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BOUNCE HAS WEAK SCRIPT, STRONG CAST
It's been almost two decades since Stephen Sondheim and Hal
collaborated and that was on Merrily We Roll Along.
Their latest effort, Bounce, which is Sondheim’s first new musical since Passion nine years ago, began previews at
the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on June 20th and officially opens tomorrow night, June 30th. This project has bounced back
more times than the characters in the show - from re-writes to lawsuits.
In the mid 90's Stephen Sondheim and James Weidman were
commissioned by the Kennedy Center to write Wise
Guys, a musical about Addison and Wilson Mizner.
Weidman co-created with Susan Stroman, Contact,
the brilliant production which contains sparse
dialogue. Weidman has also carted home nine Emmy
awards for his writing on the PBS children's series Sesame Street.
In 1999 Wise Guys was headed to Broadway. A theater
was booked and scenery was built. But a workshop
production, starring Nathan Lane and Victor Garber, in October
of that year proved to be unsatisfactory. Sondehim, Weidman
and the producers thought the show needed more work.
For two more years Sondheim and Wiedman re-tooled it
and renamed it Gold! Plans were made open it at
the Goodman Theatre with Hal Prince
directing. Trouble erupted when Scott Rudin, a producer
of the workshop, sent off cease and desist letters
claiming rights to the show. The production was canceled,
a lawsuit followed, which Sondheim won, and a
settlement was reached. On February 5, 2003
Gold! was renamed once more - to Bounce.
The press got ticked off about Bounce when it was announced that only
Chicago press were to review the production. Maybe somebody thought the only people
permitted to read a Chicago newspaper were required to live within those city limits.
In what may have been a reverse psychology
ploy, scribes who might not
have given the show more than middling interest, took note.
We are no exception. Last Sunday Broadway To Vegas flew
Michael Ashleman to Chicago to cover the production.
He has reported for us before and came away from the
"Technically it was a good trip. The airplane flight was fine
and for only $1.50 you can take the train from the airport to
the theatre. The people in Chicago are nothing but nice."
Okay, now about Bounce.
(Pause) "The Goodman is a really beautiful theater."
Did you see Bounce??
"Yes. This is not West Side Story. This is not Sondheim's strongest work. The ability
of the three stars of the show - Howard McGillin, Richard
Kind and Michele Pawk - exceed the play.
"I'm not saying it will never make it to Broadway. I've seen shows of this quality on Broadway,
but it's not the
strongest show I've ever seen.
It's not wrong. There is nothing that makes you say -
this just stinks - there is never that.
It is just never outstanding. It is never bad. It is just never all that good."
Wilson and Addison Mizner Photo: Palm
Beach Historical Society
"Bounce is about two brothers, Addison
and Wilson Mizner,
who are separated by a half a
continent. They are older and they die. They meet up with each other after being dead,
and review their life," reported Ashleman about the production which
is suppose to immortalize two of the most notorious and
colorful characters from the Roaring Twenties as they con
from the Alaskan Gold Rush to the
land boom in Florida.
"The plot is too predictable," complained Ashleman. "On the
curtain is an old western style map of the United States. Around it are posters listing
their location. Very quickly into the show you realize, we're going to go to all these
places. Now they are rich, now they are poor, now they are
rich, time to be poor. The writing is so shallow that you can
almost predict what the next line is going to be while
you're watching the show. There isn't enough depth given to these characters, who is real life,
were very complex, both achieving and conning their way through life."
"Since it starts off with the characters dying, you know where
it is going," he continued about the two brothers who died in
1933. The 62-year-old Addison passed away in February. Three months
57-year-old Wilson did the same.
Addison, born in 1872, developed fanciful Mediterranean style
architecture which launched a "Florida Renaissance" and
inspired architects throughout North America. He built
his opulent, glamorous mansions along the coast of
southern Florida in the 1920s - buildings that came
to define Palm Beach and Boca Raton, when affluence and celebrity came together in a
of excess. Addison went down in history as one of the
country's greatest domestic architects of the
twentieth century. An elementary school in Boca
Raton is named after him.
"The brother that Richard Kind plays, Addison Mizner,
drinks himself to death," continued Ashleman. "They have
him being served with a
summons. He says this makes it complete, 100 percent -
everybody had now sued me. He sits there drinking
himself to death."
"The other brother Wilson Mizner, played by Howard McGillin,
dies in bed with a trollop in Los Angeles sniffing cocaine
and drinking," Ashleman related.
Wilson Mizner gained fame as boxing manager who rigged
fights, a playwright of three lesser known
Broadway plays staged between 1909-1911. He was
arrested in 1919
for running a Long Island gambling hall.
After settling in Hollywood, Wilson managed and
co-owned the Brown Derby Restaurant.
Wilson's witticisms have been quoted for generations.
Life's a tough proposition, and the
first hundred years are the hardest;
A drama critic is a person who surprises the
playwright by informing him what he meant; God
help those who do not help themselves; A good listener is not
only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know
something; You sparkle with larceny; I can usually judge a
fellow by what he laughs at; To profit from good advice
requires more wisdom than to give it; Be nice to people on
the way up, because you'll meet them on your way down;
A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as
there are people who helped him get his fortune;
Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something;
If you count all your assets you always show a profit.
Excellent singer Howard McGillin
"The dialogue does incorporate a few of his witticism, but
the historical importance of who and what these men were in
real life doesn't come across to the
audience," Ashleman complained. "You are told that this guy has quite the wit
but you never really understand that this is the man who
created all of these
lines that are still said today."
"Bounce starts off with a very minimal stage,
a bed and a chase lounge. The first third of the show there is almost no scenery.
In fact, the characters are moving the props around
themselves. That's not a complaint, it fits in well with the
direction. Hal Prince is a smooth director. Nobody could have done a better job. He makes
directing look easy."
"When the brothers meet up after they are dead they are
standing at an opening in some light. And, they are
arguing - I told you the next time I saw you I'd kill
you. You can't kill me I'm already dead - It starts off on a dark comedy note."
"There are funny moments, thanks to the ability of
Richard, Michele and Howard to
pull this off."
Michele Pawk with
her 2003 Tony Award for her performance
in Hollywood Arms
"The woman who plays Nelly, a Gold Rush dance hall girl who
repeatedly marries well, is Michele Pawk. She is sensational.
She did something that I thought was amazing.
She has to be middle aged, yet she is playing the
sexy trollop all the way through - and she pulls it off.
She has both a great singing and speaking voice.
Her vocal tones are excellent. When she is begging her
love to give up the drugs, to stop drinking, she can -
with her vocal tones and the meaning she puts her in
voice - actually make you feel that this was real."
"She is up to anything a producer or director would expect
from her. She gives just that kind of a performance. She doesn't hold
anything back. She makes you believe her character."
"Her part is written to be a supporting character but Pawk is so strong, her ability
elevates the role to lead quality. I was just very impressed with Miss Pawk. It is unfortunate that she
doesn't have a part that is up to her," emphasized Ashleman.
"Howard McGillin does a really nice job of giving depth to Wilson Mizner.
He has several songs and does an excellent job. He's the one who can really sing,"
said Ashleman about the actor that - in order to accept this part in Bounce - had to
quit the lead in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera. When he
left Phantom McGillin had earned the distinction of Broadway's
longest-running Phantom, having played in over 1,200 performances since he
began in the Broadway run Aug. 23, 1999.
"Are you serious? You mean some of these people actually gave up other shows to come do this one?" Ashleman
questioned in complete astonishment. "Well, he gave his all. McGillin's interactions with Pawk's is very credible. Their duet on
The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, make the audience believe they are lovers."
Richard Kind has impeccable comedy timing
"You have three strong performers. They need to be strong.
The script and the songs are not strong. They aren't horribly weak, but this is a show that really
needs strong performers in the leads. If you had actors of
any less quality, this play wouldn't be any
good. The script is not strong enough
to tolerate a weak actor. You need a strong actor to hold
up the script. The plot is too thin"
"These three exceed the play."
"Richard Kind's timing and his dry wit delivery are exactly
what the show needs. He made some moments, that I thought
were weakly written, very funny because of his ability to
For those who know him only as a
television sitcom actor, Kind could
be a major Broadway star."
"Kind does an excellent job, both in the songs he sings -
although he is not a singer -
in the way he delivers his lines, to establish that
Addison is a tragic figure," continued Ashleman. "Addison has a dream that he
wants to pursue. His brother, Wilson, is always pulling
one scam or another. Addison gets hoodwinked a couple of
and it's very painful for him."
is architecture. That seems to bring him some
happiness. He goes to New York to catch up with Nellie,
not knowing that Nellie was his brother's love in Alaska.
His brother ends up marrying Nellie. Wilson repeatedly destroys Addison's
dreams. Richard Kind makes you feel for the guy. Then Addison heads
down to Florida and meets up with Hollis Bessemer,
who may have been his lover, and realizes his
architectural dreams. Then his brother comes along
to pull another fast one and again destroys
Gavin Creel, who received a 2002 Tony Nomination
for his portrayal of Jimmy Smith in the musical
Thoroughly Modern Millie is Hollis Bessemer. "His part
isn't big," continued Ashleman, "although he is on stage
for most of the second half. It
is his presence that is there, but he doesn't have
many lines - especially as compared to everybody else.
He is important to the story, but this isn't a big part."
Receiving pre-opening publicity was that an American sweetheart, Jane Powell, 74,
was cast as Mama. Jane had been quoted as saying it was a dramatic part
with no singing or dancing. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.
"Jane Powell was fine for her part. Her part isn't as big as it seems. She plays the mother
and she delivers her lines very well and she gets a few
laughs," commented Ashleman about Powell who plays
the matriarch of a family whose forebears
included the English landscape painter, Sir Joshua Reynolds.
When her sons were teenagers their father, Lansing Mizner who never missed an opportunity -
played by Herndon Lackey - was appointed
U.S. minister to Guatemala.
"Lackey's part is over almost as soon as it starts,"
Ashleman reported. "He dies within fifteen minutes of the
opening act. The first number is Bounce
with Wilson and Addison followed by Opportunity performed by
Papa, Addison, Wilson and Mama. This is where they set
up the pattern that you always have to bounce back. As the song ends
Papa dies. So, Lackey has very few lines, dies at the
end of his only song which takes place within the first ten to fifteen minutes of the
An American sweetheart Jane Powell
"Jane Powell does some singing - light things with other members
the cast. She has one solo Isn't He
it's not what you expect from Jane Powell. She doesn't
carry a tune the way she once did," he continued
about the performer who starred in 20 major MGM
Powell has appeared on Broadway replacing Debbie Reynolds
in Irene; toured in My Fair Lady, Peter
Pan, and The Sound of Music; and has
demonstrated a comedic flair in such
non-musical successes as, Chapter Two, Marriage Go-Round,
and Same Time, Next Year, for which she won a
Drama-Logue Award. During the year 2000, she appeared
in the New
York production of Avow.
"The audience noticed that her singing isn't up to her standard and made
comments. There were several older
woman saying - she can't sing anymore. It's like Sinatra was - lost some notes. She does a couple
of ballroom dance steps with the other
characters, but this is not how she used to be or how her
fans remember her. She can sing, but not like she used to and this hurts the memory fans have of
her. If it is important that Jane Powell sing the song, then write it using the notes she can still
"It is very minimal stage scenery," he repeated. "They slide
stuff in from
the left and right. A lot of times you
have the actors coming out on stage pushing their props. There is no darkness, or a curtain and
then everything opens up into a scene. No outstanding
The costuming and the scenery could have come out of a high school play.
The light was very good and the sound quality was excellent."
"The music has Broadway type tunes but none of these are
going to be tunes where everyone knows the words.
You don't leave the theatre humming a tune.
The song Bounce does have a catchy melody, but it isn't anything I can whistle. None of
are memorable in that sense."
"The major production number is Boca Raton, which is
towards the end of the show. The brothers are in Florida
overselling Boca Raton. It's a zippy tune and Sondheim has
some clever lyrics. The song is all about conning the wealthy
and famous with real estate deals. Boca Raton is
sung by Wilson, Addison, Nellie and Hollis with all of the
rich and famous that they are trying to rip off - opera
singer Enrico Caruso, painter Salvador Dali, golfer Bobby
Jones, sexy film star Mae West, Princess Ghika plus the
Boca Girl, sportsmen, fashion models and yachtsmen."
"The last number of the show, Last Flight, is just Wilson
and Addison and then those two reprise the title song."
"One thing I found surprising was the language. There are a lot of four letter words. There is no doubt
about it, they are serious four letter words."
"That all could have been deleted and never affected the script. They were put in for shock value, not to move along or give any depth to the story line," Ashleman asserted.
"I don't think any other actors in the world - and you can pick whom ever
you want - could have done the show better. But, Bounce is not
a show people will talk about 20 years from now. You see Phantom of the
Opera, Hello Dolly!, Cats, My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, Mame, Kiss Me, Kate -
you either want to see it again, remember at least one song, or talk about the show. You see West Side
Story and you remember all of the characters and find yourself whistling the tunes. That doesn't
happen with Bounce. I'm finding that I have to go back to the program to even remember
the characters. There is nothing in this show that really grabs you."
"This show doesn't have a problem due to any of the actors. The book is the problem and
the songs are just - songs."
"But, the actors give you your money's worth. Nobody left early and the place looked like it was
sold out. Nobody complained about being taken. There was no standing ovation and no
thunderous, long applause. This is not Hello Dolly! or West Side
Story. This was just a good, okay, average show."
Bounce, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, and directed by Harold
The production stars; Richard Kind, Howard McGillin, Michele Pawk, Jane Powell, Herndon Lackey and Gavin Creel.
Completing the ensemble are: Sean Blake, Marilyn Bogetich, Tom Daugherty, Jeff Dumas,
Deanna Dunagan, Nicole Grothues, Rick Hilsabeck, Jeff Parker, Harriet Nzinga Plump, Jenny
Powers, Craig Ramsey, Jacquelyn Ritz and Fred Zimmerman.
The design team includes Eugene Lee (Sets); Miguel Huidor
(Costumes); Howell Binkley (Lighting); Duncan Edwards
(Sound); David Caddick (Music Direction); Michael Arnold
(choreographer); Robert Nassif (Dance Arrangements).
Last night a performance of Bounce, was the centerpiece of the Goodman Theatre's
annual benefit gala. The event began with cocktails and also featured a raffle and dinner and
dancing at the Palmer House Hilton following the performance. Tickets began at $1,000.
Bounce runs through August 10 at the Goodman Theatre
in Chicago. It then transfers to The Kennedy Center in
Washington D.C. October 21-November 14.
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NEW JUDY GARLAND
MUSEUM OPENS: BARBRA STREISAND MAKES MAJOR
The Judy Garland Home
The 27-year-old Judy Garland Museum has moved to a new 1,500
foot facility in Grand Rapids,
Minnesota, thanks in part to a major grant from The Streisand Foundation.
The Museum is attached to Garland's childhood home.
The official opening took place Thursday, June 26, the first day of the 28th Annual Judy
Garland Festival which culminated June 28.
The festival featured an evening with Hollywood great
Margaret O'Brien who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony
and shared her personal story of knowing and working
with Judy Garland. There was brunch with four of the
original Munchkins - Jerry Maren, Margaret Pellegrini, Karl
Slover and Clarence Swensen. They appeared with Garland in
the 1939 MGM film The
Wizard of Oz.
Caren Marsh-Doll, the stand in for Judy during
the making of the Wizard of Oz, offered a talk and signed copies of her just released book:
Hollywood's Child: Dancing Through Oz.
Also on tap was a tribute to Judy Garland by pianist Richard Glazier and an question and answer
evening with Donald O'Connor, star of Singin' in the Rain, and Judy's good friend going
back to vaudeville days.
Judy's son, Joe Luft, offered an evening of his memories.
Born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 at Itasca Hospital,
Grand Rapids, Minnesota the baby that would become Judy
Garland spent her early childhood - 4-1/2 years - in
Grand Rapids, until moving to California in October 1926.
That is why the Judy Garland House is restored to the period prior to 1927.
The Garland House was built by Andrew and Mary Shook in 1892.
Parents Frank and Ethel Gumm spent 12 years in Grand Rapids,
from 1914 until 1926, living in the Judy Garland House
for seven years - 1919-1926.
The new Garland Museum is large enough to show case the
never-before displayed Wizard of Oz Carriage - the cart that brought Dorothy and company to
see the Wizard of Oz in the 1939 movie. It is believed
that Abraham Lincoln rode in that
carriage in June 1863. The carriage was a gift to
Lincoln from a group of New York businessmen. Lincoln's name
is inscribed on the side of the carriage.
Garland, who received a special Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for record-breaking Broadway
engagements at the Palace, died in London on June 22, 1969. She was 47.
The Judy Garland Museum is open daily seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm
through October 13.
BROADWAY BARKS 5
with Mary Tyler Moore, Bernadetter Peters and Broadway friends paws to help their four
footed friends in an adopt-a-thon in Shubert Alley on- Saturday, July 12. with Harvey Fierstein as
special guest emcee.
Laura Benanti, Tammy Blanchard, Kate Buddeke, John Dossett,
Linda Emond, Edie Falco, Sutton Foster, Julie Halston,
Linda Hart, Dick Latessa, Heather Lee,
Mary Stuart Masterson, Jon Secada, Leslie Uggams
are just a few of the stars slated to appear in this star-studded dog and
cat adoption event which benefits New York City animal shelters and adoption
agencies. The event, produced by Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place
on Saturday, July 12 in Shubert Alley. The festivities begin at 3:30 p.m.
Celebrity presentations of pets from citywide animal shelters will take place
between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. In the event of rain, Broadway Barks 5 will be
rescheduled for Sunday, July 13 at 12 noon.
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER was one of 18 honorary degree recipients at the University of Toronto's June convocation ceremonies taking place June 4
to June 20.
The Tony award winner returns to the New York stage early next year when Stratford Festival's 2002 production of
King Lear, starring Plummer, opens at Lincoln Center.
The Shakespeare tragedy will be produced by Lincoln Center Theater in association with the
Stratford Festival and will be directed by Jonathan Miller. Performances begin Feb. 11 with
previews and the show opens March 4.
Others in the cast include James Blendick, Domini Blythe, Benedict Campbell, Brent Carver, Ian
Deakin, Claire Jullien, Barry MacGregor, Lucy Peacock, Stephen Russell and Brian Tree.
Lincoln Center Theater's production will have sets by Ralph Funicello, costumes by Clare
Mitchell, lighting by Robert Thomson and original music by Berthold Carriere.
received a career achievement award last Thursday night
during the annual Country Music DJ/Radio Hall of Fame
Induction Banquet at the Hilton Suites hotel in Nashville.
Sara Evans and Trisha Yearwood presented Reba with her
NEW SONDHEIM THEATRE
London's West End will have its first new theatre since 1973, and the 500 seater will be named
after musical legend Stephen Sondheim. The venue will be part of Cameron Mackintosh's
multi-million dollar project to improve his chain of seven theatres.
The Sondheim Theatre will be on Shaftesbury Avenue between
the Gielgud Theatre and the Queen's Theatre.
OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY
$3 MILLION GIFT TO THE NASHVILLE
SYMPHONY HALL has been given by recording industry executive Mike Curb. The Curb gift, one
of the largest single donations received thus far, is part of the ongoing $120 million campaign to build a new
downtown concert hall, create an endowment and enhance artistic quality. The Curb gift is specifically earmarked
for educational activities at the new hall, including the continuation of the six-year-old Curb Young Musicians
Concerto Competition. The $3 million addition brings the total raised to just over $80 million. Groundbreaking for
the new hall is set for December.
Francesca Faridany (foreground)
with Mary Baird and Julian Lopez-Morillas
in a scene from Fraulein Else. Photo: Kevin Berne
Schnitzler. Translated and adapted by Francesca Faridany.
Directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
Francesca Faridany performs the title role.
A powerful portrayal of a woman torn between her childhood
fantasies and the harsh realities of the adult world.
Else, a beautiful young Viennese woman vacationing with her
wealthy aunt at a luxurious spa, receives a telegram from her
mother that will forever change her destiny.
Torn between her loyalty to her family and the moral dilemma
that the request presents, Else teeters between two conflicting
Developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab. This is a
co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The world premiere
production, which contains nudity, runs at the La Jolla Playhouse
through July 13.
The cast of Fraulein Else also includes Mary Baird as Mother, Lauren Lovett as Cissy,
Julian López-Morillas as Herr Von Dorsday, Garrett Neergaard as Porter and Michael Tisdale as
The design team is composed of; set designer Thomas Lynch,
costume designer Anna Oliver, lighting designer Joan Arhelger
and sound engineer Bill Williams.
La Jolla Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck and
other Hollywood actors who wanted to practice the craft of
the stage. La Jolla Playhouse received a Tony for
outstanding regional theater in 1993.
OUR SINATRA: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION a full length celebration of the music and magic of Ol' Blue Eyes himself
starring Hilary Kole, Christopher Gines, and Eric Comstock. The show features over 50 Sinatra
classics, from At Long Last Love and All the Way, to Time After Time, These
Foolish Things, Witchcraft and Where or When.
July 2 through July 12 at Guild Hall, East Hampton,
LOVE A PIANO Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Conceived and Written by Ray Roderick & Michael Berkeley.
Musical Arrangements by Michael Berkeley. Directed by Ray Roderick.
Irving Berlin gave us so many ways and reasons to love a piano, and this bright new musical story
of the life's journey of one particular piano is also America's story through Berlin's mind and
Starting life in 1910, at a small music shop selling sheet music, our beautiful little upright travels
through the times and tales of the 20th century, all through the music narration of one of
America's most beloved composers.
The stars of the show are a piano and the Berlin songs with assist from Lourelene Snedeker,
Justin Brill, Joan Hess, James Madden, Ellie Mooney and Scott McGowan.
Musical arrangements are by Michael Berkley. John Glaudini is musical director. Designers are
Larry Gruber (set), Richard Crowell (lighting), Suzette Pare (costume) and Matt Kelly (sound).
Chocked full of Berlin tunes the production opened June 27 at Florida Stage, Palm Beach
County, Florida with performances through August 31.
THE GOOD GERMAN
a world premiere drama by David Wiltse. Directed by James Naughton. THe
production stars three-time Tony-winner Boyd Gaines. Also featured are Casey Biggs, Kathleen McNenny and Victor Slezak. Information on the
production is given as: "We gathered a group of actors together to read The Good
German this winter and quickly realized how powerful and relevant it is for today. Audiences
will be moved by this riveting play set during WWII, in which a couple risk the consequences of
harboring a Jewish publisher in Nazi-controlled Germany." Opened June 25 with performances to
July 12 at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Conn.
MAN OF LA MANCHA
welcomes Marin Mazzie in the role of Aldonza July 1.
CABARET has welcomed Melina Kanakaredes to the cast as the new Sally Bowles. The star of television's
Providence is making her Broadway debut.
Book by Thomas Meehan. Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Martin Charnin. Based on the
Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, Annie. A 25th Anniversary production of one of the
world's best-loved musicals. Returning to the Pittsburgh stage to reprise his role as Daddy
Warbucks is veteran performer Conrad John Schuck who starred as Daddy Warbucks in the
1997 Broadway revival as well as the national tour. Two-Time Emmy Award-winning actress
Sally Struthers, who currently has a recurring role on the WB's highly acclaimed Gilmore
Girls, joins the cast as Miss Hannigan, a role she performed during the 20th Anniversary
national tour. Meredythe Kimmel, a Pittsburgh CLO Academy student, stars as Annie. The
production also features
Lynne Wintersteller as Grace Farrell, Beth Glover as Lily St. Regis, Jim Walton as Rooster.
Other featured performers are Tim Hartman, Jeff Howell, Scott P. Sambuco, and Tony Venneri.
Through July 3. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
WINGS OF THE DOVE
A drama by Henry James. Adapted from Henry James' 1902 novel by Guy Bolton. Darlene Hunter Chaffee directs the
production that features Kerry Wieder, Dan B. Rodgers, Kelli Tager, David Tracq, Katy
Woodruff, Annie Mezzacappa, Anne Rudd, Rowland Kerr, Bradford F. Kelly and David
Scenic design is by Vincent Roca; Sound Design by Ron Wyand, Costume Design by Donna
Fritsche and Lighting Design is by Vincent Roca.
Through August 2 at the Long Beach Playhouse, which is
celebrating its 74th year of continuous operation.
Long Beach, California.
BROADWAY ROCKS AT THE CAROLINA ROCKS
FESTIVAL Terrence Mann, Lauren Kennedy, Alan Campbell and
Roz Ryan singing Broadway tunes, rock favorites and original compositions. The July 3 concert
at North Carolina's Amphitheatre at Regency Park will feature dancers from both the film and
stage productions of Chicago. July 3 at The Amphitheatre at Regency Park.
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS perform
Wednesday at the Grand Palace in Branson, Missouri, On Thursday the guys are on stage at the
Boomtown Casino in Harvey, LA. On Saturday the show is in Union, Missouri at the Franklin
County Youth Fair.
JO DEE MESSINA
entertains tonight at the Country Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin.
On Friday she performs, at Freedom Hall in Sterling Heights,
Michigan and on Saturday the performance is at the Fait
Faint Louis in Saint Louis, Missouri.
those five-time Grammy award winners, are at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas July
AN EVENING WITH CAROL CHANNING
STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER Richard
performs his tribute to Carol Channing's amazing life and career with musical director John Bowen. Special
guest- Cydney Halpin & Mari Eileen O'Brien. At The Duplex in NYC July 7.
WAYNE BRADY AND FRIENDS
open a three night stand in Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel on Friday, July 4.
DIANE SCHUUR opens a four night
gig Thursday at Yoshi's in Oakland, California.
NORAH JONES entertains
tonight at the Careerbuilder.comOakland Theatre in
Wallingford, Conn. On Monday she is centerstage at
Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, New York. A two-night
takes place Thursday and Friday at Massey Hall in Toronto.
She closes out the week, Saturday, at the Meadow Brook
Musical Festival in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
performing July2-3 at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
PETER GABRIEL at
the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan today. On Tuesday, July 1, the show is at the Germain
Amphitheatre in Columbus, Ohio. Wednesday finds the singer at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville,
Indiana. Friday the performance is at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto and on Saturday he is at
the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario.
HEART on stage
Tuesday at the NTELOS Pavilion Harbor Center in
Portsmouth, Virginia. On Wednesday they perform at wolf Trap
Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia. Thursday the group
in on stage at Kahunaville in Wilmington, Delaware and
on Saturday they are center stage at the Trump Marina in
FLEETWOOD MAC perform
Tuesday, July 1, at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. On Thursday they are on stage at the
American Airlines Center in Dallas and then return to Las Vegas Saturday, July 5 for an
engagement at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In case you are curious, Christine McVie, who
turns 60 in July, has moved back to England.
MICHELLE BRANCH appears at
Summerfest in Milwaukee on Thursday, July 3. On the 4th of July she is at the Summer
Celebration in Muskegon, Michigan and on Saturday, the young lady with the big talent is in
Sioux City, Iowa at Saturday in the Park.
A TWO SIP KIND OF GUY Limp
Bizkit frontman Fred Durst guesting on MTV's The New Tom Green Show admitting
that, like the character Monk, he is obsessive/compulsive. Durst can't take a sip of anything, it's
two sips. He also keeps objects neatly lined up.
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