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Copyright: January 6, 2002
By: Laura Deni
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A FANTASTICKS ARRIVEDERCI - TRY
The Fantasticks, the longest running musical in history, is set to close on Jan. 13 - after
almost 42 years and over 17,162
performances at the 135 seat Sullivan
The producers are hoping that as many original cast members as possible in some way take part
in this, the last week of performances.
The final show was to have been a by invitation
only curtain downer, but the public raised such a ruckus to purchase tickets that the last
performance was opened up. Ducats were snapped up in minutes.
The musical, by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, was suggested by Edmond Rostand's Les
Romanesques. Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from
their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however that their fathers are actually good
friends who've hatched a plan. It's a magical Romeo and Juliet inspired mystical love story,
which gave us Try To Remember, Metaphor, Soon It's Gonna Rain, I Can See It and
They Were You.
The Original Cast of The Fantasticks
National Public Radio's spotlight on The Fantasticks last December 13 pointed out that the
music has resonated differently since September 11.
The original production opened under the direction of Word Baker, whose name is still on the
title page, along with producer Lore Noto and co-producer Donald V. Thompson. The original
cast included Jerry Orbach as El Gallo, Rita Gardner as The Girl and Kenneth
Nelson as The Boy.
Nelson once broke his arm backstage during a performance. In pain, but a traditional theatrical
trooper, he finished the show with a broken arm and showed up the next day to participate in the
original cast recording
The show's plot is universal, and through the years productions were mounted around the
world. Its blank-stage set, company of only ten, including two musicians,
loses some of its charm in a large venue, making it most at home on school, stock and community
The show was given a 1992 Special Tony Award.
A national tour starred Las Vegas resident Robert Goulet as El Gallo, in the role created on
Broadway by Jerry Orbach.
In addition to tickets for this final week the costumes are a hot ticket.
Since it's been playing for
42 years the original outfits were
long ago turned into rags. Originally co-producer Lore Noto announced that when the show
shutters, the current duds would be donated to the Museum of the City of New York. That
piece of news didn't sit well with the buying public, either. The reaction was so overwhelming
that the hand me down donations were modified. Now, some will be given to
the Museum, while the rest will hit the E-Bay auction site up for grabs to the highest bidder.
Production officials called the Museum's interest in Fantasticks memorabilia, "a
testament to the show's enduring impact on New York." The musical's set, costumes and lighting
were all designed by Ed Wittstein.
A movie version was directed by the late Michael Ritchie and starred Oscar winner Joel Grey,
Award winner Barnard Hughes, Jean Louisa Kelly, Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block
fame and Teller of Penn and Teller.
The reviews penned up
were tepid to terrible relegating the effort to video and DVD.
Currently in the cast are Paul Blankenship (El Gallo), Jeremy Ellison Gladstone (Matt), Natasha
Harper (Luisa), William Tost (Girl's Father), Bill Weeden (Hucklebee), William Tost (Bellomy),
J.C. Hoyt (Henry), John Bundrick (Mortimer). Associate
producers are Sheldon Baron and Dorothy Olim.
FOLLOWING THAT ELVIS DREAM
He could have been collecting Social Security and listed on the Medicare payouts. The King of
Sideburns was born in 1935 and left the building in 1977 - just don't tell his fans.
Graceland presents several days of events each year surrounding the anniversary of Elvis'
January 8. The Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration 2002 began yesterday with
gathering of Elvis fan club presidents and representatives with Graceland management and special
The theme this time around was the Elvis' 1962 movie Follow That Dream.
Special guests included: Elvis' leading lady from the film, Anne Helm; twin actors Gavin Koon
Koon, who played child roles in the film; Roy C. Bennett, co-writer of many Elvis movie songs,
Angel from Follow That Dream. Also attending were country music legends The
Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie, with whom Elvis toured early in his career.
It's isn't all cake and confetti. As with previous luncheons there was a designated charity.
Birthday 2002 luncheon beneficiary was Camp Good Grief, which provides counseling and special
in support of children who have lost a significant loved one.
Down the road a piece in Cincinnati, Ohio, serious Elvis Presley followers, rock music fans and
lovers of live musical theater will be treated to a two-and-a-half hour/60-plus song musical
extravaganza that recreates the four main Elvis
eras: the Rock-a-Billy Elvis years; the Military/Movie years; the '68 Comeback Special; and the
Las Vegas Jumpsuit years.
The hoopla is titled the Elvis Birthday Tribute and features four Elvis recreators; D.J. Fontana,
Elvis' original drummer; and Ray Walker, the original bass singer of The Jordanaires, Elvis'
Back up group throughout his career
That takes place next Sunday, January 12, at the Taft Theatre.
WHAT JAM DO YOU SMEAR ON A
BABY COVERED WITH CREAM CHEESE?
Last week's column ran the first of a two-part interview with Paul Petersen, an original
Mouseketeer who was fired for conduct unbecoming a Mouse. That kick to the curb turned into
a kick into stardom when he was available to accept movies parts that led to a long term
co-starring role as Donna
Reed's son on The Donna Reed Show. The actor has enjoyed hit records and authored
numerous books, but his finest accomplishment may be his creation of A Minor Consideration,
which protects the rights of the working child. Our interview with Petersen continues.
"When kid actors are allowed to participate, they flourish," declared Petersen. "The difficulty is
that the business, as a matter of course, discards even its most talented youngsters and goes on to
In the recent past that fresh meat has been premature.
On Thursday, June 6, 1996, The Washington Post reported the alleged use of premature
month-old twins on the top-rated series ER in 1995. The babies, born two months early,
smeared with cream
cheese and(seedless raspberry) jelly and used to depict a live birth scene, according to Petersen,
who was then attempting to
get the entertainment industry to adopt a set of tougher guidelines to protect infants.
"They were still four weeks short of their due date, and they were brought in to work," he said.
The nurse caring for the infants on the set lodged a complaint with his watchdog organization, A Minor
Consideration. "If you have
any feeling whatsoever for infants, you would see that this is sick," he added.
"In theory, babies who work in the entertainment industry are well protected under California law,
but in practice they are subject to the demands of production companies working under tight schedules and
parents eager to push them into the business. Nurses and children's rights activists say that weeks-old infants
who were born prematurely-still fragile and highly susceptible to infection-are commonly used to depict
newborns, and twins
and triplets are often made to work in back-to-back shifts, resulting in up to 13 hour days on the
set," Petersen charged.
At that time productions generally provided a trailer near the set with cribs where the babies wait
parents, nurses and guardians before their scenes. The sets, strewn with cables and equipment and
the frenzied activity of shooting, are considered unsafe environments for infants.
A spokesman for ER told the Washington Post that the allegation of using
premature infants was
false. "We never knowingly used premature babies, and it is the policy of the show [executives] as
parents and producers to not use premature babies," David Strapf was quoted as saying.
The Washington Post reported that the attitude of industry professionals toward infants
often callous, reflected in a request by a production
coordinator on CBS's Chicago Hope in 1994 to sedate an infant in order to depict an
for an episode. Production workers called the 20th Century Fox medical department to see if this
The medical department immediately refused, and fired off a memo signed by Janet Fisher, the
read: "It is not advised by this department that any infant or child be sedated by any means for
purposes. There is an element of danger in sedating an infant or child at any time."
The shows involved in the instances of alleged disregard of labor laws say there was either a
or a misrepresentation of events.
Since then A Minor Consideration has accomplished enormous changes in the workplace for
"Just say the industry, thanks to our efforts - and that's Local 767 IATSE and A Minor
Consideration - has come up big time," reflected Petersen. Producers have willingly accepted
rather strict safety rules for the employment of babies. The holding area for the little ones are
really quite nice now. They are
nursing areas. It is quiet. It's separate from the set. There are cribs for each baby. There is a play
area. They have really done a good job. No more triplets huddled in a honey wagon."
As in real life the first line of defense for a child is a caring and attentive teacher. "I'm pretty
comfortable with the union teachers in California," said Petersen. "We have a small union
local called Local 884 the Studio Teachers Union. It's a part of IATSE. Unfortunately, it is a
small group. They can't cover all of the work. They are generally really very good. Because they
are a union we have a lot of leverage with them. Frankly, as a boy who grew up in this business, I
must tell you you're line of defense, first, last and always, is your studio teacher,"
emphasized Paul whose motion picture credits include the 1968 film, Journey to Shiloh
Don Stroud, Michael Sarrazin, Jan-Michael Vincent, James Caan, Paul, Michael Burns and
starring Gary Grant and Sophia Loren.
Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Paul and Mimi Gibson
who also appeared in the movies The Three Faces of Eve and The Ten
Commandments and Charles Herbert who had roles in the movies The Fly and
Please Don't Eat the Daisies.
"The trouble is the studio teacher is paid by the producer. Often the positions are based on
pocket book issues. That's a problem. It's too common that producers beg for additional
time and the child goes uncompensated. Too often teachers are asked to take the
producer's side when it comes to health and safety. Now, I am not saying that is the
rule That, of course, is the exception. But, it is only here in Southern California that we have
quality, experienced double credentialed teachers as Studio Teachers."
"Studio Teacher is a copyrighted term," he added. "And, you've got to understand that our
teachers here have not only had field experience, they are
capable of teaching kindergarten through single subject high school seniors. They are
good teachers. Because they are familiar with the industry, and more important, they
are familiar with the quixotical nature of a person's personality, they generally do a good
"But, you step out of Los Angeles county - watch out!" he cautioned. "Remember, even within
theatrical contracts teachers are not mandatory until the fourth day of shooting if you are outside
of California. Only California has the mandatory studio teacher rule.
"Of course all of these laws should be national," he said then added, "Not just national. They
should be international."
The world of the circus and carnival performer is a grueling world of constant travel.
Traditionally, the performers are born into the business and acts can trace their performance
history for generations.
"Children in the circus and carnivals need to be protected as well," said Petersen who emphasized,
"I must tell you I participated in that through The Amazing Monihans back when I was an
early teen. The circus has always done a very good job with its children in terms of the travel and
the education. They were conscious of it because they have a thousand-year tradition. That
doesn't mean the work was safe or that the children were always protected. Frankly, the circus,
over the years, has done a far better job
DONALD O'CONNOR as a performing child
Donald O'Connor agrees. The son of circus performers who graduated into vaudeville, O'Connor
was the seventh child of John Edward "Chuck" O'Connor and Effie Irene Crane O'Connor. His
mother was a bareback rider and trapeze performer and his father was a circus leaper - running
down a ramp, jump over an elephant and land on a mat. "He was a singer, a dancer, an acrobat, a
trapeze artist, a clown, a comedian, and also a strong man," O'Connor has explained. The more
you did the more you earned and so the elder O'Connor
became quite versatile. "He was 5'5" and weighed 220 pounds. He was very light on his feet,
though. He was known as the Nijinsky of acrobats. The height he could
get was incredible. "
In vaudeville they called themselves The O'Connor Family - Royal Family of
Vaudeville. "There was singing, dancing, comedy, acrobatics and barrel jumping in the act. My
father was glad I was born. With each kid the O'Connor family act made more dough. As soon as
we could walk, we went to work, adding another $25 a week to the family income."
The multi talented entertainer who spent several decades performing in Las Vegas fondly recalls
show biz youth. "I had a lot of good teachers," Donald insists. "My mother, the chorus girls, the
magicians, the acrobats. I finished up my education in studio schools."
As with other child performers Donald didn't see much of the money he had earned. While he
wanted for nothing he lived on an allowance and "whatever I could snitch from my mother's
pocketbook." His mother
was in charge of all his finances and according to Donald, "She knew nothing about business."
"The rules of the circus need to be codified," continued Petersen. "We have to know that these
children with the travel and the publicity are not exceeding the federal maximums for permissible
work. It is really easy to do that when you get on the road. Like with these touring companies
that go around with tons of kids, it's real easy to exceed the federal maximum," he
To help codify the rules into laws A Minor Consideration and The Screen Actors Guild have gone
to Washington to speak in behalf of all working children.
"This is a for real grass roots effort, and literally dozens of people are involved," stressed
"Melissa Gilbert's election is not an accident," he divulged about the former child actress being
elected to the top spot of the Screen Actors Guild. In national voting completed on Friday,
November 2, Gilbert was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, taking the position held
since November of 1999 by William
Daniels, who declined to run for another term. The former Laura Ingles of Little House on the
Prairie received 12,280 of the 27,730 ballots (45.3%) cast for President. Her opponents were
SAG National Board members Valerie Harper, who garnered 10,692 votes (39.4%), Eugene
Boggs, who received 2,553 votes (9.4%), and Angel Tompkins, who received 1,613 votes
"Melissa is a 35-year veteran in the entertainment industry, supported
by the nine percent of the membership which is under the age of 18," explained Petersen. "She
the first kid actor to be president. In fact, she is the fifth.
"I've got to say Melissa Gilbert feels that it was a baptism of fire when she came back to
Washington, D.C. with me and saw what was really going on."
In addition to control of assets, working conditions and education, health and safety are the major
concerns for Petersen and A Small Consideration. He has an
advantage position with that concern since his wife, Rana Platz-Petersen, is the business
representative for Local 767, the union that represents Motion Picture Studio First Aid
RANA and PAUL PETERSEN. She has an
advantage in getting to his ear about health and safety issues
"She is a registered nurse who has been in the studio business 29 years," continued her husband.
"In the 11 western states, Rana assigns the first aids and medics to all union productions. I
satisfied with their professionalism."
On the surface Rana's job sounds like one of those glam cushy jobs nurses dream about when
they are working the emergency room on a weekend when there is a full moon. The job reality
differs from the romantic perception.
"Rana is a graduate of Harbor College and got her college degree in nursing," explained Petersen.
"Rana's father used to go to the race track quite a bit. One of his
friends in the film industry said - You know, we use nurses in the motion picture business. Now,
nobody ever knows about this stuff, even though you see it on the credits - First Aid'"
"As it happened he made an
introduction to a guy who ran the medical department at Warner Brothers for
30 years." Rana made a favorable impression and according to her spouse "she's never stopped
"All of the major studios have medical departments. They have an on site medical department,
always staffed by registered nurses," continued Petersen. "But, Hollywood doesn't live in the
studio any more. It goes everywhere. So, Rana's task is to assign the medic and first aid people
for union movies that shoot all over the world.
"It is a big job. And, God bless her, I think she has experienced by percentages the biggest
growth in the past 10 years of all the IATSE locals and there are a couple hundred of them. She
has the most remarkable, diverse membership and they are very active in maintaining the highest
professional standards. Nobody gets in unless they have two years experience in the field and have
"Remember there are only three people on the set who even have to have a high school diploma,"
Petersen cautioned. "And only three people on the set who have to carry state credentials. That is
the teacher, the first aid person, whether as an EMT or as a registered nurse, and the special
man who has to have a state credential if he works with explosives. There are no scholastic or
character qualification to be a director, or a writer, or a performer, or any of the other tasks on a
sound stage or in a studio, with the exception of the three positions that I mentioned."
"So, it's a very professional group of people. And, the truth of the matter is,
Hollywood is now and forever has been a rather dangerous place. In the past 12 months we have
killed seven crewmen, just here in Southern California. That is a lot because there is not the
commitment to safety in these fly by night production companies that are formed to do the movie
and then disband as there is at say a General Electric Plant. It is a different mind set. If you go to
any major construction site - tall building, freeway, bridge repair - every Monday morning there
is what we call the Tool Talk. The person who is responsible for the crew sits them all down
and reminds them that safety is the first concern."
"Both Rona and I are safety
experts certified by the World Safety Organization and the Institute of Health and Safety
Management. In fact, I am a UN delegate for the World Safety Organization," reported Petersen.
"These are the three
big issues in our house; health, safety and children's rights. We are focused on those three issues
and we are making progress."
Another sore spot for Petersen and A Minor Consideration involves the world of sports.
engaged in so many professional pursuits. We have children endorsing skate board products
surfboards, creating computer games, all this stuff. That is all generally part of the entertainment
business and sports."
"We helped create the steering committee that the United States Olympic Committee finally
They were sickened when they actually did the tests on the seven girls that comprised our
gymnastic team. What they discovered is that all seven had advanced osteoporosis, all seven had
amenorrhea, and all seven had one variety or another of an eating disorder. Now, that's just
wrong," he somberly stated.
"It's so easy to change, simply by lifting the age that a person can qualify for international
competition. Tennis has managed to do it, even though they haven't gone far enough. There has
to be outright prohibition against this type of exploitation and abuse."
"Parents who think I am only
talking about the kids in show business or just those few, privileged youngsters, ought to go to a
Little League game on a Saturday afternoon. They ought to go to a High School football game-
watch exploitation and abuse.That's the stuff we have to stop. There it is right in your own back
yard," said an annoyed Petersen.
Violence in youth sports is also currently on the front pages and carried live on television.
A man accused of beating another father to death during their son's hockey practice is currently
on trial in a case that has become a national symbol of parental violence at youth sporting
Thomas Junta, 42, is charged with manslaughter in the July 5, 2000 death of Michael Costin, 40,
who was supervising practice at a community rink in Reading, PA.
Prosecutors say Junta became enraged when he saw body-checking in what was supposed
to be a non-contact scrimmage. The two men argued on the ice, brawled in a hallway, and later
According to Junta's lawyer, Junta saw his son get checked and struck in the nose by an elbow.
complained, urging Costin to control the checking. Costin, the attorney says, skated over to Junta
snapped, "That's what hockey is all about!"
Prosecutors say that in front of then 10 year old ice hockey players the 6-foot-1, 275-pound Junta
pinned down the 150-pound Costin and banged his head against the floor until the other man lost
consciousness. He died two days later, drawing attention to a growing number of cases of
parental rage at youth sporting events.
Violence among parents and coaches has worsened over the last decade, according to the
National Alliance for Youth Sports, a nonprofit organization in West Palm Beach, Fla.
``You have to have the maturity to deal with the emotions of having your child involved in sports,
but unfortunately we have some parents on the sidelines screaming and yelling,'' alliance president
Fred Engh stated shortly before jury selection began.
Potential jurors were asked if their children played on sports teams
and if they had ever witnessed a fight between parents.
The young sons of both the deceased and the accused are being called to testify. In addition the
prosecutor's list of potential witnesses include nine other children who witnessed the fight. Their
currently range from 11 to 15.
Junta faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.
entertainment industry at the highest levels support our work," added Petersen. "I'm, talking
about Mr. Nick Counter who is the president of the AMPTP - the Alliance of Motion Picture and
Television Producers. I'm talking about Mr Jack Valenti the
head of the Motion Picture Association. Steve Speilberg, Ron Howard, Michael Eisner - they
work we are doing. They take great pride in this progress. They want the children
Nobody likes to read a story about Dana Plato, Nobody likes that," Petersen softly
Best known as Kimberly Drummond, the older sister on TV's Diff'rent Strokes, Plato had
appeared in over 100 TV commercials as a child, including KFC, Arco and Dole bananas. Then
the television series was canceled and her life went into a downward spiral.
She moved to Las
Vegas where she was reduced to working in a dry cleaners when she was he was arrested for the
armed robbery of a Las Vegas video store. She had used a pellet gun and snagged $164.
The charge was armed robbery and she was later sentenced to five years probation. Her need for
rent money was real, but it was also a cry for help.
WAYNE NEWTON, who started performing as a
child, posted bail for Plato. Photo By: Laura Deni
Coming forward was Wayne Newton. Known as Mr. Las Vegas, the entertainer who started
playing the steel guitar at the age of four and was paid $5.00 for his first professional singing
engagement at the age of six, posted Plato's $13,000 bail. That may have gotten her out of jail but
it didn't release her from her personal
Later she was arrested for forging Valium
prescriptions. Cited for parole violation, she served 30 days in jail. In 1993, she spent a month in a
drug and alcohol rehab center in Las Vegas - one of several times she went into rehab.
She was found dead in Oklahoma. The state's medical examiner ruled she had committed suicide
with an overdose of painkillers and muscle relaxants. Plato, 34, apparently took the painkiller
Lortab along with Valium while visiting the home of her fiance's parents.
who worked with her and knew at that time there was trouble had nobody to call in that era,"
continued Petersen. "Well,
now they do - A Minor Consideration. We are for real. We deliver on our promise and we
always show up."
"So here is this is wonderful blend of circumstances. The very famous kids who make up the
membership of A Minor Consideration, that's about 600 former kids stars of every age. We have
taken on this fight. And, because of our continuing celebrity, we have access and because
some of us have been able to achieve positions of authority, we're going to make this
So far at six times up to the plate, no legislature has ever voted against us. Every law we have
passed has been passed unanimously and promptly signed by the governor. I expect the very
same thing in Washington, D.C. I expect to the vote to be 435 to nothing in the house and 100 to
nothing in the Senate. And, I expect President Bush to sign our bill at once.
The website for A Minor Consideration can be visited at http://www.minorcon.org/
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THE HOLLYGROVE CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES
MARILYN MONROE called the place
is the beneficiary of a performance by Renee Taylor in her one-woman
Golda Meir, directed by husband Joe Bologna. The Hollygrove facility is where the child
lived from 1935-37, placed there by her mother. Norma Jean, of course, grew up to become
Founded as the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society, Hollygrove is the oldest nonsectarian home
for children in Southern California. Since its inception in 1880, Hollygrove has cared for more than
15,000 children. The early years were dedicated to serving orphaned children. Due to changing
community needs in the 1950's, the organization shifted its focus to care for abused and neglected children, and
changed the name to Hollygrove in 1952. Their mission is to provide abused and neglected children a safe and
nurturing environment where each child can heal and develop emotionally, intellectually,
spiritually and physically.
Jan. 11-12 at the Strasburg Theatre
PUBLIC THEATRE AND SHAKESPEARE IN CENTRAL
PARK has the one and only Elaine Stritch performing her incredibly successful
one-woman show, Elaine Stritch - At Liberty on Jan. 9. The benefit tickets are $1,000 for
a priority seat
and $500 for a patron seat with champagne at intermission and a reception with Elaine following.
FROM SUNDANCE TO MIDTOWN
NEW YORK - FESTIVALS FLOURISH
The Sundance Film Festival opens Thursday with a film based on a Broadway production as it's
During its 11
days, the Sundance Film Festival will include screenings of 113 feature-length films and 60 works
of shorter lengths "marked by unusual work that is not formulaic nor generic," according to Geoffrey
Gilmore, the festival's co-director and director of film programming, "(These are) films that are beyond quirky
and really push the limits, redefining what independent film is all about."
The focal point of Thursday night's Opening Night Premiere festivities will be The Laramie
Project, a drama based on Moises Kaufman's stage play about the killing of Wyoming college student
The 2002 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 10-20 in a variety of locations in Park City and Salt
Lake City, as well as Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden and the Sundance resort in Provo Canyon.
Third Annual New York City Midtown International Theatre Festival this coming summer has a
February 15 application deadline.
According to their press reps after several months of checking out more venues in the city than
they ever knew existed, the Midtown International Theatre Festival has signed up with
Raw Space to present
their third annual showcase of theatrical works.
Held from July 7th to August 4th in NYC the Third Annual Midtown
International Theatre Festival will be focusing on the new musical - although
works of all types are welcome. "I've always had a soft spot for musicals,"
confesses John Chatterton, the Fest's executive producer. "And I wanted to
mount a showcase for them. Of course, the MITF won't only be about musicals;
we welcome everything from Shakespeare to Shaw, from comedy to satire - and
everything in between, both new and classical"
"Our goal is to
stage 20 productions this year, up from an even dozen in summer 2001,"
Chatterton noted. "Of course, that all depends on the type of product we
receive, so please - send us your scripts!"
Anyone interested in applying to the MITF needs to download an application
form at www.oobr.com. or call 212-242-1648.
GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
The Grammy Awards, which viewers of the televised awards might assume are heavily weighted
towards everything except Broadway, actually bestow awards in 101 categories and has a Best
Musical Show Album category. There are also several Broadway and cabaret performers
nominated in other divisions. We congratulate
The nominations for the 2002 Grammy Awards related to Broadway or Cabaret performers
BEST MUSICAL SHOW ALBUM
THE PRODUCERS on
Classical label. Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks. Hugh Fordin producer.
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL on
the Decca Broadway label. Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Phil Ramone
MAMMA MIA! on
Decca Broadway. Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Nicholas Gilpin and Martin
THE FULL MONTY on
and lyrics by David Yazbek Billy Straus. David Yazbek and Ted Sperling producers.
SWEENEY TODD: LIVE AT THE NEW YORK
PHILHARMONIC the concert cast album on the New
York Philharmonic Special Editions label. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Tommy
Krasker and Lawrence L. Rock producers.
TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
Connick made his first attempt at Broadway this
HARRY CONNICK, JR. Songs I Heard
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN Romance On Film, Romance On Broadway
Stars and the Moon: Live At the Donmar
ROSEMARY CLOONEY Sentimental Journey: The Girl Singer and Her New Big
KEELY SMITH Keely Sings Sinatra
SPOKEN WORD ALBUM FOR CHILDREN
VANESSA REDGRAVE & STEPHEN
FRY Oscar Wilde: The Selfish Giant & The Nightingale and the
TIM CURRY A
Series of Unfortunate Events--Book 1: The Bad Beginning (Lemony Snicket)
COREY BURTON NARRATOR WITH
VARIOUS ARTISTS Dr. Seuss--How the
Grinch Stole Christmas! (CD Read-Along)
Mama Don't Allow
WESTHEIMER Timeless Tales and Music of Our Time
SPOKEN WORD ALBUM
Quincy: book to album
QUINCY JONES Q: The Autobiography of Quincy
CARTER An Hour Before Daylight
Lake Wobegon Summer 1956
CARL REINER Letters from the
Earth--Uncensored Writings by Mark Twain
ARTISTS War Letters--Extraordinary
Correspondence from American Wars
SPOKEN COMEDY ALBUM
THEATRE The Bride of
CHO I'm the One That I Want
ROMANO Live at Carnegie Hall
GEORGE CARLIN Napalm & Sillyputty
ADELE GIVENS, SOMMORE & MO'NIQUE
The Queens of
POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
Bennett album contains nominated song
TONY BENNETT & BILLY JOEL New York State of Mind a remake of Joel's 1976 hit which
gives the 75 year old Bennett his 20th Grammy nomination.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA, LIL' KIM, MYA &
PINK Lady Marmalade
RICKY MARTIN WITH CHRISTINA
AGUILEA Nobody Wants To Be Lonely/
BRIAN McKNIGHT & JUSTIN
TIMBERLAKE My Kind of Girl
SHAGGY FEATURING RICARDO "RIKROK"
DUCENT It Wasn't Me
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards will originate from
the Staples Center in Los Angeles, broadcast live on
CBS on Feb. 27.
A VERY SPECIAL
EVENING WITH MARIAN
SELDES presented by
The Acting Company,
America's only nationally touring, classic repertory
theater, continues its popular
Salon Series with this one-night-only benefit
performance-- the second of five readings in the
2001-2002 Salon Series -- will take place
Monday, January 14
at The Salon, NYC.
MARIAN SELDES Photo by: Laura
The reading will
be followed by a special reception with Ms. Seldes, one
of the theater's most celebrated
In A Very Special Evening With Marian Seldes, the
Tony, Drama Desk, and
Obie Award-winning actress will weave stories of her
remarkable career in the
theater with readings from some her most memorable
roles. Ms. Seldes, a
Board Member of The Acting Company, offers this
evening as a special event
commemorating the Company's 30th
The Acting Company's Salon Series offers theatergoers
a unique opportunity to
hear captivating, rarely-produced classic plays,
performed by a cast
comprised of New York's most sought-after stage stars.
Each reading is
followed by a reception during which audience members
can interact with the
cast and director over hors d'oeuvres, wine, and
Other presentations in The Acting Company's
2001-2002 Salon Series
include George Bernard Shaw's The
Millionairess on February 11 and Noel
Coward's Relative Values, featuring
Tony-winning actor Richard Easton on March
11. The Salon Series presents its season finale on
April 8 with James M. Barrie's What Every Woman
Knows, directed by
Christopher Ashley and starring J.
The Acting Company, now celebrating its 30th year,
was founded in 1972 by
current Producing Director Margot Harley and the late
John Houseman out of
the first graduating class of the Juilliard School. The
company has a dual
mission: to support the work of the country's best young
actors and to bring
theater to under-served communities nationwide. The
company has produced 77
plays, including 20 by Shakespeare. Its 300 members
include Kevin Kline,
Lisa Banes, Patti LuPone, Keith David, David Ogden
Stiers, Jeffrey Wright,
Derek Smith, Frances Conroy, and Jesse L. Martin. In
recognition of its
consistent level of excellence, The Acting Company has
received several Tony
Award nominations and won Obie, Audelco, and Los
Angeles Drama Critics
The Salon Series is made possible through the generous
support of The
Florence Gould Foundation.
ENTERTAINMENT AND CRIMINAL
GENIUS by Canadian playwright George
F. Walker ( See Broadway
To Vegas column of February 1, 1999 )
from his Suburban Motel cycle, which
Walker is adapting as a television series.
The one-acts share the same blandly neutral setting, a
run-down motel where the customers seem as
random as the road. Adult Entertainment follows
two cops on a downward spiral of
corruption, drunkenness, violence and betrayal. Equally
bottom-feeding, Criminal Genius
introduces us to a group of petty criminals whose
best-laid plans for burning down a local
restaurant go horribly awry. As they lurch from hilarity
to heartbreak, these shocking slices of
motel life question concepts of morality, security and
love. Directing the duo is Bosnian-born
Zeljko Djukic, a former teacher at Belgrade's Drama Art
School, who makes his Chicago
directorial debut. This Chicago premiere is presented by
the Ulysses Theatre Company through
BLUES the 1985
Tony Award winner for
best play by Neil Simon opens January 11 at the
Pasadena Playhouse. When Eugene Jerome
enlists in the US Army during WWII, he has three goals - to lose his
virginity, to stay alive and to become a
successful writer. To win these wars, he must first learn more
about the rules of engagement, tackle the
bonds of friendship, and struggle with the rigorous training and
abuse of his overpowering drill sergeant.
training as Eugene awkwardly enters manhood. Join us
as we laugh and remember a time of
and purpose. Neil Simon's autobiographical play is a
loving and moving tribute to the men who
protect our country. Runs nightly except Mondays.
through February 24.
is a delightful person whom we have
enjoyed forever as a singer - her career has
spanned an amazing five
In addition to singing we were
impressed by her performance on Broadway in
Blood Brothers and
her national tour as Norma Desmond.
And, it's always fun to watch her
performance with Fred Astaire in Finian's Rainbow.
multi-talented lass headlines the Richard
& Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA on
Jan. 11 with special guest
Petula is also scheduling her next
cross country tour.
ELTON JOHN AND
kick off their new tour next Sunday at the MCI Center
in Washington, D.C.
AEROSMITH that's bassist Tom
drummer Joey Kramer, singer Steven Tyler and
guitarists Brad Whitford and Joe Perry return to
Salt Lake City for a show in the Delta Center on Monday, Jan.
MANILOW has a
three night engagement beginning Thursday at the Palace Theatre in
BRIAN ADAMS performs Thursday at
the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida. Then on
Saturday the entertainer is center stage at the
Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City,
headlining at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland on
THE BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM
will delight the crowds Sunday in Austin, Texas at the
Frank Erwin Center.
BOBBY VINTON stars at the
Performing Arts Center in Topeka, Kansas on
BOOSLER will be
the folks laugh Saturday at the Elsinore Theatre in
headline at the
Red Lion Inn and Casino in Elko, Nevada on
Saturday in Kansas City at the Ameristar Hotel and
TONY ORLANDO performs
at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in
JERRY SEINFELD up front at the
Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida on Friday. The
following night the laugh getter is center
stage at the Moran Theatre in Jackonsville,
entertains Tuesday in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in
Newark. On Thursday the city is
Pittsburgh, PA in the Benedum Center. On Friday he is
on stage in Toronto, ON at the Massey Hall. He closes out the week Saturday in Detroit, MI at
the Fox Theatre.
B.J. THOMAS does a two nighter
Friday and Saturday at Bally's Casino in Robinsonville,
performs on Saturday at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry,
AHMAD JAMAL on Friday is behind
the microphone in Orchestra Hall in Chicago,
TIM CONWAY AND
HARVEY KORMAN in their Together Again Show at
the Sundome Center in Sun City West,
WHITING is an in
studio guest on
David Kenney's Everything Old Is New Again,
interactive radio show which airs next
Sunday. The two
hour focus will be on Whiting's music, career and life.
Everything Old Is New Again
can be heard every Sunday 9-11 PM(EST) over WBAI
99.5 FM and on the Internet at:
HAD YOUR MORNING CUP OF APPLE?Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the
SHIRLEY TEMPLE received
135,000 presents for her 8th birthday.
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