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Copyright: June 23, 2002
By: Laura Deni
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TOWN'S LEAP OF FAITH OPENS
LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM
Laurel and Hardy
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, who made 106 film shorts and feature films between 1927 and
1950, have been called ''the most successful comedy team in the history of the screen," according
to the editor of The Film Encyclopedia.
The only Laurel and Hardy Museum in America will open July 15 in the birthplace of Oliver
Hardy - Harlem, Georgia.
You've never heard of Harlem, Georgia? Neither have a lot of people - including residents of
We tracked down Councilwoman and Mayor Pro-Tem Robin Root in her Harlem home. The
gracious lady spoke with Broadway To Vegas about how the Laurel and Hardy Museum is
reinvigorating this sleepy little town.
"We getting ourselves on the map again," she proclaimed while assuring that we were not the
only ones who had never heard of Harlem, Georgia. "Most people have never heard of us,
including a lot who live in Georgia," she quipped. "We are known more
throughout the United States now than probably in Georgia - all because of this Museum. That
sounds like of strange, but it is true."
"The population of Harlem is less than 2,000 and everyone is real excited about the
opening of the Museum," she continued. "If you were to stand in the middle of Harlem - it's five
miles each way. It's a real small little town. When it was started up it was a non-alcohol city and
we still are. There are no liquor stores There are no bars here. It is a very quaint little town and
"It has been a sleepy town for a long time - it really has. A lot
of people in Georgia - the ones that do know about Harlem - kind of look at it as a little
Mayberry town. It really is. Our police offices walk the streets."
Streets in a town located between there and somewhere bordering on extinction.
Rott's soft Southern drawl masks steel determination. "What I kind of tell people is that we're
sitting on a fence and we're teetering and we're going to
fall - on the good side. I know we are because of the publicity that this museum has
"Here's another fine mess you've gotten yourself into!" Oliver Hardy would have most likely said about the town banking on a museum to reinvent
The plan isn't so farfetched. It worked for his partner's home town.
Stan Laurel was born in England and a museum there is a major tourist attraction.
Harlem has teamed up with the Ulverston museum in Cumbria, England, where Stan
Laurel - the thin one - was born on June 16, 1890.
"They are very helpful. In fact, that is our sister city. That is the only other place where there is a
Laurel and Hardy Museum and they have been so supportive. It's wonderful," she said
emphasizing that they are working together not opposite each other.
For the past thirteen years, on the first Saturday of October, the City of
Harlem has celebrated Ollie's--as he was affectionately called--legacy with a yearly festival,
honoring him - so the town has experience handling an annual crowd. What the city would like is a steady stream of tourists. In pursuit of that Harlem
made a momentous announcement in 2001 - that they were going to open the first Laurel and Hardy museum in the United States.
Root became the driving force behind the project.
The museum is located in the former
post office, a beautiful brick, 35' x 60' stand-alone building, surrounded by grass and parking lot
visitors. Located on the main drag, right in the center of the city, the museum will have displays
of L&H memorabilia in the main room and a film room in the rear of
the museum for showing L&H films. Just like a big city, the museum will have a permanent
curator. It is anticipated that the museum will always be a "work in progress" in order to keep
adding features, collectibles, etc., for the benefit of visitors. The museum is owned and maintained
by the City of
While the Museum has yet to open, Root is already visualizing expansion.
"We have an old theatre building which just became vacant. I would love to see - and work as
hard as I can - to see it revamped and turned back into an old theatre," she explained as her
voice took on an edge of excitement. "We are starting to
revamp the downtown and get storefronts back to the way they used to look. Restore everything
that we have down town."
The goal is to turn the town into a year around tourist attraction.
If five bus loads of tourists showed up at noon all wanting to eat in Harlem and tour the museum
with a limited amount of time - can you handle this?
"Right now, we can handle it, although it might be a little difficult," she answered. "We do not
have any fast food places. Everything here is a mom and pop," she related about what the city
feels adds to the atmosphere of the town - something that the city officials see as a marketing
tool with mom and pop restaurants who are "bending over backwards to accommodate tourists
and provide the small town atmosphere that is reminiscent of the Laurel and Hardy
Expect to see things like Laurel and Hardy impersonators, restaurant menus featuring favorite
foods of the comedians and their cohorts. Put those pounding-the-beat police officers in turn of
the century looking uniforms. The officials of Harlem are in a marketing mode.
"We are very, very anxious to work with tour groups who want to come to Harlem," Root
"Augusta is the big city nearest us. That is what we are working on right now. They have a lot
of tours coming through on their way to Macon. We are trying to get them to come off of the
highway and take
the back route for a little way - to come see us on their way to Macon. I think that is going to be
a real success!"
Root reports that there are volunteers staffing the museum and a women's committee whose
dedication would rival a big city sisterhood. "We have a terrific, energetic set of five
women that have taken the ball and run with it. They have just been wonderful!"
The Laurel and Hardy Museum is the revitalization catalyst.
"It's going to go. We are going to be on top of the world!" declared Root.
Helping to open the Museum will be The 13th International Convention of The Sons Of The
Desert, hosted by the Scram Tent (Oasis 97) of Nashville, Tennessee.
The Sons of the Desert, who take their name from a 1933 L&H movie, will pour into Music City
from throughout the United States as well as Canada, England, Germany, France, Belgium,
Netherlands, Switzerland and Portugal.
Part of their Nashville convention will include
-"Berthmarks" - Oliver Hardy Seminar with Dr. Bob Wilson of Georgia College & State University; "A Chump at Oxford" - Film comedy seminar with
guest Dr. Frank Scheide and a Costume Banquet where attendees will come as their favorite character from
Way Out West.
That will take place July 11th -14th at the Airport Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee. Following
the Convention, on Monday July 15, they will motor coach to Harlem to participate in all of the
Celebrity guests confirmed to attend not just the Nashville convention, but also travel to Harlem
for the Museum dedication include: Dorothy "Echo" deBorba who worked with The Boys in
Fra Diavolo and The Stolen 0015, and multiple Our Gang shorts Gordon "Porky' Lee - worked at Hal Roach Studio as major Our
Gang Member, Jerry "Tucker" Schatz who worked with The Boys in Babes In Toyland and
multiple Our Gang shorts and Jean Darling who was in Our Gang shorts, and was Curly Locks
in Babes in Toyland with Laurel and Hardy.
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BILLY JOEL; REHAB TO
FRONT ROW CENTER
The most anticipated
opening has nothing to do with what is on stage, but whether Billy Joel will be
out of rehab and in attendance, at the Tuesday premiere of the Billy Joel music based Movin
Out at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
All of the front page blather about Joel's problems may boost ticket sales, but it's the
theatrical creation, not the personal heartaches of the piano man, that will determine the success
of this show.
Joel's private life is far more interesting and dramatic than any thinly woven story line
constructed to string together Joel hits.
On Monday, 53-year-old Joel checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital, a
prestigious psychiatric and substance-abuse facility in New Canaan, Conn.
reported that Joel was in good spirits anxious to leave in time to fly to Chicago for the
In March, the
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter had to reschedule his sold-out Face to Face Tour 2002 with
Elton John. The reason given: inflamed vocal cords, an acute upper respiratory infection and
But his last performance - on March 15 at Madison Square Garden - raised some red flags
and resulted in interesting reviews. New York Times reviewer Kelefa
Sanneh wrote; "The audience had been warned that he had a cold. But Mr. Joel seemed to have
ingested something quite a bit stronger than cough syrup."
Other celebrities who have spent time at the get-your-life-back-on-track-place include Mariah
Carey, Michael Jackson, Liza
Minnelli, Gregg Allmann and Joan Kennedy. The cost ranges from $210 to $1,000 a day,
depending on the type of service received.
Movin' Out conceived, choreographed and directed by Emmy-award
winning choreographer Twyla Tharp, is a musical that traces the lives of six friends from
grow up and go on to fight in Vietnam. One is killed in the war and another comes to blame the
third for the man's death.
Billy Joel's songs are the basis for this new musical. While the pop music icon doesn't star in - or
is even a part of - the show, 26 of his songs and instrumental compositions including Innocent
Man, Big Shot, River of Dreams and Movin' Out provide all the words.
In concept, it's not unlike Mamma Mia! - a
loosely structured play that strings together a number of tunes from the 1970s disco group
A year ago Joel said of Tharp's project, "It worked really, really well, and the narrative is actually
being described through the lyrics of the songs, which are done by a live band, with dance, so it's
a different kind of performance."
The show also features a set created by Santo Loquasto, the Broadway designer also known for
his cinematic collaborations with Woody Allen.
Although the 27-member cast contains no marquee names, it's unsurprisingly heavy on performers
with intensive dance backgrounds. The lineup of principal performers includes Keith Roberts
(who played The Swan in Matthew Bourne's acclaimed production of Swan Lake), Joffrey
Ballet veteran Elizabeth Parkinson, John Selya, Ashley Tuttle, Benjamin G. Bowman and Michael
Cavanaugh. All except vocalist Cavanaugh are current members of Twyla Tharp Dance.
The show will also feature Broadway veteran Scott Wise, who was nominated for Tony Awards
in 1996 and 1999 for his work in State Fair and Fosse, respectively.
cast of 27 is completed by Andrew Allagree, Mark Arvin, Aliane Baquerot, Alexander Brady,
Holly Cruikshank, Ron De Jesus, Melissa Downey, Scott Fowler, David Gomez, Meg Gurin-Paul,
Laurie Kanyok, William Marrie, Rod McCune, Jill Nicklaus, Rika Okamoto, Karine
Plantadit-Bageot, Lawrence Rabson, Katya Shelkanova, Dana Stackpole and John
Designers are Santo Loquasto (sets), Ann Roth (costumes), Donald Holder (lighting) and Brian
Ruggles and Peter Fitzgerald (sound).
Stuart Malina is the music director.
June 25-September 1 at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago. The show is slated to open Oct. 24 at the
Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC.
BROADWAY BECKONS LARRY
The Gatlin Brothers
All the gold in California doesn't interest Larry Gatlin. It's the bright lights of Broadway that
Recently recovered from his third vocal chord surgery which he calls "a complete success," for
credits his physician. "Dr. Ossoff did a great job." The medic has given the singer some marching
"Dr Ossoff has told me to stop talking for one hour after every performance."
Minding is not something Gatlin does well. He invites fans to come to the stage door after a show
to get an
autograph and say hello, even though he admits that violates doctor's orders. "I sing too much,
much, laugh too much. But I'm not going to be a prisoner of my throat."
After 10 years of not touring together Steve Rudy and Larry are doing 35-50 concerts on the road
plus an 11 week schedule at the MGA Performing Arts Center in Branson, MO. They kicked off the tour
Friday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, CA. Last night they took over the stage at
Boulder Station in Las Vegas and tonight the show is at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno. This coming
Saturday they hop on stage at the Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana.
They haven't had a hit in 15 year but they are selling out. "I don't take it lightly that folks show up.
I am so thankful," says Larry.
When not knocking himself out on stage Larry is knocking out a Broadway show.
"I'm in the process of writing stage musicals and I hope to get to Broadway," said Gatlin, who
starred on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies in 1993 and performed in the national tour of
Civil War. "It's hard to get (a production) into New York but I'm
literally working on it on a daily basis. I think it's going to happen."
9/11 PENTAGON VICTIM'S FUND
has an additional $181,042.01 thanks to the members of the national touring company of
South Pacific. For eight months Michael Nouri and cast members collected money
from audiences after each performance. Nouri now heads to D.C. On June 25 he'll present a
$181,042.01 check to Under Secretary of Defense Dr. Dov Zakheim for the 9/11 Pentagon
victims' families. Robert Goulet has now has taken over Nouri's role in the touring
His contributions to the American
theater, with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, are unsurpassed.
From Carousel to the score of The Sound of Music, his timeless melodies are
loved by millions.
On June 27 the Boston Pops pays tribute to Rodgers marking the centennial of
his birth. Bruce Hangen, conductor. Kathryn Skemp, soprano. Alok Kumar, baritone
June 27 Symphony Hall Boston, MA.
The line-up for the June 28 Richard Rodgers Centenary celebration at Broadway's Gershwin
Theatre is awesome.
Titled "Something Good: A Broadway Salute to Richard Rodgers on His 100th
Birthday the concert will feature stars from current Broadway musicals singing songs from
the Rodgers songbook.
scheduled to perform include Laura Benanti, John Bucchino, Barbara Cook, John Cullum, Toni
DiBuono, Erin Dilly, Sutton Foster, Hunter Foster, Shuler Hensley, Marin Mazzie, accompanied
by Stephen Flaherty, Howard McGillin, Lauren Mitchell, Louise Pitre, Lea Salonga, Billy Stritch,
Mary Testa, Patrick Wilson and the chorus of Oklahoma!
Presented by ASCAP and The Rodgers & Hammerstein
concert is free and open to the public.
by Jerry Herman stars Maureen McGovern,
celebrating her 30th year in show business. Praised as one of America's most talented and beloved
singers, McGovern has recently been spending a lot of time in Utah. She kicked off the Sundance
Theatre Summer Season with a special benefit for the Sundance Theatre Youth Outreach
Programs, which are designed to introduce live, professional theatre to Utah's youth.That June 15
double bill benefit included a special one-night only concert and a subsequent performance of the
Sundance Theatre's presentation of Dear World.
This is a newly-revised version of the Jerry Herman musical. Dear World is based on the
French classic play The Madwoman of Chaillot and explores the need for healing the
world and its people in the face of disaster. Evil schemers plan to destroy Paris shortly after
World War II so that they can harvest the oil they believe to run beneath the city, and only
eccentric and life affirming Countess Aurelia can save the world from their greed.
When the show opened on Broadway in 1969 and won Angela Lansbury her second Tony
Award, many believed the play to be ahead of its time. However, with the current state of our
world, a completely new book and new orchestrations, Sundance Theatre artistic director Philip
Himberg, who stages the Utah production, feels the timing is perfect for Dear World to be
reintroducted to the public. Creator Herman has been intimately involved with
this revival, and will be present during preview week.
McGovern stars as Countess Aurelia, the touched Parisian who
fights the forces of capitalistic injustice in postwar Paris.
With a book by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee, David "Tommy" Thompson has penned a
further revision of his 2000 "new version" of the libretto including a couple of new songs for McGovern
one sung as the opener, A Sensible Woman, and another just after she discovers the extent
of the evil being plotted, I Don't Want to Know.
The cast also includes Joan Barber, Max Robinson, Alexis
Baigue, Britani Bateman, Eric Bjarnson, Jason Celaya, Aaron DeJesus, Diana Dunkley, Michael J. Eger,
Ary Kian, Dec Macaluso, Jim Pitts as the Prospector, Rock White, Jennifer Way Zemp and Bijan A. Zaimi.
The production runs June 27-August 17 on the outdoor Eccles Stage at the Sundance Village.
McGovern has expressed hope that the show will reach Broadway and have a national tour,
indicating her commitment toward that end.
SOUTH PACIFIC starring Robert
Goulet Jun 25-30 at the Civic in San Diego, California. The Las Vegas resident will stay put in Sin
City after he finishes with this tour, which is booked at least through the end of November. Billionaire
Phil Ruffin who bought the New Frontier in Las Vegas plans to build a new hotel with Donald
Trump. Goulet says he'll be in charge of the new theatre, slated to open in the fall of 2004.
"I'm going to be performing there the rest of my life," Goulet announced. At the time of the
theatre ribbon cutting the ageless singer will be 71. We hope he lives to be 100.
WHERE'S CHARLEY with a
book by George Abbott, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, directed by Nicholas Martin, presented by the 2002
Regional Theatre winner Williamstown Theatre at Williamstown, Mass. through June
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE which
features more than 40 forty hits by legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, including pop music
treasures as Jailhouse Rock, Charlie Brown, Stand By Me, On Broadway and Love Potion #9
is having its Vermont premiere as The Weston Playhouse Theatre Co. kicking off its 66th anniversary season
last Thursday in Rutland, Vermont.
MASS APPEAL a comedy by Bill
C. Davis co-starring Jason Wiles and Malachy McCourt, with Zeljko Ivanek. Through June 29 at
Cape Playhouse, which is the oldest summer theater in the United States located in Dennis, Massachusetts.
ALL OVER by Edward Albee under the direction of Emily
Artistic Director of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey. The play stars Rosemary
Harris, Michael Learned, Myra Carter, John Carter, and Pamela Nyberg. The cast also includes; Patrick Garner,
Bill Moor, Richard Cottrell, Keith Dixon and Chuck McMahon.
All Over revolves around the deathbed vigil of a prominent man's family as they embark
on a ritual of truth telling, confronting the slippery reality of love.
The production officially opens June 27. The limited engagement continues to Sept. 1. A
Roundabout Theatre Company Production The Laura Pels Theatre Season at the Gramercy Theatre.
COMIC POTENTIAL by Alan
Ayckbourn. June 28-July 20, Cape Rep Indoor Theatre, East Brewster, Massachusetts.
Sir Peter Hall's musical adaptation of the
George Orwell allegory, where the barnyard's denizens warble about the glories of socialist
revolution and the horror of totalitarian regime.
First published in 1946 Animal Farm is a satire on Stalinism and the Russian
revolution and full of symbolism. General Orwell associates certain real characters with the
characters of the book. As Russia was an allied of England in 1945, Orwell had a hard time
In Animal Farm, an idealist pig called Snowball leads an animal revolution against
their oppressive farmer, Mr. Jones, and creates a new world where all animals are equal.
Unfortunately, two other pigs, Napoleon and Squealer, decide that some animals are more
equal than others.
Melora Marshall plays Snowball with Jim LeFave and Aaron Hendry as Napoleon and
Squealer. Also in the cast are Thad Geer (Mr. Jones), Tom Allard (Boxer), Justin Doran
(Benjamin), Willow Geer-Alsop (Mollie), Steven Matt (Old Major), Earnestine Phillips
(Clover) and Gerlad Rivers (Moses).
California's Will Geer Theatricum Bontanicum ( See
Broadway To Vegas column of July 8, 2001 )
will revise the Richard Peaslee-Adrian Mitchell musical June 29-Sept. 29, running in
repertory with The Merchant of Venice. Ellen Geer directs.
THREE GROOMS AND A BRIDE a comedy by Gary Goldstein has its world premiere at the Coast
Playhouse Hollywood, California opening June 28 and continuing through Aug. 4.
The production stars Anne Desalvo, Seth Resnik, Michael Otis, Christopher Lamba and
Jean Stapleton, Brooke Shields, Elliott Gould, Loni Anderson, Mariette Hartley, Jim J.
Bullock, Dan Lauria, Sally Kellerman, Robert Mandan, Paul Mazursky and Renee Taylor,
have recorded messages offering congrats, condolences and advice to the three grooms and
brides of the title. The comedy looks at both a straight wedding and a gay wedding, mocking
love, relationships and the art of marriage planning.
OSCAR AND FELIX: A NEW LOOK AT THE ODD
COUPLE by Neil Simon. Directed By Peter Bonerz. This
updated version stars John Larroquette in the role of slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison and
Joe Regalbuto as Felix Unger, the vacuum cleaner loving neat freak. The Pigeon sisters from England have been changed
to the Spanish Costazuela sisters played Maria Conchita Alonso and Alex Meneses. Others in the
cast include Ryan Cutrona, Gregory Jbara, Richard Portnow, and Samuel Lloyd, Jr.
Through July 21 at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles.
a 90-minute opera created by composer
who took his idea to director Mary Zimmerman who jumped at the idea and also is the
librettist, working with Glass and Arnold Weinstein.
Just because Zimmerman's father was a physicist and chair of the physics department at
the University of Nebraska, doesn't mean that she is scientific or math minded. She stresses she is not. But
she did soak up a lot of atmosphere from her father's office and in family picnics with his scientific
friends - people she recalled as being "eccentric, bearded, counterculture."
Galileo Galilei brings audiences the interesting combination of American composer,
Philip Glass, and the Goodman's Manilow Resident Director, Mary
Zimmerman, blending their talents to paint the life of the brilliant but flawed genius that
Galileo a portrait by Justus Sustermans
painted in 1636
Beginning at the end of his life and moving backwards in time, Galileo Galilei relays
the life story of the famed astronomer who turned humanity's conception of the universe inside out.
Appearing as the elder Galileo is tenor John Duykers. In the role of young Galileo is baritone Eugene
The ensemble includes; Alicia Berneche, Mark Crayton, Lawrence Di Stasi, Andrew Funk,
Tess Given, Zach Gray, Shelby Hyman, Mandi Michalski, Andrew McQuery, Tim Mullaney,
Matt Orlando, Gregory Purnhagen, Liz Reiter, Peter Sciscioli, Sarah Sheperd, and Mary Wilson.
The design team for Galileo Galilei includes Daniel Ostling (Sets); Mara Blumenfeld
(Costumes), T.J. Gerckens (Lighting), Michael Bodeen (Sound), John Boesche (Video/Projections), and
Beatrice Jona Affron (Musical Direction).
To prepare for the production, Zimmerman, who picked up a Tony Award for directing
Metamorphoses, and Ostling, Blumenfeld, Gerckens traveled to Italy for 10 days
under a research grant from Northwestern University, stopping in Rome, Florence and Venice to absorb the
vestiges of Galileo's world.
Depicted in lush, cosmic panoramas, Galileo Galilei presents the life of the 16th
century scientist whose support of Copernicus' radical hypothesis that the earth revolves around the sun led
to a lifetime conviction of heresy. He was a pioneering mathematician and astronomer, as well as the
man who set the standard for the science of modern mechanics and experimental physics. He did important
early work on the nature of gravity. He suggested the use of pendulums for clocks. He proposed the law of
uniform acceleration for falling bodies. He discovered sunspots and craters on the moon, the phases
of the planet
Venus and the satellites of Jupiter. And he showed that the Milky Way consists of stars.
was the first person to use the telescope to study the skies. He was hounded by the Roman
Catholic Church, condemned to spend the last eight years of his life under house arrest.
Glass was drawn to Galileo because, "I've always been intrigued by historical personages
who have wrestled with questions of science and religion.
The press preview is tonight and the official press opening is tomorrow. The production
runs through Aug. 4 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The production is scheduled as the
opening event of Brooklyn Academy of Music's 20th Next Wave Festival October 1 through 5. It will then
move to London's Barbican Theatre, appearing in the Barbican International Theatre Events (BITE),
November 1 through 9 and at London's Barbican Theatre.
KENNY ROGERS June 27-29 at the
Las Vegas Hilton. Next Sunday he is at Sunny's in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
His new book This is My Country is a collection of photographs he's taken of some
of country music's elite. Rogers knows what he's doing behind the camera. He's studied the art of
photography with two of the best in the business: John Sexton, once an assistant under Ansel Adams, and
The photos included in Rogers' new book have recently gone on display at the Country
Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The exhibit includes photos of Little Jimmy Dickens, Willie
Nelson, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw, Johnnie Wright and Kitty Wells, Mel and
Pam Tillis, Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, Bill Monroe,
Minnie Pearl, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, and Randy Travis. The exhibit of the photographs taken by
the old Gambler himself, is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum through
December 31. There is no charge to view the photo exhibit.
BURT REYNOLDS turns into a
Vegas nightclub star when he performs at the Orleans Hotel July 11-14.
TONY DANZA wrapped up his
gig at the Suncoast in
Las Vegas and flew back to New York where he headlines Feinstein's at the Regency June
25 to July
BARBARA COOK in her
Mostly Sondheim concert opens tonight at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York, NY.
Mostly Sondheim features Cook, along with Wally Harper on piano and John Burr
on bass, performing
an evening on songs by composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, as well as songs which he
wishes he had written
- among them, works by Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg, Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields,
Bock & Sheldon
Harnick, and Irving Berlin.
Sunday and Monday performances through Aug. 26.
BERNADETTE PETERS and
her Rodgers and
Hammerstein salute at The Hollywood Bowl on June 28. If you can only see one show a
performances makes this the one.
WYNTON MARSALIS this nine-time Grammy award winner and jazz icon was named by
Time magazine named him one of "America's 25 Most Influential People."
Life Magazine recognized his
role in jazz by including him in its list of "The 50 Most Influential Boomers." The Artistic
Director of Jazz at the world renowned arts organization in New York, Lincoln Center performs in
Rutland, Vermont at the Paramount Theatre's Summer Breeze Series. June 28.
DENYCE GRAVES stars in Carmen at the Opera de Paris in Paris, France June
26, 29 July 2, 5, 9 and 12.
PAT BENETAR in a two nighter, Friday
and Saturday, June 28-29, in Agoura Hills, California at the Canyon, Club.
ALAN JACKSON performs
Friday, June 28 in Manhattan, Kansas at the Country Stampede. On June 29 he's in Cadott, WI
at Country Fest and next Sunday the show is in Oshkosh, WI at Country USA / Sunnyview
THE FIFTH DIMENSION June
28-29 at the Riviera Blackhawk Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado.
SHIRLEY JONES sings tonight
in Ocean City, New
Jersey with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra.
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN in the
spotlight June 28-29 at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
AL JARREAU entertaining
June 23 at
the Mayor's Music Festival/Red Rocks, Colorado.
CHRIS ISAAK & NATALIE MERCHANT entertain
June 25 at Red Rocks, Colorado.
ESCOVEDO ORCHESTRA featuring Sheila E perform June 27 at The
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA. Each show includes a pre-order box dinner, and
$75 VIP tickets include a buffet and two drinks.
Tanglewood June 26 in the Koussevitzky Music Shed Lenox,
PINK performs Monday in
Santa Rosa, California at
the Luther Burbank Center. On Tuesday she is center stage in San Francisco at the
Warfield. Friday begins
a two nighter in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theatre.
MARC ANTHONY in the
Thursday in Uncasville, CT at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
REVERE AND THE RAIDERS entertain June 27 at the
Wild Rose Ridge Amphitheatre in Bottineau, North Dakota. On June 28 they are at the Kros Koup Park in
Richland Center, Wisconsin and on June 28 the performance is in Watner Park in Madison,
CHER AND CYNDI LAUPER opens a two nighter in Madison Square Garden in New
York on Wednesday. She closes out the week Saturday in Washington, D.C. at
the MCI Center.
KORN has a busy
week. Today the show is in Albany, New York at the Pepsi Arena. Tomorrow the
performance takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York. On
Wednesday the show is in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Thursday it's
Montreal at the Molson Centre. Then back across the border for a Saturday
engagement in Pittsburgh, PA at the Mellon Arena.
PERRY COMO AUCTION UPDATE
Lake Scene oil on canvas by Roselle
bought by Cindy Jedrzejas
performer's possessions go up for auction many people eye the possibility of making a quick
buck - trying to walk off with a gaveled down low bid and then turn around and sell for a profit. So, it's
always heartwarming when a true fan manages to make a purchase.
Such is the case with Cindy Jedrzejas who is the happy new owner of some Como items.
She spoke with Broadway To Vegas about her new acquisitions.
The determined lady placed both the opening and closing 12th bid to bring home a
cherished painting of Perry. "I got the best painting of all. It is a 1946 oil painting of Perry. A
Mr.Wolf painted it. It is
The oil painting I got of Mrs. Como's was a painting called Lake Scene. It was
wanted to spend, but as you know, I wanted one of her paintings. I was thrilled when I
I won three
things," she said referring to a photograph of the crooner. "I plan on donating all my Perry
when I no long can use them - to the museum they are suppose to be building in Perry
honor in his
home town in Pennsylvania."
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