October 9, 1987
Robert Regester Jr., a theatrical producer whose most recent credit was "Legends," the Mary Martin and Carol Channing star vehicle, has died at age 55. Anna Cottle, a longtime colleague, said he died last week at a Century City hospital of complications of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Regester, a native of Indiana, was affiliated for several years with Woodfall Films in London and went from there to a successful producing career.
September 23, 2007 |
The lost-and-found caper of the crystal sheath -- a dress valued at $150,000 and promised to the Smithsonian Institution -- could've spelled disaster for any upstart diva. But when the Bob Mackie gown was stolen off a hotel luggage trolley a day before opening night at the Hollywood Bowl, its owner, Carol Channing, conveyed how a true star acts -- with oodles of grace and cool. No wonder the kids are embracing her, again.
April 7, 1985 |
A large cast of musical-theater luminaries, led by Mary Martin, Carol Channing, Nanette Fabray and Florence Henderson, will gather April 15 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center to celebrate the 90th birthday of Edwin Lester. "A Tribute to Edwin Lester--Highlights From His 40 Years," features excerpts from CLO productions presented under Lester's direction from 1938 to 1977.
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September 30, 1992 |
Davis Gaines, star of the current production of "Phantom of the Opera" in Los Angeles, took a break from the stage Tuesday to drop in on tiny California Lutheran High School, where he was besieged by questions from admiring students about the entertainment business. Does he ever get bored and just go through the motions while performing eight shows a week for 17 months? a student asked. No, he's never bored, Gaines said. "There's always something new to find out about the character."
April 2, 2005 |
Gene Wilder's frank, charming memoir, "Kiss Me Like a Stranger," is refreshingly free from the two major sins of show-biz autobiographies: self-aggrandizement and score-settling. Oh, he tosses a few zingers at Carol Channing for her diva-like behavior during a summer tour of "The Millionairess," and he isn't terribly nice to his first wife.
September 5, 1991 |
Earthy Approach Dane Chapin is a mild-mannered ecological guerrilla. So when he was looking for a marketing tool for his new apartment complex, he decided to go green. Chapin and partner Mel Plutsky developed Archview, a 126-unit Studio City facility that includes the usual upscale doodads such as a fireplace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, gas range and oven, and microwave in each apartment, as well as the requisite pool, spa, sauna and fitness center.
February 4, 1986 |
Mary Martin and Carol Channing on the same stage! Is that box office or what? Why, they almost wouldn't need a play. That's the thinking behind the "Legends!" package at the Ahmanson Theatre, and it's wishful thinking. It's not enough to put two great stars--all right, legends--together. You have to give them something to do . James Kirkwood's comedy does have a promising point of departure.
June 8, 1995 |
Have you ever wondered why Carol Channing is still doing "Hello, Dolly!" after more than 4,500 performances, at 74 years of age? You need only see her face when the applause comes rolling over the footlights, and you will understand. Applause is mother's milk to Channing. No, it's oxygen. It's air . You have only until Sunday to see her, and the show, at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. "Hello, Dolly!"
October 24, 1985 |
The rumor that had Mary Martin and Carol Channing--legends in their own might--pairing up to do "Legends," a new James Kirkwood play, hardened into fact Tuesday. Channing and Martin will sail into town Feb. 2 in what is now the third show of the Ahmanson season. This unusual Kirkwood comedy deals with two famous movie stars who hate and despise each other and are offered parts in the same play; both resist and, of course, both desperately need the work.