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JEFF DANIELS' BLOOMING SUCCESS
Jeff Daniels bucks the trend. In 1979 he married his childhood sweetheart, Kathleen Treado, on
a Friday the 13th. They spent their 14th anniversary renewing their marriage vows in Las Vegas.
Officiating was an Elvis impersonator who told them this was serious to him so they should stop
giggling, but in the middle of the vows stopped to sing Love Me, Tender.
Then there is that business in Michigan. The project should have died on the vine. Instead The
Purple Rose Theatre is a bloomin' success
The theatre was founded by Daniels in 1991 in the most unlikely place of Chelsea,
While Daniels is not the first actor to start his own theatre, other thespian linked stages have been
located in the New York tri-state area or metropolitan Los Angeles. Going "into the sticks" to
create a theatre showcasing new works defies feasibility studies.
Alan Ribant, Managing Director of The Purple Rose, spoke with Broadway To Vegas.
"Jeff's original mission was to nurture original playwrights. Out of the 42 shows we've done, 24
have been world premieres.
People stereotyped as having a hay seed, corn field reputation are paying their hard earned money
and taking their time to watch a totally unknown play.
"That's right!" gleefully responded Ribant. "As Jeff likes to say - We do "get it" out here. We are
located 15 minutes from the University of Michigan. We are about 45 minutes to Detroit which
has five million people and we are four hours from Chicago. We get a lot of theatre
"This season two of our original plays will open off Broadway," continued Ribant. As the
theatre that commissioned the work and premiered the project, The Purple Rose
receives a small percentage of the royalties.
"Book of Days that Lanford Wilson wrote here will open this month at The Signature
in New York," said Ribant. "It will be directed by Marshall Mason," he added referring to the
former Artistic Director of Circle Rep and long time Wilson collaborator.
Book of Days which received the 1999
American Theater Critics Association's Best New Play Award will see its
New York premiere staged
October 15 - December 8.
"Our artistic director, Guy Sanville, will be going to New York to direct the other Wilson show,
Rain Dance. Previews begin in April," Ribant added.
9/11 effected all forms of entertainment and The Purple Rose was no exception. "There was some
drop off but we were able to overcome that because prior to 9/11 we had picked an entire season
of comedies," explained Ribant.
To survive, most small, medium and regional non-profit theaters get their life's blood from
Purple Rose defied tradition.
"We don't sell subscriptions," emphasized Ribant. "We sell only single tickets. Since 1991 we
have sold over 246,000 tickets. We now have a $1.5 million budget. About 60 percent of
that is brought in through ticket sales."
The rest is from corporate sponsors, fund
raisers such as
last night's Gala Event or the annual Comedy Golf Tournament.
"Performances take place 42
weeks out of the year with six to seven shows a week," added Ribant.
Recently The Purple Rose underwent a multi million dollar renovation and expansion. See
Broadway To Vegas column of January 28, 2001.
"We started with a miniscule budget and four employees that first year patching together this
theater," continued Ribant. "We were living hand to mouth as we were building an audience out
in the corn fields. Now we have 23 full and part-time employees
and teach classes."
Alan Ribant Detroit native Ribant has been on board as managing director
since the beginning. No, he
wasn't a friend or business partner of Daniels. He'd never met the man and simply applied cold for
Ribant received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University and a
Master of Arts from the University of Arizona and was employed at both of their theatre
departments. Having spent 1983-1990 with regional theatre companies he was working at
Lincoln Center in New York when he applied to Purple Rose.
"For personal and professional reasons I wanted to return to Michigan," explained Ribant. "I had
been applying at other Michigan based theatres when I heard about Jeff starting a theatre. I
applied and got the job. I started in on ground level," continued the managing director who
commutes from Ann Arbor where he lives with his wife, Emily Bramblett, and their daughter
Jeff Daniels as Gen. Joshua Chamberlain in Gettysburgh
Daniels, a guy who believe in fate but has never been to psychic, has made some cosmic moves,
traveling sans ego. Clint Eastwood called him a non-maintenance movie star.
always said he didn't want to be known as the
snobbish movie star "with the big house up on the hill." So he started The Purple Rose theatre
explaining, "I didn't want to be the millionaire movie star."
Opening up a little theatre solved that
"worry." Daniels put his own bankroll behind the project.
Daniels patterned The Purple Rose after New York's
Circle Repertory Company, which Daniels had joined as an apprentice in 1978.
He received an Drama Desk nomination for his performance as Jed in the 1978 Broadway
production of Lanford Wilson's The Fifth of July. Daniels plays the role in several
different production. In
one of them he had to carry Christopher Reeve up a flight of stairs.
Daniels went on to
Obie Award for the 1982 production of Johnny Got His Gun.
He may have
acting on Broadway, but it was the big screen that introduced him to the masses.
of Endearment, Heartburn, Marie, Pleasantville, Fly Away Home to Dumb and
Dumber, from off-Broadway to
Stephen Spielberg, Daniels is one of the few
actors who can convincingly deliver both comedy or drama. Woody Allen called him the next
The Purple Rose Theatre is named after the Allen directed The Purple of
Cairo in which Daniels played an egotistical actor who steps down off the screen to romance
a surprised Mia Farrow, who was then Allen's real life love.
While Daniels may have physically been in New York or Hollywood, his heart has always lived in
He made his leap of faith and has never looked back.
Today the multi-faceted Daniels is
guitarist who has written over 160 songs, penned eight plays and still manages to make what
averages out to a movie a year.
In addition Daniels co-founded the Michigan based
Purple Rose Films with Bob Brown. In that capacity he has written, directed, and
starred in two original movies for PRF: Escanaba in da Moonlight and
Super Sucker - which won the Audience Award for Best Feature at this
year's HBO Comedy Arts Festival.
His full time commitment, The Purple Rose, has
one of the most successful little theatres in America.
If it appears that Jeff Daniels seems to have it all, it's because he works at it.
A scene from Across the Way Photo Courtesy The Purple Rose Theatre
Currently on the marquee of The Purple Rose is Daniels' new play Across The Way
directed by Guy Sanville, which began previews September
26, had the opening night Gala last night and runs through December 1.
the first new play by Daniels to be produced at the Purple Rose since 1998. This is the eighth
world premiere that Jeff has written. Four of his plays have been published by Drama Desk
It is billed as a "mysterious play about a helpful neighbor who discovers that the secrets within an
man's heart mirror the emotions deep inside her soul."
Across The Way, which has nudity, features Sandra
David Daoust, Bryan McElroy, Michelle Mountain, Inga R. Wilson and Will David
Production design for Across The Way includes set design by Andrew
Gorney, costume design by Colleen Ryan-Peters, lighting design by Reid
G. Johnson, prop design by Danna Segrest, and sound design by Quintessa
Duffield. The stage manager is Amy Hickman, with
Michelle DiDimenico as assistant stage manager.
PUSH AWAY VIEWERS; MONK
Two television series with quirky themes are being aired. One is a hit and one isn't. Both have ties
Push, Nevada is about an IRS investigator - played by Derek Cecil - trying to find out
what's going on
in a corrupt desert town called Push, Nevada. Someone has been embezzling millions from the
casino and everyone on the show is trying to find out where the cash is being stashed.
Push, Nevada the brainchild of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, is a
show with a
fascinating theme, a gimmick of giving away $1 million dollars to a viewer who watches all 13
episodes of the ABC whodunit and solves the caper and - it's a failure. The creators have tried
Probably the demise will be blamed on
placing the show opposite Friends and Survivor: Thailand. Actually, the show
would have been doomed if it was the only thing on the air.
If the creators wanted to stage a psychological mystery game, then they should have consulted a
few books on
deviate psychology and the importance of color and movement in mind control. New York has
the one the largest research libraries in the world. It's free and somebody should have taken their legs up
those marble steps.
There are reasons advertising giants study the effects of color, movement and sound in marketing
Push, Nevada is the product. The directing, lighting, costume and set colors doomed the
show. What may
have worked better on a big screen is both nerve wracking and suffocating on the boob
Views are turning off the show and not able to articulate a reason.
Numerous answers are being spewed about - acceptable sounding phrases from normal people
who are reluctant to admit they don't understand why or can't explain their feelings.
It's psychological mind game playing, only the results are the absolute opposite of what the
Nobody is buying the product.
The colors are mostly hues of Navy blue and black with a red object or light thrown in. Somebody
have read a design book that says every totally dark room needs one object in it that is red, orange
or yellow - which happens
to be true - only in this case it is used too often and thus turns a dramatic effect into the annoying.
The camera angles are too sharp edged, frequently too close and too choppy. On a small screen -
depending upon the personality of the person watching - the results are that the viewer gets nervous, anxious,
jittery or bored. Instead of enticing the viewer to become a part of the audience and return, the effect is to
just get away.
A person can be brain washed through the use of sound, light and movement. When the subconscious begins to feel trapped, the
owner of that mind will flip the dial to break free from the camera
and lighting and not be able to put their finger on the reason. They just know they need to get
What makes a hit show is appealing to the person who works at least 40 hours a week, comes
home tired, wants to be fed, and flop down in fron the television to relax. Push, Nevada is
not mind friendly.
Demonstrating how to do it right is the marvelous show Monk, starring the delightfully
Shalhoub. Talk about placing a show opposite ratings' grabbers, this series debuted on the USA
July. They were up against everybody. But, if you are good, eventually people find you.
Now ABC is
not just re-running Monk episodes, but has Monk leading into Push,
Nevada in hopes of gaining some hold over viewers.
In Monk Shalhoub plays obsessive-compulsive private investigator Adrian Monk, thrown
into the state of
awareness coupled with dread following his wife's murder. Now he suffers from a fear of heights,
darkness and germs.
Brilliantly written, acted and directed, the show traps the audience into returning. The seduction is
writing and acting. The directing, lighting, costume and set colors enhance the story rather
attempting to be their own sub plot.
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BROADWAY WALK OF
STARS patterned after the Hollywood Walk of Fame will have movie star
Arlene Dahl, producer Marty Richards and other New York showbiz icons inaugurate this
salute to Broadway by hosting a reception at Richard's River House duplex on Thursday,
October 10. Special guest of honor, Carol Channing, will be one of the first artists to
receive a star on Broadway. Jerry Herman, composer of Hello Dolly, Carol's most
memorable musical, will present her with a replica of her star.
The Broadway Walk of Stars will begin on the sidewalks of Broadway at Times Square, with
specially designed stars to be placed in the sidewalks throughout Times Square area.
In 1952, MGM Star Arlene Dahl became one of the first actresses in Hollywood
to receive her star on the newly created Hollywood Walk of Fame. Today,
fifty years later, Dahl is spearheading this project as President and Founder of The Broadway
Walk of Stars Foundation, Inc. Alvin Cooperman is Executive Director of the foundation and
Tim Tompkins is President of Times Square Business Development.
THE ACTORS STUDIO will
salute Rod Steiger
and Kim Hunter on October 11 in Los Angeles.
RICHARD RODGERS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN
THEATRE goes to Bernadette Peters. As the world of musical
celebrates the Richard Rodgers Centennial, Pittsburgh CLO has joined with the families of
Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, to present
Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theater to Tony Award-winning actress
Established in 1988, this award recognizes an individual whose creative contributions to musical
have clearly been spectacular - someone whose achievements will encourage others to similarly
This prestigious award will be presented to Ms. Peters at a gala award dinner on October 10 at
William Penn Hotel. Past recipients of the award have included including Mary Martin, Julie
Harold Prince, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Stephen Sondheim, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and
GOING, GOING, GONE
Guernsey's Auction House is doing its biggest pop music auction ever: Elvis' first guitar, a 1946
his parents. Also the last one he ever played, from his 1977 St. Petersburg, Fla., performance are
bid. Other guitars to be gaveled down belonged to Jimi Hendrix, John Entwhistle of The Who,
Waylon Jennings, the Doobie Brothers, the Grateful Dead and Chet Atkins.
Elvis Presley guitars up for auction
There are Kiss farewell tour outfits. An 800 lot auction contains costumes and props from major
pictures. You can bid on a Charlie Chaplin cane, or a Marilyn Monroe dress and jewelry. Pianos
Elvis' player piano, Liberace's Baldwin concert grand, Motown's ivories which were used by
the Supremes and the Temptations.
Memorabilia. The Jackson 5 audition tapes, Michael Jackson's first signed contract, Madonna
possessions, and autographed Joe Cocker items.
Cars are also will go to the highest bidder. They include Hank Williams' 1948 Packard limo, Elvis'
and a Sinatra's Rolls.
The event takes place at the Altman Building, NYC Previews Oct 10-11 with the auction taking
No joke - it's a girl for comedian Rita Rudner and her husband Martin Bergmann, who have
adopted a now three-month-old infant they named Molly. The happy new parents were on hand
when the little beauty was born in California. Waiting at home with a welcoming tail wag was
Bonkers, the dog which is part of Rudner's act. The family lives in Las Vegas where Rita is a
permanent enjoyment at the New York-New York Resort performing at least through December
31. Expect a lot of new comedy material as Rita copes with motherhood and Bonkers faces an
identity crisis of no longer being the only "child" in the household.
DANIEL PEARL MUSIC
DAY musicians around the world, including Itzhak Perlman, the Boston
Symphony and the
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, will participate in a tribute Oct. 10 to Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl on the first Daniel Pearl Music Day. Pearl, who was killed in Pakistan
pursuing a story about terrorists, would have been 39 on Oct. 10.
As a tribute to his life and as a way to unite around his spirit, the Daniel Pearl Foundation
encouraged individuals to create or support a musical event in their community. Music projects to
unite performers from disparate backgrounds in a common artistic pursuit with classical, jazz,
blues and folk music especially encouraged. Currently events are being planned in the U.S., Asia,
BAY STREET THEATRE BENEFIT
starring Oscar and Tony Award winning Joel Grey takes place Saturday, October 12 at the Bay
Theatre in Sag Harbor. Joel Grey - The Road to Cabaret - will be "an intimate evening of
Conversation, Music and Q&A" beginning at 8 p.m. with a reception immediately
following in the Theatre's Lobby.
Tickets to Bay Street's benefit evening, Joel Grey - The Road Cabaret are
$100 per person and can be obtained by calling Julie Fitzgerald at Bay Street
Theatre at 631-725-0818.
MISERABLES the second-longest-running show in Broadway
history will play
its final performance March 15, 2003, having played a total of 6,612 performances and run 16
Broadway. The production has grossed $390 million on Broadway and $1.8 billion worldwide.
Miserables never lost any money in any of its 16 years, although it is just currently breaking
KING OF HEARTS
a rediscovery of the 1978 Broadway musical based on a 1960s film and returning to the
pre-Broadway book by Steve Tesich, with music by Peter Link and lyrics by Jacob
This whimsical comedy unfolds as a young World War I American soldier, Johnny Able, stumbles
upon the curious inhabitants of a small French village who greet him as their long-lost king. He
finds refuge and love while saving the village from the Germans.
Directed by Gabe Barre the cast features Robert Aronson, Pamela Burrell, Joe Farrell, Melissa
Hart, Vanessa Lemonides, Gabor Morea, Casper Roos, Joe Vincent, Gordon Joseph Weiss. They
are joined by the ensemble consisting of; Katie Adams, Mark Brey, Kevin Browning, Sally Mae
Dunn, Bob Jester, Kevin Loreque, Rose McGuire, Kilty Reidy, Greg Roderick, Tom Souhrada,
and Leslie Stevens.
That creative team includes; Peggy Hickey (Choreographer),
James Youmans (Set Designer), Pamela Scofield (Costume Designer),
Tim Hunter (Lighting Designer), Michael O'Flaherty ( Musical Director).
Opera House, East Haddam, CT Began previews on October 4. Officially opens October 11 with
performances through December 15.
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
which will open at
the Strand Theatre in London early next year, will star Emmy winning Michael Richards, making
End stage debut. He plays the role made famous by Cary Grant in the 1944 movie. Tickets go on
tomorrow. October 7.
Matthew Francis directs the cast which includes Stephen Tompkinson, Thelma Barlow and
Produced by Katharine Dore, designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, with lighting by Mark
Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace first opened in London at the Strand Theatre in 1942
and was last seen on stage at the Whitehall in 1977.
Previews begin February 14 with the official opening slated for February 25. Strand Theatre in
THE BREATH OF LIFE by David
Hare is a two person play starring Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench directed by Howard
Davies. This world premiere is a compelling tale of two women whose lives are interwoven in ways
neither of them yet understand. Madeleine Palmer (Maggie Smith) is a retired curator, living alone on the
Isle of Wight. One day to her door comes Angela Beale (Judi Dench), a popular novelist whom she
has met only once before. The progress of a single night comes fascinatingly to echo the hidden
course of their lives.
Press night is October 15. This world premiere, which is totally sold out,
is taking place at the Haymarket Theatre in London.
THIRD by Richard Dresser will star George Wendt when the
its world premiere of this play, about two down-on- their-luck little league coaches who battle
demons while mounting a season against all odds. BJ Jones directs. October 9-November 17.
Theatre which is the resident producing theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
BLUE at the
Pasadena Playhouse, has had the talented Leslie Uggams in the role of Peggy, replacing Phylicia
Rashad who took a week's vacation. Ms. Rashad returns October 8. Playing through October
13th only, Rashad and Diahann Carroll star in this play by Charles Randolph-Wright. Music by
Nona Hendryx, with lyrics by Nona Hendryx and Charles Randolph-Wright. The production also
stars Clifton Davis
and Michael McElroy as "Blue." Directed by Sheldon Epps.
SOME LIKE IT HOT starring Las
resident Tony Curtis opens a four week run at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco on
MISS SAIGON currently
staging its New Jersey premiere. Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg . Lyrics by Richard Maltby,
Alain Boublil. Directed by Mark S. Hoebee. Through October 20 at the Paper Mill Playhouse,
the State Theatre of New Jersey.
LaBute is from the
director of the films In the Company of Men, Nurse Betty and the new release
Possession. This trilogy of short plays is about everyday evil. They include Medea
Redux, in which a woman tells
about her relationship with a junior high school English teacher; Iphigenia in Orem, in
which a Utah businessman makes a chilling confession to a stranger in a Las Vegas hotel room; and A
Gaggle of Saints, in which a young Mormon couple's anniversary weekend in New York City turns
violent Opened October 4 running through October 18 at the Darkhorse Theater in Nashville.
A PLACE AT FOREST LAWN
a new play by Luke Yankee and Jim Bontempo, will have a staged reading on Monday, October 7
Promenade Theatre in NYC. Yankee will the direct the cast headed by Frances Sternhagen and
Seldes and includes George Grizzard, Tony Goldwyn, Merle Louise, Jennifer Roszell, and
Based on Lorees Yerby's award-winning one-act Save Me a Place At Forest Lawn, the
concerns the lives and loves of two elderly women who sit in a cafeteria and plan their funerals.
originally optioned Yerby's work and adapted it into a full-length play as a vehicle for his mother,
Eileen Heckart, who won an Emmy for her performance in a PBS-TV version of the one-act in
BRING IN 'DA NOISE/BRING IN DA FUNK
starring Tony Award winning Savion Glover Oct. 8-13 at Boston's Wang Center for the
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
starring Kim Fields with
Rhonda Ross and Glynis Bell at Cashman Center Theatre in Las Vegas. October 8-13
ALELIER conceived and
directed by Vassar College graduate Jennifer Wineman. The production is based on the
paintings of Belgian-born and Paris-based artist Pierre Alechinsky. Atelier is a
collaborative fusion and text and movement. Alechinsky's work is part of the permanent
collection of the Pompidou in Paris and has been given retrospectives at the Guggenheim in
New York. Alelier opens October 17 at The University Settlement, Speyer Hall
spins out a 40-city tour beginning October 9 at the Oakdale Theatre
in Wallingford, CT. Written and directed by Kevin Shinick the stunt heavy production features
Michael Souveroff, Patricia Wilcoxson, Julie Leedes, Gary Martin, Colin Follenweider (as Peter
Parker), Sean Colon, David Hutson, Jon Bookout, Janelle DeMarzo, Ottavio Gesmundo, Kevin
Shinick and Paul Rubin (in voiceover roles), Mike Withycombe, Eric D. Braun, Brian Hite, Aaron
Vexler, with swings Naomi Brenkman, Michael Dean and Michael
Spider-Man Live! weaves the magical tale of Peter Parker, just a typical
high-schooler with girl troubles until he's bitten by a radioactive spider during a class field trip.
The stunt spectacular brings all of Spidey's most famous exploits to life - from his public debut in
a triumphant wrestling match to his heart-stopping rescue of true love Mary Jane Watson from
the evil clutches of The Green Goblin.
The show features flying effects by ZFX Flying
Illusions, special effects by WOW! Works, and stunt choreography by Ottavio Gesmundo.The
masked hero will bring his show to 40 US cities before leaping across the Atlantic to cast his web
over Europe, Asia and Australia.
LAUGH A LOT
JERRY SEINFELD sharing his
thoughts Friday in Baltimore, Maryland in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
JAY LENO telling stories tonight
Theatre in Dallas, Texas.
DAVID SPADE on stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas October 12.
MARTIN SHORT starring at
Caesars Palace in Las
Vegas October 13.
PAULA POUNDSTONE on
Friday at The
Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
DANGERFIELD'S has recently
celebrated its 33rd anniversary. It is the oldest, longest running comedy club in the world
and was opened by Rodney Dangerfield and musician Anthony Bevacqua. Comedians
change weekly. Appearing Oct. 14 - 20 are; Jim David, Jessica Kirson and Russ
October 6 in Philadelphia, at the First National Arena
October 7 in
Buffalo, NY at the
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY Oct.
at the Regency in New York City.
SMOKEY ROBINSON singing today
Performing Arts Center in Purchase, New York. On Tuesday he is center stage at the Forum in
Pennsylvania. On Wednesday he can be enjoyed at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA. Friday
performer at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Ct. He closes out the week, Saturday, at the
Auditorium in Baltimore, Maryland.
ELVIS COSTELLO on stage this
evening at The
Backways in Austin, Texas. Tomorrow the show is at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston,
Wednesday the action moves to the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. On Thursday he's
stage in St. Louis, Missouri at the Pageant and on Friday he'll be in the spotlight at the Taft
KORN on Tuesday in Manchester,
at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Wednesday the show is at the Continental Airlines Arena in East
New Hampshire and on Friday the performance takes place at the Patriot Center in Fairfax,
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK
Saturday at the
Gammage Auditorium in Phoenix, Arizona.
GEORGE WINSTON Monday on
Thrasher's Opera House in Green Lake, Wisconsin. On Wednesday the show is at the Sentry
Stevens Point, Wisconsin and on Friday the performances takes place at the Performing Arts
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS in harmony
Harrah's in Cherokee, North Carolina. On Friday the guys are at the Cole Auditorium in Hamlet,
Carolina and on Saturday the songs will be sung at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach. South
THE CAPITOL STEPS perform
Friday at the
Weinberg Center in Frederick, MD. Saturday finds the group at the Flint Cultural Center in Flint,
and on Saturday the show is at the McHale Auditorium in Logansport, Indiana.
JOHNNY MATHIS a two nighter
Saturday in Reno, Nevada at the Silver Legacy Casino.
JOURNEY Thursday in Honolulu at
Arena and on Saturday in Maui, Hawaii at the Art & Cultural Center.
RUSH Friday in West Palm Beach,
Florida at the
Coral Sky Amphitheatre.
THE ROLLING STONES Saturday
roll into Ford
Field in Detroit.
PAUL Mc CARTNEY has a busy
week. On Monday
he is in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. On Wednesday Sir Paul is
in St Louis at the Savvis Center. Thursday finds him in Columbus, Ohio at the Schottenstein
closes out the week, Saturday, in New Orleans at the New Orleans Arena.
JOHN McDERMOTT opens a three
nighter Wednesday at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.
HARRY BELAFONTE in a two
nighter Tuesday and
Wednesday at the Cerritos Center in Cerritos, California.
kicks off the new season at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Oct. 12. Wopat, will offer
a variety of
American standards at his Chase Room engagement. Cabaret goers can expect the former
Gun star to wrap his rich baritone around songs by Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank
Porter and Stephen Sondheim.
BEN VEREEN delivering a lecture October 7
October 7-8 at
Carnegie Hall, NYC.
MANDY PATINKIN has a new
50-city tour, which
hits Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City on Thursday, October 10. His all-Broadway concert this
to the beehive state under the auspices of Clear Channel's Broadway in Utah series. Patinkin is
stage by his longtime accompanist Paul Ford.
SWEET GEORGIA BROWN
Uptown Horns and Bill Sims as part of the Great Women in Music presentations at B.B. Kings
Club in New York City. Tonight, October 6.
TONY DANZA had a busy week in
Las Vegas. In addition to starring at the Orleans Hotel, where he closes this evening, Danza
appeared at the Virgin Record Store in the Forum Shops Mall to meet and greet his fans and
autograph copies of his latest CD.
TIM BUSFIELD who won the best
supporting actor in a drama for his role in thirtysomething and directed the season
opener of Ed once saw one James Bond film 13 times and was asked to leave the
theater for saying the dialog out loud.
straps on 35-pound liquid breasts to help transform himself into homemaker Edna
Turnblad in the hit musical Hairspray.
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