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Copyright: July 21, 2002
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By: Laura Deni
HYPE TARNISHES MISS
Lately there has been entirely too much hype regarding mounting the Jerry Herman musical
Miss Spectacular in Las Vegas. The printed commentary explained that audiences in
York are too sophisticated and jaded for this show, while the Las Vegas rubes will like
We take exception.
Audiences in New York are not jaded. They are the most wonderful audiences you can
hope ever enter your theatre. Over 50 percent of the show goers are from outside of the tri-state
area. What is jaded are a couple of powerful critics.
Vegas has the toughest audiences in the world - because they are distracted. There is too
much to command their attention. Think gambling. By the time this show could get mounted
numerous hotels will have opened up high roller
rooms where the minimum play will be a half million dollars at minimum bets of $5,000. That's
the new direction many hotels hope the industry takes. We
don't foresee those gamblers feeling that a good perk is a comp ticket to see Miss
Not one potential tourist is going to say - Let's pack up the kids and
go to Vegas, so we can see a show that is playing there, because everyone involved with it says it
wasn't good enough to ever open in New York. Nor do people see a show in Las Vegas because
heard it has a good score.
Nevada may be forced to be the dumping ground for nuclear waste but for those involved in
theatre projects who think they can drop off anything in Las Vegas and turn it into a profit - think
again. How much of a tax write off do you guys need? It isn't - if you built it they will come. It's - what
if you rent a room and nobody purchases a ticket?
Miss Spectacular is about a
star-struck Kansas girl named Sarah Jane Hotchkiss who has fantasies about being a glamorous
Vegas showgirl, and comes to Nevada to compete in a contest hoping to become Miss
It's been decades since naive girls came to Las Vegas wanting to be showgirls. The days of every
hotel having a line of chorus girls ended in the 1970's. Even when that dream was floating around,
most showgirls were girlfriends of casino bosses or hoping to land a wealthy husband. A couple
did - Barbara Marx is now the widow Sinatra, Claudine Longet married Andy
Williams and then became an ex-con. Valerie Perrine didn't marry well, but her acting career is
steady. That is an exception. When did you ever hear an acting instructor suggest that thespians
use Las Vegas as a launch pad to a serious acting career?
Las Vegas is not the end of the rainbow for women.
As for Miss Spectacular, if you are capitalizing on a mystique then you play to the crowd
that still believes in the dream.
Branson, Missouri would be ideal because Branson is what Las Vegas was 40 years ago, just
minus the gambling and drunks.
Jerry Herman is already represented in Las Vegas at Bally's Hotel with Donn
Arden's magnificent Jubilee! production show.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Arden's lavish, not to be missed, stage spectacular.
There's A-1 tune-crooning,
million-dollar sets, and the most glitter this side of Hollywood with costumes by Bob Mackie.
there's the Jubilee! dancers - voted Best Showgirls in numerous polls. It's a trip back in
The $3 million 15 minute opening is based on Jerry Herman's Hundreds of Girls number
features 74 performers in brand new Bob Mackie costumes including extravagant new feathered
headdresses and costumes. Costume designer Pete Menefee said the showgirl's new outfits reflect
elegance. "This is a sophisticated show and we want our showgirls to reflect refinement, dignity
excitement," he said. "So we're using beautiful, brightly colored ostrich features, embroidery,
and long gloves."
The seventy-five cast members appear on stage during the opening. The total regular cast
numbers 94 and
specialty performers bring the total to more than 100.
This is the one of only two big budget shows in Las Vegas that are throw backs to the days
when a small town girl might have had a reason to dream about wearing the costumes and gliding
down those stairs - with hopes of a tuxedo clad, handsome and wealthy stagedoor Johnny
waiting in her dressing room.
Not any more. The shows are different and so are the customers.
Today's Las Vegas "showgirls" are adept enough at pole dancing to keep rope burns to a
When Herman thought Miss Spectacular was going to open in a new theatre at the
he viewed and
expressed his opinions of Las Vegas casinos through promises etched in rose tinted
At this point Miss Spectacular is not signed to open anywhere. All of the headlines
and hype are based upon somebody talking to somebody else. Wanting to work on a project and
actually opening a show is the difference between the beginning and the end. Too much
premature hype can be counter-productive.
Turning the ratchet up on the most recent Miss Spectacular rumor mill is Michael Riedel
of the New York Post. He is a skilled entertainment reporter, who also does an excellent
co-hosting a weekly television program called Theatre Talk, which deserves to be aired on a
national cable channel.
He flew to Las Vegas to catch Tommy Tune open in EFX at the MGM-Grand. Riedel
blasted both the city and the show, writing that Tune should dump the show and the town and get
back to New York when he belonged.
Now it is Riedel that not only floated the rumors but admonished his many readers to remember
that this was his idea - that Tune should direct and choreograph Miss Spectacular for Las
Vegas. As it is
now, the flimsy plot outline for Miss Spectacular makes EFX look like
The important Playbill on Line, which also promotes Riedel's Theatre Talk show,
jumped on the story and has been playing it up almost on a daily basis. They even headlined;
"Producers Kenneth Greenblatt and Ben Sprecher have a deal with composer-lyricist Jerry
Herman to mount Miss Spectacular a lavish Las Vegas-set musical comedy and are in serious
discussions with Tommy Tune to direct and choreograph, a Sprecher spokesman
We actually hope the production finally gets off the ground and succeeds - just don't mount it
first in Vegas.
Shows that are/were runaway hits in New York have a tough time making it in Las
Vegas. Blue Man Group is the exception and it took them time to build an audience. They
worked up the success of the show in several other cities before opening in Glitter Gulch. Had
they opened in Sin City first they would have closed before the first case of make-up was
Jerry Herman of Hello Dolly! and Mame fame
Steve Wynn first had the Miss Spectacular concept and threw the project out to
composers in a lottery. (See the Cy Coleman section of Broadway To Vegas December 12,
1999) Apparently, Herman drew the long straw and won the job.
Concepts and ownership's changed and the project was off the books long before Herman and his
group finally admitted to themselves that the show was spiked. Herman now owns the show
We've interviewed Herman and been a fan of his since he was on the
Ed Sullivan Show playing the piano. Milk and Honey was a personal favorite. He is a
brilliant, emotional composer - therefore he is vulnerable.
He's put his all into writing the music
and lyrics for Miss Spectacular.
At age 70 Herman is feeling fine, but he has survived some serious health battles. Miss
Spectacular may be Herman's last major effort. He doesn't deserve run-it-up-the-flag pole
publicity hype in an effort to see who salutes - if the game plan is to originate
Miss Spectacular in Las Vegas. If you open in Vegas first you'll end his career
with a failure.
The CD, which Herman paid to have recorded, is wonderful. At another point in time the CD by
itself would have topped the charts. As
the poets wrote;"Of all sad words of tongue or pen the saddest are these, it might
HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU LEAD ROY
ROGERS MUSEUM TO BRANSON
Roy Rogers, Trigger and Dale Evans
The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans
Museum, which has attracted thousands of visitors to its site next to Interstate 15 - between Nevada and California
- for 26 years, will eventually close and the exhibits moved to Branson, Mo.
Press reports implied that the museum was about to shutter, with one paper printing that they
didn't know if the place was still open but that the phones were still working.
Indeed they are.
Broadway To Vegas spoke with Roy and Dale's daughter-in-law Linda Rogers, about the family
and the status of the museum.
"This museum in California will be open until about February or March of next year," emphasized
Linda, who is the wife of Roy "Dusty" Rogers, Jr. "We have a
piece of property in Branson. We are working with a developer to build exactly what we need.
We will stay open here until
the new facility is ready. Our down time will be only about three or four weeks while everything is
moved to Branson. We are moving everything - Trigger, Buttercup, Nelliebelle. We are
doing a lot of business right now, but it is really crucial for
people to realize that we are still open," stressed Linda.
"There are two sides to the move," she continued. "One is sad because we have lived here a long
time and have many friends. But, it is lovely to have something positive to work toward," she said
of Branson, a city of 6,000 in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, which draws almost
eight million visitors annually to its 49 theaters, 12 golf courses, three lakes and three theme
Rob Johnson lead singer and songwriter for Heritage. Rogers' white hat sits on stage
while he sings Hero the song he wrote in tribute to his grandfather.
"In addition to the museum we are going to have a small theater where Dusty and his group the
Highlanders will perform. Several of the grandchildren will also entertain carrying on the Rogers'
legacy," added Linda.
"Dusty's sister, Linda, has a son Rob Johnson who has a
group called Heritage," reported Linda about the band which has opened and performed at
events headlined by Steve Wariner, Merle Haggard, Ty Herndon, Reba McIntyre, Garth Brooks,
Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Marty Stuart, and Bailey & The Boys.
"Tom Fox, Dale's son from her first marriage, has three daughters who have a group called Roy's
Legacy. They are just a terrific group of girls who are very talented and do a lot of Christian
singing. They will all be performing at our theater in Branson."
Rogers was an intricate part of the museum. For many years, visitors could greet the cowboy star
among the exhibits. Rogers delighted in appearing, fully attired in his western garb, greeting
buckaroos young and old.
Roy and Dale on their wedding day
It is a captivating museum that makes the tourist feel like a member of the family - a family that
endured tremendous problems yet represented a longed for loving, stable, emotionally secure
What Dusty has been told about his mother is that she "passed away when I was like four days
old. My mother was Arlene, Dad's first marriage. When Mom died, it was due to complications
of childbirth, and she had an embolism. About three or four days after I was born, Dad was on his
way to the hospital to pick us up, and this embolism went through Mom's system, went through
her heart system, got up to her brain and, instant seizure, killed her, I mean instantly."
Dusty had two older sisters and Dale had a son from a previous marriage. The blended family
became even more so when Roy and Dale adopted.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, with two of their children, getting off a plane in a
"We had American Indian girl, a little girl from Korea, and a girl from Scotland. Six of the
children survive. My sisters and myself, we knew that she (Dale) loved us unconditionally. And
she really was the glue that held the family together."
The museum contains family photos dating back to Roy and Dale's childhood, colorful costumes,
parade saddles, memorabilia from the silver screen and television, fan mail, comic strips, Roy and
Dale's Remington collection, and artifacts from Roy's real-life safari adventures. Next to each
mounted animal is a sign stressing that the kill took place at a time when the animal was not
"He didn't do anything illegal. It was years ago. It was legal. But, that is where we get the
complaints, the negative comments," Linda admitted, referring to the stuffed animals and mounted
animals heads - "trophies" attesting to Roy's skill with a gun.
Years ago standing next to one of the mounted heads I discussed with Rogers the controversy
those displays created.
"Back then, and that was a long time ago, we didn't know any better," said Roy about a
time period so long ago that over half of the people alive today weren't yet born. "They
weren't endangered and everyone went on safari where you used a gun. Now there are photo
safari groups where you come home with a beautiful picture, rather than a stuffed head. If we had known then what we
know now we wouldn't have done it. I'm not ashamed of any of it. I don't apologize. It was
what everybody did. It was considered right at the time. You can't see into the future like that and
know that decades later something is going to be called endangered. I feel I'm doing the best I
can by putting them on display. They are very educational. You can learn a lot by studying them. I
can't do any more than that. They are already dead. I can't bring them back to life."
Towards the rear of the museum is Trigger. The stuffed and mounted horse became fodder for
comedians, but seeing the beloved animal is both a dignified and sweet experience.
Dale Evans wearing fancy hats for her first photo session. The babies adopted and the child that
died. The museum guest becomes a part of Roy and Dale's memories - of the good times and the
bad times and the hard times.
"We feel it is our obligation to carry on their legacy," explained Linda about the museum
Roy Rogers 1954 ad
Soon after The Roy Rogers Show went on the air, Roy's likeness began appearing on Post
cereal boxes, advertising such prizes as cardboard reproductions of the Double-R Bar and lapel
pins with portraits
of Trigger and Buttermilk. Roy's endorsements began the year after he was crowned King of the
He lent his name to every kind of child's toy imaginable, including cap guns and quick
holsters, child-size guitars, rings, badges, lassos, and musical hobby horses.
Rogers was a pack rat and never threw anything away. The museum overflows with artifacts.
People simply assumed the museum was a permanent part of the landscape.
Roy Rogers was from what his son called the "old school."
"He came from nothing," he son had explained. "So anything that he got, no matter what it was,
was of value to him. And you were very appreciative of anything anybody gave you. A gift is a
gift, and a gift is not something that you give away. It's something that you usually display in
honor of the person that gave it to you. So that's really where all of this started.
I mean, the man kept everything."
"If you have any souvenirs keep them, because they are valuable," laughed Linda.
Rogers and Evans, the stars of Western films, concerts, recordings and TV shows, made their
home in Apple Valley starting in the early 1960s. The museum was originally located in Apple
Valley before moving
to Victorville to take advantage of I-15 traffic in 1976.
In December, son Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr. said the number of museum visitors had steadily fallen
off since his father's death in 1998 at the age of 86. Evans died in February 7, 2001 at the age of
In March, the family auctioned off hundreds of personal items at her request.
The family recently sold 25 acres to the north and east of the museum, where a statue of Rogers'
famous horse, Trigger, rears two stories above the parking lot, serving as a Victorville landmark.
The city purchased 25 acres the Rogers family owned east and north of the museum in June.
The family had proposed a 50-acre Western-theme park in Victorville about 10 years ago,
Rogersdale, but the idea never got off the ground.
Victorville Councilman Bob Hunter said the Rogers were "icons for the community."
"While I understand economics and business, I'm extremely disappointed they would leave the
"They've been extremely important to Apple Valley and its promotion, and people all over the
world know Apple Valley because of their fame and kindheartedness," said Heidi Larkin-Reed,
Apple Valley Chamber
of Commerce chief executive officer and former mayor of Apple Valley.
The sadness of Victorville can only be equaled by the joy in Missouri that the Roy Rogers
Museum will call Branson home.
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NO SHOWER AND ISN'T
Bill Macy and Krya Sedgwick
Afflicted with cerebral palsy and burdened with continual pain, Bill Porter was determined not to
live on government disability. He started out selling Watkins household products door to door in
one of Portland's worst neighborhoods and went on to become Watkins' top-grossing salesman in
the United States.
His story was brought to the cable channel TNT last Sunday night
in a movie called Door To Door and
turned out to be a ratings winner. The movie, starring Bill Macy,
was flawlessly written, directed and acted. It's an inspiration and heartwarming piece that
opened both hearts and minds, deserving to be annually aired, perhaps during the Christmas
season, or during Mothers Day week.
Porter's website, billporter.com - which was featured on a title card at the end of the movie
was so inundated with "hits" that it crashed. Porter sells Watkins products on the site.
The movie gave Watkins a publicity shot that money can't buy.
The Watkins website touts the movie, has a link to Shelly Brady's book, Ten Things I've
From Bill Porter - published by New World Library, and offers customers the
opportunity to click a link so that 10 percent of their order is donated to Cerebral
So how did the subjects like the way they were portrayed?
On Porter's website, and elsewhere, both Shelly and Bill rate the movie and express their
Bill Porter wrote: "My life story was filmed in British Columbia as
Door To Door, starring William H. Macy as me. The movie was co-written by and
stars Oscar nominee William H. Macy. The cast includes Oscar nominee Helen Mirren
as my mother Irene Porter, Golden Globe nominee Krya Sedgwick, as Shelly Brady,
and Emmy Award winner Kathy Baker, as one of my customers. The real Shelly Brady,
my friend and helper for many years, also has a cameo role as a Watkins
Though Bill's mother Irene Porter, portrayed by Helen Mirren, only appears
the first thirty-five minutes of the film, it is clear that the values she instilled in him gave him his
abundant spirit and are the reason for his success. Their relationship is pivotal to the
Helen Mirren and Bill Macy in Door to Door
"I loved the movie," continued Porter. "Bill Macy did a tremendous job!
Sometimes I thought I was looking in the mirror. I can't get over how Helen Mirren and
Kyra Sedgwick portrayed the two most important people in my live. I felt as though I were
watching my own mother and dear friend Shelly. I have great friendships with my
customers. Even though the customers in the movie were fictionalized they reminded me of
many of the people I have sold to over the years. I cried when Kathy Baker's character died
as I thought of so many of my customers and friends who are now gone."
"Oh, one more thing . . . the Bradys did buy my house because my back went out in 1993
and I asked Shelly and John to help me out. I have been living in my home since the 1960s
and live there still . . . I never moved out like the movie suggested. I was concerned that
people might be worried about where I was living."
Shelly Brady, who lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and six children has some mixed
feelings. As a total entity she loved Door To Door. "Wow! What an amazing movie! It
kind of reminds me of
It's a Wonderful Life."
"Having visited the set during the filming of the movie I saw
first hand the labor of love this film was to everyone involved from the executives at TNT to
the director Steven Schachter, from Bill Macy and the other leading actors, to all of the
cast and crew."
Kathy Baker in Door To Door
"It's such a positive movie, Bill Macy absolutely captured the heart and spirit of my dear
friend Bill. Helen Mirren and Kathy Baker did outstanding in their roles as Bill's mother
and one of his customers. Kyra Sedgwick did a great job too," said Brady who served as creative
consultant on the film.
As with all docu-drama movies, a literary license is
mandatory because important points have
only seconds to be established. Door To Door
chronicles 40 years in Porter's remarkable
life and also recounts the changing times of our country
through one amazing man and the
neighborhoods he walked. The creative team did a magnificent job of capturing the
tenure of the times and the emotional state of the characters.
However, Brady would
like to clarify
a couple of points which are extremely important to her.
"Bill kept saying . . . "that sure is you, Shelly!" I just want to assure the viewers of a couple
of things," Brady declares.
"#1 - So far, I have not taken a shower at Bill's. Although, Bill laughingly told me the other
day with all of the interviews we've had at his house, I just may need to yet."
"#2 - The movie has Shelly getting a little upset about the (homosexual) Brad and Allen
annoyed me as when I was majoring in theater I had many friends just like Brad and Allen
. . . in fact, I was Grace back before there ever was a Will and Grace."
"Other than the few Hollywood moments, I loved the movie and give it a 12 out of a
Steven Schachter was one of the
youngest directors on Broadway
"Bill Porter's story is so compelling because it's about a simple man with cerebral palsy," said
screenwriter/director Steven Schachter. "He is unheroic in his deeds, but when you look at the
totality of his
life, he's an amazing hero because of the daily obstacles he faces and the odds he's overcome. He
represents a kind of work ethic that's long gone a guy who trudges through neighborhoods day
after day after day, just connecting with people."
Schachter's career began at Goddard
where he studied with David Mamet. While there, he also met Macy, his now long-time associate.
The three of them later went on to found The St. Nicholas Theater in Chicago, where Schachter
served as Artistic Director, directing more than 20 productions and winning the Joseph Jefferson
Award for Best Director. One project in particular, Mamet's The Water Engine, was
brought to the Public Theatre and then moved on to Broadway. This made Schachter, at 24 years
old, one of the youngest directors on Broadway.
"Bill Porter is a remarkable man," Macy said. "I think there
are millions of remarkable men and
women who, against some formidable odds, get up every day
and go to work. You never hear
about them. I've always been attracted to stories that talk
about the ordinary Joe who, without
fanfare, does his job and touches so many people along the
THE CHRISTOPHER REEVE PARALYSIS FOUNDATION
Karrie Webb benefits from the Karrie Webb Celebrity Pro-Am
golf tournament. Webb,
winner of 26 LPGA titles, including five major championships, will join eight other LPGA professionals for the
3rd Annual Karrie Webb Celebrity Pro-Am to benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. The event
will be held at Century Country Club in Purchase, New York on Monday, July 22. Century Country Club
was founded in 1898 as the summer playground for a group of Wall Street
bankers immortalized in Stephen Birmingham's book, Our Crowd. The golf
course at Century is a par 71 that stretches to 6807 yards from the Championship Tees.
Competing with Karrie are fellow LPGA professionals Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon, Lorie Kane,
McGann, Nancy Scranton, Kelly Robbins and Rachel Teske.
Celebrities teeing off
among others; Billy Crudup, James Naughton, Jerry Orbach , Joe Piscopo, Billy Baldwin,
Kenneth Cole, New York Ch. 4 anchor Maurice DuBois and NASCAR racing champ Dale
THE FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF
THERAPIES gets a boost thanks to Atlantic Records mogul
Ahmet Ertegun and wife, Mica, who host a Southampton fund-raiser on July 26. Dr.
Oz, who performed bypass surgery on Ertegan last year, created this foundation.
Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and Billy Joel are expected.
DIXON PLACE BENEFIT
hosted by Holly Hughes.Two evenings of up-and-coming work from various artists dealing with
gender, sex and at least two of the four basic food groups. July 23-24. Dixon Place's Obie
Award-winning programming features infamous and emerging writers and theatre artists presented in an
ongoing monthly series.
In 1999 Dixon Place was awarded the Edwin Booth Award for Excellence in the theatre by
the Doctoral Theatre Students Association of the CUNY Graduate Center, joining a
distinguished list of Booth Award Honorees which include: Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare
Festival, The Brooklyn Academy of Music(BAM), Harold Prince, Arthur Miller, The Negro
Ensemble Company, The Wooster Group, and Ellen Stewart.
LEONARD NIMOY and his wife
have donated $1 million to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Nimoy Fund for Emerging Artists will showcase new artistic talent. "We are appreciative of
the generosity of the Nimoys," said Bob Tuttle, museum chairman. "Their support continues
MOCA's invaluable role in advancing contemporary art and ensures stable resources to fund
exhibitions and projects by emerging artists."
The fund will help support a variety of projects, including painting and sculpture, artist books and
publications and performance and video works, said museum director Jeremy Strick.
JABBER, JABBER, JABBER
THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE Community Outreach & Education Program staged one of their Writers Gallery sessions yesterday
called The New Voices of American Stage, Film and Television with celebrity readers Joan Van Ark
and Maxwell Caulfield.
A Celebration of Playwrights meant a lively discussion and showcase of hot new writers
featuring celebrity readers. Playwrights Gary Socol and Velina Hasu Houston
gave a "sneak peek" of their latest works. Joining them were the director of The Waverly Gallery,
Bruno Kirby, and Reed Johnson of the Los Angeles Times.
Writing for Stage, Television and Film had Academy Award nominee Robert Nelson
Jacobs, Emmy Award nominee Wil Calhoun, creator/executive producer Mara Brock Akil, and
novelist Peter Lefcourt in a stimulating discussion on the "art" of writing with KCET's Jon
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG OVER
AND JAMES TAYLOR
The North Carolina state Department of Transportation has decided to honor North Carolina
natives James Taylor and Andy Griffith by naming roads in their honor.
The DOT has named the U.S. 15-501 bridge over Morgan Creek in Chapel Hill after Taylor, a
singer-songwriter who spent his early years in the area four decades ago.
The DOT also voted to name a section of U.S. Highway 52 in Surry County in honor of Griffith,
a Mt. Airy native and the star of The Andy Griffith Show.
The stretch of the highway from Interstate 74 to the Virginia state line will be known as the Andy
"We now have a 'go' from the governor and the secretary of transportation," Transportation
Sam Erby said. "And, barring some kind of illness, Andy Griffith and his wife, Cindy, are planning
THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz
Hart with a new book by Nicky Silver based on the original book by George Abbott. Music
Direction & Vocal Arrangements by David Loud.
Based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, this outrageously funny musical
tells the tale of two sets of identical twins and the women who can't tell them apart. Set in
Rome, The Boys From Syracuse contains some of Rodgers and Hart's most lovely
unforgettable songs, including such favorites as Falling in Love with Love, Sing for
Supper and This Can't Be Love.
The cast for The Boys From Syracuse includes Jeffrey Broadhurst, Walter
Charles, Toni DiBuono, Erin Dilly, Jonathan Dokuchitz, Tom Galantich, Sara Gettelfinger,
Deidre Goodwin, Milena Govich, George Hall, Teri Hansen, Tripp Hanson, Jackee Harry, Tom
Hewitt, Fred Inkley, Mark Lotito, Kirk McDonald, Elizabeth Mills, Lauren
Mitchell, J.C. Montgomery, Scott Robertson, Allyson Turner, Lee Wilkof, and Chip Zien,
Choreography is by 2002 Tony Award winner Rob Ashford for Thoroughly Modern
Roundabout Associate Artistic Director, Scott Ellis directs.
Do not miss this hilarious musical in its first ever Broadway revival!
Major support for this production generously provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie
Foundation. Additional support provided by The Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable
THE PRODUCERS will open in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre May 2, 2003 starring
Jason Alexander and Martin Short. As Billy Crystal might say fabulous! The show
will officially open on May 29 for an eight month run.
ON THE ROOF
Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Directed by Marla
Gam Hudson July 26 through August 18 at the Huntington Beach Playhouse,
IN SEPTEMBER, THE LIGHT CHANGES
Actor Stephen Nisbet returns to the stage in this solo
performance rendition of two Fire Island tales by Andrew Holleran, the best-selling author
from the Dance and The Beauty of Men. Conceived and directed by Randy
design by Brooklyn-based architect Annie Coggan. July 28 at Vineyard 26.
musical with a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, opened July 17 with an engagement running
through July 28 at
the Bucks County Playhouse, The State Theatre of Pennsylvania. New Hope, PA.
GATSBY IN HOLLYWOOD a
world premiere drama plays Los Angeles' MET Theatre. Jeff and A.K. Benninghofen star as F. Scott Fitzgerald
and gossip columnist Sheilah Graham - the woman Fitzgerald had an affair with while married to Zelda.
Fitzgerald died of a heart attack in Graham's apartment on December 21, 1940.
Also in the cast are
Shirley Anderson, Linus David Cate, Russell Edge, Ben Davis, Andrew Friedman, Richard Gustafson,
Beth Kirkpatrick, Kara Keeley, Linda Miller, Silas Weir Mitchell, Deena Rubinson and Quinn Sullivan.
Gatsby in Hollywood begins previews July 25 officially opening July 27 with a run through Aug.
by Eric R. Cohen, Marc Madnick, Michael Weiner and Adam Abraham.
The life and comic adventures of the unsung hero of the American Revolution will be presented in
a July 22 reading at The Lamb's Theatre, NYC. The comedy stars by Richard Kind as Ben Franklin, Mary
Stout ( See Broadway To Vegas column of January 14, 2001 ) (see
Broadway To Vegas column of ) as Betsy Ross and Christian Borle as a young George
Washington. Brandon Wardell plays the fictional title character and Darcie Roberts is cast as his love interest
Emily. Dwayne Clark appears as Crispus Attucks, Laurie Gamache, Eddie Korbich (as Paul Revere),
Garrett Long, William Parry (as Benedict Arnold), Josh Prince, Fran Prisco, Thom Christopher Warren
(as Jefferson) and Michael Winther.
The show includes such events as the Boston Massacre, the French and Indian War, the Boston
Tea Party, the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, the Shot Head 'Round the World and more.
Among the musical numbers are The World's Youngest Old Maid, Revolution Tomorrow
and Truth, Justice and the New-England Way.
Tomorrow's reading is directed by Michael Unger with Michael Lavine as musical
THE KING AND I music by
Richard Rodgers with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened July 17 with performances through
July 28. Pocono Playhouse in Mountainhome, PA.
THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN by Meredith Willson, finds Susan Egan spending her summer vacation starring in this tuner. Joining
her on stage will be Christopher Carl, who will play her husband, "Leadville" Johnny Brown.
Others in the cast include Damon Kirsche, Elizabeth Ward, Cynthia Sophea and Rodger
Hoopman. The creative team comprises Marcia Milgrom Dodge (director), Bob Richard
(choreographer) and Valerie Gebert (musical director). July 22-28 at The Sacramento Music
Circus, Sacramento, CA.
Egan was recently named Interim Artistic Director of California's Orange County High School
of the Arts. She will serve as the artistic director of the Music and Theatre, Film and Television
and Production and Design departments, assuming the position recently vacated by David Green
while the school conducts a search for a permanent director. The actor/educator will be
responsible for overseeing the expansion of the arts instructional program, assisting in bringing
professional artists to teach and direct, and bringing in renowned artists for special
Eagan was a member of the first graduating class in 1987 of the nationally recognized high
by Bruce Norris stars Illinois born Laurie Metcalf
who has been a Steppenwolf member since 1976 as Carla, the recently widowed 35-year-old wife
of a Marine who was less than the ideal husband; Nathan Kiley as her angry, alternately implosive
and explosive teenage son Thor; As The World Turns veteran Rosemary Prinz as her
hovering mother-in-law, Grace, a woman who lives behind a curtain of denial, yet
has a certain common sense approach to existence that is not totally without merit, and
Welch as Purdy, the man who seemingly appears out of nowhere to make his claim on
Purple Heart commissioned by the Steppenwolf Theatre is directed by
Anna D. Shapiro.
Scenic design by Daniel P. Ostling,
costume design by James Schuette, lighting design by James F. Ingalls,
sound design by Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen,
dramaturg is Edward Sobel, and Laura D. Glenn is the stage manager.
Opened last Sunday and continues through Aug. 25 at Steppenwolf Theatre,
"thePlaytalks" lecture series features Dr. Mary Agnes Doyle following the Wednesday
matinee performances on August 14 & 21. Sign-language Interpreted performance: July 31.
performance August 1.Sponsorship support provided by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg
winds up the
European arm of his
tour this week performing tonight in Birmingham England at the NEC Arena. On Tuesday
he's center stage
in Nottingham at the Nottingham Arena. Then he's off to Sheffield for a Wednesday
performance at the
Sheffield Arena. Friday finds the songwriter/singer in London for a two nighter at the Earls
Flamenco and Spanish dancer has a limited engagement July 25th through September 1.
Rioja has amazed audiences for over half a century all over the world, opening many doors for
Spanish Dance and
single-handedly popularizing flamenco. Appearing with Ms. Rioja will be Jose Luis Negrete
Munoz, Flamenco Guitarists; Francisco Rold n, Classic Guitarist; Alfonso Cid, Flamenco
Singer/Cantaor; and David Castellano, Musician. Presented by Repertorio Espanol at the
Repertorio Espanol - Gilberto Zaldivar- Executive Producer,
Rene Buch -
Artistic Director, was founded in 1968 and has been awarded Drama Desk, OBIE and New
Governor's Awards, as well as many ACE citations. Repertorio Espanol 's Education
Program is based on
the fundamental concept that thought-provoking theatre in any language challenges
students' perceptions and teaches them to look at the world in different ways. Since its inception,
Repertorio Espanol's Education Program has introduced over 270,000 students to intelligent
REUBEN BLADES performs
Wednesday and Thursday at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in NYC.
LYLE LOVETT at the
July 26 in
Pelham, Alabama at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. On Saturday the show is in
at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.
DICKIE BETTS AND GREAT SOUTHERN
entertain tonight in Asheville, North Carolina at the Asheville Music Zone. On Friday the
show is on stage in
Charlotte, North Carolina at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. He closes out the week
on Saturday in
Atlanta, Georgia at the HiFi Nuys Amphitheatre.
BURT BACHARACH across
the pond in England
performing Sunday, July 28 in Liverpool, England at the Liverpool Summer
DIANA ROSS reaching out to
touch her fans
Tuesday in Westbury, N.Y. at the Westbury Music Fair. On Wednesday the show moves to
Boston, Mass for am engagement at FleetBoston Pavilion. On Friday the performer is in Rama, Ontario
at Casino Rama.
PAT BENETAR on stage
Boise, Idaho at
the Big Easy. On Wednesday she'll be in Minneapolis at the Rib Fest. Thursday finds her
the Potawatomi Casino. She closes out the wee, Saturday, in Rama, Ontario at Casino
MEAT LOAF finishes out a leg
of his American tour
tonight in Cadott, Wisconsin at the Rock Fest, then shoots across the pond for a show
London at Hyde Park. On Thursday he's on stage in Leeds, UK at Millennium Square and
on Saturday he's
in Dublin, Ireland performing at Marlay Park.
GEORGE JONES promises to
for his gigs Friday in Belterra, Indiana at the Belterra Casino and on Saturday in Strausstown, PA at
Garrett Music Park.
JAY LENO performs Friday
and Saturday in Las
Vegas at the MGM Grand.
MARC ANTHONY on stage
tonight in Cleveland,
Ohio at the Tower City Amphitheatre. On Tuesday the show is in Minneapolis at the Target
Center and on
Friday he'll be center stage in Seattle at the KeyArena at Seattle Center.
THREE MO TENORS
centerstage Monday in
Vienna, Virginia at the Wolf Trap Filene Center and on Saturday they'll be in the spotlight
in Los Angeles at
the Greek Theatre.
MICHAEL BOLTON has a
busy week. Tonight the
show is in Warsaw, Indiana at the Wagon Wheel Theatre. On Wednesday he's center stage
Indianapolis, at 8 Seconds saloon. Thursday the gig is in Taylorville, Illinois at Nashville North Friday
is Jefferson, Wisconsin at the Jefferson County Fair. He closes out the week, Saturday, in Columbus,
DIANNE REEVES performs
July 30 in Santa Fe,
New Mexico at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
center stage on
July 25 in Cheyenne, Wyoming during Frontier Days. On Saturday, July 27 they'll be in
spotlight in Minot, North Dakota at the North Dakota State Fair and on Sunday, July 28, the show is in
Fall, Montana at the Montana State Fair.
A.T.P.A.M. the Association of
Theatrical Press Agents and Managers is the union and professional association representing over
800 press, marketing and management specialists in the live entertainment industry throughout the
United States and Canada. In 1994, A.T.P.A.M. merged with the International Alliance of
Theatrical Stage employees. Recently the Local 18032 re-elected all of their officers and board of
governors. They are: Maria A. Soma President, David Calhoun Vice President and Gordon G.
Forbes Secretary-Treasury. The Board of Governors include Chairman Douglas C. Baker of the
Manager Chapter and Jim Baldassare of the Press Agent Chapter. Press agents re-elected include;
Barbara Carroll, Kevin P. McAnarney, Kevin O'Connor and Molly Smyth and newly elected
alternate David Gersten. Managers who will once again serve on the board include; Susan
Mark Schweppe, and alternate Susan Sampliner and newly elected members Robert Reilly and
Howard Rogut. Members emeritus are Merle Debuskey, Shirley Herz and Richard
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