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By: Laura Deni
BARRICADE STORMED NO MORE
Les Miserables has been bringing Broadway audiences to their feet for 16+ record
breaking years making it the second longest running show in Broadway history.
Today, May 18th, the barricade will be stormed for the last time at The Imperial Theatre after
the 6,680th performance.
The eight-time Tony winner On Jan. 25, 2002,
with performance No. 6,138, Les Miserables surpassed
A Chorus Line, to become the second longest running
production in Broadway history after Cats.
The final performance is by invitation only, to accommodate the hundreds of alumni who've
worked on the Cameron Mackintosh show for the past 16 years.
Also invited is the E-Bay winner of two tickets.
The current cast and company put the pair of tickets up for sale last Wednesday, with the
proceeds to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The auction closed last Wednesday. Bidding on the reserve
price auction began at $50 with 21 different bidders
posting 54 bids, driving the winning bid up to $18,750.00.
That was won by somebody calling themselves cammacfan, which
could mean Cammeron Mackintosh Fan.
That person and guest will "Join in the crusade" and
"receive a pair of orchestra tickets to this historic
closing performance and join cast members past and present
as well as members of the creative team for the
celebration immediately following the show. Drink with
"them" to days gone by at The Summer Garden located
at the historic Rockefeller Center. It is certain to
be a very moving yet exciting evening.
That excitement will crescendo when more than 300 performers
sing the special finale,
including cast members from the original company, the current
company and 41 children from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
and Pennsylvania who appeared in recent productions of the
"school edition" of Les Miserables, which is a tailored
script geared towards the high-school audience.
Also on hand will be the original creative team, including producer Cameron Mackintosh, authors Alain Boublil and
Claude-Michel Schonberg and co directors Trevor Nunn
and John Caird.
415 actors have performed in the Broadway
company, including: 15 Valjeans, 18 Javerts,
22 Fantines, 21 Eponines, 11 Cosettes,
14 Mariuses, 5 Thenardiers, 10 Madame
Thenardiers, 11 Enjolrases, 42 Gavroches
and 46 Young Cosettes.
There have been over 200,000 revolutions of the onstage
The Broadway production has used more than 338,000 pounds
of dry ice for stage effects, 132,291 batteries for mics,
1,352,000 yards of thread for costume repairs,
748,800 Wet-Ones to remove "dirt" make-up and 6,680 loaves
1,633 people have worked on the show in various capacities.
Each performance used 392 costumes, consisting of 1,782 items
and 31 wigs.
THE MUSIC GOES ROUND AND
ULTIMATE BROADWAY 2
a follow up to the 1998 Ultimate Broadway release by Arista Records, is a magnificent
collection of tunes on a must have CD. Released on RCA Victor this brilliantly constructed
compilation is billed as "A musical photo album, offering pictures of sound of some of the shows
you may have encountered on Broadway, as well as touring productions, in the first year of the
The recording begins with music from two of Broadway’s
newest productions, Jule Styne’s Overture from Gypsy, performed by the
London Cast Orchestra, and I, Don Quixote performed by Tony-winner Brian Stokes
Mitchell and Ernie Sabella from the 2002 production of Man of La Mancha.
The finale from another recent revival, Oklahoma!, is also included, with the company
singing the title song and Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’.
Gypsy is from the London cast recording while Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’ is
from the original cast recording of an earlier revival.
Bebe Neuwirth as Velma Kelly and the Merry Murderesses
of the Cook County Jail
Ultimate Broadway 2 features many performances by stars
in their Tony Award-winning roles: Natasha Richardson,
who won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a
Musical in 1998 for Cabaret, performs the title track from
the timeless Kander and Ebb musical. Bebe Neuwirth,
a Tony-winner for Chicago, is joined by Ann Reinking on
All That Jazz from the musical that has now become
an Oscar-winning film.
From the Best Original Score
Tony-winner, Ragtime: The Musical, comes three-time
Tony-winner Audra McDonald’s haunting performance of
Your Daddy’s Son.
Springtime For Hitler from The Producers is the superb film soundtrack company chorus with Mel Brooks in a cameo voice.
Randy Graff offers a powerful delivery on The Next Best Thing To Love from A Class Act.
Time Wrap from The Rocky Horror Show has Raul Esparza, Daphne Rubin-Vegaa and Dick Cavett leading the 2001 revival cast in this instructional ditty.
Sutton Foster as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie
Sutton Foster sings the
joyous ballad Gimme Gimme that won her Tony the Award in 2002 for Thoroughly
Keeping it all in the family, her brother, Hunter Foster leads the cast
Crom, Ken Jennings, Megan Lawrence, Rachel Coloff, Victor W. Hawks, Spencer Keyden,
Lawrence Street and Kay Walbye - of the triple Tony-winner,
Urinetown, in the
invigorating, pseudo-gospel number, Run, Freedom, Run.
Colm Wilkinson and
the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mike Batt offer The Music of the
Night from The Phantom of the Opera taken from Wilkinson's album Stage
Reissue Engineer Mike Barnard.
VIC DAMONE is a man
Frank Sinatra admitted he envied. Referring to Damone's singing ability, the Chairman of the Board said "he has the best pipes in the business."
Damone's voice box, plus his ability to put meaning into a lyric, placed him on top of the charts with three dozen or so hits including the Oscar nominated Affair to Remember and Wonder
Why as well a gold discs for On the Street Where You Live, Again and You’re
Breaking My Heart.
The legendary baritone, who retired from active performing in
2001 following a stroke, not only feels fine but has resumed
This album of previously unreleased Damone tracks,
includes the definitive lyric interpretation of Andrew
Lloyd Webber's All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera.
The CD features Damone in a variety of styles, from just the crooner
backed by a guitar, to full orchestra - with all kinds of
musical fun in between. Vic Damone Signature Album Vol 1 available for purchase
through the Vic Damone website.
will sign copies of her new Mostly Sondheim DVD at Tower Records, NYC on May 20
at 6 PM. The DVD of the acclaimed concert will be released that day by KOCH Vision.
JAZZ MEMORIAL DAY
For the 30th consecutive Memorial Day weekend, the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society
presents the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, May 23-26.
The world’s largest traditional jazz festival will
feature some 12 dozen world famous jazz bands.
Presiding over Jubilee XXX as Emperor will be Johnny Varro,
Jazz Pianist, whose professional resume lists a stellar
roster of jazz greats with whom he has played over more than
half-a-century – Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Charlie Shavers,
Billy Butterfield – and so many more immortals.
Headlining the gala entertainment: Lawrence Welk Show
keyboard stylist Jo Ann Castle. And Las Vegas sends
hilarious “jazzy” comedian Pete Barbutti.
Jubilee favorites the Jim Cullum Jazz Band from San Antonio,
who broadcast from the famed Riverwalk every weekend over Public Radio, are back. Also
starring will be the Side Street Strutters, who made their Jubilee debut way back in ’85, while
they were students at Arizona State, who were such an enormous hit, they’ve been playing at
Disneyland ever since. Re-creating the gazebo-in-the-park
era will be Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band.
The roster of guest artists features clarinet star Bob Draga,
trombonist Bill Allred, and sax virtuosi Tommy Newsom and George Probert.
Add to this three bands made up of all star musicians led respectively by guitarist Howard
Alden, cornetist Tommy Saunders, and clarinetist Sam Most and you have a potpourri of
In honor of the 30th Anniversary, Jubilee is bringing back many veterans from past years. Among
these all-time favorites are the New Black Eagles (Boston), Buck Creek Jazz Band (Washington,
D.C.), Kinda Dixie (Las Vegas), Igor’s Jazz Cowboys (Tempe, AZ), Big Tiny Little and the
Show Band (Reno), Paco Gatsby (Guatemala), Uptown Lowdown (Seattle), Zydeco Flames,
Night Blooming Jazzmen (Los Angeles), Climax Jazz Band (Toronto), Queen City Jazz Band
(Denver), and many more.
Oregon Jazz Band
Also, veterans of the past 30 years who haven’t missed a
single performance in the entire history of the Sacramento
Jubilee – Sacramento’s Fulton Street Jazz Band and the Oregon
Jazz Band, in its 56th year, ranks as oldest, continually-playing American Dixie land band in the
The international band lineup includes newcomer
Zenith Hot Stompers from Oxfordshire, England.
Popular favorites returning from outside the U.S.
include the Big Band Trio and Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra from
Canada; Greentown from Slovenia; the Jazzin’ Jacks from
Sweden; and Scotland’s Fat Sam’s Band.
Jubilee attracts throngs of more than 100,000 over
Memorial Day weekend, at more than 40 venues: Old Sacramento, where it all began in 1974;
Downtown Sacramento; the Radisson Hotel; the Red Lion Hotel; DoubleTree Hotel; and Cal
In observance of Memorial Day, the veterans of all of America’s wars are remembered and
honored at Jubilee’s Annual Salute to Veterans, Monday, 9 a.m., at the Sacramento Convention
Center Exhibit Hall Concert Site. That event is free to the public.
MYRNA LOY CENTER
EXPANDS/CELEBRATES; VENUE FOR VEGAS ACTS
On May 16, at the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, Montana, a special benefit and celebration took place. The Many Spirits of the Myrna Wine Tasting and Auction was combined with the dedication of the new sound system, screening room, and the Volunteer of the Year Award, known as The Heart of the Myrna.
Montana's First Lady of Film was born Myrna Williams, on August 2, 1905, in Radersburg, Montana, 40 miles southeast of Helena. Her father, David Williams, served in the Montana state legislature. He was the youngest person ever elected to the Montana State legislature.
Myrna Williams made her stage debut at age twelve at Helena's old Marlow Theater. At the age of 13, Myrna's father died of influenza and the rest of the family moved to Los Angeles. She started at the age of 15 when she appeared in local stage productions in order to help support her family. Mrs. Rudolph Valentino happened to be in the audience one night. She managed to pull some strings to get Myrna some parts in the motion picture industry. The name Loy, was taken as a professional stage name in 1925.
In 1991, Loy received an honorary Academy Award for
her lifetime achievement in film.
On December 14, 1993, Myrna Loy,88, passed away in New York City
during surgery. By that time she had appeared in a phenomenal 129 motion pictures.
She was buried in Helena, Montana.
The Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts has for
almost 25 years, had the mission of presenting the arts, including media, performing,
literary and visual, that would not otherwise appear in the Helena area or in Montana.
Historically, Helena has been a regional center for performance and access to the performing arts. In the frontier days in the 1860's and 1870's traveling troupes and western theater companies passed through Helena or took up part-time residency during the winter months. Helena and Butte, MT, became convenient railroad stops for the best of vaudeville entertainment traveling between Chicago and Seattle from the 1880's to 1920's. Through the early 1960's several grand old vaudeville/movie houses hosted the best of national touring companies. In the early 1970's, Helena had a need for an organization that could be a link to the past and provide new performance and art experiences to an eager audience.
1934 comedy Broadway Bill starring Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly, Helen Cinson, Douglass Dumbrille
The Myrna Loy Center began as the Helena Film Society in 1976 to provide alternative cinema to a small city far from major
urban centers. Located on the second floor of a historic office building in downtown Helena, Second Story Cinema
soon became home to various community arts projects, including theatre, poetry, satirical revues, multimedia,
and musical events.
The Series for the Performing Arts began in 1979, presenting traditional and innovative works by culturally diverse artists of national stature. With a 1985 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Advancement grant, the Center completed a major capital campaign that resulted in the opening of the Myrna Loy Center, located in the historic Lewis and Clark County Jail in downtown Helena. The Myrna Loy Center officially opened in 1991. The Center then completed a NEA Challenge Grant that resulted in a growing Endowment of over $688,000 in cash and a Charitable Remainder Trust.
In 1994, the Myrna Loy Center and founding director Arnie Malina won the Fannie Taylor Career Achievement award from
the association of Performing Arts Presenters, (APAP). In 1997 the Center received the Governor's Award for the Arts for service in the Arts.
However, on February 29, 2000, after almost 25 years as one of the nation's premier small-city performing arts
organizations, the Myrna Loy Center suspended its operations due to inadequate revenues. The crisis produced a community
response that resulted in a vigorous reconnection to the traditional audience community that built the Myrna Loy.
The Open the Doors fundraising campaign secured $275,000 in financial commitments, thanks to artists donating
their talents providing eight benefit performances, raising the funds permitting
the Myrna Loy Center to re-open.
Clark Gable and Myrna Loy in Wife vs Secretary
On September 1, 2000 the Myrna Loy Center officially re-opened with a full film program. The Arts Plus program for arts in
the schools also began again in the fall of 2000, funded in part by the Helena School District, as well as by a
significant grant from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund. In September 2001, a 19-event Live Performance Series was
The Center showcases its productions in a variety of venues.
Smaller, more intimate productions -- theater, dance, jazz, folk, performance art and cinema -- are presented in the 250-seat proscenium arch theater and the 50-seat screening room of the Myrna Loy Center. There is also a small art gallery located adjacent to the box office. Larger productions are presented in the 1700-seat Helena Civic Center.
For 2004 The Myrna Loy Center has established a major program, Echoes of Discovery, to create a variety of performances
along the Lewis and Clark trail.
Since 1996, the Myrna Loy Center has been a community rental source for video editing equipment through a video-editing suite
provided by funds from the E. L. Weigand Foundation, Reno, NV. In the fall of 2001, video editing classes were initiated.
The Baron von Trapp Great-Grandchildren
In 2002 the Myrna Loy raised over $300,000 in grants from state and national foundations and agencies permitting them to bring regional and national artists to Helena. Upcoming is
Project Bandaloop's PORTAL, A Dance in Three Movements, to be performed in the Summer of 2004. The first movement will be at the Arch in St. Louis, the second movement will be at the Gates of the Mountains, and the third movement will be at St. John's Bridge in Portland on the Willamette near the Columbia; and one of the biggest national contemporary art projects is coming to the Myna Loy this summer - Geyser Land.
On May 31, the Myrna Loy offers a rare treat for old-time fiddle music lovers: Dr. Alan Jabbour, folklorist and lifelong fiddler, will perform in concert with guitarist and fiddler Mike Williams. Jabbour is retired founding director of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress
The Sound of Music starring the great-grandchildren of Maria and Baron von Trapp-who are carrying on the family tradition, perform at the Myrna Loy Monday, June 16. The production opens in Las Vegas July 23-26 at the Aladdin Hotel.
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE
Tony Kushner Photo © Gloria Wegener
in the rich tradition of the Paris Review and
Work series, New York Times
editor Frank Rich interviews playwright Tony Kushner
about his craft.
This event marks the 50th anniversary of The Paris Review. Literary editor and founder
George Plimpton introduces the evening.
Tony Kushner is the author of Angels in America. Rich is a columnist and editor of The New York Times.
The interview will eventually be published in The Paris Review. Tuesday, May 20 at the 92nd Street Y in
New York City.
TIM ROBBINS IN PERSON WITH BOB ROBERTS actor/director/writer Robbins will be at the
Museum Monday, May 19, for a special screening and discussion of his shockingly timely 1992
film Bob Roberts, a political satire that makes reference to the Gulf War, President Bush,
Saddam Hussein, and weapons of mass destruction.
Robbins is best known for his roles in such films as Bill Durham, The Player and
Shawshank Redemption, and for Dead Man Walking, which earned him an
Academy Award nomination as Best Director.
Robbins wrote, directed, and stars in Bob Roberts, in which he plays a right-wing,
folk-singing Senate candidate who embodies the greed and self-interest of the 1980s. With its
sharp views about media manipulation, corruption, and the role of money in politics, the film
remains profoundly resonant. Comments Robbins, "I'm looking forward to screening Bob
Roberts. I feel it continues to have a resonance today and should lead to an interesting
Monday, May 19th at American Museum of the Moving
Image, New York.
ERICA JONG AND ANNE TAYLOR FLEMING
have a public conversation. Jong, whose novel, Fear of Flying, appeared thirty
years ago, comes to Los Angeles to talk about sex, marriage, relationships and
other topics of general interest, with journalist and novelist Anne Taylor
Fleming. Jong's new novel is Sappho's Leap. With her is acclaimed
journalist Anne Taylor Fleming, author of Motherhood Deferred, and the
new novel, Marriage, A Duet.Thursday, May 22 at the Skirball Center in
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MUSICALS TONIGHT BENEFIT
in a salute to George S. Irving
starring K.T. Sullivan, Steve Ross and Dodie Goodman.
May 19 at the 14th Street YMHA NYC.
Panera Bread in West Caldwell, New Jersey was
converted into a film set
for an episode of the HBO series, the Sopranos.
Panera Breads, known
for their artisan breads, have seen their dough rise across the nation -
expanding into Las Vegas, with the opening of
Panera Bakery-Cafe, the first venture west of Colorado.
The famous menu, breads and charitable concept are the same as on the East Coast
including Dough Nation.
The founders based their business on the belief that
"the universal spirit of bread is sharing. That's why, in 1992, we established Operation
Dough•Nation®, a program that ensures that every purchase at Panera Bread feeds back into the
"Operation Dough•Nation contributes in many ways. Cash donations made in our bakery-cafes
are matched with freshly baked bread and distributed to local food pantries. Also, at the end of
each day, we deliver all unsold bread to local hunger relief agencies. Our Dough For Funds®
program provides fund-raising groups an opportunity to sell special coupons for our products and
keep half of the proceeds for their causes. And by donating products and gift certificates to
charitable groups and causes, we are able to regularly contribute to others."
Recently donations include a $720 donation to the United Fund
of Westfield, New Jersey by the Panera Bread Westfield.
The funds were raised in coin collections from customers matched dollar-for- dollar by Panera
Bread of New Jersey.
On May 9, Panera Bread presented a $1,100 check to the New Jersey West Orange Educational
Foundation. Funds were raised through customer donation of coins in the bakery-cafe and a
matching gift from Panera Bread located in New Jersey.
Saint Louis Bread Co., the forerunner of Panera Bread, began
in 1987 as one bakery-cafe in a St. Louis suburb. The
bakery's signature bread was a tangy, robust Sourdough.
In 1993, after developing 19 bakery-cafes, Saint Louis Bread Co. was sold
to Boston-based Au Bon Pain Co., Inc., which operated
more than 370 Au Bon Pain bakery-cafes. In 1998, Au Bon
Pain Co., Inc.'s leader, Ron Shaich, decided to build the
Saint Louis Bread Co. concept into a national brand, under
the name Panera Bread - derived from Latin, Panera means
"time of bread".
In 1999, Au Bon Pain Co., Inc. sold its Au Bon Pain bakery-cafe business unit, and officially changed its corporate name to Panera Bread Company. In 2002, the company introduced Artisan bread, all-natural, handcrafted bread baked on a stone deck. Panera Bread is the only bakery-cafe that is bringing Artisan Bread to communities on a national scale. Panera Bread freshly bakes more bread each day than any other bakery-cafe operation in the nation, which helps to fulfill the company's mission of putting "a loaf of bread in every arm."
The Las Vegas Panera Bakery-Cafe hosts a press opening on Tuesday.
LATIN RHYTHMS II benefits
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Chita Rivera, Antonio Banderas, Rosie Perez, Raul
Esparza, Daphne Rubin Vega and others appear in an evening of salsa and mambo. Ray Santos
orchestra provides the music. Monday, May 19 at the B.B. King Blues Club in NYC.
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
(NEA) will award more than
$66 million through 902 grants in the second round of Fiscal
Year 2003. The Arts Endowment will distribute $66,027,860 to nonprofit national, regional,
state, and local organizations across the country, funding 838 projects in the Access, Arts
Learning, Heritage/Preservation and Leadership Initiative categories, as well as 64 partnership
agreements with state and regional arts councils.
A 2003 Access grant will support 3D Chicago's sixth annual Pier Walk, the biggest exhibition of
large-scale outdoor sculpture in the world, which is attended annually by 9.5 million
Other Access Grants include;
National Poetry Month, coordinated by the Academy of American Poets; The Louisiana
ArtWorks ArtsReach Project, designed to provide audiences access to the creative process of
visual arts by attracting artists of diverse backgrounds to conduct residencies in the New Orleans
arts facility. The project also includes a traveling, interactive exhibit based on the 2002 residency
of master artist John Scott.
In the Arts Learning category, 258 projects are being funded for a total of $8,842,000. These
grants assist projects that help children and youth to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding
of the arts.
The stART smart program, created by the Vienna, Va.- based Wolf Trap Foundation for the
Performing Arts, is designed to integrate the performing arts into lessons for preschool children
using children's books as the springboard for developmentally appropriate arts activities.
Heritage/Preservation grants preserve artistic expression and practice that reflect our nation's
many cultural traditions. Funding in this category is being awarded to 172 projects for a total of
Valor, Agravio, y Mujer, a 17th century feminist version of the Don Juan tale, will be
staged by Washington D.C.'s Grupo de Artistas Latin-Americans. The project will include
bilingual educational materials including information about the play's author, Ana Caro, one of the
few women playwrights of Spain's Golden Age.
The Leadership Initiatives category includes $3.85 million to fund 50 Arts on Radio and TV
projects, as well as 43 grants totaling $1.24 million to support Folk Arts Infrastructure initiatives.
Leadership Initiatives in the area of Arts on Radio and TV include;
A public television series, The Music Show, featuring Michael Tilson Thomas and the San
Francisco Symphony, is designed to help a national audience appreciate the power and relevance
of classical music in contemporary life.
Piano in the Background: The Story of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, a
documentary produced by Robert Levi Films in conjunction with the New York Foundation on
the Arts, will chronicle Strayhorn's career as composer and arranger for the Ellington Orchestra as
well as his relationship with the maestro.
The NEA's current budget, often a matter of hot discussion on Capitol Hill, is about $115 million.
President Bush has proposed to raise that budget slightly to $117.5 million.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
Chuck Abbott the world premiere of a stage version of a mega-hit film musical,
which starred Danny Kaye.
Frank Loesser’s Hans Christian Andersen is filled with
songs we already know and love: Anywhere I Wander,
No Two People, the Academy
Award nominated Thumbelina, and the infectious Wonderful Copenhagen‚ are just
some of the jewels in this musical crown. Furthermore, the Oscar winner of 1949, Baby, It’s
Cold Outside, has been added to the score.
The story follows Hans, a yet unheard of writer of tales, and
his almost impossible dream of impressing a woman he has
never met, Jenny, a world famous ballerina. The perfect family musical.
The book, rewritten by Tony winner Maury Yeston, centers on
the life of the author of such enduring children's stories
as The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and
The Red Shoes.
The production will debut
on the Pickard Theatre Stage with
MSMT artistic director Charles Abbott directing
Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, ME,
AMERICAN PRIMITIVE The
Words of John and Abigail Adams put into a sequence for the theatre, with addenda in rhyme by
William Gibson. Directed by Gary English.
The American Revolution is at its most dangerous stage, and caught in the middle are John and
Abigail Adams. Through excerpts from their personal letters, the play illuminates their private
struggle and the sacrifices they made to help create a new nation. "We have not men fit for the
times. I am melancholy for the public and anxious for my family," John wrote to his beloved
Abigail in the midst of internal disputes and impending invasion. A touching tale of duty, courage
and true love, American Primitive is an intimate glimpse into the lives of the first great
American couple, as well as a portrait of a time that is stunningly relevant in 2003. Previews May
23; Opens: May 24; Talk Back: May 26; Closes:June 7.
The Unicorn Theatre Berskhire Theatre
Festival, Stockbridge, MASS.
PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO by David Mamet stars
Matthew Perry as Danny, Hank Azaria as Bernie and Minnie Driver as Joan.
Written in 1974, the play is about four young people looking for love. 'Danny' and his friend
'Bernie' are two 'regular guys', pursuing women in all the normal places: bars, libraries, beaches.
'Deborah' and her roommate 'Joan' are two normal girls, trying to pursue men without actively
appearing to do so. They go to the same bars, libraries and beaches. 'Danny' and 'Deborah' meet
and begin an affair, while the other two watch cynically from the sidelines, exerting subtle but
hostile pressure on their friends. Their sex lives and their attitudes towards love, lust and
commitment are played out amid filing cabinets and the singles bar scene.
Matthew Perry is best know for his Emmy-nominated role as Chandler Bing in the Emmy-Award
winning TV series Friends. Perry is set to star in the independent feature, Fever,
with Robin Tunney, which marks his first dramatic film role and Beginning of Wisdom,
opposite his father, John Bennett Perry. He also has a two-picture deal with Paramount Studios to
star in two films.
Minnie Driver first came to the attention of audiences and critics alike for her acclaimed
performance in Circle of Friends, in which she starred with Chris O'Donnell and Alan
Cumming. She went on to earn an Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nomination both in the
category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a
Supporting Role for her
performance in Good Will Hunting.
Most recently she guested in The Play What I Wrote.
At the opening night Driver confirmed that she may return
to the stage in a musical. "There has been talks about
my appearing in Funny Girl, both on the West End and Broadway."
Two time Emmy award winner Hank Azaria is currently in production on The Untitled John
Hamburg Project, with Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller and recently finished filming
Shattered Glass. Later this year he will star in Eulogy, with Winona Ryder and
Debra Winger. Azaria has appeared frequently on stage, including a much-praised performance in
Conspicuous Consumption, for which he won a Dramalogue Award.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago officially opened May 14 at the Comedy Theatre in
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
See It Before It Eats Broadway Alive - is how the Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in
Coral Gables, Florida bills their production of this show, which has book and lyrics by Howard
Ashman and music by Alan Menkin.
Based on a film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith the production stars
1998 Tony Award nominee Alice Ripley (Side Show, Company, Les Miserables) as
Audrey, Outer Critic and Lucille Lortel awards nominee Hunter Foster (Urinetown, Grease,
Footloose) as Seymour, OBIE and Lortel award winner Reg Rogers as Orin, Billy Porter as
the Voice of Audrey II and Lee Wilkof as Mushnik, with Dioni Michelle Collins as Crystal,
Haneefah Wood as Ronnette and Moeisha McGill as Chiffon.
Connie Grappo, revered award-winning Broadway director who is a faculty member at the Yale
School of Drama, directs the production.
The 1960 Roger Corman film, will be presented by Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in a
developmental project that will open on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre, beginning previews
July 22 with the official opening slated for August 14.
Little Shop of Horrors had its world premiere at the WPA Theatre on May 6, 1982. It
subsequently transferred to Off-Broadway's Orpheum Theatre on July 27, 1982, where it ran for
an unprecedented 2,209 performances. The production originally starred Lee Wilkof in the role of
Seymour. Ashman, who died on March 14, 1991, directed the piece. Edie Cowan was
choreographer. The musical was made into a 1986 film starring Ellen Greene as Audrey, Rick
Moranis as Seymour, Vincent Gardenia as Mushnik and Steve Martin as Orin, the dentist.
Well-known musical numbers include Somewhere That's Green, Suddenly Seymour and
the title song.
Little Shop of Horrors, winner of the 1983 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for
Best Musical, tells the story of Seymour Krelbourn, a meek florist who makes a Faustian pact
with a tiny plant in order to win the heart of Audrey, the girl he loves. While Audrey doesn't
notice the romance blooming between them, she does recognize the money-making potential of
the exotic little plant. Soon money pours in and Seymour becomes a celebrity, but behind the
glamour and fame lies a secret Seymour can't reveal – this strange and unusual plant's favorite
food is - blood. As the plant grows, its demands for food grow too, and Seymour starts to
suspect that the plant might have an agenda larger than light and soil.
Little Shop of Horrors features a spectacular, planet-panicking new plant designed by Jim
Henson's New York WorkshopTM and puppeteer Martin P. Robinson, who previously designed
the plant used in the original 1982 Off-Broadway production. This new version will extend into
the audience, able to grab showgoers seated in the first few rows.
With choreography by Kathleen Marshall (Kiss Me, Kate) and music direction by Henry
Aronson (Rent), Little Shop of Horrors features scenic design by Scott Pask
(Urinetown), costume design by Laura Bauer (Frankie & Johnny at the Clair de
Lune), lighting by Donald Holder (The Lion King) and sound design by T. Richard
Fitzgerald (Adult Entertainment).
Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
Coral Gables, FL Officially opened May 16 with performances through June 15.
LET'S FALL IN LOVE a new
Cole Porter musical revue starring Denise Di Renzo, David Elder and Jamie Torcellino. Between
them, Denise, Jamie and David have appeared in 17 Broadway productions, numerous national
tours, and can be heard on many original cast albums.
Torcellini is currently playing The Barber in the Broadway revival of Man of La
Mancha. Elder is currently starring on Broadway as Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street. Di
Renzo, who conceived and choreographed Lets Fall in Love, has starred on Broadway in
Cats, A Chorus Line, the original casts of 42nd Street and Sophisticated
Ladies with Gregory Hines
Musical Director/pianist for Let's Fall in Love is Dave Brunetti, with Steve La Spina on
bass and Rex Benincasa on drums.
Five performances only taking place Sunday, June 1st, June 2nd and 9th The ArcLight Theatre,
two-time Grammy-winner Jon Secada to the Broadway cast as the decadent Emcee.
Martin Sheman's new production of Luigi Pirandello's 78-year old play. Franco Zeiffirelli directs the play that stars Joan Plowright, Oliver Ford Davies
and Liza Tarbuck.
This dreamlike comedy has everybody questioning what is going on as some enigmatic new
comers arrive in town: the dark, intense, "Ponza", his shy, rather eccentric mother-in-law "Signora
Frola"; and his reclusive young wife. No one understands their bizarre living arrangements.
Everyone has a different theory as to the truth - and no one will countenance any other
explanation. No one, that is, except for the wry and elegant "Laudisi". He mischievously offers to
establish the truth - and takes delight in his neighbors' growing frustration as they watch: "fantasy
and reality dancing together, rather gracefully in fact - and suddenly you can't tell the difference
According to The Guardian Zeffirelli told Sherman, "The reaction to the premiere of
Absolutely (Perhaps), in Rome in 1918, perfectly captures Pirandello's humor, and his
ability to disturb an audience. The crowd was outraged at the play's conclusion: there had never
been an ending like it in the history of drama. It broke all the rules. At the curtain call, when the
author appeared, some of the audience cheered. But some of them yelled obscenities. One irate
theatregoer tore his seat from its moorings and hurled it on to the stage. It narrowly missed
Pirandello's head and landed at his feet.The playwright placed the seat upright and sat down,
saying: "Thank you so much; it's been a very tiring day."
Previews began May 7 with the official opening night taking place May 20. At the Wyndham's
Theatre in London.
BOOBS THE MUSICAL THE WORLD ACCORDING TO RUTH WALLIS
music and lyrics by Ruth Wallis, book by Steve Mackes. Six cast members, Kristy Cates, Robert Hunt, Kristin McLaughlin, Max Perlman, J. Brandon Savage, Jenny-Lynn Suckling, David Villella, and Rebecca Young interpret 21 of Wallis' comic songs.
Choreography by Lawrence Leritz. Directed by Donna Drake. Set design by the Emmy award winning Eric Harriz. Costume design by Robert Pease and J. Kevin Draves. Wigs by Corvette. Bobby Harrell lighting design. Stephen Bocchino musical arrangements. Ryan Powers sound.
In previews since May 8, the show officially opens on Monday. At The Triad in NYC.
STAND BY YOUR MAN
Five husbands. Fifty hit songs. Twenty million fans. One woman’s life. Through her humor
and award-winning songs you'll follow music legend Tammy Wynette’s journey of triumph and
Book by Mark St. Germain.
Directed and Staged by Gabriel Barre.
Tammy Wynette is portrayed by Nicolette Hart. Joining Ms. Hart on the Norma Terris stage is
Miles Aubrey as Euple Byrd. The role of Burt Reynolds is portrayed by Galen Butler. An
associate conductor for Frank Wildhorn’s The Civil War, Butler has performed with artists such
as Crystal Gayle, Dottie Rambo, Andrae Crouch and Larry Gatlin -- with whom he still
Kevin Fox performs the role of Don Chapel. Jim Heffernan, who has toured with Wynette,
portrays Michael Tomlin.
The role of Young Tammy is played by Jenny Littleton. Susan Mansur performs the role of
MeeMaw. Jim Price is cast as George Richey. Billy Sherrill is played by Louis Tucci. The role of
George Jones is played by Jim Wann. He is the principal author/composer of Pump Boys and
Dinettes, which received Tony and Olivier nominations for Best Musical. Wann was also
that musical’s leading man on Broadway, pioneering a genre with musicians playing key roles
Musical direction and arrangements for Stand by Your Man are by Galen Butler, with set
design by Dennis C. Maulden, costume design by Bridget R. Bartlett and lighting design by Todd
O. Wren. Produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price. Stand by Your Man: The
Tammy Wynette Story at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., opened May 15 - June
ANITA BAKER in a sold out engagement May 23 at Filene Center, Wolf Trap Vienna,
VH1 DIVAS DUETS in Las Vegas on May 22.
Queen Latifah is the hostess for the event which airs live on
VH1. Divas line-up includes Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion,
Chaka Khan, Jewel, Ashanti, Beyonce - male performers
Stevie Wonder and Bobby Brown promising to perform with
wife Whitney Houston on My Love from Houston's
Just Whitney CD.
CLEERE HARAN with her latest
offering My Shining Hour — Movie Songs & Love in
the 1940’s opening in the Algonquin’s Oak Room May 27.
The run ends June 28. Don Rebic will accompany
on piano with Chip Jackson on bass. The Oak Room at the
Algonquin Hotel in New York City.
performs May 23rd in Sahuarita, Arizona at the Desert Diamond Casino.
THE EAGLES play Gaylord
Entertainment Center in Nashville on May 25.
JAMES TAYLOR performing at the
Am South Amphitheater in Nashville on May 26.
BILL HUDSON sings at the
Friday, May 23 in Big Island, Virginia.
ATLANTIC WIND ENSEMBLE WITH HENRY
EICHHORN May 24 at Ocean Camp Grove in Ocean Grove, New
JOHNNY MATHIS in a two nighter
Wednesday and Thursday at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
LINDA EDER on stage
Tuesday, May 20 in Newark, New Jersey at the New Jersey
Performing Arts Center. Eder returns to the legitimate stage starring in Camille Claudel
penned by her husband Frank Wildhorn. That musical opens at
The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. on August 14. With
book and lyrics by Nan Knighton, music by Wildhorn it is billed as
“A revolt against nature-a woman of genius!” Camille Claudel
broke all the rules. A sculptor when women didn’t sculpt.
A model, a mistress, a muse. A wild and stormy affair
with Auguste Rodin. Experience this amazing woman’s humor
and zest for life in a musical like none you’ve seen
RICHARD SKIPPER AS CAROL CHANNING
Broadway in the Bronx, Hosted by
Diana Templeton and featuring Linda Fields,
Sidney Myer, and Richard Skipper as Carol Channing takes place May 18.
A portion of the proceeds from this show go to
benefit Broadway To Vegas. Call Diana Templeton
718-325-8307 for more info.
On May 19 it's Spiritus with special guest
star Carol Channing which is a private event
for JD Edwards.
May 19 Skipper can be found at The Duplex in Manhattan
performs his tribute to Carol Channing's amazing life and
career with musical director John Bowen. Special guest -
Lennie Watts. On May 24 the performance takes place at a private
event at the
Maplewood Country Club.
TONY BENNETT? in the spotlight
Monday at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Then on Friday the ageless singer opens a four
night engagement at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.
SMOKEY ROBINSON in the
spotlight tonight, May 18, at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California.
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN performing
at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. Wednesday through Sunday.
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
entertaining Wednesday and Thursday in London at Wembly Stadium.
JERRY SEINFELD getting laughs
Friday in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Memorial Auditorium.
PETER CINCOTTI center stage
Wednesday and Thursday at Boston's Symphony Hall.
AN EVENING WITH STAN FREBERG featuring Hunter Freberg Tuesday May 20th - May 25th. Feinstein's at
the Regency, NYC.
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