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Catherine Zeta-Jones in
Celebrating its 29th year, ShoWest the world's largest motion picture industry convention, was
held from March 3rd - 6th at Bally's and Paris Hotels Las Vegas with more than 5700 industry members
Catherine Zeta-Jones, ShoWest's Supporting Actress of the Year, and a Best Supporting Actress
nominee for Chicago, said she has been "a frustrated Vegas lounge act all my life. But I don't know
whether the world is ready for that." While Zeta-Jones, who is about to give birth to her second child, may
be dreamed of singing in Vegas, her husband Michael Douglas not only is dreaming of playing golf in
Las Vegas, he is doing something about it.
At Caesars Palace, Douglas announced that his nationally televised celebrity golf tourney will be
held May 16 to May 18 at Cascata , a private golf course near Boulder City, Nevada. The event will
benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, extolled a night at the
movies as the best family entertainment value in the nation. He said a family of four spends an average of about $23
at the movies, but might pay $236 for a Broadway play, $214 at a pro football game or $184 attending a
Valenti said box office receipts for 2002 totaled $9.5 billion, up 13.2 percent from the $8.4 billion
he reported a year ago. "The economics of the business are good," he declared.
The trade convention featured seminars and conferences concluding with Thursday night's gala
award ceremony. Honorees included Adam Sandler, Brian Grazer, Diane Lane, Antwone Fisher, David
Heyman, Chris Wedge, LL Cool J, Sam Mendes, Christopher Walken and Catherine
One of the big events was a screening of Finding Nemo, the new animated adventure from
Disney's Pixar Animation Studio. The flick stars Albert Brooks as a clown fish who sets out to find his lost son. It is scheduled for
a May 30 nationwide release.
Before the ShoWest screening Las Vegas resident Robert Goulet, backed by a chorus line of
Disney Dancers, sang You've Got a Friend in Me.
Goulet then introduced Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook who touted Pixar's
contribution to the Disney empire. He was followed by Apple and Pixar Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs who
addressed the industry gathering, as did Pixar veep John Lasseter and Nemo director Andrew Stanton.
If there was a central convention theme it was film piracy.
Ben Affleck, James Cameron, Sean Astin, special effects guru Stan Winston, composer Michael
Kamen, the late cinematographer Conrad Hall and a throng of film craftsmen have lent their names, faces and voices to an attack on digital piracy in the form of a 72-second
public service announcement produced by 20th Century Fox.
Jim Gianopulos, chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, unveiled the antipiracy trailer Wednesday
at ShoWest. He said that Fox, working with the MPAA, is making it available to theater owners
nationwide. "A big part of what we believe is important to deal with this challenge - apart from the
technological means, which we are pursuing daily - is education," Gianopulos explained.
"We need to teach this generation that stealing is stealing, in whatever form. People must be taught that the so-called victimless crime of
downloading movies has the power to cost real people real jobs - not just executives like me or
others in this room, but hundreds of thousands of people."
"Studios have got to rethink how they advertise Academy Award movies because screeners are
also a part of how pirates get hold of our material," Valenti said. Gianopulos observed that his studio has successfully had
screeners removed from eBay and that the issue of screeners was one that the studio was wrestling with.
He called for an industry wide approach suggesting registering each individual screener.
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer was honored with the prestigious Lifetime
Achievement Award. He received his award at the annual Gala Awards Banquet, sponsored by The Coca-Cola
Company, on Thursday, March 6th.
Grazer, who is co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment along with Ron Howard, has been
personally nominated for three Academy Awards, and in 2002 he won the Best Picture Oscar for A
This year, Grazer produced 8 Mile, starring Eminem. On its opening weekend, the film
grossed $51.2 million dollars - the highest ever for an R-rated non-sequel.
Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 39 Oscars and 17
Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $10.5 billion in worldwide theatrical,
music, and video grosses. Coming up in 2003 are The Cat in the Hat, starring Mike Myers and
Intolerable Cruelty, the next feature from the Coen brothers, starring George Clooney and Catherine
MALE STAR OF THE YEAR: Adam Sandler
FEMALE STAR OF THE YEAR: Diane Lane
SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Christopher
SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Catherine Zeta-Jones
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Brian Grazer,
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Sam
Mendes Road to Perdition
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR:
David Heyman Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
MALE STAR OF TOMORROW:
James Todd Smith, a.k.a. LL Cool J
FEMALE STAR OF TOMORROW:
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR:
ANIMATION DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Chris Wedge Ice Age
SOAP STAR KICKS OFF NEW USO
Days of Our Lives star James Reynolds becomes the first to participate in the USO
Education Program -- a new tour opportunity for celebrities to showcase their talents and
appreciation for service members and their families - when he heads to Kaiserslautern, Germany,
The Vietnam veteran and former Marine will visit Department of Defense Education Activity
talks to students, hold question-and answer-sessions, sign autographs and meet with after-school
intends to emphasize to students the importance of staying in school
and continuing their
well as learning about the arts.
Last December, Reynolds toured with other Days of Our Lives cast members, visiting
members stationed in the Mediterranean. It was his second USO tour.
Reynolds portrays police commander Abe Carver on the NBC Emmy Award-winning soap opera
Days of Our Lives. He also can be seen on NBC's soap opera Generations as Henry
Marshall, for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Reynolds
has made numerous stage appearances, including a starring role in Buffalo Soldier, a play depicting
black U.S. Army troops in the American West following the Civil War. He was nominated for an NAACP
Theatre Award for this role. Reynolds also runs the Freemont Centre Theater in Los Angeles and Free
State Productions, a film and television production company in Kansas.
Raised in the small farming community of Oskaloosa, Kansas following graduation from high
school, Reynolds joined the Marines. After boot camp he was
assigned to the Information Service Office where, first stationed in Hawaii, he became a reporter for the service
newspaper, The Windward Marine. Later he was sent to Vietnam and served for almost a year with a variety
of units in and around Chu Lai, adding battlefield reporting to his combat duties, until a wound resulted in his discharge.
Returning to the States, Reynolds enrolled in Topeka's Washburn University, majoring in pre-law
and journalism. Advised that the best place on campus to meet girls was the theater department, he began
auditioning and performing in plays. In addition to his improved social life, Reynolds reaped another unexpected benefit -- he
discovered a passion for acting. He went on to appear not only in regular campus productions of musicals and dramatic
plays, but with local theater groups as well. He also
spent time as a film reviewer for the Topeka Daily Capitol and, as part of his duties, interviewed a number of filmdom's brightest
talents, not aware that one day reporters would be interviewing him.
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FORGET THE DUMB BLONDE
CABARET SINGER CREATES OWN NICHE
March is Cabaret Month in New York City. While The Big Apple is the Mecca for cabaret, we
found a singer who has created her own cabaret niche - high in the hills of Carmel, California.
Although Shelly Cullin performed last month in Manhattan at The Triad, this veteran performer
has created a way to perform while literally staying at home.
She spoke with Broadway To Vegas about her unique cabaret venture that has turned into a
popular romantic experience.
"I do concerts in our home. We have a beautiful view of the Bay. I give private concerts for
groups of 12. People who want an intimate evening in a lovely setting without a bunch of drunks
"I either do the desert-champagne-coffee party or wine and hors d'oeuvres. I have it catered.
Good china and my crystal champagne flutes are used. I work
in a gown and my men work in black ties. Ladies love to wear
their long dresses and have a dressy evening."
"I've been working with a wonderful guitarist, who was with Tom Jones for eight years, Steve
Ezzo. He accompanies me on guitar. It's very romantic. I do all of the Great American Songbook
and some of my own personal favorites."
"The age group varies. I have people who are stunned with the whole idea of cabaret. They have
never experienced it. And, I have people who are cabaret goers and are happy to have a new
place to hear it. It's a throwback to the days of elegance and romance."
"People love to do this for birthdays or a special anniversary. I'm doing one March 15, which is a surprise birthday celebration. This gentleman is
taking his wife out to dinner. Then he is going to tell her that he is taking her to some place
that she has never been before. Then their party comes here. We're in the hills. We overlook the
Bay and the sailboats. We have deer going across our yard in back. It's gorgeous."
It wasn't always that way for the child Shelly Mitchell who grew up to become Shelly
Shelly Cullin performing in a Black
She started performing at the age of three when her mother entered her in a Black Bottom
"It was a song with a very politically incorrect lyric - A black bottom/ The girl's got' em/The boys
want em/But can't have em - I sang
that and then slapped my little rear end. I had no idea what I was saying," laughed
"My mother was a wonderful lady who, at 16,
was spotted by a talent scout because she was so beautiful. He wanted to give her a screen
test. My grandfather said - I will not have a trollop in my family."
"My mother's name was
Syd. She married my father at 16. He was a fashion designer of children's wear. His name?
Inconsequential. He deserted us - over and over again. Finally, we were living on the East Coast
and he sent us to California, my brother, mother and me, to have a vacation. Once we were out
here he just disappeared. I didn't see him again until I was 24."
"I was very interested in seeing him. I was on tour with Kiss Me Kate. We
were in Philadelphia, which was the last place that I had seen him. I tried to locate him. I called
office, spoke with him. I said - Could we possibly have lunch? I had not seen him since I was 12.
said - Yes, but when you come here, please don't say who you are. I said okay and went up
there. That was the last time I ever saw or spoke to him. I arranged for
comped seats to the show, but he did not come. Then he died in 1962."
Words of wisdom from Beverly Sills
"I'm not bitter," insisted Shelly. "Beverly Sills said something that has really become a part of my
world - she said, with that wonderful laugh that she has - I'm not always happy but I'm usually
cheerful," repeated Shelly. "That just says it all. When people ask - how are you? They don't
really expect a negative answer. They want to hear fine and go on."
Shelly and her brother brought home the bacon. "In those days mothers stayed home and
baked cookies. My brother first supported the family. He was 19
when my father deserted us. He quit pre-med school and worked as an usher at night in Warner
Brothers' theater in Hollywood and as an extra during the daytime. He was never able to go back
to pre-med. I graduated from high school at 15. By the time I was 16 I was singing with
Jose Pablo's Latin-American orchestra during intermissions at the Hollywood
That led to her being a soloist with Xavier Cugat at Ciro's. Before there was Abbe Lane or
there was Shelly. In between she was under contract
to Paramount Studios and did the voice over as Axis Sally in Robert Mitchum's first major film,
The Story of G. I. Joe.
World War II cheesecake photo of
Along with that came the cheesecake publicity photos.
"Pinup girls showed up everywhere during the war: on posters, on the fuselage of planes, on
lockers - everywhere. So, when I was asked to do pin-up pictures for studio publicity, I was
delighted to comply. I showed up at the beach on a chilly day in my yellow, two-piece, side-laced
swimsuit--the bikini of its day. If you look closely at the original photograph, however,
you can almost see the gooseflesh. It was really chilly that day! I was named Miss C-54 by the
As we head closer to war Shelly expressed concern for the troops stationed
stateside as well as those
"I entertained the troops. I sang. My experiences were strictly in the United States because my
mother would not permit me to go overseas. She was sure I'd fall in a fox hole and break my
neck," she laughed. "I entertained any place
they sent me in the United States. I was with the Victory Committee, which was different from
the USO. The USO
was a paid organization and the Victory Committee was all volunteer."
"I think sometimes we forget that soldiers are stationed in the United States. I don't think we
realize that these boys are training for - God knows what. And, that they are away from home,
whether it's 2,000 miles away or 50 miles. It's the same loneliness."
At that time Shelly was under contract to Paramount. While Shelly was part of the studio system
never knew the mistreatment of a Judy Garland.
"Judy Garland was a unique case," continued Shelly. "They worked her very hard, because she
had such great potential. They were going to make hay while the sun shone. For me the
studio system was a time of cultivation. Now young people are thrown into the
business literally with very little training. They sort of get in there because they are beautiful or
because they are unusual looking."
While most people think of films in relationship to movie studios, in the early days of television it
was the movie studios who were in on the ground floor.
"What I did at the studio was in experimental television. It was
fascinating. We could not wear red lipstick. We had to wear brown. We couldn't wear colors. If
you wanted a white look you wore light blue. At the time there were only 250 sets between LA
San Diego. There was Paramount and there was Don Lee Mutual Station. I did voice overs. I did
a physical fitness program in my little two-piece black bathing suit. I sang in Las Vegas when
there were only two major hotels. The Lone Palm and the El Rancho,
that was even before the Flamingo. I was just a little kid. My mother went with me. I always
wanted mother there. I was very square. And, I did musicals."
One of those was the original production of Lend an Ear, which starred
Carol Channing, Gene Nelson and Bob Scheerer. The director and choreographer was Gower
Champion. With a book, lyrics, music and sketches by Charles Gaynor Lend An Ear made
theatrical history when the show was transplanted from Hollywood to Broadway.
Another was Kiss Me Kate.
The show opened in Los Angeles, and from there Shelly and the Kate company
traveled to San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC. Julie Wilson who
played Bianca left the show in Chicago to replace Lisa Kirk in the Broadway
production. In her place came Betty George, with Shelly as her standby.
"I had been Julie's standby. She became very ill. I had to
go on for Betty for a week. Betty was enormous. She weighed about fifty pounds more than I
weighed. On a tall day I am five-feet-two. I don't think of
myself as tiny. I think of myself as very tall. But, they had to sew me into the costumes."
Her short stature didn't prevent her from becoming one of the famed Harry Conover models,
called The Conover Girls. Long before the term supermodel was coined, there were the
Conover Girls who had status. Many achieve their own star power such as Sandra Dee.
Harry Conover, the head of that famous New York modeling agency, happened to be at a Girl
Scout fashion show when he spotted Dee and immediately signed the 12-year-old girl from
Bayonne NJ , to a contact. The next day Dee signed a year's contract as cover girl for The
American Girl Magazine. While Shelly, like Sandra, had a junior sized body, Shelly's face
had a more sophisticated aura, so she was used as a hat and hand model. She offered a few
"Protect your hands!" she stressed. "Put sunscreen on your hands. Otherwise you wind up
with sun spots and all kind of bad things. That way the skin stays nice and smooth. And, rubber
gloves. I have a pair in each bathroom and two pairs in the kitchen. One for clean up and one for
food. I don't even cut food with bare hands. They help prevent cuts and a lot of foods have
chemicals that are hard on hands. They also protect long nails."
"My hands have changed very little. So, I could model today," said Shelly who stays fit by playing
tennis three times a week and walking the beach with her second husband.
Her first marriage, which produced a son, ended in divorce. Then she found her soul
Shelly's optimistic love conquers all attitude met reality when 38-years-ago she married a man
with two children.
Shelly and Bob Cullin at a Battle of
Midway Commemorative Dinner, 2002. Bill is a veteran of that battle
"I was prepared for love to conquer all. But, it was really difficult," she admitted. "There was a
10-year-old boy. He and my son are five months apart. His daughter was 16. And believe me
she did not want or need me. But, now I think
she is more mine than Bill's. I was persistent. I came in
loving the children because they were Bill's. My son was thrilled because he was getting a
and sister. But, that had to be worked on as well. He was all for it and they weren't. It was very
tough for them. So, they had to be approached with delicacy, love and
"Bill was a Navy pilot for over 20 years. Then he retired and went
into the aero space business. He got his degree at MIT as did my son. My son adores and
worships Bill. And, why not? He is absolutely the best. We are just like
Velcroed together. It's a real love story."
While the children were in college, Shelly decided to also join the campus set.
A statue of George Mason on the
of the university named in his honor.
As her 50th birthday approach she was about to receive her bachelor's
degree from George Mason University, which has three campuses around the Washington, D.C.
area. Mason, a close friend of George Washington, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers
of the United States, yet he is among the least known. One of his most famous
quotes from the 1787 Constitutional Convention is; "Slavery discourages
arts & manufactures. The poor despise labor when performed by slaves... Every master of slaves
is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a Country."
"I was nominated by the Fulbright Committee - I had a dual language project," Shelly
recalled. "I already had two professors ready to underwrite my project. I had letters and all kind
of stuff - and I was headed for summa cum laude. Then
the Fulbright Committee withdrew their support
because of my age. Discrimination because of age was allowed at that time. It said in the
Fulbright tenants, preference
will be given - imagine using the word preference - preference will be given to those
between the ages of 18 and 33. And, I was almost 50. I had friends that said go to the ACLU. I
said you know what if the academia doesn't want me, I don't want them. My last year I just
never cracked a book. So, instead of summa cum laude I graduated magna cum laude.
"Fulbright has since changed their rules."
The Fulbright Scholar application now states: Applicants will be considered without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and/or physical impairment
"They had to change their rules," she said a little ruefully.
"Oh, sure I'm glad I went back to school," Shelly continued. "You know, I wouldn't change a day
my life. My son has his doctorate in math. His wife has hers in social science. Our
the one who really didn't want me - lives in Hawaii with her husband who is with the Chevron
Corporation. She is one dynamite girl. The
youngest, who is a boy, is a Navy Captain stationed at the
"Bill has a wonderful expression - when in a hole, don't dig.
So, if you have a problem, wait for it to go away. If you can do something about it, fine. If you
can't, sit back and say, this too shall pass. And, it generally does.
I am a firm believer that if you really want something enough
- go after it."
Dolly Parton will be among the recipients
of the 2003 Governor's Awards in the Arts, the state of Tennessee's highest honor given in the
arts. The presentations will be made Tuesday at Ryman Auditorium.
Gov. Phil Bredesen and his wife, Andrea Conte, will present Parton with the Lifetime
''Dolly is an American icon and a Tennessee treasure. Her accomplishments in music are
staggering, and her contributions to our state are immeasurable," said Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee
Arts Commission. "She's being honored
not only for her music but for her humanitarian
efforts on behalf of the
people of East Tennessee."
The fun loving and outgoing Parton who has seven Grammy Awards, nine Country Music
Association (CMA) Awards, membership in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole
Opry, started the Imagination Library Program in 1995 in her hometown in Sevier County,
Tennessee, as a way of helping children achieve their dreams. Growing up in a home without books left a real
impression on her, and she wanted to give back to "the kids back home" by providing books to them. She sends a book a
month to every child born in Sevier County from birth until their fifth birthday. This 60 volume gift is
called the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Each child receives an age-appropriate, hard cover book in the mail
as a gift.
Other communities have expressed interest in the program, so Parton created a process where
communities can replicate the program. At last count their were more than 200 sites in 23 states. Just this year,
Parton teamed up with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and her Imagination Library Program has been
adopted by 92 Indian communities nationwide.
"I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award than Dolly Parton. She has contributed so
much to our state through her music, her commitment to education, and her generosity," adds Boyd.
In addition to Parton, there are 13 other awards that will be presented in three different
categories; Folklife Heritage, Distinguished Artist, and Arts Leadership.
Folklife Heritage Awards will be presented to: Howard
Armstrong, a renowned fiddler, mandolinist, painter, and writer; Ralph Blizard, a legendary
old-time fiddler and 2002 National Heritage
Fellowship recipient; musician Roy Harper who has
spent his musical career preserving the songs and musical traditions of
pre-World War II country music and Clara Fodor who immigrated to the United
States in 1938 from her native Hungary. She is an artist known for her intricate and
detailed embroidered wall hangings celebrating
her patriotism and love of her adopted country. Fodor's embroidery technique is similar to the
traditional Hungarian method of laying satin stitches on the surface of the fabric. When she was a
child, a vision disability prohibited her from participating in school sewing classes. Fodor learned
embroidery from observing a neighbor.
The Arts Leadership Awards will go to George L. Mabry of Clarksville, director of the Nashville
Chorus; Memphis arts supporter/philanthropist Bob Cannon; Chattanooga-area arts supporter H.
the Metro Nashville Arts Commission; the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at the
Tennessee at Chattanooga; and Arts & Antiques, a monthly publication in
Receiving Distinguished Artist Awards are: Roland Carter, a professor of music at the University
at Chattanooga, and a nationally recognized composer, conductor, and pianist; Jim Gray of
for his maritime paintings and helping to create the artists' community in Gatlinburg; and sculptor
Hampton of Memphis who has served as a major creative influence, and credited with opening the
many African American artists.
The awards have been presented since 1971. The 2003 Governor's Awards in the Arts are being
presented by the Tennessee Arts Commission, in
partnership with BellSouth, Gaylord Entertainment, and Tennesseans for the Arts.
Wayne Newton Photo By: Laura Deni
who returns to the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas on
March 17, received the
2003 American Legion National Commander's Public Relations Award.
American Legion National Commander Ronald F. Conley presented the award on March 5 to the
Las Vegas resident at a Washington, D.C. luncheon in his honor in recognition of the entertainer's
longstanding support for the U.S. military past and present.
"Wayne Newton is a king with the common touch," Conley said. "He's an extraordinary talent
who acknowledges publicly the sacrifices of ordinary Americans who serve in our nation's armed
forces. He leads USO tours to perform for deployed U.S. troops. In his performances, he often says
something positive about the values of our great nation and about the people who guard those values with their lives.
Mr. Newton Mr. Las Vegas' is a great entertainer and a great American."
Past recipients of the award include NASCAR, Wal-Mart, NBC's Tom Brokaw and Ambassador
The American Legion is the nation's largest veterans organization. It was founded on March
15-17, 1919, in Paris, France, by a group of American World War I veterans.
will receive the 2003 Harvey Award from the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation on March
27th at a tribute dinner in his honor at the Indiana Country Club . He will also make an appearance at The
Jimmy Stewart Museum located in Stewart's Pennsylvania hometown, Indiana, about 45 miles northeast
of Pittsburgh, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. on that day to sign autographs.
The award is given annually to someone associated with Stewart whom the foundation judges to
have continued the actor's tradition in the performing arts.
Little, 64, has often impersonated Stewart. Past winners include June Allyson, Janet Leigh,
Shirley Jones and Ernest Borgnine.
Stewart, who died in 1997 at 89, starred in the 1950 film Harvey, in which his character,
Elwood P. Dowd, befriends an invisible rabbit named Harvey. The award depicts a lamppost like the one in
the film, where Dowd meets Harvey.
LESSONS IN HIGH
For anyone who's ever dreamed of dancing with The Radio City Rockettes, The Rockette
Experience, presented by Danskin may bring that dream a bit closer to reality.
Entertainment is offering dancers and dreamers the opportunity to learn the world famous
precision dance technique.
For a fee of $85 you can sign up to take a dance class taught by a Rockette and learn
choreography from the Rockette repertoire plus much more.
Workshops take place March 15, 22 and 30.
Picket lines went up Friday after Musicians from Local 802 failed to reach an agreement with The
League of American Theatres and Producers. Two shows - La Boheme and Flower Drum
Song, which is slated to close on March 16 - called off last Friday night's performances even before
Actors' Equity and the stagehands union, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, said its
members wouldn't cross the picket lines, thus shutting down Broadway musicals for the first time in 25
years. Broadway musicians last went on strike in September 1975, shutting down nine musicals
for 25 days. This time the strike affects about 325 musicians working in 18 musicals. Drama and comedy
productions such as Say Goodnight, Gracie are
open. Negotiators are hung up on orchestra minimums, which range from three to 26, depending
on the size of the theater. No talks were scheduled over the week-end.
In a statement issued Saturday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: "In these challenging times, the
darkening of Broadway casts a long shadow over the heart of the Big Apple. I urge the theater
owners and musicians' union to resolve their differences as quickly as possible, so we can put the
hustle and bustle back into Times Square."
The producers estimate the walkout cost the city $2.5-3.0 million in lost revenue this past
ADDED TUESDAY: After Mayor Bloomberg ordered round the clock negotiations, which
began on Monday, a settlement was announced Tuesday morning, March 11,2003.
THE NEW MOON
The second production of City Center Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert 10th
season is its first foray into a score from the well known composer of operettas, Sigmund
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, and Laurence Schwab.
Gary Griffin directs the production which stars Rodney Gilfry.
This 1928 musical is loosely based on a true story, set prior to the French revolution. A
with revolutionary sympathies, wanted by the French authorities, is captured in New
returned on the ship New Moon, when the crew mutinies. Stout Hearted Men, -
known as Shoulder to Shoulder - and Lover Come Back to Me are among
songs from this production.
City Center Encores!'s Artistic Director is Jack Viertel, Musical Director is Rob
Director-in-Residence is Kathleen Marshall. City Center President and Executive Director
Judith E. Daykin.
Mar 27 Mar 30 at City Center in New York City .
SALOME by Oscar Wilde opening
April 20 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, will star Al Pacino as King Herod. Marisa Tomei will portray the
title character, best known for her dance of the seven veils. Also in the cast are Dianne Wiest and
David Strathairn. The director is Estelle Parsons. Preview performances begin April 12, and the
production closes June 7.
For Pacino this will be a repeat performance. In 1992 he played Herod in a production at Circle
in the Square which starred Sheryl Lee as Salome.
Conceived by Craig Harris with Marlies Yearby's Spirits Dance Theater is a multimedia work celebrating the style,
spirit, and times of Muhammad Ali.
Performed by an ensemble of dancers and musicians, Brown Butterfly presents the
power of a man who,
through controversy, adversity, and triumph became an American icon. March 13 at the
World Financial Center Winter
STRING FEVER by Jacquelyn
Reingold. In this quirky comedy, Lily (Cynthia Nixon) grapples with love, loss, donor
insemination and turning 40. She finds surprising answers in a scientific Theory of Everything.
Directed By Mary B. Robinson with Cynthia Nixon, Cecilia deWolf, Evan Handler, David Thornton, Tom Mardirosian, Jim
Fyfe. The Mainstage Production of the EST/Sloan Project First Light 2003 Festival String
Fever was commissioned by the Sloan Foundation, which awards grants to playwrights who tackle
science related topics - i.e. Lily uses string theory as a metaphor for her life.
David Gordon Sets. Michael Krass Costumes. Michael Lincoln Lights. Rob Gould Sound.
Tiffany N. Thetard Stage Manager.
Performances through March 23.Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC.
BOB THE BUILDER
adjusted his tool belt and
put on his hard hat as he, Wendy, and his team of machines, Lofty, Muck, Scoop, Roley
embarked on their first-ever nationwide tour which opened last week at the Municipal
Nashville. Bob the Builder Live! recreates Bob and the team's vibrant world in an
and brings to life the story of how they use teamwork and a "can-do" attitude to transform
a junkyard into a
bandstand. The live building yard fun also incorporates 11 songs from Bob's hit album,
We Fix It? and Bob's version of Lou Bega's Mambo No. 5 as well as four songs
written especially for the show. The production closes this evening in Nashville and then moves to the Macon
Centreplex in Macon, Georgia for shows March 11-12 with a March 14-16 engagement slated for the
in Charlotte, N.C.
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG by Peter Nichols. Directed by Laurence Boswell.
Direct from their acclaimed run on London's West End come British comedian Eddie Izzard and
Olivier Award nominee Victoria Hamilton in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Peter
Nichols' dark comedy. This production also stars three time Tony
Award nominee Dana Ivey. This highly anticipated production, also featuring Margaret
Colin, Michael Gaston and Madeleine Martin, concerns a young couple's struggle to
cope with marriage, work and family. As their problems escalate, they resort to fantasy
and humor to escape from the drudgery of everyday life.
March 14 - May 25 at the American Airlines Theatre, New York City.
MARISOL written by Jose Rivera
and presented by greasy joan & co. at the Viaduct in Chicago, will have a post-play discussion
with Jose Rivera, moderated by Henry Godinez, Resident Artistic Associate of the Goodman
Theatre, on Thursday March 13. Then on Friday, March 14, at the Reynolds Club on the University of
Chicago campus, Riviera will discuss Marisol, the process of playwriting, and how
politics enters into his creative work. The discussion will be moderated by Steppenwolf's Literary Manager Ed
Sobel, who also teachers playwriting at the University of Chicago. A wine and cheese reception
LAWRENCE WELK SHOW
Lawrence Welk currently on a 23 city tour commemorating what
would have been the 100th birthday of Welk, who was born March 11, 1903. Lawrence Welk died in 1992.
The production is being staged by original cast members from the popular Lawrence Welk
television show which was on network television from 1955 to 1971. It was in syndication, with new shows
produced, until 1982. In recent years, it has been picked up by public television where it is the No. 1
syndicated show on PBS, and the only TV show that's still in production after 50 years.
On March 11 the show will be in Salt Lake City at Abravanel Hall.
The show includes singer Ralna English, marimba-playing Jack Imel, dancer Mary Lou Metzger,
country singer Ava Barber, jazz clarinetist Henry Cuesta and musician Dick Dale. Because Tuesday's
show is the official birthday celebration, a number of other Welk regulars will be in attendance. Among them,
champagne lady Norma Zimmer, accordion player Myron Floren and singer Guy Hovis. Lawrence
Welk Jr. and his family will also be in the audience. And, after the concert, the audience will be treated to a
special birthday cake.
ELLEN DeGENERES performs Tuesday at the
Capitol Theatre in Yakima, Washington. On Friday she'll be getting laughs at the Midland
Kansas City, and on Saturday she'll be telling stories at the Avalon Theatre in Grand
something French that
nobody is boycotting, on stage March 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee. On March 12 he'll be
crowds in Huntington, West Virginia. He performs a two nighter March 14-15 in
DR. PHIL McGRAW in his Tell It
Like It Is seminar March 15 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.
DAVID BRENNER telling funny
stories March 10-13 at the Suncoast in Las Vegas.
LORRIE MORGAN center
stage Friday at Turning Stone
Casino in Verona, New York.
THE IRISH ROVERS perform
tonight at the Prairie Arts Center
in Schamburg, Illinois. On Tuesday the show is in Highland, Michigan at Milford High
School. On Friday the fun on stage
is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at the American Music Theatre. They close out the week,
in Rahway, New
Jersey at the Union County Arts Center.
DIXIE CHICKS on Monday
will be in the spotlight at
Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. This is part of their Dixie Chicks Top of the World
Tour which their first
tour in three years
CAROL CHANNING brings her
stories, songs and distinctive voice to the Mohegan Sun Casino in shows March 12-16.
entertaining March 14 at the
Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey.
GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE
DESTROYERS Friday and Saturday at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.
BELINDA CARLISLE singing
Tuesday March 11 in Anaheim, California at the House of Blues. On Thursday she can be found at The Rialto in
Tucson, Arizona. Friday she's in the spotlight in Phoenix at the Celebrity Theatre and on Saturday
the show is in
Redwood City, California at the Fox Theatre.
TORI AMOS performs Tuesday in
Toledo, Ohio at the Stranahan Theatre. On Thursday the show is in Buffalo, New York at Shea's Performing Arts
Center and on Saturday she is on stage in Louisville, Kentucky at the Palace Theatre.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND Monday at the Dunkin Donuts Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island
and on Tuesday at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.
OSSY OSBOURNE at The Hard
Rock in Las Vegas on March 14.
NATALIE COLE entertaining at the
Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas on March 14-15.
LOU RAWLS AND NANCY WILSON on stage at Pairs Hotel in Las Vegas March 14-15.
JESSICA BIEL of 7th
Heaven fame came to Las Vegas to celebrated her 21st birthday with a group of her
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