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Rosie Perez, Kristin Davis, Scott Cohen, Cynthia Nixon, J Dakota Powell, John Patrick Shanley,
Orfeh, Josh Kessler (guitarist), Michael Potts, Frank Pugliese
With the first anniversary of September 11th taking place this week the Broadway theatre
community is remembering and recovering in a variety of ways.
Brave New World has a mission to unite and encourage the American theater to explore the
of terrorism and address the changes in the world in the aftermath of the attacks. Brave New
World will provide a forum for artists to wrestle with these issues, hopefully helping all to
resolve continuing feelings of helplessness and confusion in the face of this tragedy.
The association believes that an artistic response is essential towards understanding not only the
repercussions of terrorism on our most intimate relationships, but also the reasons for a type of
warfare that is grinding away at the foundations of cultures around the world.
The Brave New World event will star dozens of actors performing
more than 50 new plays and songs at the historic 1500-seat Town Hall Sept. 9-11. A separate
benefit event under the Brave New World umbrella, The 24 Hour Plays will be presented
Monday at the Minetta Lane Theater - the culmination of a 24-hour workshop of writers,
directors, actors and staff.
Six brand new plays will be written, cast, rehearsed and performed in a single
day, featuring an all-star line up of performers, writers and directors.
Confirmed artists include actors Eli Wallach, Estelle Parsons, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin,
Mary-Louise Parker, Billy Crudup, Sigourney Weaver. Julianne Moore, Bebe Neuwirth.
Jane Adams, Rosie Perez, Fisher Stevens, Marisa Tomei, Frank Wood, Lili Taylor, Dana Ivey,
and Mariska Hargitay, playwrights Alexandra Gersten, Eduardo Machado, Alfred Uhry,
Christopher Durang and Warren Leight, directors
Gregory Mosher, Frank Pugliese, and Ana Strasberg. Mike Doughty, ex-lead singer
of Soul Coughing, will provide music.
The 24 Hour Plays presents the newest of new work, prepared at a breakneck pace and
propelled by the participants' adrenaline and unfiltered creative energy. The process
begins at 10 pm the night before the show, when the writers actors and production staff gather at
After everyone has been briefed (and Polaroided), the writers remain for the night and
each compose a ten-minute play. At 7am the next morning, the directors return, read the
plays, and choose their favorites to direct. The casts meet for the first time at 8 am and
quickly get to work rehearsing with 12 hours until opening night.
Tech rehearsal runs from 5 to 7:30pm - doors open at 7:45. At 8 pm, the
new plays are performed for a live audience!
Net proceeds will be donated to the New York Childrens Foundation, founded for children who
lost family in the World Trade Center.
AL PACINO AND STELLAR CAST
OPEN NATIONAL ACTOR'S THEATRE
Tony Randall's National Actor's Theatre will present a special presentation of Bertolt
Brecht's savage satire The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui as the season opener.
Oscar and Tony Award-winning actor Al Pacino will star in the title role as Arturo Ui. Pacino is a
longtime veteran of the Broadway stage. He made his Broadway debut in Does A Tiger Wear
A Necktie by Don Peterson. He starred in the 1977 play The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel at the Longacre Theatre and in 1981 headlined
David Mamet's award winning play American Buffalo at the Circle in the Square
Theatre. He returned to that stage in 1991 to star in Salome
Simon McBurney, Artistic Director of Complicite, directs a cast which includes Gerry Bamman,
Lothaire Bluteau, Sterling Brown, Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Billy Crudup, Charles Durning, Linda Emond, Tom
Riis Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Michael Goldfinger, John Goodman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Chris
McKinney, Ajay Naidu, Novella Nelson, Matte Osian, Al Pacino, Chazz Palminteri, Tony Randall, Robert
Stanton, John Ventimiglia, Jack Willis.
A comic parable about the rise of Hitler, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui charts the
ascent of a small time gangster who violently takes over Chicago's greengrocery trade. His
annexation of Cicero, a Chicago suburb, parallels German conquests in the 30's and the
unification with Austria.
Written in exile in 1941, Brecht savages his characters with a
black wit: the play is as sharp and ugly as a broken bottle. It is a direct attack on the
apathetic response to Hitler's rise to power and serves as a warning to future generations of
No simple allegory, Arturo Ui is alarmingly contemporary, revealing
the fertile bed corruption makes for tyranny. This is a warning that while we may have
defeated one dictator, "the bitch that bore him is in heat again."
Randall began the National Actors Theatre with the dream to present the world's great
theatre, with the best actors. In 11 seasons on Broadway, the company presented 17
productions with a stellar group of actors. In the spring of 2002, it was announced that
Randall was moving his company to its new home at the Michael Schimmel Center for the
Arts at Pace University, a move that would enable the Company to further many of its original
goals as well as help to re-vitalize lower Manhattan.
Performances begin October 3.
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The Metropolitan Museum in New York is staging a deep pockets promotion. Invitations to the
well heeled went out this week - you mean you didn't get yours - for an exclusive weekend at the museum
next March. For the pocket change amount of $12,500 per person, you'll get a tour by the museum's director,
Philippe de Montebello, private talks with curators, dinner in the museum galleries and a cocktail party at
the home of a New York collector.
THE MOB SCENE
Michael Imperioli will star as Stu
a biography of the late
poker ace Stu Unger, who was found dead in a seedy Las Vegas motel, has been shooting in Las
Vegas. Michael Imperioli who plays Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos takes on
the title role of the three time World Series of Poker winner.
Vincent Van Patten and Michael
Nouri also star. Former Riviera Hotel entertainment director turned The Sopranos actor, Steve
Schirippa, returned to his former town for a role in the flick - Ungar's pal Big Anthony.
Renee Faia plays Unger's wife.
As for The Sopranos, last Thursday the mob scene was at Radio City Music Hall when
cast members of the smash HBO series emerged from black limos for a sneak preview of
episodes from Season 4, which debuts Sept. 15. The screening was followed by a party at the
Rockefeller Center ice-skating rink.
THE WHEEL OF DIVAS on behalf of the Actors Fund, with Richard Skipper as Carol
Channing doing the
spinning, will be a fun section of The Broadway Cares Flea Market September 22 in
If you are interested in being a part of this fun and worthwhile event, either as volunteer,
or to contribute Performing Arts related merchandise, please E mail Skipper at email@example.com.
Celebrities - real or imaginary - are needed to help with the event. Merchandise donated by
the famous will be up for a spin. Everyone is a winner because even if your spin doesn't land on a celebrity donation,
Richard Skipper as Carol Channing has a goodie bag for all the players.
HAIRSPRAY stages a
benefit performance for the American Cancer Society on September 18. Call (212) 237-3888.
LAND MINE CLEARANCE BENEFIT former Beatle Paul McCartney and Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson will perform together at a Sept. 18
benefit to raise money for clearance of land mines.
McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills, will host the second annual Adopt-A-Minefield Open
Hearts Clear Mines benefit at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. Jay Leno will be master of
TIE ONE ON WITH RUDOLPH GIULIANI
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani - who became everyone's mayor in the
aftermath of 9/11 figured out what to do with all those neckties in his closet.
He donated them.
They were made into eight handbags, seven of which went up for
bid last Wednesday at a charity auction staged in Henri Bendel's department store to benefit the
Twin Towers Fund, a charity Giuliani established to assist families of uniformed rescue workers
killed in the attacks.
The handbags were made by a Milwaukee seamstress, out of about 70 neckties he wore while in
office. The opening price for the seven bags were each $250.
An eighth bag, is owned by Giuliani's girlfriend and host of the auction, Judith Nathan, and is not
Also gaveled down were personal photographs taken and signed by Giuliani after Sept. 11, as well
as books and T-shirts signed by the former mayor. The opening bid for each photograph was $1,000,
while the T-shirts started at $100.
Bendel donated 10 percent of the proceeds from the entire store's sales during the three-hour
event on Wednesday evening to the Twin Towers fund as well.
Judith Nathan a board member of the Twin Towers Fund, hosted the silent auction, which was
part of Bendel's "We Love New York" week, a 10-day series of fund-raising events mixing
fashion and art.
Two years ago Bendel sold handbags made by former White House intern Monica
THE BUTTER AND EGG MAN by George S. Kaufman. This comedy from the
1920s centers on two former theatrical agents, who know all the ropes, find a play they
believe will be a smash, and aim to produce it on Broadway. Getting in their way are a demanding,
fading leading lady, a secretary wanting to get paid, a sarcastic, ex-vaudevillian wife and the fact
that they don't have any money! If they can only find a "butter-and-egg man" - a millionaire to
finance the show and butt out, their problems will be solved.
They think their have hit pay dirt when a naive rube from the Midwest, with a
recently-acquired inheritance, enters the picture and is conned into dumping all his savings into this show,
which one of the agents' wives calls "rotten junk." Hilarious problems begin when the show
receives a poor reception out of town. Suddenly, the naive butter-and-egg man begins to believe that
he is an actual producer and starts locking horns with the two showbiz veterans over the best
way to fix the play. When the butter and egg man starts to get too interested in running things,
their plan is in danger of backfiring. This very funny comedy is the only play written by George S.
Kaufman without a collaborator.
Two productions of this spoof of old time Broadway are opening - which will raise your
laughter, not your cholesterol.
David Pittu directs the New York City cast composed of Todd Bounopane, David Brummel, John
Ellison Conlee, David Cromwell, Amanda Davies, Heather Goldenhersh, Julie Halston,
Tom Mardironsian, Michael McGrath, Robin Skye, David
Turner and Amelia White.
Sets by Ana Louizos, Lighting design by Robert Perry, Costumes by Bobby Tilley II, Sound Fitz
Patton and the Stage Manager is Stephen M. Kaus.
The play begins previews Sept. 12 for an opening on Oct. 2 at the Atlantic Theatre
Company in New York City.
The Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Clinton, New Jersey stages The Butter and Egg
Man September 17th - October 30th.
THE GOAT welcomes
Sally Field and Bill Irwin, who will begin performances on Sept. 13, taking over the roles
created by the departing Mercedes Ruehl and Bill Pullman. The former Flying Nun will
play the headstrong, passionate wife of Irwin, an architect who reveals that he's having an
affair with a goat named Sylvia. Supporting players Stephen Rowe and Jeffrey Carlson will
continue in their roles. The Golden Theatre, New York City.
I SENT A LETTER TO MY LOVE Music by Grammy award winning
actress/singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester; Book and lyrics by Jeffrey
Sweet; Based on the novel by Bernice Rubens; Patricia Birch directs a cast headed by Cass Morgan starring as Amy; others in the company include Diana Canova, Kevin Early,
and Bethe B. Austin, NSMT for the New England premiere.
I Sent a Letter to My Love is a touching story of deep yearning about a physically
challenged man and his sister, both seemingly trapped in a world of loneliness.
Orchestrations by three-time Tony winner Doug Besterman. Musical direction is under
Phil Reno, Jim Morgan is the scenic designer, Kirk Bookman lighting designer and Susan E. Picinich
costume designer. North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. September 3- 22.
CHICAGO welcomes Charlotte
d'Amboise who assumes the role of Roxy September 17-October 27.
GEORGE M. COHAN: IN HIS OWN WORDS musical celebration of the composer. Written by Chip Deffaa from Cohan's
own words, the show features more than a dozen classic songs, including Over There and
You're a Grand Old Flag. Cohan was the first person in show business ever awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor.
Chip Deffaa directs the cast that includes Jonny
Peterson, Hal Blankenship, Joan Jaffe, Dawne Swearingen, Jackie Comisar, Stephanie Saunders
and Suzanne Dressler.
Co-Director & choreographer is
Justin Boccitto. Musical Director is Sterling Price-McKinney.
September 10-September 28 at Chashama Theatre, New York City.
42nd STREET hoofing its
way into Cincinnati's Aronoff Center Sept. 10-22.
BLUE starring Phylicia Rashad
through October 13 at The Pasadena Playhouse, California.
SOUTH PACIFIC starring Las
Vegas resident Robert Goulet has performances September 10-18 at the Weidner Center in Green Bay,
THE ROLLING STONES are
moving around too fast to gather any moss. Tonight they are in Boston, Mass. at the Orpheum Theatre. On
Tuesday the action takes place in Chicago, Ill at the United Center. Then on Friday it's the same city, but a
different location - this time Comiskey Park.
RUSH on stage tonight in
Vancouver, BC at General Motors Place. On Tuesday the show is in Admonton, Alberta at the Skyreach
Centre. On Thursday the action is in Calgary at Pengrowth Saddledome and on Saturday the performance is in
George, Washington at The Gorge.
JOURNEY brings their power ballads to the California speedway stage in Fontana, California this
evening. On Friday they are in the spotlight in Biloxi, Mississippi at Beau Rivage. On Saturday the
performance is in Robinsonville, Mississippi at the Horseshoe Casino.
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
perform on Wednesday in Tulare, California at the Tulle Country Fair. On Thursday the guys are on stage in
Puyallup, Washington, at the Western Washington Fair. On Saturday the show is in Branson, Missouri at the Grand
THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS
fighting over whom mother loved best Saturday in Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Performing
AN EVENING WITH PATTI LUPONE AND MANDY
PATINKIN September 14 at the Charles W. Eisemann Center in
CHRISTINE EBERSOLE the Tony Award winner
for her performance in the revival of 42nd Street, makes her Cafe Carlyle debut in a cabaret show directed
by Scott Wittman. With Bette Sussman as musical director the show takes the audience on Ebersole's
journey as a performer, wife, and mother, employing an eclectic array of musical styles, including ballads,
jazz, opera, pop, torch songs, swing, and country.
Ebersole will also be back on Broadway. She is set to star with Joe Grifasi, Dorothy Loudon, Ann
McDonough and James Rebhorn in Lincoln Center's revival of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's
Dinner at Eight. The production is directed by Gerald Guiterrez, is scheduled to begin
performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on November 21. Christine will be playing the lead role of
Milllicent Jordan, a socially ambitious woman trying unsuccessfully to pull off a swank dinner party. In the
meantime enjoy her at the Cafe Carlyle September 10-October 5.
OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN
singing her hits Thursday in Detroit, Michigan at the Fox Theatre. On Friday she is center stage in Pittsburgh, Pa at
Heinz Hall. She closes out the week, Saturday, in Merrillville, Indiana at the Star Plaza Theatre.
EARTH, WIND AND FIRE
perform Tuesday in Puyallup, Washington, at the Western Washington Fair. On Friday the action is in
Sacramento, Calif. at The Cove @Cal Exp.
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & FRIENDS the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning songwriter is joined by Broadway
stars Debby Gravitte and Scott Coulter in a show-stopping treat for the whole family. Sunday,
September 8, at the Westport Country Playhouse, Conn. This is the last in the summer series of Sunday musical
events the Playhouse annually offers, this year sponsored by Fleet Bank.
GEORGE WINSTON is on his
European tour. Saturday he entertains at the Centro De Artes Escenias in Salamanca, Spain.
THE GOO GOO DOLLS with third
Eye Blind & Vanessa Carlton Tuesday, September 10, Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas.
BONNIE RAITT & LYLE LOVETT
together in concert Tuesday, September 10, Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas.
ANDRE-PHILLIPPE GAGNON the
singing impressionist discovered by Celine Dion, opens Monday, September 9 performing through
December 26 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas.
JERRY SEINFELD with his Sun in Taurus and his Moon in Pisces gets the planets
aligned to generate laughs while he's on stage Saturday at the Community Center Theatre in
JACKIE MASON opens September 9 at the Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack, New
Jersey. His one man show runs through September 12.
OZZY OSBOURNE on stage
this evening, Sunday, in the Smirnoff Music Center in Dallas, Texas.
performing Thursday at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, New Mexico. On Saturday Peter is center stage at
the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California.
BRUCE HORNSBY starring
Friday in Burlington, Vermont at the Flynn Theatre. On Saturday the show is in Hampton Beach, New
Hampshire at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.
MICHAEL BOLTON on stage
this evening in Council Bluffs, Iowa at Ameristar. On Tuesday he's in the spotlight in Cleveland, Ohio at
Nautica Stage. On Thursday he performs in Clio, Michigan at the Clio Amphitheater and on Friday the show
is in Merrillville, Indian at the Star Plaza Theatre.
PIFFLE AND PROFUNDITIES
who was credited with having the best vocal
equipment in the business, and set the gold standard for retiring with class, now has an official
The long overdue site was started by Damone's son, Perry, who is an on-air personality on Phoenix FM Radio
Station 99.9 KEZ, and Webmaster Frank Sinclair, who report they "are having a blast working on it."
Give it a look at www.vicdamone.com
For over ten years Perry, whose mother was actress Pier Angeli, and long-time Phoenix
area teacher, Linda Tuttle, have helped schools throughout Arizona, starting at Tuttle's own Shumway Elementary School,
install and operate their own campus radio stations.
Thousands of kids have enjoyed the opportunity to become radio
stars in their own right by participating in the KdSTR Radio program, the first to put radio stations in grade schools
in the United States.
Siegfried & Roy with Don Knotts
visited Las Vegas,
attending the Siegfried & Roy show at the Mirage Hotel for the first time.
He then went backstage to meet the illusionists. Although Knotts couldn't convince the magicians
to show him their magical secrets, they did make a stuffed white lion appear in his arms.
Don's first jump into the entertainment business was as a ventriloquist. From there he moved on
to comedy being cast as Windy Wales on the Bobby Benson radio show.
auditioned for and got a small role in the Broadway play No Time For Sergeants where he
first met Andy Griffith. Don later reprised his role for the movie version. Don also became a regular on
the Tonight Show with Steve Allen, doing his nervous man routine for the Man-on-the-Street
segments. In 1959, the Tonight Show moved to Hollywood and Don moved with it to California.
He heard that Griffith was doing a new TV series about a small-town sheriff. He called Andy and suggested
that the show needed a deputy. A few weeks later, Don got the part of Deputy Barney Fife, winning the
Emmy for Best Supporting Actor five years in a row.
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