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THE RIGHT IDENTITY
Director Susan H. Schulman; Literary
agent Susan F. Schulman and Theatrical press agent Susan L. Schulman at a 1995 women in
It's an identity crisis. While they are grounded in who they are, it's others who
get the press agent, the literary agent and the director confused.
All are named Susan Schulman. They work in the same industry, once lived within three
blocks of each other and had the same mailman.
They have received money belonging to the other and men misdirecting date invitations.
Broadway To Vegas tracked down the three Schulmans to see what it is like to be an
We discovered a lot of laughs.
Susan H. Schulman, director
"When we did live close together, I actually lived in an apartment building where the doorman
didn't speak English very well," recalled Susan Schulman the director. One day her buzzer rang
understanding a word the doorman said, replied "Okay, fine."
"Someone came upstairs and I opened the door," she related. "This total stranger was standing
there with a script in his hand. I said - Who are you? He went - You're not expecting me?
He said I'm a writer. I have an appointment with Susan Schulman. I said, not with me you don't.
He had an appointment with the literary agent. His face turned totally white. I said, but you're in
luck. She only lives two blocks away," laughed the director.
Schulman the director reported that while she has never received a gift meant for the other, "I
did get a check once, which was meant for the literary agent. Unfortunately, I
couldn't keep it. It was a nice size check, too!"
Schulman, the director, broke the glass ceiling for women directing on Broadway.
In 1990 she had been hired to do a "chamber" version of Sweeney Todd and ended up
with a critical hit and a Tony nomination. That led to The Secret Garden, a breakthrough
in many ways with its dreamy, psychologically layered staging and, not coincidentally, a creative
team almost entirely composed of women. Her Broadway credits also include the first ever revival
of The Sound of Music
"At the time, I really didn't think about that," she said referring to entering the boy's club of
Broadway directing. "I was just
thrilled to be able to make my living at something that I love so much. I only really sort of became
aware of that when Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway and it got wonderful reviews,
but it also got some back handed compliments. I remember one reviewer saying - you know this
is so good it is impossible to tell the gender of the director. He actually thought that was a
compliment! That sort of thing. Then suddenly I became aware of the fact that this was sort of a
big deal, which I wasn't even paying any attention to. Except, I knew how difficult it
was for me to get started."
"Referring to her like named friends she related, "In the beginning, when you make a phone
call, people either don't want to talk to the director, or don't want to talk to the press agent, or
don't want to talk to the literary agent, so I would get this
suspicious - which Susan Schulman are you?"
The three also shop at Saks, which has caused the high-end department store
to double check - making sure that the Schulman walking out the store with the merchandise is
the Schulman who receives the bill.
"When I go to Saks and I give them my credit card something comes up on the
computer. They look puzzled and then they double check my identity usually going - Where do
"What I think is hilarious is that we've all been in the business since about the same time. It is so
There was even a time when the three Schulmans almost worked on the same project. "I can't
remember what the project was. But, yes, we came very close. And, we've all started using
our middle initial. That is the reason I started putting the H in," explained the director Susan H.
Next up for Susan H is A Little Princess, "which is Andrew Lippa, who
wrote The Wild Party, and Brian Crawley, who wrote Violets, so it is a
wonderful collaboration," she said referring to the two men and their creative efforts which she directed.
"So, I am very happy about that."
Literary agent Susan F. Schulman founded her agency in 1979, specializing in non-fiction of all
types, but particularly in health and psychology-based self-help for men, women and families.
Other interests include business, the social sciences, biography, language and international law.
Fiction interests include contemporary fiction, including women's, mysteries, historical and
thrillers `with a cutting edge'. Her agency also represents plays, screenplays and negotiates/sells
film rights and works with agents in appropriate territories for translation rights.
"Susan called me to tell me about a problem we were "sharing" with our
AOL," said Schulman the literary agent, referring to Schulman the press agent. "It seems that
while I was on vacation my AOL account filled to the brim with messages. Did you know
the top is l,000? Once I hit that number apparently the balance spilled over into the next Susan
Schulman's account - Susan the press agent. She found herself deluged with messages from writers asking if I
would read their novel or screenplay!"
"That's one of series of confusions associated with being a Susan
Schulman in the entertainment business in NYC," continued the literary agent whose publishing credit
include best sellers like Robin Norwood's Women Who Love Too Much, which has sold
about 10 million books in 27 languages and The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. The Schulman
agency also represented Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, a Miramax film which snapped up 12 Oscars and
the forthcoming Holes, by Louis Sachar, which will be released by Disney April
"I've received calls from theater artistic directors, like Lynn Meadow, asking me about a certain
script, hard to figure out at first that this call was aimed at Susan the director. I've received a
telephone call from an articulate former classmate of one of us - I never did determine which one - and the called
started out with, "I've just left my wife, and I remembered you from
"The craziest time was living on the same street, sharing the same mail route with two other
Susan Schulmans," continued the literary agent.
"To totally confuse the industry I always hoped that I would license a Tony Award winning play
to a Broadway producer who would hire Susan Schulman the director who would also win a
Tony and the press agent for the show would be Susan Schulman. Then at the Tony Awards we could appear
together and dress alike!"
"The really funny thing, to me, is that when I am introduced to somebody and they are really
thrilled, I know they think I am one of the other two," quipped Susan Schulman the press
agent. Because nobody is that thrilled to
meet a press agent."
Susan L. Schulman, theatrical press
"Either it's an actor who thinks they are going to get cast or it is a writer who
thinks they are going to get a literary agent. If I am at a party and somebody goes - Do you know
Susan Schulman and I hear a gasp! or they go Hi! I know they think I am one of
the other two. Then there is that split second decision as to whether you burst their bubble or
whether you just let it go, because it isn't important. Because, you don't want to embarrass
anybody who is gushing. On the other hand, you don't want to pretend your somebody your not.
But there is that moment of - does it matter or doesn't it matter?"
Susan L. Schulman has been a theatrical press agent for over 30 years handling Broadway and
off-Broadway plays and musicals, dance, television, books, special events and individual
personalities. A native New Yorker, Susan is a graduate of NYU with a Masters' degree in
Theatre from Columbia University.
Her numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions include Lauren Bacall in
Applause; George C. Scott in Sly Fox and Death of a Salesman; Jim Dale in Scapino;
John Lithgow and George Segal in Requiem for a Heavyweight; John Davidson in
State Fair; Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfus and Gene Hackman in Death and the Maiden; Harry
Groener in Crazy for You; Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange in A Streetcar Named
Desire; Bob Fosse's Dancin'; the Johnny Mercer musical Dream starring John
Pizzarelli, Margaret Whiting and Leslie Anne Warren; and The Madwoman of Chaillot with Kim Hunter and Anne Jackson.
Schulman represents 24 Evenings of Wit and Wisdom opening March 5 at the Arclight
Theatre in NYC. The Colleagues Theatre Company production stars Carmen DeLavallade, Sandy
Duncan, Alvin Epstein, Rita Gam, Rosemary Harris, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Rita Moreno and Dina
"We get calls and mail for each other all the time," continued literary agent Schulman. "At one
time we lived within three blocks of each other and had the same mailman which worked out
well," Schulman declared. "We've known each other for years so we don't mind sharing messages."
"Years ago I received a call from a major newspaper critic asking if I had directed a show that
was about to open off-Broadway saying if I had directed it, he would review it. I told him I was not the
director but that I knew her and that she was good, so asked him to review it anyway. He did and I believe it
was one of Susan H.'s first important reviews. I doubt she even knows about this," recalled the press
"I receive scripts all the time for the literary agent and pass them along to her"
There was also that dinner date phone call.
Upon returning home press agent Schulman checked her answering machine and heard an
unknown male voice say that his flight was delayed, so he'd be an hour late for dinner.
The press agent called the other two Schulmans, leaving messages on their machines --- If you have a dinner date,
he's going to be an hour late.
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CELEBRITIES SWINGING IN BOB
Last Wednesday night the delightful Anderson Cooper looked the camera in the eye and straight
faced told the CNN audience that he was filling in because Aaron Brown was on
Yeah, sure. Some assignment. Playing golf in the Bob Hope Classic.
Brown, one of our favorites, is CNN's lead anchor during breaking news and special events,
also serving as anchor of News Night - when he's not "on assignment." He covered the State of
the Union address, then hopped a midnight flight arriving about 4.a.m. at the tournament where
he had an opening round tee off time of 9:24 a.m.
Brown wasn't the only
boldface name at the Bob Hope
Even-tempered Don Cheadle turns to
Other high-profilers included;
that "it ain't over 'til it's over" guy and great catcher for the New York Yankees and two
time Grammy winner Michael Bolton were there. Don Cheadle, best known for roles in
and Oceans Eleven had the other golfers complimenting his good natured disposition.
Cheadle is going to be needing that even temper. He's about to take his first stab at directing,
the Elmore Leonard story Tishomingo Blues.
Roger Clemens starting pitcher for the NY Yankees and six-time Cy Young Award winner, telling fans about his
admiration for Bob Hope, who hasn't been able to attend his own golf tournament since 2000.
Alice Cooper has Bible study on
One of the more skilled celebrity golfers, Alice Cooper, famed for his legendary on-stage
makeup and his pet snake, is a different animal at home. His wife sings in the church choir. His
17-year-old son, Dash, plays hockey and is active in church and every Wednesday the family,
which includes youngest daughter, Sonora,
participates in a Bible
study program. Cooper is thrilled that his 21-year-old daughter, Calico, is studying acting in New
York. Her father says he would like to see her have a career on Broadway.
Actor William Devane, whose acting career spans more than three decades, was hitting the ball
and Tom Dreesen,
who serves as Master of Ceremonies for the Bob Hope Classic Ball, and for 13 years toured as
the opening act for Frank Sinatra, was involved in everything.
Ken Griffey, Jr.
David James Elliott
star of the popular TV series JAG; Glenn Frey
a rock music legend who co-founded The Eagles; Ken Griffey, Jr.
center fielder for the Cincinnati Reds; Dennis Haysbert
who is currently starring in the hit series 24 as the embattled President
David Palmer; Randy Johnson a member of the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona
Diamondbacks; Joe Kernen one of the most familiar faces in TV's coverage of Wall Street -
all had a ball.
Versatile character actor Richard Kind,
perhaps best known for playing Paul Lassiter on the long-running
sit-com Spin City, was having a good time. Aaron Lewis, lead singer of the rock
group Staind, eagled his first
hole of the tournament and birdied the second.
Also swinging that golf club around were Rush Limbaugh, who is heard daily by more than 20
million radio listeners. Wearing a raspberry colored beret, A. J. McLean, bass guitar and piano
player for Backstreet Boys, graciously signed autographs for fans. Dave Mirra considered the
world's finest BMX bike racer and Trevor
Penick a member of O-Town musical group were eager players. Academy Award winner Joe
Pesci was telling participants that he hopes Gangs of New York wins Martin Scorsese an
Academy Award for best director.
Also in the tournament were veteran television anchor Maury
Povich, who was mad at himself for waiting this long to participate in the tourney. Darius
before launching his successful solo singing career, was lead singer of the
Hootie & the Blowfish, had a great time.
Kevin Sorbo was raised on Bob Hope
Kevin Sorbo, most famous as the star of the long-running Hercules series, now stars as
Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda. He told the crowd he was raised on Bob Hope movies
television specials, so playing in the tournament had extra special meaning.
elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in
1998 was in good form and entertainer Andy Williams, who has turned the Bob Hope
Classic into a regular stop, made this his 29th classic.
The 44th annual Bob Hope
Chrysler Classic continues through February 2 at the Indian Wells Country Club, Bermuda Dunes
Country Club, La Quinta Country Clubs and Palmer Private Course at PGA West. The $4.5
million purse pays out $810,000 for first place.
Defending champion is Phil Mickelson.
The Bob Hope Golf Classic
distributes its net proceeds to the Eisenhower Medical Center and forty deserving charities in the
California Coachella Valley once each year, usually in November or December. Over $37
million has been distributed since 1960.
HAPPY YEAR OF THE SHEEP, BLACK OR OTHERWISE
This week-end ushers in the Year of the Goat - which is suppose to bring a year when people stay
closer to home.
Flower Drum Song would like people to stay closer to the theater - theirs in particular -
and are offering a special New Year celebratory offer to see the production for up to 45% off.
Celebrations continue around the country. In New York City the 2003 Asian Lunar New Year
Festival at Columbus Park features Jose Llana, who stars as Ta in Flower Drum Song, singing the
Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful.
The Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2600BC,
when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. Like the Western calendar,
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a yearly one, with the start of the lunar year being based on the
cycles of the moon. A complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five cycles of 12 years
Each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha summoned all the
animals to come to him before he departed from earth. Only twelve came to bid
him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The
Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on
personality, saying: "This is the animal that hides in your heart."
Those born in the year of the sheep - 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, and 2003 are thought
to be a contented lot, happy with their creature comforts around them, wise and
compassionate, especially gifted in the arts and reputedly tasteful.
Charming, elegant and artistic, sheep are often envied for their
On the other hand, it's also believed that sheep can be great worriers, often getting off on the wrong foot with people and having a
generally pessimistic outlook on life. This often leaves sheep feeling puzzled and even timid but despite their tendency towards shyness,
sheep often find themselves the center of attention.
Those born under the sign of the sheep frequently throw themselves passionately into what they do and what they believe in. Many
sheep, as it happens, are deeply religious and spiritual. This doesn't, however, curb their materialistic tendencies and they cling
to their loved possessions tightly.
Financially, sheep are volatile but always manage to get by. Sheep never seem to worry about having the best in life as their abilities
and artistic flare bring them the success they need in their chosen career.
Those born under the sign of the sheep do not so much dream as imagine, appreciating the written word, peace and beauty. Sheep are
gentle and caring, and are strongly family orientated and the Chinese think of them as the harbingers of peace. They are pacifists by nature
unless fighting to end conflict.
Famous people born in the Year Of The Sheep: Gene Hackman, Mikhail Gorbachev, Leonard
Nimoy, Prunella Scales, John Major, and George Harrison.
THE MUSIC GOES ROUND AND
ST. LOUIS WOMAN is the
first complete recording of the 1946 Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer musical. The Decca
Broadway CD is based on the acclaimed the 1998 revival production at New York City's
City Center with a cast headed by Vanessa Williams and Charles Dutton.
As the original score has been lost for over 40 years, the entire score on this recording was
culled from a wide range of sources including the archives at The Library of Congress and
the Arlen Archives in Queens.
St. Louis Woman with a book by Arna Bontemps and Countee Cullen was based on
Bontemps' novel God Sends Sunday. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer with music by Harold Arlen. the Edward Gross production with
choreography by Charles Walters was helmed by Rouben Mamoulian. The original production
opened March 30, 1946 at the Martin Beck Theatre and ran for 113 performances.
The original cast included: Harold Nicholas, Fayard Nicholas, Pearl Bailey, Ruby Hill, Rex
Ingram, June Hawkins, Juanita Hall and Lorenzo Fuller.
The show was a flop but the songs were hits; Sweeten' Water, Any Place I Hang My Hat Is My Home, I Had Myself A True Love,
Cakewalk Your Lady, Come Rain or Come Shine, Ridin' On The Moon, all come from
St Louis Woman.
The City Center Encores! production was directed and adapted by Jack O'Brien. In addition to Williams and Dutton the cast included; L. Scott
Caldwell, Yvette Cason, Victor Trent Cook, Chuck Cooper, Helen Goldsby, Stanley Wayne
Mathis, Wendell Pierce, and Roger Robinson.
With orchestrations by Ralph
Burns and dance music orchestrations by Luther Henderson, the production was backed
by The Coffee Club Orchestra.
That group came into existence in the fall of 1989, when Garrison Keillor asked his musical director Rob Fisher to put together an ensemble for his
new show, American Radio Company. Fisher proposed a small orchestra that would be
able to play music from Morton and Ellington to Beethoven and Bernstein to rock-n-roll. The
orchestra's sound would be unlike others of its size because in addition to a brass section, rhythm
section, and four of the most accomplished woodwind "doublers," it would have a string section.
Veteran musical contractor Seymour Red Press then filled the chairs of The Coffee Club
Orchestra with some of New York's finest musicians, chosen for their breadth of experience and versatility.
Heard on the St Louis Woman CD are; Red Press, Al Regan, Lawrence Feldman, Dennis
Anderson, John Campo, Russ Rizner, Roger Wendt, John Frosk, Glenn Drewes, Kamali Adilifu,
David Bargeron, Jack Gale, John Redsecker, Thad Wheller, Joe Thalken, Grace Paradise, Jay
Berliner, Suzanne Ornstein, Belinda Whitney-Barratt, Barry Finclair, Marilyn Reynolds, Maura
Giannini, Martin Agee, Ashley Horne, Aloysia Friedmann, Ron Oakland, Xin Zhaq, Kathryn
Livolsi, Jill Jaffe, David Blinn, Mitsue Takayama, Clay Ruede, Fred Zlotkin, Jeanne LeBlanc and John
CHICAGO murder, greed,
corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery, all those things we all hold near and dear to our hearts. It's
no wonder that the movie is a hit and the sound track album topping the charts. They had it comin'.
That doesn't mean you can't still snap your girdle over the Broadway albums.
With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, the show premiered June 1, 1975
at the 46th Street Theatre hanging around for 947 sharp, dark and dazzling performances.
With an orchestra conducted by Stanley Lebowsky the performers included: Chita Rivera, Jerry
Orbach, Gwen Verdon, Mary McCarty, Barney Martin, and M. O'Haughey.
In the fall of 1995, when the enterprising City Centers Encores! series announced they were going
to stage Chicago as part of their series, the announcement was met with snickers about the show
that sings about the hand that turns the screw, turning murder into an art.
But on May 2, 1996 the show played its first of four Encores! performances. On June 23 the
campaign was begun to inform future ticket buyers that Chicago and all that jazz was headed for a double
whammy show that was so splendiferous that row after row will grow vociferous. No flim flam flummox.
Opening October 29 at the Richard Rodgers Theater, the revival razzle dazzled 'em. A recording
was waxed in 1996. Conductor Rob Fisher gave the downbeat to Joel Grey, Marcia Lewis, Ann Reinking, James
Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Berresse, John Mineo, Michael Kubala, David Sabella, John
Borstelmann, Bruce Anthony Davis, Rob Fisher and David Warren-Gibson.
Chicago The Musical a CD on RCA Victor Records. Don't have this in your collection?
WOODY GUTHRIE TRIBUTE
takes place February 5 at the Ryan in Nashville. Taking part are Rawlings, Arlo Guthrie, Marty Stuart, Janis
Ian, Guy Clark, Gillian Welch & David, Nanci Griffith, and others. Proceeds go to the Woody Guthrie
Foundation/Archives in New York, an outfit run by Woody's daughter, Nora
THE TIGER WOODS FOUNDATION
will have Bon Jovi as the headliner at the Tiger Jam VI which takes place April 19 at Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas. Tickets went on sale yesterday for the annual charity event which benefits Las Vegas and
Los Angeles charities.
AMFAR honors Vogue's
Anna Wintour and Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels tomorrow night,
February 3, in
City. The designer crowd expected to attend include; Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren,
Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, Harvey Weinstein, Natasha Richardson and Sharon
FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE
LUNE find out what happens behind the "imaginary curtain" as
Broadway's best actors - Rosie Perez, Joe Pantoliano - directors, playwrights and choreographers
their experiences. Sunday, February 9 sponsored by the 92nd Street Y at Buttenwieser Hall.
JANIS IAN: A MASTER CLASS IN ARTISTRY
is part of
15th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference taking place February
6-9 at the Nashville Convention Center and the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
Founded in 1989, Folk Alliance was created to increase public awareness of the vital artistic
cultural importance of folk music and dance.
Ian has given master classes in both conventional and unconventional settings including
College, UCLA, Belmont University, the Chino Correctional Facility and the Lyons Folk
a few. Her 3-hour presentation includes live performances, musical history, philosophy, and
anecdotes based on Ian's three decades of experience as a writer, performer and
Topics covered include the fundamentals of performing, tricks of the trade, business do's
how to nurture your creativity, and answers to any and all questions that arise in the long
and answer period.
A professional singer/songwriter since the age of 14, Janis Ian has made 17 albums and had
her songs recorded by a diverse group of artists including Hugh Masakela, Bette Midler, Chet
Atkins, John Mellencamp, Roberta Flack, and Cher. In addition to her stellar career in music (9
and 3 awards to her credit), Ian also trained for a decade under noted acting and script
Adler. She also studied with Nina Foch, Jose Quintero, and Chao Shao Lin of the Peking
Opera company, as well as with Dora Krannig of the Royal Ballet.
Berklee College called Ian's class "An open-ended, free-wheeling graduate level seminar
featuring one of the best live performances we've ever seen. Bring your questions and a hearty appetite
JAZZ AND LITERARY READINGS
featuring literary readings by Arturo O'Farrell, Andy Gonzalez, Phoenix Rivera and others at the Bronx
the Arts, Feb. 5.
JULIE ANDREWS AND CAROL BURNETT
will be honored at The Museum of Television and Radio's annual black tie gala,
which will be held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, on Wednesday, February 5.
The Museum will salute Andrews and Burnett for "their outstanding and award-winning careers
on television," which include the 1962 Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall as well as two follow
A host of Burnett and Andrews' celebrity friends will be on hand to pay tribute to the legendary
Past honorees include Alan Alda, Steven Bochco, David Brinkley, James Burrows, Sid Caesar,
Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, David E. Kelley, Mary Tyler Moore,
Jack Paar, Dan Rather, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Martin Sheen, Barbara Walters and Dick Wolf.
THE 32nd ANNUAL THEATRE HALL OF FAME
CEREMONY was hosted by Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti
LuPone on January 27. The ceremony at the Gershwin Theatre was followed by dinner at
Sardi's. The 2002 inductees include actors Stockard Channing, Tammy Grimes, Frank Langella
and Jean Stapleton; playwrights Larry Gelbart and David Mamet; producer Bernard Gersten; and scenic
designer John Lee Beatty.
The Theater Hall of Fame, which honors lifetime achievement in the American Theatre, was
1971, and was the brainchild of Earl Blackwell, James M. Nederlander, Gerard Oestreicher and
Arnold Weissberger. To be eligible to be nominated for this award, the person must have a career
spanning at least 25 years on Broadway with more than five major credits to their name.
in New York celebrating the 50th anniversary of the DNA Double Helix, gets the blue blood treatment when Kitty Carlisle Hart
hosts a cocktail reception at her residence with remarks by Dr. James D. Watson, KBE. In the fall of 1951,
Watson, 23, and Francis Crick, 35, began using molecular biology to build three-dimensional models of possible
DNA structures at Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge in England.
Eighteen months later Watson and Crick discovered the double helix configuration.
Watson, Crick and Maurice Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 for
their roles in the discovery. Since the 123 people in the United States have been freed by post-conviction
CARSON has donated $500,000 to the Nebraska Cultural
Endowment. The money will be used to support the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Humanities Council.
The councils fund guest speakers, artists and educational exhibits throughout the state. Carson's gift is
the single largest cash contribution to the endowment's $5 million fund-raising campaign, which has
raised about half its goal.
THE BOULDER, COLORADO PHILHARMONIC has received a concert grant from the Nevada-based Oakmead Foundation, which was created by
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Lon Israel and his wife, Mary. The outreach grant will underwrite the
orchestra's sale of 750 tickets in prime seating areas at half-price to music students at three Boulder high schools and
their families. The tickets will be available for the philharmonic's February 21 and 22 concerts with
famed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM by August Wilson - despite numerous problems,
including the hospitalization of two production members - officially opens a 23-Week
Limited Engagement at Broadway's Royale Theatre on February 6. The opening night cast party
follows at the Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom.
Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton, reprising his 1985 Tony-nominated performance, head
the cast, directed by Tony Award nominee Marion McClinton.
The production also stars Louis Zorich (Sturdyvant), with Thomas Jefferson Byrd (Toledo), Tony
Cucci (Policeman), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Slow Drag), Anthony Mackie (Sylvester), Heather Alicia Simms (Dussie
Mae) and Joseph Siravo (Irvin) and Carl Gordon (Cutler), whose understudy is Helmar Augustus Cooper. Several previews
performances were canceled after Gordon was rushed to the emergency room on doctor's orders after experiencing severe leg
pain and hospitalized with a blood clot in his leg. Then director McClinton was hospitalized
with a stomach virus.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which was Wilson's first major play, takes place over a single
day in 1927, in a Chicago recording studio. Singer Ma Rainey (Goldberg) has taken some time off
from touring to record several songs for a record company with whom she had previously recorded with
Levee (Dutton), the band's talented and temperamental trumpet player, wants to move beyond his
role as Ma Rainey's backup and aspires to have his own band someday, while facing the obstacles of
developing black music in the white recording industry.
The story follows the band's attempts to successfully complete the recording session, despite
interpersonal conflicts within the band, Ma Rainey's trouble with the law, and power struggles
between Ma and the record company.
The production features scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Toni-Leslie James,
lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen and musical direction by Dwight
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom originally opened on Broadway at the Cort Theatre on
October 11, 1984, where it played 276 performances. It was produced by Robert Cole and Frederick Zollo.
The production received three 1985 Tony Award nominations, including a Best Featured Actor
nomination for Charles S. Dutton, who originated the role of Levee in his Broadway debut.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAMES JOYCE
presented by the Toward International Peace through the Arts (TIPA) project - presents Cherry
Jones, Swoosie Kurtz, Marian Seldes, Tammy Grimes, Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach reading from
Joyce, Yeats, Beckett and other illustrious Irish writers at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New
York City on February 7. The event is free.
FIFTH OF JULY by Lanford Wilson. On a hot
Independence Day in the late 70s, a widow puts her husband's ashes in the fridge for safekeeping,
a handsome botanist rediscovers a long-lost variety of rose, and a young girl dreams of being Betty
Grable and Marie Curie. The first play written in Wilson's celebrated Talley trilogy about the
Missouri-rooted Talley family, which also includes Talley's Folly and Talley and Son.
Fifth of July chronicles the two-day reunion of a group of 60s radicals in their small hometown of Lebanon,
Missouri. These friends and lovers confront the consequences of their past choices and try to reconcile the
disappointments of lost dreams with renewed hope for the future.
Obie Award winner
Jo Bonney directs an ensemble of eight including Jessalyn Gilsig, Michael Gladis, David Harbour, Robert Sean
Leonard, Sarah Lord, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Pamela Payton-Wright, and Parker Posey.
Designers are Richard Hoover (set); Ann Hould-Ward (costumes); James Vermeulen (lights);
John Gromada (original music and sound); J. Steven White (fight direction).
Performances of the Signature Theatre Production continue to March 9 at the Peter Norton
DAME EDNA February 3-8
at the Palace in Louisville, Kentucky.
NONE OF THE ABOVE a
comedy by Jenny Lyn Bader receive its world premiere in New York City at New Georges March
15 through April 5.
Julie Kramer will direct.
None of the Above is set in a penthouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side. A highly-priced
S.A.T. tutor and his recalcitrant student banter like a couple of 30s movie stars. The buying and
selling of knowledge - what would happen if an S.A.T. tutor entered a morally impossible bargain.
In a society obsessed with numbers, the relationship between tutor and student raises questions
about entitlement, intelligence and pressure to succeed and the nature of risk. Trying to
standardize human beings has never been such a good idea; the world of standardized testing
offers a glimpse of what society values, what it means to be educated and to what extent learning
ROSE & WALSH by Neil
Simon is having the world premiere staged at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
David Esbjornson directs Jane Alexander, David Aaron Baker, Len Cariou and Marin
Set in the 1980's Alexander and Cariou star as the lovers, in this fictional play, inspired by
the relationship between writers Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett.
Scenic design by John Arnone. Costumes by Elizabeth Hope Clancy. Stephen Strawbridge
lighting design and Jon Gottlieb sound.
Opening night is February 5 continuing to March 9.
features 22 of ABBA's best known songs including, The Winner
Takes It All; Dancing Queen; Knowing me, Knowing You; Take a Chance On
Me; I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do; Super Trouper; and Mamma Mia.
Produced by Judy Craymer, who previously worked with ABBA's Benny Andersson, Bjorn
Ulvaeus and Tim Rice. Mamma Mia! became and instant hit in London immediately following its
opening on April 6,
1999. The show has just announced a London extension
The National Tour performs at the Civic Center of Des Moines, Iowa February
RUTHLESS, THE MUSICAL which opines
"So many lessons that I should've taught her, like, for example, to not kill her friends." Actors
Cabaret of Eugene, Oregon billed as the area's busiest theater company, presents this irreverent comedy
running through March 1.
Ruthless! with book and lyrics by Joel Paley, music by Marvin Laird parodies the classic
stories of The Bad Seed, All About Eve, Gypsy, The Women and Valley of the Dolls," said
director Joe Zingo. "The score echoes the great composers of our time and the story spirals ever outward,
ever more outrageous, to a surprise dynamic ending. This is definitely not Annie.
The cast includes; Ashley Apelzin, Amanda Fackrell, Lisa Moes, Helene Morse, Erica Jean Pierson, Sue
Schroeder-White, Margot Trieger and Maggie Tryk.
Ruthless! premiered May 6, 1992 at Players Theatre in New York and ran for 302
performances. It won the New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical in 1993.
Actors Cabaret of Eugene provides seating for a restaurant and two theaters, the Cabaret and the
Annex. The non-profit performing arts organization schedules productions, hosts comedy by The Comedy
Workout and offers drama instruction for children at ACE Youth Academy.
The twenty-fourth season at Actors Cabaret of Eugene is supported in part by a grant from the
Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is also made possible in part by a grant
from Lane Arts Council with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services.
SIXTEEN WOUNDED by Eliam Kraiem, starring Academy Award winner
Landau, has its world premiere at Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre.
Set in modern Holland, Sixteen Wounded, directed by Matthew August, traces the
unlikely friendship between an aging Jewish baker Hans (Landau) and Mahmude the young Palestinian he
takes on as his apprentice. Omar Metwally will play Mahmude with Mia Barron as Nora, Gretchen Becker
as Gretta and Ed Setrakian as Saleem.
In a time of headlines this play paints a vivid, compassionate and moving portrait of human faces
touched by conflict.
February 5-March 16 at the Long Wharf Theatre.
THE CHARLES McPHERSON QUARTET best known as the featured alto saxophonist in the Clint Eastwood film Bird, Charles
McPherson is joined by Ronnie Matthews on piano, bass player Peter Washington and drummer Lewis
Nash. February 4 - February 9 The Jazz Standard in New York City.
VINCE GILL performs Tuesday, February 4, at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. The following night it's the House of Blues
in Anaheim. On Friday he is on stage at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado.
entertaining February 7-9 at the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego, California.
CAROL'S CABARET CAVALCADE
featuring Richard Skipper as Carol Channing, hosting a bevy of cabaret performers. Musical
director is Michael Lavine. On February 4th the lineup includes; Spiritus, Anna Bergman, Trudi
Mann, Jerry Scott, Marcus Simeone and Diane Templeton. The Triad Theatre in New York
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN entertaining
February 6 at
the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California.
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA with
special guest Robert Randolph, perform February 8, at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
BILL COSBY telling stories
Saturday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida.
LYLE LOVETT opens a three
nighter Friday at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California.
KENNY RANKIN guitar and golden
tones to Feinstein's at the Regency February 4-15.
LYRICS & LYRICISTS 2003 The
Fabulous 50s. The 1950s encompassed every major development in theater and pop music of the 20th century:
Irving Berlin and Cole Porter; My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Damn Yankees, The King and I
and Gypsy. There was fluff like How Much Is that Doggy in the Window?, the
ring-a-ding sound of Sinatra and the crowning of King Elvis. Doo-wop filled the air. The fifties proved that
rock and roll was here to stay.
Concert presentations featuring well-known performers in tributes to lyricists. Songs by Irving
Berlin, Cole Porter, Elvis Presley, and others, performed by host Julius LaRosa (
See Broadway To Vegas column of August 10, 1998 )
and BJ Crosby, Louis Cleale, Valerie Wright, Eugene Fleming, Bill Daugherty,
and Jill Geddes February 8 sponsored by the 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts, NYC.
JAY LENO making people laugh
February 7 and 8 at the MGM-Grand in Las Vegas.
DANA CARVEY telling funny stories
February 7-9 Paris Hotel, Las Vegas.
ROLLING STONES roll into La
Vegas for a
February 8 performance Grand Garden Arena, MGM-Grand Hotel.
JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY his
weekly get together at the King Kong Room in Manhattan promises an extra special celebration tomorrow
night, since it's his birthday. "Last week, Grammy nominee Dave Koz sat in with Billy Stritch and I. Stephen
Schwartz sang a new original tune with John Bucchino. Fellow Aquarian Natalie Douglas shook the roof
with an impromptu Summertime with David Ernstoff on flute." Not too sure who will show up
tomorrow to watch Caruso age before their eyes, but he's promising a fantastic time. As he says, "Ain't no
cover, either." Monday nights at the King Kong Room in The Supper Club, NYC.
TONY DANZA opens a two
nighter Friday at the Andiamo Celebrity Theatre in Warren, Michigan.
FINAL OVATION; HAIL, COLUMBIA
The crew of the space ship Columbia February 1, 2003
RICK HUSBAND Commander, 45,
a U.S. Air Force colonel and test pilot. A graduate of Texas Tech University, he wanted to be an astronaut
since he was four-years-old. He leaves a wife and two children.
WILLIAM "WILLY" McCOOL
Pilot, a former Marine Corps infantryman turned U.S. Navy aviator. A native of San Diego, Calif., McCool is
married and the father of sons. His parents Barry and Dr. Audrey McCool live in Las Vegas. Both parents are
retired military. Dr. McCool, a retired Colonel, is the assistant dean of research of hotel administration
at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
KALANA CHAWLA Flight
engineer, a native of Karnal, India and a University of Texas graduate.
MICHAEL ANDERSON Mission
specialist, 43, U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, flying as Columbia's payload commander. A native of
Plattsburgh, N.Y., he was an avid sci-fi fan. Married with children.
LAUREL CLARK Medical officer
and flight surgeon, 41, Navy commander. An Iowa native, she considers Racine, Wis., to be her home town.
She leaves a husband and son.
DAVID BROWN Columbia
mission specialist, 46, Navy captain who started out as a circus acrobat. Reared in Arlington, Va., Brown graduated
from William and Mary, he studied medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and joined the
ILAN RAMON Israeli astronaut,
48, Israeli Air Force colonel and the son of a Holocaust survivor, was selected by his country to fly aboard
Columbia as his nation's first astronaut
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