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Copyright: July 7, 2002
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By: Laura Deni
SUCK EM UP
It's blistering hot and famous people get thirsty, too.
Jimmy Buffett may have his Margaritaville, but it's surprising how many stars not only like
have a specific flavor and color written into their contracts.
Eric Clapton specifies lime Gatorade plus Earl Grey and English Breakfast tea, fresh squeezed
orange juice, and a half gallon of milk.
She drinks what she endorses but Britney Spears also wants grape and orange Gatorade,
cranapple juice, and bottle spring water.
Cher is also a fan of Cherry Rush Gatorade plus both regular and diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, A&W
Neil Diamond stipulates green Gatorade, Coca Cola classic
and ground decaffeinated coffee made
fresh several times during the evening with a Mr. Coffee machine.
The person who used
to be known as Mr. Coffee for doing those commercials was Joe DiMaggio - once wed to
Gilmore Girls - Lauren Graham is starring in Once In a Lifetime at the
Williamstown Theatre - are coffee addicts. So is Wesla Whitfield, who performs July 19th at the
Pacifica Performing Arts Center in Pacifica, California. She simply exclaims, "I drink
We first saw Marylouise Burke when she appeared in Lettice and
Lovage. Since then she has won a Drama Desk Award for
her performance in Fuddy Meers and is currently in the cast of Into
the Woods playing Jack's Mom. "If heat onstage is a problem, I've learned to do Gatorade or
some other electrolyte replacing drink. I'm recalling, for instance, a summer-tent
"At Into the Woods, we survive on
bottled water. Major crisis this
summer has been when the bottled-water company fails to deliver the refills on
time! As for relaxing after the show: Anything goes - and frozen
margaritas are quite lovely!"
It should come as no surprise that Pat Boone likes milk.
Eddie Fisher was the Coke time boy on television but it was Tony Bennett's records that Coke
slapped on their logo. Bennett is a diet Pepsi, bottled water, and orange juice man.
Creed needs Hi-C, assorted fruit juices and fresh brewed ice tea sweetened, but no instant or
Elton John prefers fresh squeezed orange juice and 2 percent milk, diet Coke, diet 7 Up and diet
Sprite all of which must be in cans.
Branford Marsalis guzzles orange juice, cranapple juice, cream soda and root beer.
Recently rehabbed Billy Joel is sticking to Perrier.
Ina Marlowe is Producing Artistic Director of The Organic Theater Company in
Chicago. She admits to having thrown back a few beers with Wendy Wasserstein when the
in town to oversee the midwest
premiere of An American Daughter. "The Irish playwrights surprised me by wanting to
American beers, Miller being among them. The last thing that either Sebastian Barry or Billy
was a Guinness," divulged Marlowe.
The beverage of choice for the group Kansas is prune juice.
Then there is Lisa Asher who likes a little different kind of a kick to her beverage. Asher most
involved in the world premiere of the new musical, Almost Heaven . . . Songs and Stories of
John Denver, at the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company. (See Broadway
To Vegas column
of March 24, 2002) The show received rave reviews and according to Asher there are plans for a
tour as well as European and Broadway productions.
To help celebrate the good reviews, or wash down the ones you'd like to forget, Asher offered
up a recipe:
Vodka Lemonade Slush
Mix 1 part Vodka with 2 parts lemonade
scoop out slushy mixture and mix with more lemonade
You are way cool man!!!!
A grand tribute to maestro Kurk Masur's 75th birthday - and the finale of his distinguished 11
year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic - spotlights the extraordinary range of brilliant
principle players as soloists.
Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is America's premier orchestra and one of New
York's finest cultural treasures. Under Music Director Kurt Masur, the 106 virtuosos of the Philharmonic
played close to 170 concerts for audiences of almost one million people every year.
If you can't make it to the farewell party in person park yourself in front of a television. The
concert will be televised nationwide on the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center
Thursday July 18 at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City.
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THE ACTION STAR OF THE MILLENNIUM
goes to Sylvester Stallone.
The Video Software Dealers Association holds their Home Entertainment 2002 expo July 16-18
at the Rio Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to exhibitor suites and an exhibit floor, an
educational program will include 17 seminars throughout the show's three days, ranging from sessions
devoted to the latest in DVD to finding independent product to human resource management issues.
The convention will be kicked off Tuesday morning by the Opening Ceremony which will
include a keynote address and special celebrity awards.
The Action Star of the Millennium will be presented to Sylvester Stallone. VSDA prexy Bo
says, "Stallone has created some of the most memorable characters in cinema history - Rocky
John Rambo!" Artisan will release The Rambo Trilogy as a special edition collector's item
The closing night Awards Show Cocktail Party will have a special Penn & Teller
Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters lend support for this "cause for
paws" when they host the fourth annual Broadway Barks!, a star-studded dog
and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and rescue
groups. The event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take
place on Saturday, July 13 in Shubert Alley.
A galaxy of stars from the Broadway
join Moore and Peters for
this special event, presenting the animals for adoption. Celebrity
presenters include Gary Beach and Brad Oscar (The Producers), Gavin Creel,
Marc Kudisch, and Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie), John Cullum,
Spencer Kayden, and Nancy Opel (Urinetown), Stephen DeRosa, John McMartin and
Kerry O'Malley (Into The Woods), Julie Haggerty and Buck Henry (Morning's At
Seven), Neil Patrick Harris (Proof), Marilu Henner, Richard Kind, and Rhea
Perlman (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), Shuler Hensley, Andrea Martin,
and Patrick Wilson (Oklahoma!), Howard McGillin (Phantom of the Opera),
Phyllis Newman (Broadway star), Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!), and Alicia
Silverstone (The Graduate).
Broadway Barks 4! will also feature an auction of celebrity-autographed
memorabilia. Additional auction merchandise will be available on E-Bay and using the key words
Barks. Proceeds from the auction and other donations received during the day
will benefit the shelters and organizations attending Broadway Barks4!
Last year's Broadway Barks! attracted an audience of 6,000 theater
fans, pet owners, and animal lovers. Moore and Peters have even greater
expectations for this year's star-studded event.
"We have a real chance to make a difference," Moore explains, "We can turn
the enthusiasm around pet-adoption that we've been able to generate through
Broadway Barks, into a movement to save the lives of the 40,000 potential
'best friends' needlessly put to death every year here in New York. Through
our individual acts of kindness and our joined voices in this important
cause, we can make New York a 'no kill' city, and by doing so, make it a
better place, a kinder place for us all."
Broadway Barks 4! will also stress the importance of spaying and neutering.
Peters, who adopted her dogs, Kramer and Stella, from the ASPCA and CACC,
explains, "When you consider that over a seven-year period, one female dog
and her offspring can produce as many as 76,000 offspring, spaying and
neutering becomes a top priority in reducing the 40,000 unwanted dogs and
cats that are euthanized each year in New York City alone."
WAYNE NEWTON returns home to Las Vegas on Tuesday after a week long 4th of July USO
Service members stationed in Korea celebrated Independence Day with a bang as the USO and
launched another star-studded Celebrity Entertainment Tour. On the tour with Wayne are the
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders making their 47th USO tour in 23 years, Drew Carey, Bo Derek,
Lewis Dix of Kids Say the Darndest Things, country Meredith Edwards whose debut CD
is titled Reach, Shauntay Hinton Miss USA 2002, and Dan Moschetti Host of The Golf
Guys Radio Show.
During the Holiday Tour, the entertainers performed free shows, signed autographs, toured
military facilities and mingled with the troops.
DECEMBER 27, 1963 issue of Time
featuring Wyeth's self portrait on the cover
August 18, 1986 issue of Time
Andrew Wyeth's 243 Helga paintings first were
revealed to the public in 1986. They created enduring public speculation and intrigue. Why
did Wyeth chose Helga Testorf as a model and what kind of a relationship did he have with her? Wyeth always
refused to reveal details - until Thomas Hoving, a close friend and confidant of
Wyeth recorded an exclusive interview with Wyeth last February in the artist' studio in Chadds
Ford, Pa. The topic of discussion was Helga.
An art exhibition of 70 pictures from the Helga series, currently taking place at the Joslyn Art
museum in Omaha, Nebraska, has shed light on the Helga mysteries.
Wyeth agreed to an interview with Hoving in what Janet Farber, Joslyn's associate curator of 20th
century art, said was a "heady combination of the right time and the right person
Hoving is the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the man responsible
for choosing the artifacts for the American tour of Tutankhamun's treasures. He is the author of
16 books, a retired cultural-affairs consultant and former editor-in-chief of Connoisseur magazine.
Andrew Wyeth tells the story of his life through his paintings. By discussing in interviews with
Hoving the circumstances in which each of 138 works was created, a picture of a life driven by the obsession
to paint is revealed. Wyeth's pictures, which include tempera and drybrush paintings, watercolors and pencil
studies, portray his neighbor Helga Testorf in many poses indoors, outdoors, nude and clothed.
The pictures were created from 1971 to 1985, unknown even to Wyeth's wife and business
manager, Betsy. When the paintings were revealed in 1986, they caused a sensation.
Despite rumors, the secretive Wyeth kept many of the details about the individual works to
himself. Wyeth, now 84, told Hoving he was "entranced" by Helga the day he met her in 1971 at the home
of Karl and Anna Kuerner.
A German immigrant, she worked on a farm near Andrew Wyeth's
Pennsylvania home, cooked and cleaned for his sister Carolyn and, for 15 years, modeled for the
Cape Coat by Wyeth
Helga was married to Johnny Testorf, who
supervised the local
gardens and was a friend of the Kuerners.
When Wyeth spotted Helga, he thought she was "amazingly blond, fit, compassionate."
"I knew right away that I wanted this relationship - if it worked - to be a secret," Wyeth told
Hoving. "Because I didn't want anyone to know that I had fallen deeply in love. And that I was
overcome with a powerful and emotional need to put down the excitement I felt."
Wyeth first asked Helga to pose for him one day when he was at the Testorfs' house for tea. He
said it was difficult for him to do even head drawings of Helga at first, because he was so
"enraptured by this amazing girl."
Wyeth was careful about where he painted her and when.
His famous Letting Her Hair Down was created in the Kuerners' attic. He had instructed
Kuerner, who was downstairs at the time, to make sure no one came up to the attic.
"Suddenly, I saw the latch move up on the door. I knew it wasn't Karl," Wyeth said. "Helga took
off. I laid Peasant Dress over the just-started tempera Letting Her Hair Down. It
A few weeks later, Wyeth said, he saw Johnny Testorf and told him, "I hope you don't mind my
painting Helga." He said Testorf replied that he didn't mind, but "don't ever paint her nude."
"Ha, I'd already painted her nude," Wyeth told Hoving.
Letting Her Hair Down became Helga's favorite in the series, although his wife, Betsy,
despised it for what she called its "harlot" qualities.
Wyeth told Hoving he was fascinated a spot on the
back of Helga's neck where her hair started. His work Farm Road depicts the back of Helga's
head as she is walking up the road to the Kuerners' hill.
"I peered at this part of her deeper and deeper. I became enamored of that spot," he said. "I
destroyed a lot (of paintings) that I didn't feel was up to this (Farm Road), and, ha, some others
which would have maybe destroyed my marriage."
Helga, now 62, acts as a caregiver for the aging artist at the home he shares with Betsy in Chadds
Wyeth recently created a new painting of Helga to add to the series. It is being premiered at the
Wyeth's wife supplied the titles for most of the Helga pictures, Hoving said. The most recent
picture is titled
The exhibition of 70 pictures from the Helga series are on view at the Joslyn Art Museum,
Omaha, Nebraska through August 4
"Frank" by Lori Hammel
has an opening reception for her art work on
Wednesday at Tai Gallery @The Actor's Institute in NYC.(See Broadway To Vegas column of
Lori Hammel created multiple roles in the
Off-Broadway production of Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act and was in the
Off-Broadway production of I Love You Your Perfect, Now Change.
This art show features her introspective viewpoint through dynamically colorful
paintings and found object sculptures with corresponding poetry.
One of the paintings is an acrylic on wood portrait of composer Frank Wildhorn. It was specially
commissioned for the Dark Night Series Upstaris @ STUDIO 54
in February, 2002.
Howard Schwartz Recording is featuring 25 of Lori's paintings.
July 10th through August 23.
DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES
will begin previews on Broadway just in time for
Halloween. Producers are hoping it turns into a treat, not a trick.
While Meat Loaf was performing at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on the 4th of July, those
responsible for turning his Bat Out of Hell into a money making classic, were working on bringing
this new vampire to Broadway.
Songwriter/producer Jim Steinman penned music and lyrics and co-wrote the book.
Urinetown! Tony winner director John Rando helms a cast that includes Michael
Rene Auberjonois, Mandy Gonzalez, Julia Murney, Asa Somers, and Max van Essen.
The original Phantom of the Opera star Michael Crawford toplines as Count von Krolock,
terrifies a Transylvanian village while pursuing a young peasant girl named Sarah.
The new musical is based on the Roman Polanski
film The Fearless Vampire Killers.
We are in a Transylvanian graveyard near a
village with an unpronounceable name.
It is three nights before Halloween, 1880-something.
Sarah, the beautiful teenage daughter of the local innkeeper, is out picking mushrooms when a
pack of very cool young vampires appears out of the mist, dancing with rapturous abandon. Sarah
is entranced as a coffin rises from the ground containing the mesmerizing and extremely cool
Count Von Krolock (alias Michael Crawford).
The Count sings to Sarah seductively and promises to return for her at the total eclipse of the
moon - when Sarah, in exchange for a small bite, can become Queen of the Vampires and rule the
world. How can any small-time girl resist?
Mandy Gonzalez plays Sarah. Gonzalez made
her Broadway debut in Aida understudying the role of Amneris. She received an Obie
Award for her turn in Eli's Comin' at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre.
But then arrives Professor Abronsius, played by Rene Auberjonois who took home a Tony
Award for his musical debut in Coco and garnered nominations for his turns in The Good
Doctor, Big River and City of Angels. He is also known for his television roles as Clayton Endicott
III on the comedy Benson as well as his 7-year stint as shapeshifting Constable Odo Ital on Star
Trek: Deep Space Nine. The Star Trek fan clubs are reportedly showing great interest in this
In this role Auberjonis plays a rather intensely wacky vampire killer, with his ardent and
Byronic assistant Alfred, played by Max van Essen.
Alfred is instantly smitten by Sarah and vice versa. Torn between Alfred
and the Count, Sarah runs off to Krolock's castle, pursued by Alfred and Abronsius.
There are ecstatic love duets, close encounters, unbridled dancing, wild comedy and, of course,
bats and a madman named Boris. Sarah has to choose between earthly love with Alfred, or eternal
passion with Krolock in the Vampire State Building.
Rene Auberjonois is Professor Abronsius
The climactic vampire dance erupts as the moon starts to eclipse, and everybody somehow
manages to find happiness - Transylvania-style.
Choreography by John Carrafa, scenery designed by
David Gallo, costumes
designed by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting designed by Ken Billington, sound
designed by Richard Ryan, hair and wig design by David Lawrence, make-up design
by Angelina Avallone, musical director Patrick Vaccariello, orchestrator Syeve Margooshes,
musical supervision/vocal & dance arrangements by Michael Reed, casting by Bernard Telsey
Original production presented in Vienna by Vereinigte Buhnen Wien GmbH
in association with Roman Polanski, Andrew Braunsberg & Rudi
Producer by David Sonenberg, Andrew Braunsberg, Bob Boyett, Lawrence Horowitz and USA
Ostar Theatricals. Rehearsals begin in August. Previews begin Oct. 14 through November 20,
the official opening on
November 21 at the 1685 seat Minskoff Theatre.
JERRY'S BOYS saluting the work
of Jerry Herman featuring
Malcolm Gets, Nancy Dussault and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles July 12-14 at the Alex
Los Angeles. Herman will attend and also perform during the evening, which will
revisit his greatest hits, along with a sampling from his latest work, Miss Spectacular, the
piece written for a Las Vegas show that never opened in Sin City.
Jerry's Boys will feature more than a dozen Herman songs with Where in the World Is My
Prince? from Miss Spectacular receiving a special rendition. The Alex Theatre in
BIRDIE BLUE by Cheryl West
Tyson and Charles Brown. Marion McClinton directs the premiere workshop production.
The design features sets by David
by Toni-Leslie James; lights by Scott Zielinski; and sound by Kurt Kellenberger. Williamstown,
Massachusetts. The production will play the Nikos Stage until July 21.
DIRTY BLONDE star
soap queen Kim Zimmer in the New Jersey premiere. The show will run July 11-27 at
Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New
Angie Ha, Robert Goulet, Jef Yalun
in South Pacific
starring Robert Goulet at the
Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles July 9-14. You need to get a move on to book Goulet. He
isn't accepting any engagements after the year 2021. That's because the singer/actor who has a
delightful - if not odd ball - sense of humor says he plans to be dead.
We don't know if
to the performer as a vision in a dream; if he put a quarter in a fortune telling machine and that is
what was spit out, or if he was just having a bad day.
The Las Vegas resident has made it known that he intends to kick the bucket at the age of
His wife, Vera, who is also his manager told Broadway To Vegas "I think he will live to
be a 100 -- but he keeps insisting he will die when he is 88!" In addition to then being without a
husband, Vera also loses a client. Of course, Elvis took on new life after he died, so perhaps Vera
will only have to reformat the marketing structure. We suggest to Goulet that he get over the
GUYS written by journalist Anne Nelson will transfer from New
York to Los Angeles when Actor's Gang artistic director and film star Tim Robbins stars with
Academy Award winner Helen Hunt as his co-star. Jim Simpson directs. The September 11th play
will be staged at The Actor's Gang in Hollywood, California. July 10-28.
SOME LIKE IT HOT starring Las
Vegas resident Tony Curtis July 9-14 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City.
1776 by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards
is a wonderful musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Opened last
Wednesday at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Ill. with an engagement running to Aug.
THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA in this powerful drama written by Garcia Lorca in 1936, the widow Alba's
stern devotion to keeping up appearances conflicts with her daughters' desire to experience life to the
Part of the Shaw Festival 2002 season Court House Theatre at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Directed by Tadeusz Bradecki.
Through October 5.
THE VOYAGE OF THE CARCASS by Dan O'Brien has
Alyse Leigh Rothman directing a cast made up of Michael Anderson, Rebecca Harris and Chris
Mason. Staged at the HERE Arts Center in Manhattan July 12-Aug. 4.
HENRY IV, PART I
by William Shakespeare, directed by Wendi de Barros. Henry IV, Part I, though titled after his father, the main plot centers around a young
Henry V, and his unusual friendship with the gluttonous Sir John Falstaff. Opened last night with performances running
through July 28. at the Huntington Beach Playhouse, California.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME the first
collaboration by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, about three vaudeville vets who make their
way to Hollywood is being staged as part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Lauren Graham, Peter Frechette and Tate Donovan star. Michael Greif directs the cast which
includes; Dylan Baker, Kristine Nielsen, Lewis Black, Emily Bergl, Charlie Brown, Denny Dillon and Joel
Opened on July 3 with a run through July 14.
HAPPILY MAD OR LOCOS DE CONTENTO
Beatriz Cordoba and Nelson Landrieum.
Photo: Michael Palma
by Jacobo Langsner Directed by Daniel Marcove
Starring Nelson Landrieu, Beatriz Crdoba is a farce about a
middle-class couple in Argentina who plan a move to Japan in order to better their lives
economically. Throughout the piece they await the visit of an influential person who they've
never met who they believe will play a role in their economic salvation. In what seems a pathological
reaction, the very eccentric wife runs out and buys all things Japanese in order to impress their
visitor. Her husband, perpetually depressed about their current situation, and the situation
of their country like having four presidents in one week - collides with his wife's antics,
which brings forth hilarious confrontations.
Repertorio Espanpol with Gilberto
Zaldivar- Executive Producer, Rene Buch - Artistic Director, was founded in 1968 and has been
awarded Drama Desk, OBIE and New York State 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 Spanish-language theatre.
Happily Mad opens Saturday, July 13 performances
through Aug 25 at The Gramercy
Arts Theatre, NYC. Presented in Spanish. Recommended for adult audiences
MARC ANTHONY has just split from
his wife former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. Anthony, 33, and Torres, 26, were married in May 2000
in Las Vegas. They lived on Long Island and have a 16-month-old son, Christian Anthony Muniz.
Anthony also has a daughter from a previous relationship. The performer is on the road performing tonight in
Wantagh, New York at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theatre. On Tuesday he's in the spotlight in Holmdel,
New Jersey at the P.N.C. Bank Arts Center. On Friday the show moves to New York City at Madison Square
CHER AND CYNDI LAUPER and
the 11 trucks that it takes to transport
Cher's equipment and costumes roll into Boston, Mass for a show Monday and Tuesday at the
Fleet Center. On Friday the show is in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Van Andel Arena. The week closes
out Saturday with a performance in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.
perform July 11 at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia.
LENNY KRAVITZ will perform July
12 at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia.
VICKIE PHILLIPS Bistro
Award-winning cabaret performer joins the 3rd Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival, bringing her one-woman
show Different Dreams Different Times to the Festival venue at Raw Space in New York
Different Dreams Different Times is a musical evening following one woman's journey from
childhood to maturity and her changing hopes and dreams along the way. Containing songs both whimsical and
wise, Phillips has been performing this show at Don't Tell Mama on and off for the past two years and is
happy to be bringing it to the Midtown International Theatre Festival for four performances on July 12th,
July 17th, July 25th and July 27th . Songs heard during the evening include tunes by the show's musical
director Gerry Dieffenbach, artistic director Bob Ost and a few other folks you may have heard of - such
as Kurt Weill, Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin.
SKIPPER appears July 11th in
Open Call, a Reality Based
Show at The Neighborhood
DON RICKLES begins
a three nighter Friday at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City.
THE FIFTH DIMENSION perform
Saturday in South Bend, Indiana at the Robert J. Fischgrund Center.
LORRIE MORGAN in the spotlight
Hickory Hills Lakes in Ft. Loramie, Ohio.
BETTY BUCKLEY center stage July
7 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, NM.
LIZ CALLAWAY performs July 14 at
the Bradston County Hotel's Nancy LaMott Room in White Lake, NY.
THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL SWINGS WITH BIG BAD VOODOO
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA, & KEN PEPLOWSKI'S TRIBUTE TO BENNY GOODMAN BIG BAND
the 10-piece Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band that spearheaded
the resurgence of swing music a decade ago, returns to the Bowl's historic stage along with the legendary Glenn
Miller Orchestra, which was one of the premier swing bands more than a half-century ago. Jazz clarinet
and saxophone virtuoso Ken Peplowski brings his Tribute to Benny Goodman Big Band to the mix for
a night of truly swinging tunes.
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a
seating capacity of just under 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has remained popular and accessible to a wide
cross-section of the population. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic's concerts. The Hollywood Bowl Swings is on July 10.
DOLORES GRAY died June 26,
2002, at the age of 78. Gray was born on June 7, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois. She began a career in
radio singing with Milton Berle and Rudy Vallee. From that medium she expanded to both
Broadway, movies and television. She made her Broadway debut in the 1944 production of
Seven Lively Arts, followed by Are You With It?
In 1951 she co-starred with Bert Lahr in Two on the Aisle which had music by Jule
Styne and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The
show featured Gray's show stopping rendition of If You Hadn't But You
She took home a Tony Award for her part in the short lived Carnival in
The Harold Rome & Leonard Gershe's hit musical Destry Rides Again at the Imperial
Theatre, in New York City, premiered April 23, 1959. The show starred Andy Griffin, along with
Gray and ex-Navy boxer Scott Brady.
Dolores was signed by MGM in 1955 for the
Arthur Fredd musical Kismet which starred Vic Damone, Ann Blyth and Sebastian Cabot.
The same year she starred with Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, and Dan Daily in It's Always Fair
Weather. In 1972 she returned to the theatre and starred in U.K. production of Gypsy
Over a decade later, in 1987, Stephen Sondhein lured her back to the English stage and she played
the lead in Follies.
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