun on wings of wax & feathers.
Varekai, with more than 50 performers, is the 14th live production of the Cirque du Soleil
and its first since 1999
If you've seen the show you probably either have already purchased the CD or wish you had. If
you listen before you see the production you'll be inspired to see the show, which is coming to
New York April 24 through June 15 at the Grand Chapiteau at Randall's Island which will be
transformed into a magical forest. Then the show moves to Chicago July 17 through August 17
at the United Center Parking Lot K and Southern California starting Sept 12
under the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau at Staples Center, parking lot No. 2. It then transfers
to Pomona for a very limited engagement at Fairplex, Dec. 4-28, followed by a visit to Costa Mesa on Jan. 16,
2004, at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center.
Cirque describes Varekai - which means
"wherever' in the Romany language of the gypsies
- as being about a young man who parachutes into a magical forest populated by fantastical
creatures. Pushing the boundaries of artistic exprestion and sound. it's the same fantastic
acrobatics and spectacle for which the French-Canadian troupe is famous - yet the visual show has
been effectively translated to the CD. Violaine Corradi is renowned for melding the cultural
barriers between East and West, between classicism and popularity, and between clubland and
world music. By successfully combining the ambient beats of African, Gypsy and Middle Eastern
influences, he has taken the original compositions from Varekai and created an auditory
experience that parallels the extraordinary experience of the live show.
In addition to instruments, such as the violins and guitars, every track features Steve Shehan on
the floor tom, ocean drum and tambors, brushes or conga.
Written By Violaine Corradi, Nitin Sawhney,Taraf De Haidouks.
Lyrics By; Tina Grace, Nina Rocha Miranda. Spoken voice parts written by Terry Callier, Nitin Sawhney, Tina Grace, Helene Dorion, Mathieu
Lavoie, Polly Thomson-Storey.
Vocals; Tina Grace,Tara Harrison, Natacha Atlas, Mathieu Lavoie, Zara Tellander, Nina Rocha
Miranda, Marcial Heredia Fernandez, Olayo Alvarez Gimenez, Rakif Samman, Wayne Hankin, Bridgette
Musicians Steve Shehan, Carmen Piculeata, Didier Malherbe, Igor Outkine, Violaine Corradi,
Chandru, Cristinel Turturica, Ion Tanase, Constantin Lautaru, Marcial Heredia Fernandez, Wayne Hankin,
London Voices directed by Terry Edwards; Sarah Edwards, Sarah Eyden, Rosalind Waters,
Gerard O'Beirne, James Edwards, Deryn Edwards, Susan Marrs, Mark Williams, Terry
Members of the English Chamber Orchestra; Benjamin Buckton, Susie Candalin, Rona Murray,
Jake Rea, Alison Dods, Fiona McNaught, Duncan Ferguson, Martin Humbey, Clare Finnimore, Josephine
Knight, Lionel Handy, Stephen Williams.
Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn
the two-time Grammy Award winner,
singer/songwriter, 41 and actress Tammy Lynn Michaels (Popular), 28 issued a statement
stating they are "pleased to announce their engagement. They are planning a 2003 Holiday
wedding. This is the first wedding for both of them. Etheridge has two children from a previous
relationship. They plan to continue residing in Los Angeles after the wedding."
Etheridge and Michaels have been dating for about two years.
The rocker shares
custody of a daughter and a son with former partner Julie Cypher. The two made news in 2000
when they revealed that musician David Crosby was the sperm donor for their children, who were
delivered by Cypher.
DUCHESS one of 10 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins at
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage in Las Vegas, gave
birth to a male calf at 10:09 p.m. Feb. 27. The calf weighs approximately 30 pounds and is about
three feet long. This is the fourth birth at The Mirage for Duchess, a Dolphin Habitat resident since it
opened in October 1990. Her three other offspring - Squirt, Pablo and Huf N Puf - continue to make the
Dolphin Habitat their home. Banjo, the calf's proud father, also is an original resident and now
has five offspring that were born and still reside at The Mirage.
A contest to name the new calf ended April 18. The soon-to-be-christened cutie was born
following a 12-month gestation. Mother and baby are living in a maternity pod (the name for a
dolphin group) with other females and a nursing calf. Calves nurse every 15 to
20 minutes, 24 hours a day, until the calf is about two years old. Fish
are introduced into their diet in four to six months.
KEITH LOCKHART the 43-year-old conductor of The Boston Pops and
wife, violinist Lucia Lin, are expecting a baby sometime in late summer. Lockhart and Lin were
married in September 1996. Lockhart is also the conductor for the Utah Symphony and made the
announcement this past week-end, April 18-19, while in Salt Lake City conducting Celtic Festival with Keith
Lockhart and Cherish the Ladies! program.
Lockhart became conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995 after serving as associate conductor of
the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops. In 1995 Keith Lockhart was named 20th
Conductor of the Boston Pops. With this appointment, Lockhart succeeded John Williams,
Hollywood's premier film composer, who held that position from 1980 to 1993. Named Boston Pops
Conductor at age 35, Lockhart is only the 3rd conductor to lead the orchestra since 1929, when Arthur Fiedler
began his unprecedented 50 years as conductor of the orchestra.
Lin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1985 after graduating from Rice University. She
became one of the BSO's first violins after serving as assistant concertmaster.
Lockhart opens his ninth season as Boston Pops Conductor on Wednesday, May 7, at Symphony
Hall, leading the Boston Pops Orchestra in an Opening Night at Pops program featuring vocalist Patti
Austin and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling.
OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE
nominations for Broadway and off-Broadway productions have been announced by OCC President Marjorie
Gunner. An organization of over 75 out-of-town critics and writers from over ten states, the
OCC annual Award nominations unofficially kick off New York's theatrical awards season. Winners of the theatrical prizes will be
announced Monday, May 5, and the 53rd annual Gala Awards Party at
Sardi's is scheduled for Thursday, May 29.
CLICK FOR NOMINATIONS
AMERICAN THEATRE WING
WORKING IN THE
Now in their 31st year, the popular Working in the Theatre Seminars are held every Fall and
Spring. This dynamic program brings together the theatre's top performers, producers,
playwrights, directors, choreographers and designers to discuss the realities of working in the
Created by Wing Chairman Isabelle Stevenson, this season's series begins Tuesday, April 23, with
a Playwright/Director/Choreographer seminar. Those scheduled to participate include Richard
Greenberg and Luis Perez; Lloyd Richards will moderate. The April 30 Production Seminar features
Urban Cowboy's Chase Mishkin, Leonard Soloway, Lonny Price, Aaron Latham, Jason Robert
Brown and Pete Sanders, and the Design Seminar in the morning of May 1 will include Hairspray's
David Rockwell with Jeffrey Eric Jenkins as moderator. The series ends with the May lst afternoon
Performance Seminar, which will feature the talents of Sutton Foster, Claire Higgins, Brian Stokes Mitchell and
John Turturro. Pia Lindstrom will moderate.
The Working in the Theatre seminars are held at the Graduate Center of the City University of
New York. The seminars are broadcast six times a week on the CUNY TV Channel in the New York City
area and regularly on Los Angeles Channel 36. The seminars are also shown on Public Broadcasting
Channels throughout the country.
Attendance to the seminars is free but seating is limited. Theatre students, members of theatrical
unions and guilds and casts of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are admitted first.
MAKING THEATRE DURING
River Arts Repertory and Fordham University will host the Eastern European Seminar Series,
third program, on Making Theatre During Wartime, April 25 and 26, at Fordham University in New
Danielle Skraastad and Emma Bowers
in Family Stories by Biljana Srbljanovic when it was produced at the Market Theater,
On Friday a reading of the play Family Stories: Belgrade by Serbian playwright Biljana
Srbljanovic, a 2002 Fulbright Scholar, takes place. The event will be directed by Annie Dorsen who was Artistic
Director of the Yale Cabaret for the 1998-99. She has worked at Manhattan Theater Club, the Signature
Theater Company, Rattlestick Theater Company, The Guthrie, Yale Repertory, McCarter Theater and
Long Wharf, among others. Dorsen is a recipient of the Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown, the Sir John
Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Directors from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and
a Charles and Eva Fox Fellowship.
In the play four adult actors play children playing house in a violently dysfunctional family. Using elements
of vaudeville, Punch and Judy slapstick, and absurdism, Srbljanovic creates a highly theatrical,
farcical world to explore the intergenerational impact of political violence in her native Belgrade.
On Saturday Eve Ensler will read a new text on the war and Priya Ayar and Daniel Carlton will
from the play Children of War on the Sarajevo Children's Theatre.
Ensler's new work is
Necessary Targets, a groundbreaking play about women and war - about the violence
of dark memories and the enduring resilience of the human spirit. Based on stories of women
Ensler met in Bosnia it has been read in New York by Meryl Streep, Angelica Huston, and Calista
Flockhart and was performed in Sarajevo with Glenn Close and Melissa Tomei.
The Making Theatre During Wartime readings will be followed by a
panel discussion on Making Theatre During Wartime. Panelists will share their past experiences,
as well as
discuss the current situation in America and the artist's role.
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THE ACTORS' FUND TEAM in New York City: On Saturday, May 3rd, over 50,000 men, women and children make their way from Times Square to Central Park in an amazing display of
support for women battling cancer. Team #23 is The Actors' Fund Team. Everyone is encouraged
to walk or run with Team #23 which needs at least 150 walkers and runners to sign up and
pay the registration fee ($20) in order to continue to be designated as a beneficiary. Last year The Fund received almost $80,000 in critical funding
for their Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. The event includes live music, plenty of food
and drink, and fabulous goodies - including a special Actors' Fund hat and shirt!. Team leader Joanie can be
reached at 212.221.7300 x 134.
THE KENNEDY CENTER 11th ANNUAL GALA
FASCINATIN' RHYTHM a tribute to George Gershwin is
the place to be on Sunday, April 27. The star-studded lineup includes;
Michael Feinstein, Patti LuPone, Leonard Slatkin, Megan Mullally, Tommy Tune,
The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, The Morgan State University Choir, The National Symphony
Orchestra, Nilas Martins and Miranda Weese of the New York City Ballet
For over a decade now, the Kennedy Center Annual Gala has helped to raise vital funds to
provide the necessary resources that enable the performing arts to remain in our Nation's capital.
The event's proceeds assist the Kennedy Center in reaching nearly six million young people and
their families each year through the Center's performances, community outreach and national
Gala Chairs Connie and David Girard-diCarlo are planning a festive weekend of events, featuring
a VIP reception on Saturday evening and the gala dinner and performance in the Concert Hall on
Sunday. Also, newly added to this year's events, there will be a Martini and Dancing Party where
you can dance to the swingin' sounds of Big Ray and the Kool Kats, following the
PARKINSON'S UNITY WALK takes
place Saturday, April 26, with Michael J. Fox, Kim Cattrall, Heather Graham, Brian McKnight, Ricki Lake, Willie
Nelson and James Taylor leading the Central Park procession. Proceeds will be split among the Michael J.
Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the American Parkinson's Disease Association, and other
major Parkinson's foundations.
2003 SPOTLIGHT SPECTACULAR! a
benefit for the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston at The Westin Copley Place on. April 28.
Andrea Martin, Victor Garber and Ron Rifkin appear. The proceeds of the event go to support
the company's youth, education, and community outreach programs.
Cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, entertainment, and a live auction.
Andrea Martin will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.
GRACE AND POISE Tons of good looking horse flesh
trotted into Las
Vegas this past week for The World Cup Final, held at the Thomas and Mack Center. This is an
showdown among the top show jumping riders in the world, all competing for the prestigious title
Cup Champion and a $450,000 purse. This is the fifth World Cup Final held in the United States.
Previous Finals were held in Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar (1992) and Las Vegas (2000).
Forty-two riders including 12 women from 16 countries qualified to compete. The United States
has 11 riders, including six women.
Three-time Show Jumping World Cup champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil
became the first World Cup rider ever to "three-peat" when he won the FEI Show Jumping World
Cup Final for the third consecutive year at the Budweiser World Cup 2000 in Las Vegas. He had previously
won the title in 1998 in Helsinki, Finland and in 1999 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Robert Smith is Great Britain's sole representative. He is riding Di and Pennie Cornish's
9-year-old Dutch bred stallion, Marius Claudius.
American show jumper Peter Wylde, individual Bronze Medallist in the Show Jumping World
Championships at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG), was granted a Wild Card spot to
compete. When he competed at WEG in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain last September, Wylde
became the first U.S. show jumping rider to qualify for the Final Four since 1990.
In addition to
Wylde, the U.S. has 13 other riders competing the top eight riders from the East Coast League and the top
four from the West Coast plus Robert Chelberg, an American living in Prague who qualified from the
Central European League.
Female Leslie Howard, 5 feet, 5 inches, 120 pounds, won the 1986
World Cup show jumping championship and was on two medal-winning teams for the U.S. in the Olympics.
She is among 41 riders competing this week. Her mount, Priobert de Kalvarie, is a 10-year-old brown
gelding - 6 feet high at the shoulders and 1,200 pounds.
It hasn't all be jump and trot. Last night Melissa Etheridge headlined the Equestrian AIDS
Foundation fund-raiser at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. She performed three songs at a benefit for The
Ride For Hope, sponsored by the Equestrian Aids Foundation and Herman Wolfson Partners.
Jamie Krauss, daughter of Joan Lunden, helped organize the event, along with Ashley Herman
and Heath Wolfson
Famed New York disc jockey Todd Malice helmed the event.
Those attending included Joan Lunden, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw Spielberg, along
with Susan and Georgina Bloomberg, the former wife and daughter of New York City Mayor
The Foundation was created to anonymously embrace those afflicted with
HIV or AIDS in need of assistance. The organization stresses, "it doesn't
matter if you're an announcer, an official, a judge, a farrier, a veterinarian, a
trainer. It doesn't matter if you take care of horses or ride on the A circuit or
in a backyard. It doesn't matter if the horses are English, Western, race,
drive, are appaloosa or Arab."
WRITER'S BLOCK two one-act plays written and directed by Woody Allen. The plays
entitled Riverside Drive takes place on Manhattan's Upper West Side, while the second,
Saybrook is set in Connecticut.
The cast includes Tony award winner Bebe
Neuwirth, Paul Reiser, Kate Blumberg, Annabelle Gurwitch, Clea Lewis, Richard Portnow, Grant Shaud, Skipp
Sudduth, Jay Thomas and Christopher Evan Welch.
This world premiere, off Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, also marks Allen's theatrical
Scenic Design is by Santo Loquasto. Lighting by Jim Ingalls
Costumes by Laura Bauer
Previews begin Wednesday, April 23 with opening night slated for May 15.
BOUNCE formerly titled
Gold!, - which was called Wise Guys! in an earlier workshop - the new musical by composer/lyricist
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman with director Harold Prince opens at the Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C. as part of their theatre series. Tickets priced at $25-$90 go on sale August 11. The work is
based on the life of brothers Wilson and Addison Mizner, whose schemes and exploits stretch from the
Alaska gold rush of the 1800s to the Florida land boom of the 1920s.
The world premiere takes place at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, officially opening June 30.
Howard McGillin, is leaving his starring role in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera
to star in Bounce. Also in stars slots are Richard Kind and Michele Pawk replacing Faith Prince
who dropped out last month.
THE LAST EMPRESS the epic musical spectacular with music by Hee Gap Kim, written by Mun
Yol Yi, and directed by Ho Jin Yun. The musical, which is sung in Korean with English super-titles, was the first
musical from Asia to be presented on Broad way in 1977.
Tae Won Yi, a Juilliard trained coloratura mezzo-soprano, stars as Queen Min. With over 600
lavish costumes and a cast of 40, The Last Empress tells the story of the empress who tried to
open Korea to world trade until her assassination by Japanese samurais at the turn of the 20th century.
The Last Empress opened April 18th with performances through May 4 at The Kodak
Theatre in Hollywood.
AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER
by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein who crafted this political comedy about
a scandal that jeopardizes a woman's nomination as Surgeon General. Arena Artistic Director Molly Smith directs. Presented
on the 816-seat theater-in-the-round Fichandler Stage.
Robert Prosky and Laurie Kennedy star
in this revised staging. The cast also includes David Fendig, Gail Grate, J. Fred Shiffman, Holly
Twyford, Alex Webb, Damon Gupton, Tyee Thilghman, and Tuyet Thi Pham.
The Arena Stage, Washington, D.C. April 25-June 1.
Arena Stages was the first regional theater to send a production to Broadway - The Great
Now under the leadership of Molly Smith, Arena produces eight plays a year, sponsors new play
development programs and hosts visiting productions in the Old Vat Room. Arena's mission, says
Smith, is to stage "plays of all that is passionate, exuberant, deep and dangerous in the American
BEYOND CATEGORY: T.S. MONK The world-class musician and bandleader is son of the legendary Thelonius.
To celebrate what would have been the elder Monk's 85th year, T.S. presents newly discovered compositions by his father.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on April 25.
DON RICKLES opens Friday at the
Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City for a three night stand. Rickles returns to the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas on May
29. During his last Stardust gig Rickles was visited by Nathan Lane, who made his first trip to Las Vegas
specifically to see Rickles perform. Lane called Rickles his idol. After the show the two had an opportunity to
eat dinner and talk.
ITZAK PERLMAN the violinist who
inspires, affection and admiration brings his talent and delightful personality to the stage of the
Paramount Arts Center in Aurora, Illinois on April 24.
PETER CINCOTTI still shy of his
20th birthday, the popular and talented baritone/piano player performs as part of the Wolf Trap's Cabaret series.
April 25 at the Wolf Trap Barn in Vienna, Virginia.
TONY BENNETT on stage Saturday
at Caesars Tahoe Resort.
BOB NEWHART telling funny
stories Friday in
Dover, Delaware at the Schwartz Center for the Arts and on Saturday in Greensburg,
Pennsylvania at the
TIM CONWAY AND HARVEY KORMAN in their
Together Again Tour on stage Friday at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee and on
Paramount Arts Center in Aurora, Illinois.
LORRIE MORGAN in the
Lancaster, Pennsylvania at the American Music Theatre.
LEON RUSSELL AND JOE COCKER perform
Monday, April 21, in Oklahoma City, at the Coca Cola Bricktown Event Center.
ELLEN DeGENERIS getting
21, at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. On Wednesday she will be on stage at the
Raymond Kravis Center, Dreyloos Hall in West Palm Beach, Florida. On Thursday the
show shifts to the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, New York and Ellen ends the week, Saturday,
at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario.
entertaining Monday in River
Fall, Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin. On Wednesday he is in the spotlight at the
Reif Art Center in
Grand Rapids, Minnesota and on Friday the performance is at the Mayo Civic Center in
WILLIE NELSON opens a two
nighter this evening
at Neptune's of Boston in Fort Myers, Florida. On Tuesday he'll be singing his hits and
telling stories at The
Palace in Gainesville, Florida. On Wednesday he can be enjoyed at The Moon in
Saturday finds him in the spotlight in Helotes, Texas at the Floores Country
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
perform Saturday at the Festival Concert Hall in Fargo, North Dakota.
YANNI on stage Friday in
Houston, Texas at the
Compaq Center. Saturday finds him in Bossier City, Louisiana at the Century Tel Center
and next Sunday in
Austin, Texas and the Frank Erwin Center.
DIANE SCHUUR the
pianist & vocalist
performs April 22 - 27 at the BB King Blues Club in New York City.
KEELY SMITH performing at
Feinstein's at the Regency from April 27 to May 19. She will be singing selections from her latest CD, Keely
Swings Basie-Style, plus some old Vegas favorites.
PLAYBOY'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PLAYMATE SEARCH is coming to Las Vegas this
week tempting the young and beautiful with "picture yourself surrounded by potential Playboy playmates and
capturing it all with stand-ups and live shots."
Through July 17, Playboy is training their lenses on 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada
to conduct Playmate tests on location.
If this isn't for you, but you know someone who fits the bill, you could win a $5000 finder's fee
for bringing the actual winner Playboy.
Playboy will interview and photograph prospective
Playmates at Jillian's Las Vegas on Wednesday and
Thursday, followed by parties and fashion shows. The VIP
party Friday is by invite only.
Auditions also take place April 23-24 at Le Meridien
in Dallas, Texas.
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