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ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2004 | Don Shirley
Broadway's box office suffered during the first half of this week, probably because of causes related to the Republican National Convention, said Jed Bernstein, president of the League of American Theatres and Producers, which represents Broadway producers. Streets south of the Broadway theater district were closed because of security measures for the convention, which might have discouraged attendance, Bernstein said. There were convention-related protests in the area Sunday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2004 | Associated Press
Surf's up! "Good Vibrations," a new musical using more than 30 Beach Boys songs, will open on Broadway in January. The show will begin preview performances in early December at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. An opening date will be announced shortly. "Good Vibrations" has a book by Richard Dresser and concerns a group of small-town teens who come to Southern California.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
"Little Women," Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel, has been an indestructible Hollywood property. Katharine Hepburn played Josephine "Jo" March in the classic 1933 movie, directed by George Cukor; June Allyson starred in the 1949 remake; and Winona Ryder was in the 1994 film version. Now Sutton Foster, a Tony winner for her performance in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," will play Jo on Broadway in a new musical opening Jan. 20 at the Virginia Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
Broadway lights will continue to shine. Two weeks after its contract expired, the union representing stage actors reached a tentative agreement Monday with New York theater producers, ending a period of uncertainty as the two sides wrangled over issues of healthcare costs, actor safety and, most important, nonunion tours of Broadway shows. "We have a settlement," said Maria Somma, a spokeswoman for Actors' Equity Assn. Details of the settlement were not immediately available.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2004 | Geraldine Baum
Former "Saturday Night Live" star Chris Kattan withdrew Sunday night from the second lead role in a new Stephen Sondheim/Nathan Lane musical, "The Frogs," currently in previews on Broadway. The show is set to open in 10 days.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2004 | David Gritten
The outrageous hit London musical "Jerry Springer -- The Opera" is coming to the United States. It will open at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco next spring before transferring to Broadway in October 2005. The musical, loosely based on Jerry Springer's TV talk show, began its life as a cult production in a small London fringe theater before becoming a hit at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival, then being produced at London's National Theatre.
TRAVEL
September 21, 2003 | Susan Davidson, Special to The Times
Curtain up! Light the lights! There's an opening on Broadway that is neither a play nor a musical. It's the Biltmore Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., which fell into disrepair and closed in 1987. After a $37-million renovation, it is to become the home of the Manhattan Theatre Club (www.manhattantheatreclub.org). Its production of "The Violet Hour," a new play by Richard Greenberg, the Tony-winning author of "Take Me Out," begins previews Oct. 16 and opens Nov. 6.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Warner Bros. will produce a Broadway musical version of the Anne Rice vampire novels with the working title "The Vampire Lestat," the studio announced Tuesday. If the project comes to fruition in 2005 as planned, it will be the studio's first venture in producing theater, although Warners has previously invested in theater, said Gregg Maday, executive vice president of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. The "Vampire" talent includes names associated with rival Disney's theatrical projects.
NEWS
March 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
There was a festive, almost giddy air in the New York Theater District as the 18 musicals that had been shut down for four days by a strike, including "The Producers," "The Lion King," "Mamma Mia!" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," resumed playing Tuesday night. There were celebrations at many theaters. At "La Boheme," all 28 players in the orchestra came on stage after the show to take a bow, as did the musicians at "Hairspray."
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