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By: Laura Deni
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FESTIVAL WILL NEEDLE YOU
Looking for something different to wear? How about a tattoo?
Ozzy Osbourne, Cher, Angelia Jolie, Courtney Love, Guns N' Roses, LL Cool J, Kiefer
Crue, Erykah Badu, Pamela Anderson, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Idol, Heather Locklear, Brett
Clown Posse, Johnny Depp, Jon Bon Jovi, Jars of Clay, Courtney Cox, Nicholas
Cage, Greg Allman, Tori Spelling, Dolores O'rierden of the Cranberries,
Dennis Rodman, Joan Jett, Village People, Donna D' Erico, Cyndi Lauper, Aaron Neville, Sugar
Leonard, Johnny Colt of the Black Crowes, Tai Babalonia, Ratt, Sinbad, Johnny Morton, Lita
Bonet, Drew Barrymoore, Rosanne,
Christina Ricci, Ben Affleck, Alyssa Milano, Cristina Applegate, Nicholas Cage, Gillian Anderson,
Michelle Gellar are just some of a thousand celebrities who have had their personal skin used as a
A tattoo collaborative
This week-end the second annual Massachusetts Tattoo Festival is taking place. Events range
from the silly
to the serious.
If you can't decide on one tattoo artist, head for the collaborative tattoo stage which showcases
combinations with different artists bringing their own unique combination together on one body -
it could be
There are also tattoo contests. Awards given include; best chest, arm, best overall male, best
overall female - but those tattoos must cover at least fifty percent of the body.
Serious seminars also take place, such as the one on prevention of disease transmission through
which conforms to educational requirements of many states and OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen
Guy Aitchison's seminar is on reinventing the tattoo. This seminar is designed for people who are
professional tattoo artists. The emphasis is on design concepts and the nuts and bolts of technical
Don Ed Hardy's seminar is a little more for the layman. It's a talk and slide show about memorable
and people that have crossed his path in the 35 years he's been sticking the needle to
The convention opened yesterday and runs through Monday in Worchester "the heart of the
Commonwealth" about 50 miles from Boston.
A DIZI PLAYER, A TONY
WINNER AND A
It's not easy to find musicians who are experts playing the Dizi, Euphonium, Pipa and Mandolin
show has them. They also have a Tony Award winner and a Miss USA in the cast.
It's the eagerly awaited Thursday Broadway opening of an updated version of the Rodgers and
Hammerstein classic Flower Drum Song, with a book by David Henry Hwang.
Starring Tony Award winner Lea Salonga as Mei-li, the lass who flees to America in the late
1950's when her father, a Chinese opera master, falls under persecution from the Communist
Arriving in San Francisco, she finds work in a run-down Chinese opera house where the patriarch,
Master Wang, struggles to keep old traditions alive, while his American-born son, Ta, dreams of
converting the space into a Western-style nightclub.
Alvin Ing (Chin) A member of the original touring company of FDS in 1960, Alvin
played Wang Ta in more productions than any other actor. The Mark Taper Forum
Production Photo by Craig Schwartz
With the help of a leggy showgirl, Linda
Low, and her fast-talking agent, Madame Liang, Ta's wish comes true; they discover success,
American-style, by turning the old theatre into a popular new nightspot, Club Chop Suey.
In the whirlwind that follows, Mei-li finds herself falling in love, as characters grapple with the
joys and the
challenges of life in the new world, through a funny and moving story which explores what it
means to be an
American, and touches the history of every person whose forebears once arrived as a stranger to
Flower Drum Song's glorious music includes the delightful A Hundred Million Miracles, I
Enjoy Being a
Girl, Grant Avenue, You Are Beautiful, and Love, Look Away.
Sandra Allen and Jose Llana in the Mark Taper Forum Production
Born in Taiwan, Sandra won Miss USA for the Miss International
pageant. Photo: Craig Schwartz
With Robert Longbottom as director and choreographer, Flower Drum Song stars
Duk Kim, Jose Llana, Jodi Long, Alvin Lui, Hoon Lee and Sandra Allen who won Miss USA for
the Miss International pageant.
The cast includes;
Leung, J. Elaine Marcos, Daniel May, Marc Oka, Lainie Sakakura, Yuka Takara,
Robert Tatad, Kim Varhola, and Ericka Yang.
Then there are those hard to find musicians who are experts playing the Dizi, Euphonium,
Pipa and Mandolin. The Flower Drum Song Orchestra has them.
With David Chase
as Conductor/Vocal and Dance Arrangements the orchestra includes;
Janet A. Axelrod, Lou Bruno, Claire Chan, David Evans, Raymond Grappone, Richard A.
Heckman, Ronald Jannelli, Christian Jaudes, Howard Joines, Stu Satalof, Russel L. Rizner, Clay
C. Ruede, Jack Schatz, Andrew Schwartz, Chuck Wilson, Julius Rene Wirth, and Mineko Yajima.
The creative team is composed of;
Costume Design by Gregg Barnes
Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown
Robin Wagner (Set Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design),
Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Acme Sound Partners (Sound Design), Don Sebesky
Seymour Red Press (Music Coordinator), David Brian Brown (Hair Designer).
Nina Lannan (General Management), Perry Cline (Production Stage Manager), Tom Kosis
(Associate Director/Stage Manager), Darlene Wilson (Assistant Choreographer), Jamie H.J. Guan
(Chinese Opera Consultant), Rebecca C. Monroe (First Assistant Stage Manager).
Casting by Tara Rubin Casting, Amy Lieberman, C.S.A. and
Arthur P. Siccardi Theatrical Services, Inc. (Technical Supervisor)
Produced by; Benjamin Mordecai, Michael A. Jenkins, Waxman Williams Entertainment,
Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director, Charles
Dillingham, Managing Director.
Virginia Theatre, New York City.
CHECK OUT THE ACTION AT
THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
The inaugural International Festival of Musical Theatre in Cardiff, Wales - known as "Europe's
Youngest Capital" - is mapping out to be where the action is Oct. 14-Nov. 3.
will be the world's first-ever major international event to celebrate one of our most
popular live art forms, presenting the best of musical theatre, old and new, large and
The event will boast the European concert performance of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens'
Ragtime The Musical accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, a
concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel with the BBC Concert
and a gala performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem with the London
Also featured will be the United Kingdom premiere of the children's performance of Les
Miserables and nine new musical theatre works that are being selected from 186
submissions from 16 different countries.
Each Festival will feature a particular composer or lyricist. For this first Festival Richard
Rodgers, whose centenary it is this year, is spotlighted. Some of the productions and events
which feature his music including a concert version of Carousel at St David's Hall and
National Youth Music Theatre's Oklahoma! The festival's new musical revue, Ten
Cents A Dance by
John Doyle's award winning company, features the music of Rodgers and Hart, who also wrote
the festival's main musical - a new production of Babes in Arms.
Artists confirmed include: Tracie Bennett , Graham Bickley, Zoe Curlett, Anita Dobson,
Ruthie Henshall, Peter Karrie, Laura Michelle Kelly, Ria Jones, Barbara King, Jessica
Martin, Jerome Pradon, Clive Rowe, Claire Sweeney and Gary Wilmot.
The cast for Carousel includes: Andrew Halliday as Billy Bigelow, Zoe Curlett as
Julie Jordan, John Owen Jones as Mr Snow, Sophie Louise Dunn as Carrie Pipperidge, Claire
Moore as Nettie Fowler. Director: Stuart Nicholls, Musical Director: David Charles
The cast for Babes In Arms includes: Kevin Colson, Simon Coulthard, Joshua
Dallas, Tiffany Graves, Alexandra Jay and Julia Sutton.
Other composers' works are also spotlighted. Stephen Sondheim's Anyone
Can Whistle, considered the bravest show Stephen Sondheim wrote, at least until
Assassins. It was also a spectacular flop when it first hit Broadway in 1964, running only
nine performances before closing. It opened April 4, 1964 at the Majestic Theatre and closed
April 11, 1964. The stars included Angela Lansbury, Lee Remick,
and Harry Guardino.
Also featured in the festival is the Tony Award-winning show Ragtime the Musical, and
Cole Porter's Jubilee, as well as international productions, such as Joan of Arc, the
current hit musical from Prague.
The cast for Anyone Can Whistle features
Angela Rippon as The Narrator with Linzi Hately, Jenny Logan, David Alder, John Conroy,
Simon Green. Director: Michele Hardy, Musical Director: Stewart Mackintosh
The cast for Ragtime The Musical includes: Maria Friedman as Mother, Dave Willetts as
Father, Graham Bickley as Tateh. Director: Stafford Arima, Musical Director: David
The cast for Jubilee is composed of; Kevin Colson as The King, Elizabeth Power as The
Queen, Nickolas Grace as Eric Dare, Sarah Payne as Princess Mary, Jan Waters as Eva Standing.
Director: Jane McCulloch, Musical Director: Stuart Pedlar.
New works are also being showcased at the Festival, including the new musical Sadly Solo
Joe, starring Olivier Award-winning Clive Rowe, and also the final SONY Showcases of
our year long Global Search for New Musicals. In person Cy Coleman with Tracie Bennett,
Bonnie Langford and Paul Nicholas backed by The International Festival Orchestra and The
Cy Coleman Trio.
Coleman, the legendary writer of great Broadway shows including Sweet Charity, Seesaw,
City of Angels and Little Me, will host an evening of songs from his own
Artists participating include;
Tracie Bennett, Kim Criswell, Janie Dee, Barbara Dickson, Anita Dobson, Kathryn Evans,
Maria Friedman, Patricia Hodge, Ria Jones, Dillie Keane, Laura Michelle Kelly, Jane
McDonald, Jessica Martin, Grania Renihan, Frances Rufelle, Claire Sweeney, Leigh
Zimmerman, Graham Bickley, David Burt, Brian Conley,
Jim Dale, Daniel Evans, Tim Flavin
Jerome Flynn, Henry Goodman, Peter Joback, Aled Jones, Keith Michell, Petr Muk,
Jerome Pradon, Clarke Peters, Nigel Planer, Philip Quast, Denis Quilley, Ian Richardson
and Clive Rowe.
The festival is being presented with support firstly from BBC in Wales and the City of
Cardiff as well as from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, the Cole Porter
Trusts, the Gershwin family, Music Theatre International and the National Alliance for
Musical Theatre. Among the festivals patrons are Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Lord Andrew
Lloyd Webber and Michael Grandage.
THE EUGENE O'NEILL
The O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn will hold the 3rd annual Eugene O'Neill
Celebration, honoring the life and works of its namesake October 18 through 20.
Free and open to the public, the series of performances, workshops and discussions will take
at the O'Neill in Waterford as well as the Monte Cristo Cottage, Connecticut College and Garde
Arts Center in neighboring New London.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Marsha Norman and August Wilson will join in Saturday's
Norman will deliver this year's keynote address.
The daughter of a fundamentalist
Methodist, Norman had a solitary childhood in Louisville, Kentucky. Her mother's religious views
prohibited Norman from playing with other children and watching television and movies, and she
credits her loneliness as a child as the reason she became a writer. In 1983, she won the Pulitzer
Prize for her play Night, Mother. She also wrote the screenplay for the motion picture.
Other plays include Getting Out, Sarah and Abraham and the novel The Fortune
Teller. In 1991, she was awarded a Tony for her book and lyrics for the Broadway musical,
The Secret Garden.
Wilson is the recipient of this year's Monte Cristo Award, which recognizes "distinguished
achievement in the spirit of Eugene O'Neill's pursuit of excellence."
Among the events are a roundtable of contemporary American playwrights discuss the influence
Eugene O'Neill on their own work and the American dramatic canon. Panelists include Lee
Blessing (A Walk In The Woods), Constance Congdon (Tales of The Lost
and Israel Horovitz (The Indian Wants.)
O'Neill's early playwriting years in Provincetown and the artistic community that fostered his
will be explored by a panel of scholars and artists, including, Jonathan Bank, artistic director of
York's Mint Theater; Authored Leona Rust Egan, J. Ellen Gainor, and theater historian Max
Current productions of Eugene O'Neill plays include A Moon for the Misbegotten
Oldcastle Theatre Company in
Bennington, Vermont through October 20. Ah, Wilderness! at
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in
St. Louis, Missouri opening October 16 with performances through November 15 and A
Moon for the Misbegotten at the Wells-Metz Theatre in
Bloomington, Indiana opening October 25 running through November 2.
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THE MUSIC GOES ROUND AND
The Story Of Old Man Jazz And His Loves
was brought to our attention by Laine
fan New York upstate resident Michael Scarpa. This well kept
secret of a CD has some new material by Jack Segal -
the man who has written songs recorded by
Barbara Streisand, Sinead O'Conner, Frank Sinatra, Cher, Al Jarreau, Nat King Cole, Steve
Johnny Mathis, and Tony Bennett. Segal's songs have included Here's To The Losers, Scarlet
Ribbons, When Joanna Loves Me and When Sunny
Gets Blue, which Laine includes on this
The 65 million record selling composer penned Old
Man Jazz with Laine in mind.
Complications with the production agreement caused
the album to be held in limp. It has taken six years for this
15-track CD to finally be released.
Laine, 89, has been in ill health for several years,
recorded the majority of the songs during an eleven-month period, from late 1993 to late 1994,
with the title
track recorded in 1996 - which still had him in the recording studio at the age of 83.
Freddie Ravel, acoustic piano; Bobby Hurst, acoustic
bass; Jimmy Earl, electric bass; Steve Smith, drums;
Rick Baptist, trumpet; Alan Kaplan, trombone; Steve
Tavaglione, saxophone and EWI; and Frank Gambale,
guitar. The album's concept was done by Benny
Hollman, Laine's musical director.
Issued on Laine's Score Records.
ANY OLD TIME by singer-
Forbert has been released by KOCH records. It is co-produced by Gary Tallent of Bruce
Rodgers was the first artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961.
later, he was inducted as a founding father at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Rodgers, who suffered from tuberculosis, was 35-years-old when he died in
Time is the tenth studio album by the 47-year-old Forbert.
MUSICAL THEATRE WEST
golden anniversary with a star-studded Long Beach gala fund-raiser at the Carpenter Performing
Center. The company has produced 120 shows since it began in 1952.
Productions include a World Premiere of Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood! written by Star
Sam Harris, a Los Angeles/Orange County premiere if a new version of Phantom by Kopit
Yeston, and the West Coast premieres of Cole Porter's The New Yorkers; Eleanor: An
Story and a new version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
The original Belle in
the Beast, Susan Egan, started her career with this company. The gala party featured talent
former and future shows, including Dale Kristien, Pam Dawber, Loretta Devine, Rod McKuen,
Struthers and JoAnne Worley.
BONO U2's lead singer, has been
the 2003 MusiCares Person of the Year. The Irish band's frontman will be honored at a Recording
Academy fund-raiser at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan on Feb. 21, as part
of a month
long celebration of the Grammys, which return to New York for the first time in five
rendition of Ol' Man River in Showboat set the standard for other singers,
has been honored in London with the presentation of an English Heritage blue plaque.
The singer, who was also a pioneering civil rights activist, lived in north London between 1929
The plaque was unveiled by Dame Cleo Laine at the singer's former home in Hampstead on
Before the civil rights movement of the 1960s began, Robeson picketed the White House, started
a crusade against lynching and protested against segregated concert audiences.
Dame Cleo said his name should be remembered for his work as a campaigner.
"Paul Robeson's name should be lauded in America and the world, as is Dr Martin Luther King's,"
Robeson's son, Paul Junior, also attended the unveiling and told the audience, "It is an appropriate
symbolic recognition of a significant period of my father's artistic and political growth in London.
"It will remind us all of the deep mutual affection between my father and the peoples of the United
MAN OF THE YEAR
Carlos Santana, Michelle Branch and Toni Braxton are on the
bill to perform at GQ's Man of the
Awards Oct. 16 at the Manhattan Center.
THE CAROUSEL BALL
founded by Barbara and Marvin Davis takes place October 15 at the Beverly Hilton. Elton John
will be there and Sting is flying in from Italy. Jay Leno serves as master of ceremonies. Sidney Poitier will
receive the Carousel's Brass Ring Award, honored for the work he's done for this charity over the
years. Doing the presentation honors will be Halle Berry who is coming in from Canada for the gala.
Oprah Winfrey will intro Barbara Davis.
Several months ago when Barbara held her kick-off luncheon guests were greeted by
flanks of miniature ponies and enjoyed a pink-themed luncheon affair with Anjelica
Huston, Jackie Collins, Jolene Schlatter and Candy Spelling on hand.
In keeping with the pink theme the gala decorations will include 10,000 pink Ecuadorian roses.
Home Depot is making up pink, white and blue wheelbarrows for guests to take their gift bags
home on. Included in goodie bags will be MAC makeup, a custom-designed Toys "R" Us teddy
bear, a basketball from Jerry Buss and the L.A. Lakers and a Swarovski Crystal Tattoo
Dominick Dunne, Larry King and Don Rickles are just three who are offering themselves as
auction items. Up on the auction block is also a $12,500 child-sized Mercedes-Benz from FAO
Schwarz. This is the type of event where people donate everything from Cadillac sports roadsters
to exotic world trips for the silent auction.
$10,000 a couple for tickets. All proceeds benefit the Children's Diabetes Foundation. The event,
now 20 years old, has raised over $60 million for The Davis Center for Children's Diabetes which
treats 4,000 kids a year.
THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
Artistic Director James Morgan and Consulting Managing Director Louis Chiodo,
will kick off its 34th season with a benefit concert performance of the Off-Broadway musical I Sing! on
Monday, October 14th at The York Theatre at St. Peter's, Citigroup Center.
I Sing! has lyrics by Sam Forman, music by Eli Bolin, and a book by Forman, Bolin and
director Benjamin Salka.
A CD of I Sing is in the works from John Yap of England's Jay Records. The concert
cast features Matt Bogart, Jessica Boevers, Lauren Kennedy, Chad Kimball, and Danny
Gurwin. The cast will record the show the
following day. Music direction is by Vadim Feichtner, with new orchestrations by Randy
I Sing! is the story of five fresh out of college grads facing their first big steps in life. As
they prepare for the transition, they discover all the dangerous and exciting possibilities that come with first
love, first loss and true friendship.
The York Theatre Company, founded by Janet Hayes Walker in 1969, presents complete seasons
of new musicals in full production as well as concert revivals of Broadway's under appreciated gems. It
also presents dozens of readings of new musicals throughout the year. Proceeds from the I
and album will benefit the company's Janet Hayes Walker Memorial Fund, in support of new
works. $200 tickets include priority seating, a champagne reception with the cast following the concert,
and a copy of the CD when it becomes available.
STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN the
Grammy and Dove award winner, will perform October 19 at the Cox Convention Center, in Oklahoma City in
a benefit concert for the Waodani tribe in Ecuador to aid in technology, transportation and medical costs.
In a statement Mark Green, president of Mardel stores, the event sponsor, explained the benefit.
has been gripped by the story of the five missionaries brutally speared by members of the Waodani
the Amazon jungle of Ecuador in 1956, and the reconciliation that followed.
RAY CHARLES stars in a benefit concert in
Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, for BlueCross/BlueShield of Utah's Caring Foundation for
Children. Proceeds will help provide complete dental treatment plans for uninsured children throughout
THE SOUTHERN BOOK FESTIVAL which
began Friday in Nashville continuing through today has featured some heavyweight writers.
Yesterday there were panel discussions with playwrights at the Nashville Public Library's
downtown branch. They
Horton Foote (The Trip to Bountiful) and Reynolds Price (New Music) discussed
writing for the
stage and Stuart Spencer spoke about his new book, The Playwright's
Guillermo Reyes (Man on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown)
discussed Latino and gay theater.
Romulus Linney (Holy Ghosts) spoke on his work in the theater including the script for
A Lesson Before Dying, which continues through Oct. 26 in a new production by Nashville's
American Negro Playwright Theatre at Tennessee State University.
Today James Waedekin, who wrote the book for Harold Prince's 3hree, and Nashville
composer Mike Reid, who penned the music and lyrics for The Ballad of Little Jo, will discuss
All events were free. This event is a partnership between Humanities Tennessee, which organizes
the festival, and Nashville Theatre Works, a group that develops new plays.
CAROL CHANNING might get
writer's cramp with
the book signing tour she is on. October 14 she can be found
signing her new book, Just Lucky I Guess, at the
Roundtable West event at La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif. On
October 17 you can get her signature on your copy of her book
at the Commonwealth Club at the Fairmont Hotel in San
Francisco, Calif. October 18 she can be
tracked down at Books Inc. in the Disney Store, Market Street in
San Francisco, California.
ROB ASHFORD the Tony
Award-winning choreographer will appear at The Huntington Theatre Company Club Nights Oct. 23-24 to
discuss his work on the world premiere musical Marty, which opens at the Huntington Theatre Company in
Boston Oct. 18 running through Nov. 24.
DISCUSSION Looking Back: The Impact of Urban Renewal on
Louisville's African American Community takes place Friday, October 18, at the Victor Jory Theatre.
Jitney explores the impact of urban renewal on the Hill District, a primarily African American
community in Pittsburgh. In conjunction with the Actors Theatre production, a panel discussion
about the Louisville community's parallel history. Moderator
Ken Clay, Vice President of Performing Arts, Kentucky Center for the
Arts. Panelists include Mervin Aubespin, recently retired associate editor of The
Courier-Journal,Jerome Hutchinson, former Small Business Association employee and former
Chairman of Continental National Bank, Joe Ray, Jr, former Walnut Street resident and
and Ella Roberts, former manager of Louisville Housing Commission.
The free panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Those who stay for the 8 p.m. performance of
receive 10% off tickets.
THE ALLEY THEATRE in Houston Texas hosts a staged
reading October 14th of A Lesson Before
Dying as part of the Books on the Bayou reading initiative.
LAUGH A LOT
KLEPTOMANIA IMPROV COMEDY FESTIVAL October 18th & 19th at the Times Square Entertainment Center, Theatre #2, NYC. The Festival will feature scenic - a/k/a long form -
improvisational comedy performers. They include; Cardboard Follies and The Office a three-part
comedy program, Your Mon & Madame Funnypants a two-part sketch comedy program, Dream
Team and KROHMP a three-part comedy program, Corpa and Jason Biggs Is A Dyke, a
three-part comedy program, Call Me Ethan and Gethard & O'Neill, a one & two person comedy
program. Firestorm & Stomping Ground, a three-part comedy program, The Upright Citizens
Brigade Theater's team, Monkeydick, will present their two act show, Mono y Mono. Sean Taylor's Improv Jam is the two-Hour Closing
GALLAGHER brings his sledge
hammer and fruit to the Chanute Memorial Auditorium in Chanute, Kansas on Friday and then travels down the road
for a show Saturday in Hutchinson, Kansas at the Fox Theater.
BROTHERS bickering about who mom
likes best Thursday in Davenport, Iowa at the Alder Theatre. On Saturday they'll take continue
the fight at the Crystal Grand Theatre in Wisconsin Dells,
THE CAPITOL STEPS the five member group that gleefully puts the mock in democracy perform tonight at the McGale
Auditorium in Logansport, Indiana. Next Saturday the troupe takes to the stage in Ada, Ohio at Ohio Northern
University. Next Sunday they can be enjoyed at the Franciscan Center in Sylvania, Ohio. Another group
performs Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland at the Ramshead. Capitol Steps has about 30 members, enough
for four different companies to perform at once. Political luminaries ranging from President Bush to Sen.
Robert Torricelli and issues from Enron to airport security are covered in parodies and song. Their
material is always changing, depending upon the news of the day.
SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE
a one man show starring Frank
Gorshin, is currently staging its New York
In this production George Burns is stuck between this world and the next, unable to join his wife
Gracie in heaven, until he completes his perfect track record of never missing a curtain call. The audience
spends a comically touching evening with Burns as he takes the stage for one last hurrah and looks back
on his tenacious days in Vaudeville, his unlikely marriage to Gracie Allen and his fabulous solo career as
a comedian, singer, dancer and actor.
Gorshin, best known for his role as Batman's nemesis, The Riddler, in the original Batman
television series, portrays the famous cigar aficionado and legendary showman
The unique, one-man show incorporates the uncanny performance of Gorshin with a
state-of-the-art multi-media presentation in which director John Tillinger and designer Howard
Werner weave into the production rare recordings of Burns and Allen classic radio programs, timeless movie and
television clips and family photos.
In his convincing portrayal Gorshin uses only a thin wig, a cigar and
round-rimmed glasses to portray Burns.
Tony and Emmy Award winning writer Rupert Holmes (Mystery of Edwin Drood, Remember
Wenn) created this portrait of Burns and Allen, one of America's most beloved and
He took it to Gorshin, who was the first performer to "break through" as a headliner in Las
Vegas' main showrooms with an act that emphasized impressions.(See Broadway To Vegas
column of March 25, 2001)
In 1970 Gorshin made his Broadway debut, as the star of Jimmy,
based on the life of New York's Mayor James J Walker. Gorshin's personal notices were
Frank Gorshin and Maureen McGovern in
Guys & Dolls
He also starred in touring companies of What Makes Sammy Run?, Promises, Promises, Peter
Prisoner of Second Street, Death Trap, Doubles, Ah Wilderness, On The 20th Century, and
In 1999 he returned to Las Vegas for a Desert Inn engagement, a Nederlander run of Guys &
Dolls, which starred Maureen McGovern as Adelaide, Jack Jones as Sky Masterson, Frank
Gorshin as Nathan Detroit, Kim Crosby as Sarah Brown, and Kimberly Smail as Mimi. He
replaced George Hearn in Whodunit; and appeared in Gilbert & Sullivan's Princess Ida
Symphony Space. A tour in Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys with Dick Van
Say Goodnight Gracie production photo by Carol Rosegg
Then along came Say Goodnight, Gracie. Without hesitation Gorshin
jumped into the script, wanting to prove that "I could do a one-man
Gorshin, who never met Burns, recorded the entire play and then listened to it
over and over again, rehearsing for three weeks for
the world premiere in Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Florida.
His performance earned
him the 2000 Carbonell Award as best actor in a road show and the production received the Carbonell Award
for Best New Play of 2000.
Following the Broward run the show traveled to the Coconut Grove
Playhouse and to Cleveland - the town where the George and Gracie were married on January 7, 1926 at
Cleveland City Hall and spent their wedding night at the Statler Hotel.
Say Goodnight Gracie features scenery by John Lee Beatty, lighting designs by Howard
Werner and multimedia design by Howard Werner and Peter Negrini.
Produced by William Franzblau, Jay Harris, Larry Spellman, Louise Westergaard, Elsa Haft, Judy
Resnick, and Libby Mages, Say Goodnight Gracie began preview performances September 17 and
officially opened October 10 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, NYC.
HARLEM DUET will open the
15th season of the Blue Heron Theatre with the New York premiere of Award-winning Canadian
playwright Djanet Sears' rhapsodic blues tragedy. The production will be directed by Sears and
begins performances at the Blue Heron Theatre in New York City on November 9.
SPIDERMAN LIVE spins down
in Philadelphia at the Tweeter Center.
THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA
written and directed by Tony award winning playwright Richard Nelson. The production stars
Corin Redgrave as the infamous Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold. Nicholas Kepros is
featured as Sir Henry Clinton with Kate Kearney-Patch as Hannah Arnold, Jon DeVries as George Washington
and Jesse Pennington as Alexander Hamilton. Completing the cast are Sean Cullen as Joseph
Reed/Robinson, Alice Cannon as Mrs. Henry Clinton, Thomas M. Hammond as Stephen Kemble/Van Wart, Paul
Anthony McGrane as John Andre, Thomas Sadoski as Timothy Matlock/Pauling and Yvonne Woods as
Tony nominated Redgrave plays Benedict Arnold in this historical drama about the circumstances
surrounding the General's decision to defect to the British during the American Revolution.
Within the timely themes of heroism and patriotism, The General From America explores the life of this
country's most notorious traitor.
The General From America is designed by: Douglas Stein (scenic design), Susan Hilferty
(costume design), James F. Ingalls (lighting design) and Scott Lehrer (sound design). Performances at Alley
Theatre in Houston, Texas where it opened October 11 playing there through Nov. 9. The General
From America will transfer to Off-Broadway's Theatre for a New Audience for a run Nov. 16-Dec.
22 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES
starring Michael Crawford, Rene Auberjonois, Max von Essen, Ron Orbach and Mandy Gonzalez directed
by John Rando. Choreographer: John Carrafa. A musical based on the 1967 Roman Polanski film The
Fearless Vampire Killers, with book and lyrics by Michael Kunze and music by Jim Steinman.
( See Broadway To Vegas column of July 7, 2002 ).
Begins previews October 14 at the Minskoff Theatre
NYC. Officially opens November 21.
Jerry Herman, a new revue of songs by the award-winning composer of Hello, Dolly!, Mame,
La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel and Dear World. Conceived by Paul Gilger with
musical direction by James Followell. The musical revue stars Tony-winner Donna McKechnie and Martin
Vidnovic, with Paul Harman, Tom Korbee, Russell Arden Koplin and Sandy Binion directed and
choreography by Joey McKneely, who received Tony nominations for his work in Smokey
Joe's Cafe and The Life. This revue may be backed on "only" a piano, but it's a piano played
by seven-time MAC award winner Bobby Peaco, tickling the ivories to over 40 Herman tunes. Jerry
Herman's Showtune will begin previews on Oct. 12 and will run through Oct. 27 at the Helen Hayes
Theatre in Nyack. Named after the acclaimed actress the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center is
Nyack's Equity playhouse running a full season of plays, musical events and
A GRAND NIGHT FOR
SINGING Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics
by Oscar Hammerstein II,
Conceived by Walter Bobbie opened the 1994 Broadway season
with flair and distinction,
enthusiastic reviews as well as a Tony nomination for Best
The Jerry Herman
Theatre production will be presented in the Clarke Recital Hall
as a part of
UM's prestigious Festival Miami. This delightful revue features
creative, often hilarious new
such Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites as, We Kiss in the
Shadows, Some Enchanted
Hello, Young Lovers, and over two dozen more.
Performances October 17-27 in the Jerry
Theatre at the University of Miami.
GREENWOOD performs Thursday in Indianapolis,
Maryland at the Ramshead. On Saturday
center stage in Benton, Kentucky at the Kentucky
MAYNARD FERGUSON & THE
BIG BOP NOUVEOU
BAND performing Monday in South Portland,
Maine at the South Portland High
Tuesday the gang is at Bangor, Maine's High School. Friday the
music can be enjoyed at the 1776
Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. They close out the
week, Saturday, in Ashtabula, Ohio
Edgewood Sr. High School.
McDERMOTT performs Monday in Beverly, Mass. at the North Shore Music
Theatre. On Tuesday he's on stage at the Playhouse Theatre in Fredericton, NB. On Wednesday the
performance is at the Sussex
High School in Suxxex, NB. On Thursday John is center stage at the Imperial Theatre in
Saint John NB and he closes out the week, Saturday, at the Jubilee Theatre in Summerside,
PAUL McCARTNEY in the
Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. On Wednesday he'll be
hits at the Savvs Center in St Louis. Thursday finds Sir Paul on stage at the Schottenstein Center in
Columbus, Ohio and he closes out the week, Saturday, at the New Orleans Arena in New
RUSH perform Thursday at the
Tampa, Florida. On Friday the performance takes place
in West Palm Beach, Florida at the
Coral Sky Amphitheatre.
THREE MO TENORS in the spotlight
this evening in Henderson, Kentucky at the Fine Arts Center. On Tuesday the
talented gents are in Augusta,
Georgia at the Bell Auditorium Civic Center. Friday the show moves to
Atlanta, Georgia for two nighter at the
Woodruff Arts Center.
WYONNA in the spotlight Friday
in Springfield, Mass at the Symphony Hall. On Saturday she's on stage in
Stamford, Conn at the Palace
THE FIFTH DIMENSION doing a two nighter Friday
and Saturday at the Entertainment Center in Rama,
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN performs Saturday in Schenectady, New York at Proctor's Theatre.
TONY BENNETT opens a four night engagement
Thursday at Caesars Atlantic City.
BRIDGEWATER on stage
Friday at the
Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
THE ROLLING STONES on stage
Cleveland at the Gund Arena. On Wednesday the rockers
transfer to the Air Canada Centre in
Friday they are still in Toronto but this performance takes place
at the Toronto
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS on stage tonight at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, South Carolina. On
Wednesday and then again on Saturday
they perform at the Grand Palace in Branson, MO.
TOM JONES brings his swivel hips to
the MGM Grand in Las Vegas October 17-30.
appears at the Opening Ceremony of Week Two Huntsman World Senior Games at the
Tuacahn Amphitheatre, City of Ivans, Utah.
DICKIE BETTS and Great Southern perform tonight in San Diego, California at Humphrey's. On
Friday the show is in Live Oak,
Florida at the Magnolia Festival.
JOHN ST PEETERS Australian
singer who has enjoyed No. 1 hits in Australia and New Zealand, made his Las Vegas debut in a showcase at
the Stardust Hotel last Friday.
SIEGFRIED & ROY AUDITIONS
for new cast members
for their spectacular take place Sunday, October 23 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Male and
are invited and must bring flat shoes, should not wear black leg wear and should have a
background. Females must be 5' 5" or taller and audition noon until 2 p.m. Male dancers
5' 10" or taller
audition from 2 to 3 p.m. and auditions for acrobats are slated from 3 to 4 p.m.
KEENE CURTIS born February
15, 1923 in Salt Lake City, won a Tony Award in 1971 for the Broadway musical The Rothschilds, and
appeared in more than 90 film and television productions, died Sunday morning, October 13, at age 79 in the
Heritage Place retirement center in Bountiful, Utah of complications due to Alzheimer's disease.
During the 1950s Curtis was a stage manager for Martha Graham's Dance Company. He began
acting with the Association of Producing Artists. His colleagues during this period included Helen Hayes,
Uta Hagen, Katharine Cornell, Noel Coward, Henry Fonda, and Tyrone Power.
His first musical was The Rothschilds. Other stage works included the national tours of
La Cage Aux Folles, in which he co-starred with Peter Marshall, and an extensive tour of
Annie, in which he
drew rave reviews for his role as Daddy Warbucks.
Services are Saturday, October 19, in Bountiful, Utah.
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