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By: Laura Deni
TOMMY TUNE WHITE TIE AND
TAILS IN THE BIG
APPLE BUT NEW YEARS IS IN NEVADA
If you're planning on spending New Year's Eve in Nevada, you're in luck. So is Tommy
Tune - and you can share a room with him. That would be the
showroom at the Eldorado Hotel in Reno.
Tune and The Rhythm Kings will be entertaining in two New Year's Eve shows. Tickets are even
modestly priced, beginning at $75.00 with the best seats topping out at $115.50.
In the meantime, Tune has returned to the bright lights of Broadway - an arena he had already
conquered. After all, the nine time Tony Award
the only person to have carted home Tony Awards in four different categories - Best
Director of a
Musical, Best Choreography, Best Actor in a Musical, and Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He
is also the
only person to win the same two Tony Awards two years in a row. That doesn't mean this toe
taper is a guy
who rests on his laurels.
While his last appearance on Broadway as a performer was in the mid-1980s in My One and
Only, he spent a year in Las Vegas starring in EFX at the MGM-Grand
The anxiously awaited production Tommy Tune White Tie and Tails - his
tuneful big band show" - has finally arrived in New York.
The show features Tune, joined by the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, backed by a 16-piece band,
song and dance numbers set to the music of Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George
Beatles, Johnny Mercer, Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz, Peter Allen & Carol Bayer Sager,
John Kander &
Fred Ebb, Meredith Willson, Cole Porter, Walter Donaldson, Al Dubin & Harry Warren, Hoagy
& Mitchell Paris, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Gordon Jenkins, and Jerry Herman.
This is also the first production to be staged at the brand-new 499 seat Little Shubert Theatre on
Tommy Tune White Tie and Tails has musical direction by Michael Biagi with
arrangements by Wally Harper.
The orchestrations are by Randall Biagi, Larry Blank, the late Peter Matz, Don Sebesky, Andy
Stein and Jonathan
Tunick. Lighting is by Natasha Katz, projections are by Wendell K. Harrington, with sound design
Currently in previews the show officially opens on December 18.
Born in Texas, the 6-foot 6-inch Tune has been invited to sing and dance for three U.S.
Queen of England and the Royal Family of Monaco. In 1991, he was inducted by Gwen Verdon
Theatre Hall of Fame. The guy who started his Broadway career as a chorus boy in the 1965
production of Baker Street was honored in 1994 with his own star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame
located, appropriately enough, directly in front of Capezio's.
All you big time broadcasters watch out.
They want your jobs.
They are members of KdSTAR and they mean business. Kids producing radio programs. We're
don't mean announcing the lunch menu over the loud speaker. These upstarts are interviewing
political leaders and celebrities. The interviews are heard, not just in schools, but aired on radio
stations across the country. KdSTAR has been commended on the floor of the Senate as the
brainchild of Phoenix, Arizona radio personality, Perry Damone, son of Vic Damone.
Damone spoke with Broadway To Vegas about this program and the
positive influence it is
on the participants - as well as perhaps being the breeding ground for the next group of interview
"It's the largest children's
network in the world," related Damone. Now in its second decade, Damone started the program
with long-time Phoenix area teacher, Linda Tuttle. They began in Tuttle's own Shumway
Elementary School in
Chandler, Arizona. Taking it one interview at a time and one station at a time, KdSTAR is
on 32 radio stations nationwide, with more affiliates expected in the coming year.
"Everybody is like in sixth
grade. They are all into news and sports," continued Damone. "We take their hobbies and turn
radio shows. The kids become so interested in this and feel so good about themselves that they
don't join the gangs. The program keeps them off the streets. It's their salvation."
Radio was also the lifeline for young Damone.
"I was born in Los Angeles. But, from a baby until I was ten-and-a-half I lived in Rome,
Italy," said Damone referring to his mother, the late actress Pier Angeli, taking Perry to live with
her in Italy. (See Broadway To Vegas column of October 20, 2002)
When his mother returned to America, young Perry was emotionally displaced and found his
radio and television.
Cal Worthington's auto commercials became world famous
"Interestingly enough television fascinated me," recalled Perry who was named after Perry Como.
"I guess I'd been traveling all night
and all day for two days. The first thing I did was to turn on the television. Cal Worthington
and his dog Spot came on," he said referring to the infamous commercials. "That was the
first thing I saw when I saw American television
and the second thing was Sky King right after that."
"I knew how to say - please, hello, how are you? and thank you - but that was about it,"
"There is a station in LA called 93 KHJ. When I first came back to this country I hooked onto
that radio station like it was ..." paused Damone his voice taking on a sad tone as he
finished his sentence. "... it was comfort to me."
Then Damone's conversation took on new energy as he remembered the guys who inspired
"Robert W Morgan, the Real Don Steel, Charlie Tuna, Machine Gun Kelly, all those guys were
all on that station. I listened and listened and listened. I was trying to imitate what they were
doing, thinking that is what I want to do in
life - a radio show. Those people were so influential to me in learning
how to speak English and in keeping me going. Those are the
people, other than military school, who are responsible for really teaching me how to speak
He speaks it very well, void of any accent.
Damone realized his radio goal. He's been with Clear Channel Communications owned KEZ
radio since 1988.
Perry and Nancy Damone with Frank Sinclair
Recently his wife, Nancy,
joined him on air in a weekly Monday evening program with Frank Sinclair called The Other
Side, on KFXH on the air at 1620 AM located in Fountain Hills, Arizona or
on the web at www. kfxh.org
The unique concept features selection of music from what can be recalled as the B side
of records or albums with popular songs.
Nancy, Perry and Frank are also joined by guests - like the famous Damone dogs - that would be
"two Australian Blue Heelers and one "wacky" dog. It's like a Dingo. Those are our
kids," Damone explained as the dogs chortled in the background.
If the canines are his kids, KdSTAR is his life force.
"We're going to be up to 32 radio stations by the end of the
year," he said rattling off stations in states such as Michigan, Florida and
The success of KdSTAR reached the ears of Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who talked about the
program on the floor of the Senate. It was May 14, 2001. Damone was in the middle of his
show when he received a phone call from a friend
saying - "You've got to turn on C-SPAN. You're not going to believe this, but they are talking
"So, I ran to the news room and they turned it on," Damone related.
Damone heard Hatch go on the record signaling out The Police Athletic League in Ogden, Utah,
Hispanic Cultural Youth Program in Utah and KdSTAR.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah
"I want my colleagues to be aware of an excellent program in Arizona that gives juveniles positive
alternatives to the destructive activities that contribute to juvenile crime," said Hatch
"KdSTAR Radio 590 AM in Phoenix, allows children to produce, broadcast and
own radio shows. Perry Damone, son of my good friend, Vic Damone, has founded this program
places radio stations in the public schools and allows the children to control the broadcasts. The
the entire program and have phenomenal success with it. Over 3,000 students throughout
participated in the program."
"Individual schools report an almost immediate improvement in
responsibility, and better written and oral skills."
"Under this program, the students have conducted
interviews with prominent individuals including country singer Garth Brooks, comedian Jay Leno,
esteemed colleague Senator John McCain. Children have emerged from this program with a
esteem, greater maturity and life skills," lauded Hatch.
Jay Leno an interviewer who got interviewed
"In S.254, The Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender Accountability and Rehabilitation Act of
Federal Government is required to disseminate facts on prevention programs that are successful.
Programs like the Police Athletic League, the Hispanic Cultural Youth Program and KdSTAR
should receive our special attention and be encouraged to continue the good work that they do,"
While those favorable words put Damone "riding on Cloud 20," the verbiage didn't mean the
money wagon rolled up to the door.
"I don't have lobbyists or professional grand writers," explained Damone. "I write my own grants
and we get shoved to the side all the time," he complained about the non-profit KdSTAR. "We
are not a big medical research center. We are a front line educational program."
"One time I tried to get funds through grants. There was one grant that I
think was up through Intel. I wanted to get a feeling of what you needed to do. I did the whole
process - including going to the presentation meeting at a conference hall," elaborated Damone.
"There were people presenting their grants from California. And, they are all professionals. They
are all lobbyists. They get the funds. What you are looking at
with KdSTAR is - we get shoved. A lot of people think that our program is a toy. And it is
Perry Damone, one of the founders of the KdSTAR Radio 590 AM Corporation and
with some of the reporters in the KdSTAR program, at the studios of KESZ 99.9 FM in Phoenix.
In times like these, when more and more parents and teachers and others
search for ways to help children to get involved in productive, life-enriching activities, KdSTAR has
emerged as a proven and powerful way to do just that. Responsibility is a major part of maturity.
So is pride in a job well done.
When a child joins the KdSTAR program, he or she learns more than responsibility. They learn
how team work produces a finished product that reflects well on all those involved. Radio is a
medium that requires the talents of numerous team members in order to work. The KiDSTAR
include program, newscaster, dee-jay, sports, and art teams.
The broadcasts are aired in two ways - within the school and then on 32 radio
stations located across the country.
Perry Damone listening to some of the original KdSTAR reporters rehearse
Daily school broadcasts are scheduled at the beginning of the school year to coordinate with the
school-wide instructional schedule. The station transmits as a low-powered communication
station, operating with a 30-watt LPB transmitter, set at a level of 15 watts. This level of
operation provides just enough power to so that all classrooms on the campus can tune in to these
The 32 national radio stations "are fully functional radio stations," stressed Damone.
"KdSTAR has done over 120 high profile interviews. It changes kids lives. Think how great it is
to shake hands
with your hero and interview him and
not feel uncomfortable. We teach them how to do it. A sixth grader can
shake hands and do an incredible job of interviewing people. It changes their lives on the
Damone recalled one particular incident. "We ask them - who in the world do you want to
interview? Many years ago at the Royal Palms
School out here there was a whinny kid who was going - I don't think I can do anything. I can't
Damone asked him who he'd like to interview and received the smart aleck reply of - the
"I said - Why don't you try to do it? He goes aaaah forget it'"
Undaunted Damone shot back. "I said, that's your assignment. He said there's noooo
way. I said if that is who you want
to interview. Then that is who you are going to go after. And - he got the interview - with the
President of the United States. That was George Bush, Sr."
Linda Lavin, currently starring on Broadway in Hollywood Arms, has been
interviewed by KdSTAR
Other notables who have had a sixth grader shove a microphone in their face have included;
Hugh Downs, Linda Lavin, Gil Gerard, Ben Murphy, Erik Estrada, Rick Springfield, Doug
McClure, Phylicia Rashad,Cliff Robertson, Ben Johnson, Beau Bridges, Robert Loggia,
Chuck Norris, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Roy Clark, Glen Campbell, Ricky Skaggs,
Pat Boone, Hank Thompson and Rudy Gatlin.
Olympic gold medallists Bob Seagren, Kathy Johnson, and
Dr. Sammy Lee. Football Hall of Famers "Crazylegs" Hirsch and George Blanda and Baseball
Hall of Famers Don Larsen and Enos Slaughter are a few of the sports personalities that have
been interviewed by KdSTAR reporters.
"It's a lot of work that goes into this, but we don't give up," emphasized Damone. "A lot of these
kids have gone on to college."
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WORLD AIDS AWARENESS DAY
SELLOUT BEATS GORBACHEV
Ashley Judd joins U2's Bono today at a World AIDS Day awareness program in Lincoln,
The line for tickets started forming at 3 a.m., eight hours before the box office opened. Then it
17 minutes for all of the free tickets to be picked up, besting the 40 minutes for all the Lied Center
be claimed when Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev appeared last March.
STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS
HONORS JACK O'BRIEN
Jack O'Brien the director of
Imaginary Friends, receives the coveted Mr. Abbott award, the only lifetime achievement
honor given to one of their own.
Bill Haber, Margo Lion, Jerry Mitchell and Tom Viertel. Vice-Chairs include
New Line Cinema and The Shubert Organization, Inc.
The event - festive attire - takes
place tomorrow night at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60. Moments from Jack's productions will be
performed by Harvey Fierstein, Marc Shaiman,
Scott Whitman, Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, among others.
Expect the A list to
Honorary vice-chairs include enough bold type names to impress the most jaded;
Christine Baranski, Stockard Channing, Frances Conroy, Graciela Daniele,
John DeLuca, Christine Ebersole, Nora Ephron, George Faison, Harvey Fierstein,
Kelsey Grammar, Michael Greif, Harry Groener, John Guare, Thomas Hall,
Marvin Hamlisch, Margot Harley, Linda Hart, Michael Hartman, Hal Holbrook,
Tina Howe, Cherry Jones, Richard Kornberg, Swoosie Kurtz, Lindsay Law,
Michael Learned, Matt Lenz, Jerry Lewis, Patti LuPone, William Ivey Long,
Rebecca Luker, Kathleen Marshall, Rob Marshall, Mel Marvin, Marshall W. Mason,
Terrence McNally, Thomas Meehan, Stephen Metcalfe, Kathy Najimy,
Richard Nelson, Mark O'Donnell, John Rando, John Rubinstein, Tara Rubin,
Neil Simon, Marc Shaiman, Tom Stoppard, Susan Stroman, Christopher Walken,
Phyllis Wender, Patrick Wilson, Scott Wittman and David Yazbek
VIP Cocktail Reception followed by a dinner and the star studded awards show directed by
Proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Stage Directors and Choreographers
CHANNING known for her starring roles in Hello, Dolly!
and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, will be honored for her work as a stage performer.
Channing is the recipient of the second annual Sarah Applebaum Nederlander Award for
Excellence in Professional Theatre. The award will be presented December 4 at the Fisher Theatre
The Apple Award is named for Sarah Applebaum Nederlander, or "Apple" as she was known, to
honor her dedication to the Nederlander family and the performing arts.
Channing's selection highlights her connections to Detroit, Wayne State University said. Hello,
Dolly! was the first production shown at the Fisher Theatre under Nederlander
NATIONAL TOUR PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been on the road
for 10 years and recently celebrated their 4,000th performance. Two members have been with
the touring production since show number one. Ballet dancer Kristi Patricia and David Cryer,
who has played Monsieur Firmin, the show's droll opera-company impresario, the entire time.
JAMIE DEROY &
two benefits this week. On December 2 DeRoy, winner of
MAC Awards, will host a party at the West Bank Caf‚'s Laurie Beechman Theater, NYC. The
benefit for the New York City Police Foundation,
Inc., will feature performances by Tovah Feldshuh, Daisy Eagan, Penny Fuller,
Liz Larsen, Anne Runolfsson, Melanie Vaughan, Sal Viviano, Jonathan
Dokuchitz. Highlights include a duet featuring Anne Runolfsson and Jonathan
Dokuchitz singing Billy Joel's Lullabye. Loni Ackerman and David Shire
will perform Stop Time, as well as It Goes As It Goes, Shire's Academy
Award-nominated song from the film Norma Rae.
The musical merriment continues on Sunday, December 8 when
de Roy and friends share the spotlight at Don't Tell Mama, in a special Kids Show. Rondi
five-year-old daughter Emma Ruchefsky, Scott Coulter, Professor Putter, twelve-year-old tap
Orroyo, and members of The Young People Theater Project, are among the performers joining
talented deRoy in this lively musical event celebrating the joys of childhood. Jamie deRoy &
directed by Barry Kleinbort. Rod Hausen is the musical director.
MAMMA MIA! a perfect match for
Las Vegas, is already setting records - and the production doesn't even open until February 3 at Mandalay Bay
Resort. The first hour tickets were on sale 500 were snapped up.
THE MUSIC GOES ROUND AND
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
million have enjoy the stage production. Now Decca Broadway has released the Andrew Lloyd Webber
award-winning Original Canadian Cast Highlights in a CD which hit the stores last week - just in time for Santa
to tuck into those Christmas stockings.
Countless people have listened to the complete original cast record but, as in all original cast
albums, there are always a few special selections that people wish they could bunch together for repeated play.
This new CD has accomplished just that.
However, the 17-track disc has been crafted so the listener, who has seen the musical, loses none
of the plotline.
With an orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Huard, highlights from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The
Phantom of the Opera Original Canadian Cast, features Colm Wilkinson and Peter Cormican on select
numbers of the beloved musical including Think of Me, The Music of the Night and All
I Ask of You.
Rebecca Caine as Christine Daa‚ and Byron Nease as Raoul are outstanding. Other selections
include The Phantom of the Opera, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again and The Point
of No Return.
A rich sounding effort, additional violins, violas, cellos, bass, oboe and English horn were brought
in for this recording. Engineered and mixed by Martin Levan, who also teamed with David Caddick as
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT
RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER today at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York.
Also, a company performs in Jackson, Mississippi at the Thalia Mara Hall. On Tuesday and Wednesday
this family delight has shows at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida. Another company is on their
toes Tuesday in Wheeling, West Virginia at the Capitol Music Hall. Wednesday finds a performance in
Youngstown, Ohio at the Youngstown State University Power Auditorium.
can be enjoyed in Melbourne, Florida at the King Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 and 7th.
On Thursday this wonder can be enjoyed in Punta Gorda, Florida at the Charlotte County Memorial
Hall. On Friday the production is in Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Civic Center Theatre.
Saturday the production is in Bismark, North Dakota at the Bismark Civic Center. Next Sunday the curtain
will rise in Panama City, Florida at the Marina Civic Center. Another company performs in Rapid City, South
Dakota at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING In a small North Carolina town, a twenty-year-old young man returns home and remembers the story
of his parents' first meeting. Filled with traditional holiday carols as well as authentic Appalachian
music, the story flows easily and sentimentally through the Christmas memories which provide the
foundation for his strong family circle. To December 15, at the Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock.
KENNY ROGERS CHRISTMAS FROM THE HEART
Monday, December 2, Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C.
ANDREWS AND CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER bring their
Christmas show to the USB Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 3. The following night they are at the Van Andel
Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On December 5 the production is at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh,
PA December 7 the place is the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI and on December 8 the can be
enjoyed at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
CAROL 27th annual production of the beloved Christmas story by
Charles Dickens adapted by Charles Jones. Back for the 27th year is Dick Boyd as Scrooge. Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha,
THE COLORS OF CHRISTMAS
Peabo Bryson, Jon Secada, Jody Watley and Oleta Adams backed, by a 21-piece Gospel Choir and Professional
Orchestra, performs tonight in Jacksonville, Florida at the Florida Theatre. On Monday the show
is at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida. On Tuesday they begin a two night
stand at the Ordwar Music Theatre in St Paul, Minnesota. Friday the production opens a three night
engagement in Detroit at the Detroit Orchestra Hall.
SMOOTH JAZZ CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL starring
Brenda Russell, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Peter White, and Rick Braun, perform Tuesday in
Tacoma, Washington at the Temple Theatre. On Wednesday the musical sounds will come from the
William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno, California. Thursday finds the group in San Diego at the Speckles
Theatre. On Friday the show is at the E County Performing Arts
Center in El Cajon, California. They close out
the week - Saturday - at the Terrace Theater in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in Long Beach,
THE NUTCRACKER presented by the Boulder
Company, under the direction of Amy Arnaz, known to her pupils as Miss Amy and to others as
Mrs. Desi Arnaz, Jr. Six performances Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7, Friday, December 13
and Saturday, December 14. Boulder City, NV.
celebrating the holidays with their wonderful music tomorrow in Oklahoma City at the Ford Center. On
Wednesday the joyful noise comes from the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Friday the show is in Memphis,
Tenn at The Pyramid and next Sunday they are on stage in Nashville at the Gaylord Entertainment
MICHAEL W SMITH, POINT OF GRACE AND KARA performing this evening in Cleveland, Ohio at the CSU Convocation
Center. Tomorrow the show is at the Gaylord Center in Nashville. Tuesday they are in the spotlight in
North Little Rock at Alltel Arena. Thursday they perform in Champaign, Illinois in Assembly Hall. Friday finds
them in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center and they close out the week, Saturday, in Chicago's
Arie Crown Theater.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL In celebration of its 25th anniversary of promoting arts for children and adults with disabilities,
VSA Arts of Maine is a presenting a benefit performance of Portland Stage Co.'s A Christmas Carol on
Dec. 6. Reception followed by the performance which will be interpreted for American Sign Language.
THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS
SPECTACULAR starring the Rockettes, continues through
December 29 at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville.
MARTIN MURPHEY Cowboy Christmas Concert tomorrow in
Riverton, Wyoming at the Central Wyoming College. On Tuesday the festivities are in Denver, Colorado at
the Paramount Theatre. On December 4 the location is Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Thursday finds the show in Rock Springs, Wyoming at the Civic Center. On Friday he is on stage in Craig,
Colorado at the School Auditorium and the week ends, Saturday, in Fort Collins, Colorado at Lincoln Center.
TARTUFFE by Moliere, translated by
Richard Wilbur, starring Brian Bedford, Henry Goodman and J. Smith-Cameron. Directed by Joe
If it's hypocrisy, greed and seduction you're looking for, look no further than MoliŠre's most
famous farce, Tartuffe. Under the religious cloak of piety, the lecherous, menacing,
arch-hypocrite title character schemes to marry his benefactor's daughter, seduce
his wife, then defraud him of all he possesses. Does the scoundrel succeed?
This revival of one of the world's greatest comedies opens December 6 at the
American Airlines Theatre, NYC.
DINNER AT EIGHT at Lincoln
Center's at Vivian Beaumont Theatre,
welcomes Marian Seldes to the cast in the role of Carlotta Vance. She replaces Dorothy Loudon
who had to leave the production after one performance due to chronic labyrinthitis, a viral infection of the
inner ear which affects the person's balance. Dinner At Eight continues to January 26.
GREASE has Frankie Avalon once again the Teen Angel, the role he played in the
1978 film. Dec. 10-12 and Dec 13-15 at the
Atwood Concert Hall, in Anchorage, Alaska.
December 3-8 The Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn.
SUPERSTAR December 3-8 at the San Diego Civic Theatre, San
California. This production will be followed by The Producers January 1-12, which the
brochure sent to Broadway/San Diego subscribers calls a coup in staging a West Coast premiere,
the hit of
the century - with a top Broadway ticket price of $480 - will have ticket prices at the Civic
topping out at
$78 for Saturday nights; some tickets are priced as low as $34.50.
THE LION KING
production of the Disney classic, includes a musical
score by Elton John and Tim Rice. Broward Center for
the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida through December 8.
BARTENDERS written and
starring Lou Mustillo. There are 1,259,874 bartenders working in the United States today -even
more on New Year's Eve. This is a show about 6 of them starring Mustillo as all six. The
off-Broadway show has moved to the John Houseman Theater for an open-ended run.
THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT-THE SMELL OF THE
CROWD with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony
Newley. Part of the 14th Street Y Musical Tonight program which offers concert presentations of
This Bricusse & Newley' effort was originally produced on Broadway in 1965, as their follow-up
to the smash hit Stop the World, I Want to Get Off.
It's an allegorical work in which the irrepressible everyman Cocky and the imperious Sir
play the "game of life" in a small arena-like area. Cocky always plays by the rules, while
Sir simply ignores them and goes on his own way.
Songs include: Who Can I Turn To?, On A Wonderful Day Like Today, Nothing Can Stop
Me Now, and Where Would You Be Without Me?
Thomas Mills directs the cast which includes; George S. Irving, David Edwards, Leslie
Ann Hendricks, Mamie Parris, Drake Andrew, Jimmy Rivers, Amy Epstein, Lauren Lebowitz,
Adrienne Pisoni, Sandie Ross, Jennifer Rose, Margie Stokley and Heather Stone.
Musical director is Barbara Anselmi with lighting by Shih-hui Wu. Opens December
4 with performances through December 22.
SHAKIRA on her first world tour, dubbed Tour of the Mongoose, encompasses 30 countries and 50 cities this year
and next. On December 2 she's performing in Miami, Florida at the American Airlines Arena. She'll play
Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in January.
ORCHESTRA Thursday at the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury,
BRENDA LEE performs Friday in Sheboygan, Wisconsin at the Sheboygan Theatre and is back on stage next
Sunday in Osceola, Iowa at the Lakeside Casino.
LINDA EDER on stage this evening
December 1 at the Bass Hall in Austin, Texas.
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN continues to
be the star of his own Feinstein's at the Regency, New York City through December 28.
JOHN McDERMOTT entertaining
Tuesday at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, BC. On Wednesday the show is at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, BC.
Friday finds him on stage in Vancouver, BC at the Orpheum Theatre and he closes out the week, Saturday, in
Vernon, BC at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
ANKA who doesn'
t know how to put on a bad show is at the Mirage Hotel Las Vegas through December
SHIRLEY JONES at the Hoyt
Sherman Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa on December 3.
JUDY COLLINS is in the spotlight
this evening at Symphony Hall in Boston.
ARLO GUTHRIE performs tomorrow
night at Lincoln Center in New York City.
OAK RIDGE BOYS on stage
tomorrow at the Convention enter in Greenville, North Carolina. On Wednesday the guys sing in Kalamazoo,
Michigan at the Miller Auditorium. On Thursday the performances takes place in Davenport, Iowa at the
Adler Theatre. Friday finds the group in Owensboro, Kentucky at the Executive Inn. On Saturday they open a
two nighter at the Crystal Grand Theatre in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
GEORGE WINSTON performs this
evening at the Sunoco Theatre at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, Penn. On Tuesday the show is at the Palace
theatre in Stamford, Conn. Thursday finds the entertainer at the Lincoln Theatre in West Hartford, Conn
and on Saturday the show is at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Mass.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK in
the spotlight Friday at the Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, California. On Saturday they perform at the
Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.
JOHN TESCH at the Earle Chiles
Center in Portland, Oregon on Thursday. On Friday the composer/performer is at the Spokane Opera
House in Spokane, Washington. Saturday finds him in Tacoma, Washington at the Church for all
PAULA POUNDSTONE on stage
Friday at Sunset Station, Las Vegas.
HOWIE MANDEL getting laughs Thursday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Potawatomi
JOHN PIZZARELLI Saturday in
Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Arts Center.
LARRY GATLIN tonight in
Cleveland, Mississippi at the Bologna Arts Center. On Tuesday he returns to Branson, MO for an 11 night engagement at
the MGH Performing Arts Center.
THE BEACH BOYS December 1 in
Stamford, Conn at the Palace Theatre.
ELTON JOHN performs tonight in London at the Royal Opera House. On Tuesday he is in
Manchester, England for a show at the Manchester Evening News Arena.On Thursday the
performer takes to the stage in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland and he closes out the week,
Saturday, in Glasgow at the S.E.C.C.
WAYNE NEWTON having
returned from another USO tour heads out to entertain some civilians. He performs December 5 in Tulsa,
Oklahoma at the Brady Theatre. On Saturday he is on stage in Grand Ronde, Oregon at the Spirit Mountain
GEORGE CARLIN discussing words
Thursday on San Antonio, Texas at the Majestic Theatre and on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Brady
KEELY SMITH in the spotlight
Thursday in San Francisco at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium.
ITZHAC PERLMAN performs Wednesday at the Robert Ferst
Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND perform tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia at the Philips Arena. On Wednesday
they'll be performing to another sell out crowd in Pittsburgh at the Mellon Arena. On Thursday the show is
in Toronto in the Air Canada Centre. Next Sunday they can be enjoyed in Charlotte, North Carolina at the
SHOP A LOT Jennifer Lopez and Ben
Affleck spent Thanksgiving in Las Vegas where they took advantage of the Turkey Day sales. The
couple caused quite a crowd scene when they went shopping at The Forum Shops Mall. Word
spread, crowds gathered and camera caught the pair and their entourage going into the Verace
Store. Gucci closed down to let them privately pick and choose.
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