SCOTT PELLEY CBS EVENING NEWS REPORT ON LAS VEGAS SCHOOL DRAWS RESPONSE
- - SUPER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK OPENS AS PRESIDENT CLINTON ISSUES OPINION PAPER
- - 2011 TONY RANDALL THEATER GRANTS ANNOUNCED
TREASURES OF HEAVEN: SAINTS, RELICS AND DEVOTION IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
- - THE BOOK OF MORMON RAISES TICKET PRICES - -
LADY GAGA'S RAW MEAT DRESS GOES ON DISPLAY
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PLIGHT OF LAS VEGAS HOMELESS STUDENTS
ON THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY CAUSES REACTION
Scott Pelley is a brilliant journalist who regularly delivered well balanced and
segments on 60 Minutes
Recently The Evening News With Scott Pelley ran a segment about the Whitney Elementary School
in Las Vegas, a public school with an 85% enrollment of students who are termed homeless
by the school district. For a school district, the word "homeless" can mean the students
don't have a "permanent" school records' address.
While some of these little victims may have, at some point, slept in
most live in the not ideal rent by-the-day, week or month residential motel type complexes.
In Las Vegas residential motels, located between hotels such as The Cannery, Arizona
Charlie's, Sam's Town and Boulder Station, line Boulder Highway. They cater to
"sun bunnies" - people who live in Las Vegas only during the summer months. For school children living in
such a motel, any time they
move from one room to another or one motel to another, the school has to update their
records with a current address.
The principal at this one Las Vegas public school promises the parents that, if they'll
just get their
children to the school bus stop, she will provide free food, clothing, eye exams, hair cuts, dental
visits - even paying their rent
and utilities. She's set up a trust fund so that the students have access to a
Airing of that amazing and
heart touching segment has resulted in the school being inundated with money and goods -
which is commendable from a television evening news viewing audience.
No child in American should be either homeless or hungry. There are schools in
every state which contain homeless and hungry children.
Instead of taking the approach that if you're poor enough and have the biggest sob story
you'll be on the fast track for help, what about all of the students who could use
some help but who don't happen to be attending one particular school?
For the minors to have appeared on this news segment, the parents/guardians had to have
signed release forms. This was an expertly shot and edited report in which the students were
clean, well dressed, cheerful and told to smile for the camera.
Pelley came to the CBS Evening News from 60 Minutes. He's a master at
intelligent, well balanced, informative features. So, why was this
not only narrow focused but not helpful to other school districts? How has one principal
managed to do her full time job, and accomplish all of this, including what would be hours
paper work each day to document donations and disbursements, to make sure
no parent was double dipping into welfare programs? Why
wasn't the Whitney School part of a segment that encompassed other poverty area
a variety of locations and showed how they could also feed the masses from one load of
What about the homeless and hungry kids who live on the other side of Las Vegas or
on the other side of the country? Is it okay for them to suffer?
In 2008 there were several newspaper articles written about the caring,
hard working principal of this school. Those articles listed school
demographics which remain the same today - that "85 percent of Whitney's students qualify for free or reduced-price meals." The principal
is quoted as saying; "Many of the students are second-and third-generation poverty,”
calling it "a lifestyle,"
repeated last week. Statistics show that over 50 percent of the school's students have English as a second
language and one-third have trouble with even basic English.
It's wonderful that caring citizens want to help these students.
However, there is a growing segment of children who might be called
the hidden poor - and they are ignored.
They have a permanent roof over their head, coming from the responsible
working class poor. They don't have generational pride in knowing how to
work the welfare system, and aren't raised to expect others to provide for them.
They'd accept a hand up, but not a hand out.
If I want to see children who, because of no fault of their own, have been reduced to not
eating as well as they should; who have air conditioning, but sleep in fenced backyards
in order to avoid a large power bill - all I have to do is walk three blocks. These
children exist in neighborhoods where such behavior would have been unheard of a few
years ago. They may be clean, but they aren't all that cheerful and any
smiles are forced.
Children in need aren't confined to just one school.
The principal discussed on camera that she has a friend who is a professional gambler, and he donates a percentage
of his monthly winnings, which amounts to about $2,000 a month for her programs. That's lucrative for the students
of one school, but of no help to teachers in Michigan, Oklahoma, Mississippi or anywhere else
who don't have a deep pockets benefactor.
Not every principal has the time and community resources to facilitate programs
similar to the worthy ones that the Las Vegas principal had showcased. Generous programs
which have taken years to implement. Local television reports have credited the principal with
personally raising over $1 million in money and services since she began her school program.
That can throw an inconceivable burden upon the over-worked and under paid principals
across this country who are coping with budget cuts, and now have
fingers pointing at them asking why they, too, haven't been able to create programs
pay the bills for the parents of their students.
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ART AND ABOUT
TREASURES OF HEAVEN: SAINTS, RELICS AND DEVOTION IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE
This major exhibition brings together for the first time some of the finest sacred treasures of the medieval age.
It features over 150 objects drawn from more than 40 institutions including the Vatican, European church treasuries, museums from the USA and Europe and the British Museum’s own pre-eminent collection.
It was during the medieval period that the use of relics in devotional practice first developed and became a central part of Christian worship. For many, the relics of Christ and the saints – objects associated with them, such as body parts or possessions – continue to provide a bridge between heaven and earth today.
Relics were usually set into ornate containers of silver and gold known as reliquaries, opulently decorated by the finest craftsmen of the age. They had spiritual and symbolic value that reflected the importance of their sacred contents.
The earliest items date from the late Roman period and trace the evolution of the cult of the saints from the 4th century to the peak of relic veneration in late medieval Europe.
Relics featured in the exhibition include three thorns thought to be from the Crown of Thorns, fragments of the True Cross, the foot of St Blaise, the breast milk of the Virgin Mary, the hair of St John the Evangelist, and the Mandylion of Edessa ehich is one of the earliest known likenesses of Jesus.
Treasures such as these have not been seen in significant numbers in the UK since the Reformation in the 16th century, which saw the wholesale destruction of saints’ shrines. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to glimpse the heritage of beautiful medieval craftsmanship that was lost to this country for centuries.
Organized with The Cleveland Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum. On display June 23 - October 9, 2011 at the British Museum in London.
LADY GAGA'S RAW MEAT DRESS AND BOOTS
Lady Gaga's Meat Dress. Photo: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
were put on display last Thursday by the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland as part of their Women Who
Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit, which runs until February
The raw-meat dress which is made from layers of Argentinean beef was
kept in a meat locker, placed in a vat of chemicals and then dried out by
American Taxidermy in California before being transported to the museum.
The meat dress - put together by designer Franc Fernandez and stylist
Nicola Formichetti - was worn by Lady Gaga when she accepted her video
of the year VMA for Bad Romance at the MTV Video Music Awards
Hall of Fame spokeswoman Margaret Thresher says the dress took on a "dark,
beef-jerky" look while dehydrating, so it was painted to look "fresh"
afterward and put onto a dress form while it was still wet. The entire
process took several months to complete.
The dress and boots are on display in a case which also contain
canisters to control the humidity, along with another canister that
soaks up the glutens. Hall of Fame chief curator Jim Henke told the
"it's in a sealed case and we have the gels to control the environment in
SPIDER MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK FINALLY OPENS ON
BROADWAY - PRESIDENT CLINTON ISSUES OPINION PAPER
Bono admits he's learned a lot with his foray into the world of Broadway
You've got to give them credit for tenasity.
Having already set records as the most expensive show in Broadway history and having
stayed in previews longer than any other production - 183 - the persistent Spider-Man Turn
Off the Dark - version deux - finally opened on its sixth attempt at the Foxwoods
Theatre. Whether this effort will prove to be worth all the trouble will be determined when
the audience consists of ordinary folks, rather than celebrities.
Of course the show is considerably better, considering that it couldn't have gotten
any worse. Nobody is apt to be maimed or killed in this version which will be a turn
off for those hoping to catch the bad drop on a cell phone and sell the coverage to
bankroll their lifestyle, or at least cover the cost of the overpriced tickets.
Reeve Carney who stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Jennifer Damiano who plays
Mary Jane and Patrick Page as the Green Goblin are excellent.
President Clinton's loyalty to a friend is commendable. Clinton and Bono
are active in helping underprivileged countries.
main reasons to see the show: the stunts and the scenery. The choreography and aerial
choreography are by Daniel Ezralow; additional choreography by Chase Brock; sets by George Tsypin; lighting by Donald Holder. Aerial design by Scott Rogers; aerial rigging design by Jaque Paquin; projection coordinator/additional content design by Howard Werner. Projections by Kyle Cooper
Hopefully Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark will not turn into how people remember
Bono and The Edge - who have come away from this production considerably wiser.
President Clinton who sat next to his good friend Bono during the opening show, proved his friendship by actually issuing an opinion paper
sent out from the Clinton Foundation Press Office.
“What an amazing and historic night on Broadway," the former President opined. "New York
has never seen anything like Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Clinton continued.
"And I am very proud of them for not giving up, it was fabulous,” - which indicates he
needs to get out more.
BROADWAY SINGS TORI: A BENEFIT FOR RAINN
will celebrate and support the work of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. The event will take place on Monday June 27th at New World Stages in New York City, and will feature songs written by 10-time Grammy nominee Tori Amos, who was the first spokesperson for RAINN.
Performers include Tony nominees Christine Andreas and Stephanie D’Abruzzo as well as Kate Shindle,
Natalie Joy Johnson, Max Von Essen, Celina Carvajal, Steven Cutts, Katie Thompson, Molly Pope,
and more. Brian Nash will serve as musical director, with Colleen Harris and Ben Cameron slated to host.
SERENATA the evening concert will
combine a unique blend of star-studded performances from some of the world’s greatest
classical artists and musicians in an event which benefits The Prince's Trust Charity.
Headlining the evening will be singing supremo Russell Watson as well as world-renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom, with support from electric string quartet Escala.
The black tie event has two types of tickets:
Evening Concert and Opera Dinner Tickets includes complimentary wine at each table. Or Gourmet Barbecue Tickets with Evening Concert.
June 24, 2011 a the Hurlinghman Club in London.
THE WHITE ROOM a world premiere of
Jennifer Muller's new evening-length piece presented by The Works at the Cedar Lake
Theater in NYC, from June 22 - 26, 2011. A Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at Chelsea Art Museum,
will follow the Opening Night Gala performance. The Gala honors Phoenix Partners Group, lead corporate sponsor for the company's education programs.
The White Room begins in a large featureless space, which alters as the piece progresses, influenced by the attitudes and actions of those inhabiting it. In the beginning, the room echoes the innocence of a young girl; The White Room is her story. She is both damaged and transformed by encounters with a diverse cast of characters. The piece concerns the corruption of innocence, contrasting purity with heartless self-interest and questioning the value systems of our times.
The music for The White Room is a compilation of cello-based music from traditional sources such as Yo-Yo Ma and contemporary composers like Zoe Keating, Break of Reality, Gordon Withers, Matthew Schoening and Julia Kent. Costume and stage design by Stageworks, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and projection design by Kevin Harkins.
Company Members: Susanna Bozzetti, Elizabeth Disharoon, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Seiko Fujita, Duane Gosa, Gen Hashimoto, Abdul Latif, Jen Peters, Alvon Reed, Pascal Rekoert
Apprentices: Mario Bermudez Gil, Katherine Hozier, Kensaku Shinohara, Hsing-Hua Wang, Eric Williams.
For more than 37 years, contemporary dance company Jennifer Muller/The Works has applied a multi-disciplinary approach that weaves dance, theater and visual arts to create dances that celebrate and illuminate the human spirit.
The Works has developed an astounding international presence, having appeared in the world's preeminent theaters and festivals in 39 countries on four continents. The Works returns to China for a multi-city engagement in 2011.
The Works is devoted to its professional training, arts awareness and mentoring programs. Faces of Wonder and Imagine That! bring The Works' artistry into NYC public schools. The HATCH Presenting Series has mentored over 500 new works by emerging choreographers and theater artists. The Scholarship/Apprentice Program provides valued professional training in Muller Technique for aspiring dancers. These programs reach over 5,000 youth in NYC schools and 50 emerging choreographers.
BILL W. AND DR. BOB a
play by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey will receive a one-night benefit
reading at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles on June 27.
Martin Sheen, JoBeth Williams, Ed Begley, Jr. and Stephanie Zimbalist
headline the cast. Directed by Jenny Sullivan.
This is a joint fundraiser for the Geffen Playhouse and Hazelden - a
non-profit leader in addiction treatment for more than 60 years - the
evening will feature a reading of the play, a post-show discussion with
the cast and playwrights as well as a dessert reception.
Bill W. and Dr. Bob "recounts the story of Bill Wilson and Dr.
Robert Smith, two men whose friendship ultimately led to the founding of
Alcoholics Anonymous. Together with their wives, who went on to develop
Al-Anon Family Groups, their discoveries have touched and saved countless
lives since the program's inception."
Bill W. and Dr. Bob debuted in 2007 with an award-winning run
Off-Broadway before playing across the country. The goal now is a return
to New York City and a national tour "which would travel to college
campuses to fight the epidemic of binge drinking and provide scholarships
to youth for treatment at Hazelden."
Dr. Samuel Shem and Dr. Janet Surrey, spouses, have been on the faculty of
Harvard Medical School for many years and co-authored We Have to Talk:
Healing Dialogues Between Women and Men.
The 4th ANNUAL SONGS OF OUR LIVES CONCERT benefiting The Fulfillment Fund,
a nonprofit organization which helps Los Angeles youth
overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams of higher education took place June 13 at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles.
With actor Tony Danza as emcee, the concert featured a special performance by the legendary songwriting duo Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox (Killing Me Softly, Ready to Take a Chance Again, theme from Happy Days), together on stage for the first time in 30 years.
"When I was young, I had opportunities and help in my education that were life-giving to me," said Fox, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the event's producer. "The Songs of Our Lives is my way of paying it forward so that students in Los Angeles get the same opportunity to achieve their dreams."
The concert's lineup included Richard Marx, writer of 13 #1 songs. Allee Willis, writer of I'll Be There for You (Theme from Friends)
David Pack, writer of Ambrosia's chart-topping singles including Biggest Part Of Me and You're The Only Woman; Steve Dorff, whose #1 hits include I Just Fall In Love Again, Jeff Barry, who wrote The Crystals' Da Doo Ron Ron and The Ronettes' Be My Baby; and Felix Cavaliere, whose 1960s hits with The Rascals includeGood Lovin', Groovin and People Got to Be Free.
PROSPECT THEATER'S 2011 ANNUAL GALA
Make Our Garden Grow takes place June 27 in the Harbor View Room at Battery Gardens, NYC.
Evan Pappas will host.
The one-night-only event will feature a concert with performances from
Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, Matt Cavenaugh, Jose Llana, Marla Mindelle
and Gordon Stanley.
Cocktails followed by a three-course dinner, cabaret performance and the after party with an open bar.
PRIMETIME AND DAYTIME STARS
in Las Vegas for the Daytime Emmy Awards, which will
take place tonight, June 19, at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, spend yesterday
delivering the gift of hearing.
Marlee Matlin and Susan Lucci headed up the celebrities who
assisted the Starkey Hearing Foundation is distributing 100 aids to under-served,
hearing-impaired children and adults from the Las Vegas area.
Led by Bill Austin, Founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation,
a team of audiologists and volunteers worked together on the precise fitting
of custom-made, state-of-the-art hearing aids for each of the 100 recipients ages two to 53.
During the broadcast of the Daytime Emmy Awards, as part of the show’s Daytime
Cares portion, the Starkey Hearing Foundation will be recognized along with its Founder, Bill Austin and Treasurer, Tani Austin, for their work in the area of closed captioning.
TONY RANDALL THEATRICAL FUND ANNOUNCES WINNERS
In 1991 Tony Randall founded The National Actors Theatre which presented
over 20 productions of classical works on Broadway and Off-Broadway.
When the beloved actor passed away in 2004 his widow, Heather, created The Tony Randall Fund. Under her direction the fund continues their mandate of providing operating support to assist outstanding theatre companies meet challenges of the current economic climate. The total amount of financial support offered by the Tony Randall Grant for the 2011-2012 season is over $185,000.
“With arts funding on the verge of disappearing, The Tony Randall Theatrical Fund
honored to be able to help these passionate, resourceful theatre companies
continue to fulfill their artistic mission,” stated Heather Randall.
The 2011 recipients of the Tony Randall grants are:
Elevator Repair Service, The Civilians, SITI Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Soho Rep are being recognized for consistently producing innovative, artist-driven work for the next generation of theater-goers.
Epic Theatre Ensemble for the ambitious, high quality arts education they provide to 2,000 NYC public school students each year.
Lark Play Development Company for maintaining a nurturing, incubative atmosphere where playwrights can develop their work away from critical and commercial pressures.
Grants were also awarded to Classic Stage Company, Repertorio Espanol and Signature Theatre Company in recognition of their continued artistic achievement and organizational excellence.
The Acting Company, The Actors Fund, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Theatre Workshop and Target Margin Theatre will continue to receive The Tony Randall Theatrical Fund's ongoing support.
Since 2006, the Tony Randall Theatrical Fund grants recipients included The Civilians, Elevator Repair Service, LAByrinth Theater Company, Repertorio Espanol, The Atlantic Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, The Flea Theater, The New Group, Signature Theatre Company, Vineyard Theatre, Red Bull Theatre Company, New York Theatre Work Shop, The Actor’s Center, The Actors’ Fund of America, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Drama League, Elysium Between Two Continents, Ethical Culture Foundation, Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan Theatre Club, Martha Graham Dance Company, Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, New Victory Theatre, New York International Ballet Competition, Paper Bag Players, Raleigh Charter High School, Rent 10, Starworks Foundation, VOICE Experience Foundation, Voice Foundation, Playwrights Horizons, The Wooster Group, St. Ann’s Warehouse, PS 122, New Georges, Pig Iron Ensemble, Pergones, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, McCarter Theatre Center, O’Neill Center.
MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Robert Plant and the Band of Joy perform Friday, June 24. It should come as no surprise that their gig is sold out.
3,000 artists from 30 countries.
More than 650 concerts, including 450 free outdoor performances.
Close to 2.5 million peaceful festivalgoers - 400 accredited journalists, 10 free outdoor stages and
10 concert halls - that's the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
This event that has become an
international jazz rendezvous and a laboratory for the creation of new talent, contributing to the successes of artists such as Diana Krall and Norah Jones.
The gigantic summer music celebration features 11 days of non-stop entertainment,
from noon to midnight, right in the heart of downtown Montreal. Several city blocks are closed to traffic, as right of way is given exclusively to pedestrians, creating a festive and secure spot with cafés and bistros, an art gallery, street performers and a musical park for children. It’s the summer celebration par excellence for people of all ages and origins, a cultural breath of fresh air, and a place for incredible musical discoveries with influence such as jazz, blues, Latin-jazz, Brazilian, Cuban, African Reggae, contemporary, and electronica.
Prestigious prizes awarded each year by the Festival to honor great jazz artists include
The Ella Fitzgerald Award rewarding Vocal talent,
The Miles Davis Award acknowledging International Jazz Careers,
The Oscar Peterson Award rewarding exceptional contribution to Canadian Jazz
The Antonio Carlos Jobim Award rewarding an artist in the domain of world music.
The 32nd edition of
the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 25 to July 4, 2011.
SPREADING THE WORD
L.A. THEATRE WORKS THE PLAY'S THE THING RADIO
beginning in September will
moves to the James Bridges Theater on the campus of the UCLA School
of Theater, Film and Television. There, each performance will be recorded
in front of a live audience for future radio broadcast.
Sarah Drew, Calista Flockhart, Stacy Keach, Amy Madigan, Jean Smart,
Joanne Whalley, JoBeth Williams are among stars set to record 10 plays as
part of L.A. Theatre Works' 2011-12 season.
In 2011-12, the 10 plays selected to be recorded in front of a live
audience include Rolf Fjelde's striking new translation (including the
title) of A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen; a new comedy about romance
in the science
lab, Completeness by Itamar Moses; the Tony Award-winning drama
Michael Frayn; Sam Shepard's ground breaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning
Buried Child; the witty and provocative Next Fall by
Geoffrey Nauffts; the savage morality tale
Look Back in Anger by John Osborne; Frost/Nixon by Peter
Morgan, with Stacy Keach
reprising his role as Richard Nixon; Michael Hollinger's award-winning
look at a
'high strung' string quartet, Opus; Terence Rattigan's 1948
masterpiece The Browning
Version; and the classic Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco.
L.A. Theatre Works has been the foremost producer of radio theater in the
States for more than two decades, bringing the finest recorded dramatic
into the homes of millions every week. L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated
series airs weekly on public radio stations nationwide and
are distributed to over 8500 libraries nationwide. The L.A. Theatre Works
Theatre Collection, with over 450 titles, is the largest archive of its
kind in the
SHAQ O'NEAL the 350-pound teddy bear, who is a
15-time NBA All Star and four-time NBA champ, will have his retirement party on
June 25th at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.
FIRE CAUSES SHOW DISRUPTION
over 100 firefighters were needed to put out a massive fire June 14 in the
historical London West End Marconi House, which is where the first
BBC broadcast in 1922 took place.
The blaze caused the nearby Aldwych theatre to cancel a performance of Dirty Dancing.
JOURNEY TO THE DOOR OF NO RETURN
by Psalmayene 24 has a free reading staged by Georgetown University and presented
by Arena Stage as part of their Downstairs New Play Series.
Baraka is a struggling music producer at a crossroad in his life. T.E.N. is the
eccentric novelist he meets at a bus stop. The Door of No Return is
the place where “the voices” tell Baraka he must go in order to
release his demons. Billed as "Told under a beautiful canopy of music and movement,
with a compelling cast of characters who turn stereotypes inside out, Journey to
the Door of No Return… is a mystical tale that explores the process of
forgiveness and the cost of redemption.
Friday, June 24 at the Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, Washington, DC.
THE ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL
which is in its 15th year, has moved to Las Vegas after last year's event in Los Angeles resulted in
more than 100 people being hospitalized for injuries and drug-related issues and the death of a 15-year-old girl.
Los Angeles officials indicated the event was no longer welcome.
The Las Vegas staging is expected to draw more than 250,000 people, making it North America's largest electronic music festival.
Taking place June 24-26 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the event will include 200 performers and artists.
Sweetening the pot for Las Vegas cooperation - One dollar of each ticket is going to be
split among three local charities: the Clark County Community Partnership Program,
the Smith Center for Performing Arts and the Injured Police Officers Fund.
CHARLIE SHEEN had been
told to settle his $100 million lawsuit over his firing from Two and a
Half Men through private arbitration rather than in a public
courtroom. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman last
Wednesday rejected Sheen's request for a court trial
in his lawsuit against Warner Brothers Television.
Earlier, Warner Bros. had sought arbitration in lieu of a trial which is
usually the customary route in disputes between talent and
THE BOOK OF MORMON which captured nine Tony awards last week, is invoking the - ' to the victor goes the spoils' philosophy. They've raised ticket prices. The top ticket price is now $155. The $13 increase was put into effect the morning after the Tony Awards took place.
THE ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA MARKET is going to undergo a change, according to a report
published last Tuesday by PricewaterhouseCooper.
According to the report China is expected to overtake Germany this year
to become the world's third-largest entertainment and media market with
spending hitting $96 billion.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO . . . .
A BEVY OF PEOPLE who celebrate
On June 19th Kathleen Turner, Paula Abdul and that wonderful cartoon cat
Garfield blow out the candles.
On June 20th
Brian Wilson, Lionel Ritchie, John Goodman and Nicole Kidman accept birthday wishes.
On June 21st
Juliette Lewis opens her presents. On June 22 Prunella Scales, Kris Kristofferson,
Lindsay Wagner, Meryl Streep and
Cyndi Lauper celebrate.
On June 23rd Ted Shackleford is the birthday boy. June 24th it's Mick Fleetwood and
Jeff Beck who get the cake and ice cream. On June 25 Carly Simon and George Michael hear
the Happy Birthday song and on June 26th
Chris Isaak gets to make his birthday wishes.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY the
musical based on characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles
Addams, on June 15 celebrated its 500th performance on Broadway.
LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE on June 16th celebrated its 400 performance Off-Broadway. .
HARRY CONNICK, JR AND GLORIA ESTEFAN who have been inducted into the Holltwood Bowl Hall of Fame. Dame Helen Mirren was the host for the ceremoney which took place during the annual Opening Night at the Bowl concert on June 17.
Presenters included Andy Garcia and Hilary Swank. The evening kicked off the summer season at the Bowl with The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra led by Thomas Wilkins.
Music and lyrics by
Cole Porter. Book by Moss Hart.
Let the beguine begin - Cole Porter is coming to The Ohio Light Opera.
He was urbane; he was cynical; he was rich; he was the master of the double entendre - so
much so that many of his most risqué allusions sailed right over the heads of the censors
into the laps of his audience.
OLO is proud to introduce this composer to its repertoire with his 1935 musical
Jubilee, which boasts one of Broadway’s most magnificent musical scores and an
absolutely charming, touching, and hilarious book by Moss Hart.
When the royal family of an unnamed country is threatened by an apparent coup and
ordered by the prime minister to dreary Feathermore Castle, they all decide to
defy the order and, for some romantic fun, to go off incognito into the real world
that they have never experienced.
The Queen hits the pavement to track down slow-witted, but lovable film actor
Charlie Rausmiller, who is in town promoting his screen appearance as the jungle
god Mowgli. Son James seeks out cabaret singer Karen O’Kane, while daughter Diana
has long admired playwright Eric Dare (modeled after Noël Coward). The rather
distracted king is content to spend his time in the park practicing string tricks,
but manages to strike up a relationship with socialite Eva Standing, who is never more
than a day away from throwing a party.
By the end of the first act, the prime minister has caught up with them all and
whisked them off to Feathermore. But…each of the four has, unknown to the others,
invited his or her new friend to the castle for the weekend…and it all starts up again.
Musical gems include the incomparable Begin the Beguine, Just One of
Those Things, Why Shouldn’t I?, When Love Comes Your Way, A Picture of Me Without You,
The Kling-Kling Bird in the Divi-Divi Tree, and an old-fashioned parlor waltz,
Me and Marie, that has the audience humming for weeks.
June 25-August 12, 2011 at the Ohio Light Opera which is the Residential Professional
Company of The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
SILENCE! THE MUSICAL the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction and choreography by Christopher Gattelli.
Starring Brent Barrett and Jenn Harris. Also featured in the cast are Stephen Bienskie, Harry Bouvy, Diedre Goodwin, Jeff Hiller, Howard Kaye, and Alysha Umphress. The Musical Director is Mark Hartman, with arrangements & orchestrations by Brian J. Nash.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Silence of the Lambs.
In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. Clarice must face her own demons and race the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Bill. It’s a hair-raising thriller that’s kept countless millions on the edges of their seats and permeated the pop lexicon with delightfully creepy quotes like “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” and of course “It places the lotion in the basket.” And now, at last, this delicate symphony of suspense has been turned on its ear and retold in the only way it can be - as a musical. A singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrates the action; Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin; and even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls.
Created by Jon and Al Kaplan in 2002, Silence! shattered every box office record at the 2005 FringeNYC Festival, winning the award for Best Musical. Silence! The Musical met with further success last season in London where it played at Above The Stag Theatre.
Performances will begin June 24th for a limited engagement through August 13th at Theatre
80, New York City.
MASTER CLASS by Terrence McNally. Directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
Terrence McNally’s play about Maria Callas (Tyne Daly) takes us to one of her famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated, the most reviled and the most controversial singer of her time.
Starring Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess (Sharon Graham), Clinton Brandhagen
(Stagehand), Jeremy Cohen (Manny), Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly (Maria Callas),
Drama Desk Award winner Alexandra Silber (Sophie De Palma), and Garrett Sorenson
The creative team includes Thomas Lynch (scenic design), Martin Pakledinaz (costume design), David Lander (lighting design), Jon Gottlieb (sound design), and Paul Huntley (wig design).
This limited engagement is in previews in preparation for a July 7 opening at the
Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, NYC.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare. Directed by
Ethan McSweeny. The Assistant Director is Jenny Lord.
Whether contemplating the contents of gilded chests or the darkest corners of humanity, The Merchant of Venice challenges audiences to look beyond misleading appearances to find the true measure of things. This intriguing story of power and revenge, justice and mercy, true love and duplicity features some of Shakespeare's most complex and memorable characters.
The Merchant of Venice is being staged at STC for the first time in more than a decade. Set against the gritty backdrop of 1920s Lower East Side New York City, this classic tale with a modern twist highlights that commerce is king and everything's a commodity.
The cast includes: Gordon Adams, Travis Blumer, Matthew Carlson,
Julia Coffey, Carl Cofield, Drew Cortese,
Aubrey Deeker, Vaneik Echeverria, Drew Eshelman, Adam Ewer,
Tim Getman, Emily Joshi-Powell, Kai Moeller, Andy Murray,
Mark Nelson, Daniel Pearce, Amelia Pedlow, Benjamin Pelteson,
Khalil Reddick, Derek Smith, Kevin Stevens, Paul Stuart, Liz Wisan,
Andrew Lieberman is the set designer. Jennifer Moeller serves as the
costume designer. Marcus Doshi is the
Lighting Designer. The Composer and Sound Designer is Steven Cahill. Karma Camp
Choreographer. Dave Bova
Begins June 21 at
Sidney Harman Hall in
The Merchant of Venice Symposium takes place on Saturday, June 25.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE AND ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS
WELL by William Shakespeare. In repertory
through July 30, 2011.
Measure for Measure is directed by David Esbjornson.
Measure sweeps from the corridors of national power to the intimate
confines of the bedroom and from the convent's chapel to the executioner's
block. It is Shakespeare at his grittiest: a bracing and bawdy glimpse of
what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to
With Bill Army, Kristen Connolly, John Cullum, Carson Elrod, Joe Forbrich,
Danai Gurira, Michael Hayden, Andre Holland, Jordan Lund, David Manis,
Dakin Matthews, Charlie Francis Murphy, Caitlin O'Connell, Annie Parisse,
Carra Patterson, Tonya Pinkins, Lorenzo Pisoni, James Rees, Reg Rogers,
Lucas Caleb Rooney, Benjamin Thys, Brendan Titley, Katie Tuminelly,
Zachary Unger, Benjamin Perry Wenzelberg, Roger Yeh.
The Artistic Staff includes: Scenic Design Scott Pask -
Costume Design Elizabeth Hope Clancy - Lighting Design Peter Kaczorowski
- Original Music and Sound Score John Gromada - Sound Design Acme Sound
Partners - Hair and Wig Design Charles Lapoint - Vocal Coach Shane-Ann
Younts - Production Stage Manager M. William Shiner - Stage Managers are
Buzz Cohen, James Latus and Sean M. Thorne.
All's Well That Ends Well is helmed by Daniel Sullivan.
A fairytale for grown-ups, this beguiling fable follows the low-born
Helena, one of Shakespeare's most resourceful heroines, as she inventively
surmounts obstacle after impossible obstacle in order to win the love of
the aristocratic and haughty Count Bertram.
With Bill Army, Kristen Connolly, John Cullum, Carson Elrod, Lauren
Ferguson, Joe Forbrich, Michael Hayden, Edena Hines, Andre Holland, Jordan
Lund, David Manis, Zoey Martinson, Dakin Matthews, Adam McNulty, Katie
Meister, Charlie Francis Murphy, Caitlin O'Connell, Annie Parisse, Tonya
Pinkins, Lorenzo Pisoni, Aleque Reid, Reg Rogers, Lucas Caleb Rooney,
Benjamin Thys, Brendan Titley, Katie Wieland, Roger Yeh.
Artistic Staff includes:
Scenic Design Scott Pask - Costume Design Jane Greenwood -
Lighting Design Peter Kaczorowski - Original Music Tom Kitt -
Sound Design Acme Sound Partners - Hair and Wig Design Tom Watson -
Fight Director Tom Schall - Choreographer Mimi Lieber - Vocal Coach
Shane-Ann Younts - Production Stage Manager James Latus -
Stage Managers are Buzz Cohen and M. William Shiner.
Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City's most beloved summer
traditions. New York natives and visitors alike have been enjoying free
Shakespeare in Central Park since performances began in 1954. Now 57 years
after Joseph Papp first conceived the project, The Public Theater is proud
to continue to produce Shakespeare in the Park.
SIDE EFFECTS by Michael
Directed by David Auburn.
Joely Richardson and Cotter Smith.
Hugh and Lindy's marriage seems picture-perfect, a beacon in their
microcosmic Midwestern world of dinner parties and fundraisers. But,
behind closed doors - doors they can barely keep shut - they're falling
apart, and Hugh's rising political star is suddenly imperiled.
Presented through July 3 by MCC Theater at
The Lucille Lortel Theatre, NYC.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT the new musical comedy with a score by George and Ira
Gershwin, book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro and direction and
choreography by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, will star
Tony winner Matthew Broderick. The production is set for a Broadway
premiere in spring 2012.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams. Directed by David Cromer.
With 28 productions of his plays in the WTF history, Tennessee Williams
and the Williamstown Theatre Festival have had a long and impressive
To honor his 100th birthday, there's no better gift than an intimate new
production of his masterwork by one of today's most inventive directors.
In the close quarters of the Nikos Stage, the audience will take up
temporary residence in the stifling Kowalski apartment to witness
Williams' turbulent tale of longing and delusion.
Starring: Jennifer Engstrom,
Jessica Hecht, Ana Reeder,
Sam Rockwell, Daniel Stewart Sherman,
Lou Sumrall and Kirby Ward.
Williamstown Theatre Festival June 22 - July 3
in Williamstown, VA.
KEITH URBAN on stage Thursday, June 23, at the Colonial Life Afrena in Columbia, SC. On Friday the tour stops at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. Saturday's performance is at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC.
GLEE LIVE IN CONCERT are across the pond opening a two nighter on Wednesday, June 22, at the Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. On Thursday they begin a 5 night stand at the 02 in London.
PAUL SIMON is across the pond with a show Thursday, June 23, at the Royal Centre in Nottingham, England. Friday's performance is at the S.E.C.C. in Glasgow, Scotland.
ELVIS COSTELLO performs Monday, June 20, at the Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI. On Thursday the show is at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, ON.
CELTIC WOMAN continue their tour with performances in Germany and Austria this week. On Tuesday, June 21 they're in the spotlight at the Standthalle in Bielefeld, Germany. On Wednesday the tour stops at the AWD Hall in Hannover, Germany. On Friday the show is in Vienna, Austria at the Wiener Stedthallr. They close out the week on Saturday with a show at the Circus Krone Bau in Munich, Germany.
GLORIA GAYNOR AND THE VILLAGE PEOPLE perform Saturday, June 25, at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.
CARL GARDNER original lead singer of The Coasters
died in a Florida hospice on June 12, 2011 following a long bout with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia. He was 83.
The Coasters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
BRIGITTE BURDINE MEMORIAL TRIBUTE
for the top video game casting director who worked on games including
World of Warcraft and God of War II. She was killed on December 29, 2010
by a hit-and-run driver while walking home along Culver Blvd in Playa Vista, CA. She was 48.
Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood will present Firework in her honor. The dance concert will be held June 24, 25 and 26 at the Secret Rose Theatre.
Both children and adult dancers from the Los Angeles area will participate in the event, which is open to the public. The performance is produced and directed by Heather Ashleigh who will also perform in the show.
Brigitte Elaine Burdine was born on August 8, 1962 in Takoma Park, MD. She moved to southern California
in 1980. Working in the field since 1989, she ran the Brigitte Burdine Casting Agency.
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